The History of TI:ME, 1995-2015

    Contributions from Amy Burns, Jay Dorfman, John Dunphy, Richard McCready, Mike Lawson, Floyd Richmond, and Tom Rudolph. Edited by Tom Rudolph

    See the pptx, and pdf slide show of pictures showing early days of TI:ME.  Pictures are by Karen Garrett.

    Twenty years have passed since TI:ME was first conceived at Villanova University in a lunch meeting with John Dunphy (former TI:ME Exec. Director), George Pinchock, and Tom Rudolph (Exec. Committee Chair and former President). “A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” TI:ME took its first step in 1995. John Dunphy recalls the first conversation about TI:ME.

    It all happened over a bag lunch in my (John Dunphy’s) office at Villanova University during the summer of 1995. Tom Rudolph, on break from his Technology class, came in followed by George Pinchock, who was the Summer Program coordinator. The group only had a few minutes, but the conversation was about organizing and formalizing a group of music teachers around the idea of spreading the news about the use technology in the music classroom. After a half hour of talking, gulping, and chewing, the meeting ended and we agreed to work toward such an organization. It has always amazed me how an idea become reality, but this was one of those moments. The correct number of verbs, adverbs and nouns had all come together to shape a new project.

    So the journey began. I don’t remember whether I had the ham on rye with mustard or the yogurt, but I clearly remember the moment. I can’t explain, in any certain terms, too much of “what happened next.” I do know we needed some buy-in from other like minded people in the field. We needed a next step.

    With the help of the late Mike Kovins, then President of Korg USA, Tom Rudolph and I traveled to NAMM in 1996 and 1997 and presented a proposal for funding the organization (by now, our steps had turned into a “jog”). NAMM agreed to fund the organization with a grant of $200,000.00 and the first official meeting of TI:ME took place in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania in 1997 (we moved from “jog-mode” to “full sprint” by this time).  The first TI:ME certification courses were offered in 1998 and the first TI:ME conference took place in Pennsylvania in April, 1999. And the rest, as they say, is history.

    Initial Funding of TI:ME

    In 1996, TI:ME applied for and received an initial grant of $200,000.00 from NAMM to fund the fledgling organization. The initial Board of Directors was established and met in October of 1997 in Valley Forge, PA, setting in motion the tasks that led to the creation of a website, the publication of a book of Strategies and the development of a Newsletter The TI:MES, the criterion for membership, and the development of a comprehensive curriculum for in-service teacher training in music technology.


    Caption: [1]  Photo taken at the first TI:ME National Conference in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association conference in Valley Forge, PA, April, 1999.

    From left to right:  TI:ME Co-Founders John Dunphy, George Pinchock, and Tom Rudolph, Music Industry Member Gerson Rosenbloom, and the late Mike Kovins.

    The MISSION of TI:ME
    The mission of TI:ME is to assist music educators in applying technology to improve teaching and learning in music. The initial goals stated in 1995 were:

    1. To codify music technology into a cohesive set of standards.
    2. To develop a certification process to recognize the achievement of in-service music teachers in music technology.
    3. To develop an organization, national in scope and focused on the subject of teacher training in music technology.

    TI:ME Leadership

    The leadership of TI:ME has morphed over the years as the organization grew and developed.  Below is a list of the co-founders, Executive Directors and Presidents who have shaped the organization over the past two decades.

    Co-Founders and Directors: John Dunphy, George Pinchock and Tom Rudolph: 1995-1999 

    Executive Directors:
    John Dunphy: 2000-2007
    Kay Fitzpatrick: 2008-2010
    Mike Lawson: 2011-present 


    Tom Rudolph: 2000-2009
    Amy Burns: 2010-2012
    Jay Dorfman: 2012-2014
    Floyd Richmond:  2014-2016
    John Mlynczak: 2016-2018

    TI:ME has grown via the generous efforts of the advisory board members, officers, and committees, past and present. The advisory board consists of representatives from a broad array of educational institutions, publishers, and music technology companies. This is one of the aspects that makes TI:ME unique among music education organizations. There are educators and members of the music industry on the board in both a consultative and working role. For more information on the current officers and Board members, consult the TI:ME website ( 

    TI:ME Membership
    TI:ME has experienced consistent growth in membership since the inception of the organization. There are a variety of membership options including individual, commercial and institutional. 

    TI:ME Chapters
    In 2000, a new five year strategic plan was developed by the TI:ME Board of Directors. It included the goal of establishing TI:ME Chapters to further the outreach of the organization. A new chapters committee was formed. TI:ME chapters encourage collegiality between concentrations of members in local areas, which offers members opportunities to learn and develop skills in integrating Technology best practices in Music Education. Chapters support their membership through pre-conferences and within various State Music Educators’ Association Conferences.

