The Technology Institute for Music Educators (TI:ME) is proud to honor music educator Will Kuhn with the 2015 Mike Kovins TI:ME Teacher of the Year Award for the numerous ways in which he integrates music technology into music education.
Will Kuhn has nine years of experience teaching music technology to high school age students, and has become a nationally recognized leader in the area. In 2006, Will decided there was an untapped market for music students at his school outside of the traditional ensembles, and began writing a curriculum that made music accessible to a new audience. His project-based lessons are innovative in their accessibility but also in the way they tap into current trends and breathe a seldom-seen relevance into Music Education. Will’s methods have also been very influential in the spread of Music Technology in Ohio and beyond as schools from the greater Ohio region work to adapt his program.
He is frequently invited to perform clinics and presentations which teach other professionals how to use media software, DAWs, and online music services. At Lebanon High School, Will has created innovative ways independently to provide experience on the software, including a live performance group and a recording studio club to great ends; as of this writing he has created one of the largest high school Music Tech programs in the country, at around 350 students per year. He has also taught undergraduate and graduate level Music Education courses on how to reproduce these results at Miami University (Oxford) and Cincinnati Christian University. The projects his students complete are notable.
Will has written and been interviewed about his work in various US music education journals and publications such as InTune Magazine, as well as on his own website willkuhn.com. Will is co-author with V. J. Manzo of Interactive Composition: Strategies Using Ableton Live and Max for Live for Oxford University Press, detailing the many new ways music can be composed with new software tools.
TI:ME congratulates Will on his nomination and selection for this prestigious award. We invite you to attend the formal presentation of the award at 1:00 pm on Friday, February 14 during the TI:ME Keynote address at our conference in San Antonio, Texas.
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Video about Lebanon HS Music Tech program: http://vimeo.com/108686502