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Music Technology

  • NYU Steinhardt 35 West 4th Street, Room 985 New York, NY, 10012 United States (map)

Presented by Ethan Hein & Joshua Emanuel


An Art Class For Music (by Ethan Hein)

Computers and mobile devices make it possible for students to create good- sounding recordings, even at the novice level. This workshop will explore what it means to teach music as an art class. What hardware and software do you need? What styles and genres of music can you support? How do you structure project-based lessons? What can you do on a budget of zero? What resources are available online? We will talk through the tools and issues, and listen to samples of student work.

Incorporating Technology in Your Music Curriculum
(by Joshua Emanuel)

This session will be a lecture/presentation on techniques to incorporate technology into a school music curriculum. It will highlight specific technologies used to enhance student learning as they apply to music creation, performance, recording, and practice. Examples of student work will be shown to further the understanding of the participants. Technologies discussed will be accessible to teachers at varying degrees of technological experience and cost. This session will apply to instrumental, choral, and general music programs.


Ethan Hein is a Doctoral Fellow in music education at New York University, and an adjunct professor of music technology at NYU, Montclair State University, and the New School. As a founding member of the NYU Music Experience Design Lab, Ethan has taken a leadership role in the development of online tools for music learning and expression, most notably the Groove Pizza. Together with Will Kuhn, he is the co-author of Electronic Music School: Empowering Student Creativity, forthcoming from Oxford University Press. He maintains an influential blog at ethanhein.com.

Joshua Emanuel is a music educator, percussionist, music technology specialist, and composer from Suffern, NY. He received his B.M. in music education from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam and his M.S. in music technology from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, and has taught students ranging from kindergarten to undergraduate music majors. Joshua’s work focuses on the use of technology in music education as a tool to allow students to create and experience music. As a presenter, Joshua’s work has been shared at conferences across the United States and around the world. Joshua currently teaches middle school general music at Nanuet Public Schools in Nanuet, NY. He is also pursuing his PhD in Music Education at New York University.


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

  • Pre-registration cost for current MEANYC members is $15 online and $20 at door.

  • Cost for non-members is $25.

  • Collegiate members can register for free.

  • MEANYC professional members get one free workshop each school year. If you are a member and haven’t claimed your one free workshop, please visit your member dashboard and fill out the form.

  • Registration is non-refundable.


Earlier Event: February 8
Middle School Festival
Later Event: March 7
Instrumental Music