    The first states and countries to establish chapters included  Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Texas and Singapore. Currently TI:ME has membership chapters in New Jersey, California, Florida, Minnesota, Maryland, Alabama, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Ontario, Texas, and Singapore.

    TI:ME Website
    The TI:ME website was developed as a part of the first NAMM grant fund. The site has grown over the years. The first TI:ME site was designed by Bob Shuster in 1998 with updates by Steven Estrella.  The webmaster duties were taken over my Mike Lawson, the current Executive Director of TI:ME.  The site features a member interaction feature where TI:ME members can communicate and share information. The site hosts approximately 150,000  visitors each year. 

    TI:ME Courses and Certification
    Over the past twenty years, TI:ME has developed the nation’s premiere music technology curriculum and certification program in music technology, which includes two levels of certification. For information on certification, review the area of the TI:ME website.

    There are more than 200 TI:ME level one Certified teachers and more 50 TI:ME level two. In 2014, TI:ME sponsored 21 weeklong workshops at 7 college sites. Currently, there are 30 certified TI:ME instructors world-wide.

    TI:ME Publications: Books
    TI:ME has published several books written by members of TI:ME. These have included seminal publications in the field of music and technology as well as books on a wide variety of topics.  As of January, 2015, the titles include:  


    Technology Strategies for Music Education

    by Tom Rudolph, Floyd Richmond, David Mash, and David Williams
    (second edition, 2005)



    Technology Guide for Music Educators
    Edited by Scott Watson (2005)



    Technology Integration in the Elementary Music Classroom
    by Amy Burns (2008)


    The Teacher's Guide to Music, Media, and Copyright Law
    by James Frankel (2009)

    Also available in Kindle format.



    Learning Music With Garageband on the Ipad: The Essential Classroom Guide to Music Production, Performance, and Education With iOS Devices Paperback(2015)

    by Floyd Richmond



    Alfred's Music Tech 101: A Group Study Course in Modern Music Production Using Audio Technology (2015)

    by Brian Laakso


    TI:ME Publications:  Newsletters/eBlasts

    In addition to books, TI:ME has published a regular newsletter and eblasts for their membership.  These started as print publications and morphed into eBlasts over the last five years. One of the first newsletters was written in 1998 and features some of the current members of TI:ME, including TI:ME President, Floyd Richmond, one of the founding members of the organization. It also announces the first of many TI:ME National Conferences, the first conference was in 1999. 

    Page one of the 1999 Newsletter:


    You can view the entire PDF of the Newsletter at:

    TI:ME Conferences

    The first TI:ME National Conference was held on April 14–17, 1999 at the Valley Forge Convention Center in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. Funded by the initial NAMM Grant, it was held  in cooperation with the 1999 Pennsylvania Music Educators Convention. The keynote speaker was David Mash and 84 presentations on music technology were held including a clinic by the late Bob Moog.  The second national conference was held in 2001 and every year since that time.

    TI:ME National Conference Chairs include:

    • 1999: George Pinchock and Richard Merrell
    • 2001 through 2009: Rocky Reuter
    • 2010 through 2012: Mark Lochstampfor
    • 2013: Keith Mason
    • 2014: David Sebald
    • 2015: Mark Lochstampfor
    • 2016: Mark Lochstampfor

    In addition to the national conference, TI:ME has hosted many regional conferences. These have included Ohio, Texas, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and others.  For more information on many of the past TI:ME conferences, consult the TI:ME website. List of TI:ME National conferences includes: 

    • 1999 Valley Forge (PMEA)
    • 2001 Cleveland (OMEA)
    • 2002 Nashville (MENC/NAfME)
    • 2003 Pasadena (CA MEA)
    • 2004 San Antonio (TMEA)
    • 2005 New York (Music Player Live)
    • 2006 Tampa (FMEA)
    • 2007 Columbus (OMEA)
    • 2008 Grand Rapids (MI MEA)
    • 2009 San Antonio (TMEA)
    • 2010 East Brunswick (NJMEA)
    • 2011 Cincinnati (OMEA)
    • 2012 Louisville (JEN Jazz Educators Network)
    • 2013 San Antonio (TMEA)
    • 2014 San Antonio (TMEA)
    • 2015 San Antonio (TMEA)
    • 2016 San Antonio (TMEA)
    • 2017 Cleveland (OMEA)
    • 2018 San Antonio (TMEA)


    In 2005, TI:ME initiated the TI:ME Teacher of the Year award. In 2006, after the passing of Mike Kovins, it was renamed  "The Mike Kovins TI:ME Teacher of the Year” in honor of the President of Korg USA, Mike Kovins.

