ohioThe Technology Institute for Music Educators and the Ohio TI:ME Chapter are pleased to announce the 2012 TI:ME Central Regional Conference, to be held Feb 16 - 18, 2012 in Columbus, OH at the Columbus Convention Center.

Activities for the Ohio TI:ME Conference and the OMEA conference begin at 1:30 PM on Thursday with a Finale session, a digital recording presentation with PreSonus and a Concert of electronic music composed and performed by students from Lebanon HS. Other sessions on Thursday include a SMART Board presentation, Live Looping, Composing and Recording for Elementary Students, and ProTools in Education. If that doesn't get your electrons charged up, you can hang out in the SoundTree sponsored PlayRoom, and that's just Thursday!

Friday sessions begin at 8:00 and conclude at 5:00. More sessions on Saturday morning with your last chance to visit the PlayRoom, check out a Finale session, or get in on the PreSonus action concluding at 1:30.

The keynote speaker will be TI:ME Executive Director, Mike Lawson, from Nashville, TN. Lawson has served as the executive director of TI:ME since March, 2011, but has been an active TI:ME and advisory board member since 1997. He has previously served on TI:ME's publications committee, ocassionally managing publisher/author acquistion relations with TI:ME for publishing houses during his primary career in the music publications industry.

Since 1996, Mike has produced hundreds of books, videos and other publications including many of the bestselling titles in the field under the imprints of MixBooks, ArtistPro, Thomson Learning, Hal Leonard Corp and Alfred Music Publishing. He is a former National Trustee of The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, where he served on the Finance Committee, and the Grammy Awards and Nominations Comittee, as well as holding various offices in the San Francisco chapter. He is currently one of the four members of the board of directors for the TEC Foundation for Excellence in Audio, which produce the annual TEC Awards, which has its 27th annual award show in conjunction with Winter NAMM 2012. Lawson is a lifelong musician and has recorded and/or performed with a variety of professional musicians in his career, ranging from Merl Saunders (Merl Saunders/Jerry Garcia), Vince Welnick (The Tubes/Grateful Dead), to Jorma Kaukonen (Jefferson Airplane/Hot Tuna), Bob Welch (Fleetwood Mac), and a host of others. Mike's keynote will focus on his vision for TI:ME, the recent re-building of the TI:ME website which he managed, and his longtime commitment to the organization.

Editor's Note: Look for and "add friend" keynote speaker Mike Lawson on ti-me.org, in our member's private social network, Face TI:ME.

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