Seventh Annual National Music Technology Leadership Academy 2018 Call for Participation

With the continued support from the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation, we are pleased to announce a highly competitive program to select a group of undergraduate and graduate music education majors nationally as interns for the 7th Annual Music Technology Leadership Academy (MTLA). The Technology Leadership Academy will be held in association with the TI:ME and TMEA conference in San Antonio, Texas, Wednesday evening through Saturday, February 13-17, 2018.

The Music Technology Leadership Academy is a program for pre-service music education majors (juniors and seniors) to focus on strategies for engaging non-traditional middle and secondary school students through technology-based music programs. For the fourth year we are also opening the program for masters and doctoral graduate music education majors to apply to the program. For more information on these strategies and schools that serve as exemplars refer to

Selected through a competitive application process, participants will attend the academy held in conjunction with the 2018 TI:ME National Conference/ Texas Music Educators Association Conference. Student interns will be selected through an essay competition. Those accepted will be required to attend eight leadership academy sessions (Wednesday through Saturday) focusing on developing strategies for utilizing technology to reach non-traditional music students and attend conference sessions and program activities throughout the TI:ME/TMEA conference related to this work. After the conference, interns will be asked to share the experience with pre- or in-service teachers in their community and with music teachers and researchers in general.

The Music Technology Leadership Academy is led by Drs. William Bauer (University of Florida), Rick Dammers (Rowan University), V.J. Manzo (Worcester Polytechnic Institute), and David B. Williams (Illinois State University Emeritus), nationally known music educators who specialize in working with non-traditional music students. Students who are selected to participate will have their registration, three nights of hotel accommodations, and travel (up to $450) covered by TI:ME through the NAMM program grant. If accepted all program participants are required to attend the first session on Wednesday evening at 5 p.m. and participate throughout the program until 1 p.m. on Saturday.

NB. In your letter and essay, please consider that the reviewers give the most weight to your music education philosophy; teaching, research, and learning strategies; and training and background. Less weight is given to your technology savvy and the technology tools and software you may know and use.

To apply, please do the following:

  • ●  Pre-service undergraduate students, masters and doctoral students of music education: Complete and email a two-page (single spaced) essay on the promise of technology in broadening the reach of music education to all students, including the non-traditional music students, in K-12 school programs. Your essay should reflect the extent of your teaching experience and the scope of your music technology training and experience.
  • ●  Provide a cover letter with a 1-2 paragraph justification for why you would like to participate in the Academy. On this letter also provide your name, school, year in school, email address, and confirm that you are a music education major at the undergraduate or graduate level.
  • ●  Provide a letter of reference from a music education professor at your institution.

    Email to [email protected] with “Music Technology Leadership Academy Application” in the subject line by 11/06/2017 . Participants will be notified by December 1st, 2017.

    Get Application PDF at

Music Technology Leadership Academy (MTLA): A Four-Year Progress Report

What is it? The Music Technology Leadership Academy (MTLA) is designed to provide a highly select group of music education majors the opportunity to immerse themselves in studying instructional strategies for using music technology to reach students in secondary schools who are non-participants in traditional music ensembles. The strategy and philosophy of this initiative is aligned with the website and its focus on using technology to reach “The Other 80%” in secondary school music.

Leadership: David B. Williams (Illinois State University), Richard Dammers (Rowan University), V.J. Manzo (Worcester Polytechnic Institute), and William Bauer (University of Florida)

About The NAMM Foundation
The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit organization funded in part by the National Association of

Music Merchants and its 9,000 members. The Foundation advances active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving and public service programs. For more information about the NAMM Foundation, please visit .


  • ●  Louisville, KY (January 2012) with the TI:ME National Conference and the Jazz Educators Network Conference: leadership participation from music education majors at Cincinnati Conservatory, Case Western Reserve University, Grove City College, Northwestern University, Rowan University, University of Massachusetts, University of Michigan
  • ●  San Antonio, TX (February 2013) with the TI:ME National Conference and the Texas Music Educators Association; leadership participation from music education majors from Boston University, Loyola, Northwestern, Penn State, Temple, University of Massachusetts
  • ●  San Antonio, TX (February 2014) with the TI:ME National Conference and the Texas Music Educators Association: eleven MTLA interns select from schools across the U.S.
  • ●  San Antonio, TX (February 2015) with continued TI:ME, TMEA, and NAMM support; MTLA interns from Arizona State and the University of Arizona, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Hope College, New York University, University of Illinois, SUNY-Fredonia and SUNY Potsdam, Ithaca College, University of Delaware, Boston University, University of Cincinnati, Columbia Teachers College.
  • ●  San Antonio, TX (February 2016) with continued TI:ME, TMEA, and NAMM support. MTLA interns from Colorado State University, Ithaca College Michigan State University, New York University, SUNY- Potsdam, University of Mass. -Lowell, and Valley Forge University.
  • ●  Cleveland, OH (February 2017) with continued TI:ME, TMEA, and NAMM support. Interns from the University of Arkansas, Northern Illinois University, University of Montevallo, University of Arkansas, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Penn State , Michigan State University, Rowan University, University of Cincinnati, Ithaca College, Auburn University, University of Florida


  • ●  Four-day event embedded around the music education conference starting on Wednesday evening.
  • ●  Participant-only training sessions on technology tools, strategies, and research related to non-traditional, high-school music students.
  • ●  Attendance of conference sessions related to music technology and its application to instructional settings.
  • ●  Social networking times for participants to share experiences.
  • ●  Final capstone project tailored to NTM classroom lesson plans.
  • ●  Follow up activities after the Academy experience.


    This project provides several unique experiences in support of music making, learning, and teaching. The MLTA offers:

  • ●  A unique format for blending music technology study within a conference setting, thus giving interns not only insights from the MTLA instructors but from music education and the music industry at large.
  • ●  An opportunity for interns—chosen competitively from diverse music education programs across the nation—to network with their student colleagues as well as with conference presenters and attendees.
  • ●  Training on instructional strategies for using technology to reach a critical student population within secondary music education, the nationally estimated 80 percent of students who do not participate in traditional music ensembles.

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