As the new AMEA Technology Chair, I hope to provide
the membership with resources to help incorporate technology use in the
music classroom. I direct
the Music Technology program at the University
of Alabama at
Birmingham, teach courses in Computer Music and
direct the UAB Computer Music Ensemble.
Prior to coming to Alabama in 2008, I taught at
University in Lexington, KY.
I am also a former high school and middle school choir director.
You can contact me at
Several exciting things are happening in Alabama related to music
technology that I am eager to share with you.
State Chapter of
This past January, at the AMEA conference, a group
of music educators met and decided to form an Alabama State Chapter of
the Technology Institute for Music Educators (TI:ME).
This is a non-profit organization whose mission is to assist
music teachers in applying technology to improve teaching and learning
in music. The organization
was founded in 1995 with the following four goals:
To codify technology instruction into a cohesive
set of standards.
To create a national certification process
recognizing the achievement of in-service music teachers in music
To create an organization with a network of
members with similar interests and needs.
To create an internet presence (www.ti-me.org),
newsletter, and publications that would provide teachers with training
in music technology.
Since its founding, the organization has grown to
nearly 1,000 members worldwide, with local chapters in 14 states and Singapore.
There are currently many TI:ME
members living and teaching here in
In fact, several Alabama teachers have been involved with the
organization on a national level.
UAB professor Henry Panion and Auburn professor Kim Walls serve
on the organization’s national advisory board and Karen Garrett,
Instrumental Music Technology teacher at Central Park Elementary School
in Birmingham, was named the 2006 National TI:ME Teacher of the Year (go
to her website at
www.musictechteacher.com to see why).
Why Join TI:ME?
While access to the TI:ME website and many of its
resources is free to any interested music teacher, for only $40,
teachers can become TI:ME members and benefit from a wealth of resources
and training opportunities.
Some of these benefits include:
Eligibility for Level 1 and Level 2 National
Discounts on TI:ME publications and
Networking with music teachers around the
country through the TI:ME members electronic discussion group.
Free subscriptions to Electronic Musician and
Keyboard Magazine (valued over $85)
Access to the members-only content the TI:ME
A searchable database of lesson plans to help
you integrate technology into your teaching.
A searchable database of research in music
education technology to assist you in teaching and advocacy.
Articles on using technology in music teaching.
Free tutorials to help you learn music software.
Why a State Chapter?
The existence of a
state chapter allows a greater presence for music technology
instruction and support in the state through networking, conferences,
and encouraging technology presentations at the annual AMEA convention.
The leadership of the state organization is as follows:
President: Scott Phillips, University of Alabama
Vice President: Karen Hickok, Northside Intermediate
School, Opelika, AL
Advisory Board: Carrie Cruz, North Highland and
Concord Elementary Schools, Hueytown; Kimberly Walls, Auburn University;
Henry Panion, University of Alabama at Birmingham; Karen Garrett,
Central Park School, Birmingham.
To learn more about the Alabama TI:ME chapter go to
www.ti-me.org/AL (caps sensitive).