2012 Mike Kovins TI:ME Teacher of the Year

Barbara FreedmanMusic Technology Basics, Presentations, teaching2 Comments

I am honored to have been selected as the 2012 Mike Kovins TI:ME Teacher of the Year.

Each year, the Technology Institute for Music Educators (TI:ME) recognizes an outstanding music technology teacher at the annual TI:ME conference. This annual award called “The TI:ME Teacher of the Year Award” began in 2005. I am grateful and honored to have been recognized by my peers and be amongst some of the most outstanding music technology educators as a TI:ME honoree. Thank you to TI:ME, Amy Burns, President, Jay Dorfman, President Elect and Mike Lawson, Executive Director.

Many thanks to my colleagues for their support. Special shout out to Jim Frankel of SoundTree for his faith in me and encouragement and Joe Pisano for even starting the Music Education Blogger and the Music Educators Professional Learning Network (MPLN). A special thank you to my Connecticut partners in music technology,music technology pioneers, Walter Mamlock & Gail Lumpkin and co-TI:ME honoree Wayne Splettstoeszer. Thanks to my personal support team including Edith “Ish” Bicknel, editor, and Andy Zweibel, website and tech guru extraodinaire.

I am grateful to the Greenwich Public Schools for recognizing the importance of music education in all it’s permutations and the importance of technology in all subjects. Special thanks to GHS retired teacher Ann Modugno for starting the very first high school Electronic Music class in the country in 1969, Jeff Spector, Coordinator of Art & Music, Chris Winters, Head Master, Rick Piotrzkowski, Assistant Head Master, Fran Kompar, Coordinator of Educational Media and the IT department of the Greenwich Public Schools especially Scott Parker, Jen Vitiello and Tony Tripodi for making all the technology work all the time!

Although listed last here, they are first in my hearts, my family and friends. Thank you for all your support and patience while I spent many hours away either out of the house or staring at a computer screen. I am blessed.