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SoundTree Partnership

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The Professional Institute for Educators is pleased to partner with SoundTree to serve the needs of music educators using technology.

SoundTree specializes in learning systems for education that integrate electronic music instruments, audio components, video production tools, computers and software. The comprehensive curriculum of these online courses includes live lectures, graded assignments and threaded discussion boards.

The courses are part of the certification requirements for the Technology Institute for Music Educators (TI:ME), a Pennsylvania nonprofit corporation whose mission is to assist music educators in applying technology to improve teaching and learning in music. TI:ME offers a sequenced number of music technology courses designed for educators, which then leads to a TI:ME certificate upon completion.

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Soundtree partner courses offered through the Professional Institute for Educators at the University of the Arts include a one-year subscription to the SoundTree Institute. The SoundTree Institute is an online learning site for music educators that takes advantage of the experience, resources, staff of SoundTree to provide educators around the world with quality, effective professional development.

An annual subscription to the SoundTree Institute provides:

  • Weekly one-hour live education-focused webinars
  • Admission to METOS 2011 – an online conference opportunity in October
  • 24/7 access to pre-recorded music technology education videos
  • Access to live online technical support
  • Moderated discussion boards
  • Lesson plans, articles, resources and links
  • Discounts on product purchases through the SoundTree Online Store
  • Enhanced educator-focused Web 2.0 tools, and more

 Online Courses and Live Meetings

  • The SoundTree Institute makes use of Cisco WebEx Training Center to deliver a rich, interactive classroom-experience online. Live (synchronous) meetings for classes take place in pre-scheduled required Training Center online sessions. Additionally, the SoundTree Institute has partnered with Haiku Learning Management Systems to manage course content and assessment.  Both of these technologies are integrated into the SoundTree Institute.
  • Participants need a headset microphone for video chatting and a reliable Internet connection in order to successfully participate in these online courses.
  • Courses are a mix of asynchronous (completed on your schedule) and scheduled required synchronous online sessions at specific times for participants in the courses to log-in and enjoy together – these are noted next to course description.
  • Students also must have access to: Sibelius notation software and either GarageBand or Mixcraft music production software.
  • For those using a notation program other than Sibelius (such as Finale) and/or music production software other than GarageBand/Mixcraft (such as Pro Tools, Logic, Reason), please contact the instructor, Michael Fein (), to see if this can be accommodated, prior to registering.

Summer 2013 Courses:

Basic Skills in Music Technology Notation, Production + Electronic Instruments (TI:ME Level 1A)
This course imparts practical skills and knowledge to in-service music teachers to allow them to integrate technology effectively into teaching and learning. Covering basic skills in music notation software, music production software and use of electronic musical instruments, participants learn the basics of MIDI theory and notation and explore many ways to incorporate these tools into the curriculum. Participants gain the necessary knowledge to make critical judgments about the appropriateness of selected music hardware and software for particular educational applications. This course fulfills the first half of the TI:ME Level 1 certification requirement.

The University of the Arts - 1 week
MTEC 500 01 – 3 credits $1890, Fee $45
MTEC 500NM 01 – 3 credits $945, Fee $45
Mon Jun 24 – Fri Jun 28: 9 am – 5:30 pm
Instructor: Michael Fein

Basic Skills in Music Technology Software, Communications + Digital Media
Participants explore instructional software, configuring and using computers on networks and the Internet and the basics of using digital media in K-12 music education. Consider many ways to incorporate these digital tools into the music curriculum to serve a range of students. This course imparts practical skills and knowledge to in-service music teachers allowing them to integrate technology effectively into teaching and learning. This course fulfills the second half of the TI:ME Level 1 certification requirement.

Online - 4 weeks
MTEC 501 01 – 3 credits $1890, Fee $45
MTEC 501NM 01 – 3 credits $945, Fee $45
Online Mon Jul 1 – Fri Jul 26, with synchronous
online sessions on Tue Jul 2, Tue Jul 9, Tue Jul 16:
7:30 - 9:30 pm
Instructor: Michael Fein

Michael Fein earned a Bachelor of Music Education from Rutgers University and a Masters of Jazz Saxophone Performance from Rowan University. He has presented numerous sessions at music and technology conferences including the 2005 National Education Computing Conference in Philadelphia and the 2009 TI:ME National Conference in San Antonio and was awarded the TI:ME Teacher of the Year in 2007. Michael currently teaches music technology electives and the Jazz Ensemble at Haverford High School in Havertown, PA.

This course is taught by a certified Technology Institute for Music Education (TI:ME) Instructor.  Students may apply to become members of TI:ME through:

These courses are part of a series of five TI:ME courses offered throughout the year based on this schedule:

MTEC 500 – TI:ME 1A Basic Music Skills in Music Technology – Notation, Production + Electronic Instruments

MTEC 501 – TI:ME 1B Basic Skills in Music Technology – Digital Media

SUMMER TERM (these can be taken in any order) 

MTEC 502 – TI:ME 2A Digital Music Notation
MTEC 503  – TI:ME 2B Multimedia Authoring
MTEC 504 – TI:ME 2C Integrating Technology into the Music Curriculum

For additional information visit the SoundTree website at or

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The National Association of Music Education

The National Association for Music Education (MENC) is among the world's largest arts education organizations and is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. Through membership of more than 75,000 active, retired and pre-service music teachers, and with 60,000 honor students and supporters, MENC serves millions of students nationwide through activities at all teaching levels, from preschool to graduate school.

MENC's activities and resources have been largely responsible for the establishment of music education as a profession, for the promotion and guidance of music study as an integral part of the school curriculum, and for the development of the National Standards for Arts Education. MENC is located at the National Center for Music Education in Reston, Va.

Why Doesn't MENC's Name Match the Acronym?  Originally, the title began as the Music Supervisors National Conference, then the Music Educators National Conference - that's the "MENC."  In 1998, the National Executive Board voted to change to MENC: The National Association for Music Education, to better reflect the mission.

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