I recently gave our officers an update on TI:ME activities and thought that the items in that report would be of interest to our membership also.  This is a review of many of the accomplishments and plans of the organization.  I want to express my appreciation to the many hard workers who do so much to make TI:ME great.

(1) TI:ME is making preparations to attend NAMM from January 21 to 24.  We have a booth and are planning a meeting of our advisory board and a presentation to attendees on TI:ME's work in music technology.

(2) TI:ME continues it outreach to other MEAs and organizations.  In the last year, we held conferences in conjunction with Texas, Ohio, New York, Tennessee, and NAfME.  In the coming year, we anticipate collaborations with Alabama and others.  In fact, the conversations happening now are very promising, and the potential for collaborations with significant music education organizations is strong.  Watch the TI:ME web site for upcoming announcements.  Kudos to Mike Lawson and John Mlynczak for their efforts in making these connections.

(3) The TI:ME Northeast Regional Conference which was held in conjunction with NYSSMA in early December was a wonderful success.  We had great attendance at the pre-conference, and held a very successful "TI:ME for New York" meeting.  We were able to bring over 40 music technology sessions to the conference which was a significant increase.  NYSSMA reported increases in attendance and the number of exhibitors.  We made many new professional connections and look forward to seeing those relationships unfold.  Everyone who registered for the pre-conference in New York will receive a year's membership in TI:ME.  We're working with NYSSMA to notify participants of the process for activating this membership and notices should go out in January.  Thanks to all of the New York presenters and to  Mike Lawson, John Mlynczak, Amy Burns, and Mark Lochstampfor for their administrative assistance in making this conference a great success! 

(4) Preparations for the TI:ME National Conference in Texas are on schedule and we look forward to the conference from February 11 to 14.  Robert W. Smith will give the keynote address on Wednesday evening and we expect an excellent attendance.  As of November 30, there were 233 pre-registrations.  This is slightly ahead of last year's numbers.  Texas has also found that they can keep the pre-registration period open longer.  This should be a benefit to all attendees, and relieve some of the lines at the conference.  Everyone who registers for the pre-conference in Texas this year will receive a year's membership in TI:ME.  Thanks to TI:ME's Texas Chapter, the Texas presenters, and to Mark Lochstampfor, TI:ME's conference chairman, for their tireless efforts in planning this conference!  Click here for more information.  

(7) The TI:ME central regional conference in conjunction with OMEA will be held January 28 to 30.  Ohio's TI:ME chapter has developed their final schedule and it will soon be posted to the TI:ME web site.  As always, we are expecting a great conference.  Make plans to attend!  Click here for more information.

(8) Webinars have been scheduled monthly through July, a registration system is in place, announcements have been made.  We held our first webinar on December 10, and it has had 25 views so far! Because it is archived, it will receive even more: https://youtu.be/y0M2WK18Bhg.  The next webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, January 5 at 7:00p Eastern and will feature John Mlynczak.  Register here!  Thanks to Catie Dwinal and John Mlynczak for making these things work so smoothly.

(9) TI:ME is completing an evaluation of it's web site and planning updates even now.  Keep an eye out for new certification information in coming weeks, as well as a host of other improvements.

(10) Starting this spring, Vander Cook will be offering TI:ME courses. Check the TI:ME web site for upcoming updates.

(11) The research committee has designed a number of mini-surveys and we will be administering those shortly. MakeMusic is using one of our surveys in it's marketing research and members will soon receive an e-blast.  All are encouraged to participate.

(12) We have hired a student intern, Isabel Wallace, to assist with some clerical work in December. She has completed an update to the 400 lesson plans to reference the language from the NAfME 2014 standards, also preserving the language from the NAfME 1994 standards. She’s also helping us with a follow up letter to New York Music Teachers.

(13) Jay Dorfman and Mike Lawson are planning a membership renewal campaign that should be a great help to the organization.

(14) The TOTY and Administrator Awards call have gone forward and were published on the TI:ME web site, on Facebook, and in our eblasts. Please consider nominating qualified individuals for these positions.  Click here for information on the Teacher of the Year Award.  Click here for information on the Administrator of the Year Award.

(15) Leadership Academy selection is complete and attendees have been notified. A press release for the TI:ME web site should be coming in a week or so.  Click here for more information.

(16) TI:ME just completed an outstanding collaborative conference in October with NAfME in Nashville.  The Gaylord hotel was the site of this event, and provided a spectacular setting for this conference.  This event was a solid “win” for TI:ME.  Thanks to John Mlynczak for his work on this! It was truly his effort that made this fly.  

(17) We did a rally to get additional technology proposals for Tennessee’s MEA. I don’t know how many technology proposals were submitted, but their number overall for the conference was 110, which is an all-time record. I believe that TI:ME helped them reach this new high!

(18) Mike is spearheading a campaign to get music technology faculty members from K-12, higher education, and industry listed as TI:ME approved instructors and promoting them to do school inservice training.  We believe this will make TI:ME more valuable on many fronts.

(21) Our publication committee has been making excellent progress on moving new initiatives forward and should have new TI:ME 1A and 1B student workbooks (for K-12 students) in the near future.

(22) Our education committee is making plans to update the TI:ME course books and is moving forward with a plan to have this year's updates completed in early May!


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