TI:ME (Technology Institute for Music Educators), the leading professional organization for the integration of technology in music education, announces the winners of its 2017 Student Composition Contest. The contest, in its second year, drew over 120 entries from all over the United States in the following five technology-based creative categories:

  1. Original Composition - Digital Audio Workstation (DAW)
  2. Original Composition - Notation
  3. Covers, Remixes & Loop-Based Projects
  4. Multimedia
  5. Applied Technology

Musical compositions could be entered by students in separate grade level divisions, as follows:

  1. Elementary Grades 3-6
  2. Middle School Grades 7-8
  3. High School Grades 9-12
  4. College/University

A distinguished panel of TI:ME judges, comprised of highly regarded music educators, technology specialists, published authors, professional composers, and music industry veterans evaluated the entries, first selecting entries which met a level of artistic excellence in their age/level divisions, then naming the following winners and honorable mention: 

Original Composition - Digital Audio Workstation

  • Winner: Francesco Blackmore (Central Connecticut State University), “Crossing Paths
  • Honorable Mention: Austin Abraham (River Hill High School), “Emotion”; Annie Dickinson (Lower Dauphin High School), “Writer’s Block”; and Jeffrey Reyes (Nassau Community College), “Infinite 

Original Composition - Notation

Covers, Remixes & Loop-Based Projects

  • Winner: Annie Dickinson (Lower Dauphin High School), “Halcyon
  • Honorable Mention: Grace Lerew (Parkland High School), “Hungarian Dance”; Reese Kincaid (Nagel Middle School), “Reese Rox”; Alex Tridico (Parkland High School), “Greensleeves”; Anthony Lindsey (Desert Cove Elementary), “Deep Sea Mall


  • Winner: Grace Lerew (Parkland High School), “Down 

Applied Technology

In addition, Jacob Parker (River Hill High School) was selected as the overall Grand Prize Winner for his entry, “Can't Touch Punk Wonderland,” in the Covers, Remixes & Loop-Based Projects category.

The Grand Prize winner will receive the following prize package valued at over $2,500: Yamaha MX61 Synthesizer, Finale music notation software, Educational Versions of Dorico music notation and Cubase DAW software, pair of HPH-MT8 headphones, Mixcraft 8 Recording Studio, Korg Bluetooth MIDI controller, Noteflight Premium (1-year subscription), Abelton Live 9 Intro software, AirTurn Duo, iRig HD and a plaque.

Each of the other five category winners will receive the following prize package valued at over $1,000: Finale music notation software, Mixcraft 8 Recording Studio, Korg Bluetooth MIDI controller, Noteflight Premium (1-year subscription), Abelton Live 9 Intro software, iRig HD and a certificate. The winner in the Original Composition - Notation category will also receive SampleTank 3 and Miroslav 2 software.

Congratulations to each student recognized, as well as to all their teachers and institutions! Special thanks to our music industry prize sponsors: Yamaha, Korg Education, MakeMusic, Noteflight, Musition 5, IK Multimedia, Abelton, Auralia 5, Acoustica and AirTurn.

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