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"Computers, iPads, and Chromebooks. Oh My!" and "Getting The Full Picture: Assessing Your Music Students Online with MusicFirst"

  • NYU Steinhardt 35 West 4th Street New York, NY, 10012 United States (map)

2 Sessions presented by Barbara Freedman and Jim Frankel

Session I: Computers, iPads, and Chromebooks. Oh My!
Barbara Freedman
Bringing the 21st century into your classroom need not be a mystery or a chore. Get the low down on how each device works, what works for each device, and what you can use for free right out of the box in your classroom. Not just for the teacher getting started with technology, topics covered will include hardware and software choices for different grade levels specifically for the music classroom. Attendees will be able to understand their device better and what the options are for their device and the limitations of their device. Some suggestions will be given for each device for teachers to use to create materials for their classroom and for students to use to create music.

Session II: Getting The Full Picture: Assessing Your Music Students Online with MusicFirst
Jim Frankel
In this session we will discuss challenges that teachers are facing with assessment, performance preparation, and grading based on his own experience as well as the experience of the teachers in the session. He will then demonstrate the benefits of the MusicFirst Online Classroom and integrated software tools and explore how cloud-based technology can facilitate a more efficient music classroom. Teachers will see the Online Classroom, it’s functions, and capabilities from the perspective of a teacher creating assignments as well as a student completing their assignments. Teachers will be given login credentials to complete demo work on their own devices.


Named the 2012 National TI:ME Technology Teacher of the Year, Barbara Freedman is a former NYC public school music teacher and has been teaching Electronic Music & Audio Engineering at Greenwich High School in Connecticut since 2001. She is the author of the book “Teaching Music Through Composition: A Curriculum Using Technology” published by Oxford University Press. Barbara is a technology trainer, professional development leader, and consultant to schools and districts seeking to create technology labs and integrate technology into curricula. Barbara has served on the music technology education advisory boards for MusicFirst, Spotify, and the International Baccalaureate Organization and is the Co-President of the Connecticut Chapter of TI:ME. She holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Music in Performance from Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music, City University of New York and Professional Studies Diploma from the Mannes College of Music. She studied conducting at the Hartt School of Music, Westminster Choir College, and The Juilliard School and is completing her Ph.D. in Learning Technologies at the University of North Texas. Barbara performs regularly with the Ridgefield and Bridgeport Symphonies and is a freelance musician in the NY Metropolitan area. Best known as a music technology educator and trainer, Barbara’s motto, “Teach music. The technology will follow.” has become the rallying cry for music technology teachers around the world.



Dr. Jim Frankel is the Head of Digital Education for the Music Sales Group, and Director of MusicFirst. Previously, he was the Managing Director of SoundTree, and before that he was the instrumental and general music teacher for 15 years in New Jersey Public Schools. Jim is a widely published author in various state, national and international journals of music education. He is the author of The Teachers Guide to Music, Media & Copyright Law, co-author of YouTube in Music Education, contributing author for Critical Issues in Music Education and co-author of Making Music with GarageBand & Mixcraft. In addition to his writing, Jim is a highly sought-after clinician and keynote speaker in the local, national and international music education community. He is on the Board of Directors for TI:ME, NJMEA and is the past president of ATMI.

This workshop satisfies 4 hours of CTLE Credit (forms available at Workshop)

Payment and Cost: Workshop is $15.00 with advance online registration (PayPal) at $20.00 at the door if you prefer to pay cash or credit card. Advance registration entitles you to pay $15.00 at the door. Walk-ins pay $20.00. MEANYC members get one free workshop. No fee for college students. 

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