    Without the support of Mike, it is safe to say TI:ME might never have moved from a “good idea” to a working “reality.”  His influence with NAMM was enormous and was a major factor in obtaining the first NAMM grant. He never failed in getting TI:ME noticed and involved with the leaders in the industry. Mike never let us down. He was a great friend, a champion for music technology, and he took the cause of TI:ME as his own.

    Since the inception of the award, the recipients have included:

    • Amy Burns–2005
    • Karen Garrett –2006
    • Mike Fein–2007
    • Ace Martin–2008
    • Wayne Splettstoeszer–2009
    • Rick Dammers–2010
    • Joe Pisano–2011
    • Barbara Freedman–2012
    • Richard McCready–2013
    • Catie Dwinal–2014
    • Will Kuhn - 2015
    • Marjorie LoPresti - 2016
    • Stephanie Sanders - 2017

    In 2013, a second TI:ME award was initiated called the TI:ME Award for Outstanding Contributions to Technology in Music Education.The award, co-sponsored by the producers of the NAMM Technical Excellence and Creativity (TEC) Awards, recognizes companies that have made exceptional contributions to the evolution of music technology use in the modern music classroom. Companies are nominated by members of TI:ME. 

    Since the inception of the award, the recipients include:

    • Avid - 2013
    • MakeMusic - 2014
    • PreSonus - 2015
    • MusicFirst - 2016
    • No Award Given - 2017

    In 2015, a third TI:ME award was created called the Dunphy-Rudolph Administrator of the Year Award, named after the first Executive Director for TI:ME, John Dunphy, and the first President, Tom Rudolph. It recognizes an outstanding administrator. Michael Vetter received the first award in 2015. David Mash received the second award in 2016.

    TI:ME Grants
    Over the past 20 years, TI:ME has been a partner with the NAMM Foundation on several grants. TI:ME Officers, Board Members and Members at large have contributed to these efforts including John Dunphy, George Pinchock, Tom Rudolph, James Frankel, and Rick Dammers.

    Name:  Grant to fund the organization
    Funder: NAMM Foundation
    Year:  1997
    Name: Connect with Music part 1 and part 2

    Year: 2005
    Funder: NAMM Foundation
    Description: Link to materials created by the grant team:

    Name: Technology Leadership Academy
    Funder: NAMM Foundation
    Year: 2007
    Description: NAMM Foundation funding supports the expansion of TI:ME's Technology Leadership Academy, a program for pre-service music education majors focusing attention on the emerging interest to reach non-traditional music students with technology-based music programs.

    The Future of TI:ME
    by TI:ME past president, Floyd Richmond

    In it’s 20 year history, TI:ME has witnessed a transformation in music education.  Students have creative opportunities that were never before available. They compose and record original songs. They master notation and other symbolic systems that are more approachable because of music technology. The perform with instruments that have never been heard and program them in new ways. Their music is more dynamic, more expressive, more diverse, more original, more personal, and more exciting.  In short, they are more creative and more musical. Even so, the job is not yet complete. Many pockets of technological literacy exist, but there are many places where these transformations have not occurred. TI:ME will continue to work until all students have the opportunity to experience this new approach to music education.

    TI:ME members and leadership will continue to be early adopters and will be eager to share their insights with music teachers everywhere.TI:ME will continue to use the tools that have served it well.  These include conferences, in-service training, courses, certification, publications, newsletters, web, social media, and more.  New technologies including distance learning and webinars may expand TI:ME’s reach, but TI:ME will remain committed to it’s original mission of improving music education through the use of music technology.  

    “What TI:ME Has Meant To Me” by John Dunphy
    When Villanova began the Summer Music Program for In-Service Music Educators in the 1990, no one could have imagined the impact of bringing outstanding Music Education Instructors and The Music Industry together with In-Service Music Educators and where that would all lead. I think it was an idea that was right “on time”.  Teachers needed training to maintain their certification. That was a known. The big unknown was how much and to what degree the new music technology was going to be accepted. Music Technology was the next big thing that Music Teachers needed to make their teaching more effective. It was obvious from the beginning that this new and different approach to Music Education excited the imaginations of our summer students. It was clear that need for a more concentrated educational platform was needed, one that would focus on the use of computer technology in the classroom. In the next 20 plus years, more than 1000 in-service music teachers learned how to use these new tools in their classrooms. The need to know was there, the classes were available, what was needed was a duplication of this on a larger, more focused scale. TI:ME answered that need.

    On a personal level, the creation of TI:ME opened a new world for me. I found myself among the most intense dreamers of dreams, teachers who saw in technology a new possibility. As “the least of the brethren”, the aggiornamento guy, with a foot on both sides of technology divide, I was constantly amazed at the depth of knowledge, the creative thinking, and the sheer determination of those who understood the possibilities of computer technology in music classrooms. It made me smile to think how smart I was to choose Music Education as a vocation.

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