The mission of TI:ME is to assist music educators in applying technology to improve teaching and learning in music.
The History of TI:ME
In the summer of 1995 TI:ME was formed to address the following areas: First, there was a need to codify technology into a cohesive set of standards. Next, a certification process was explored to recognize the achievement of in-service music teachers in music technology. Finally, it became clear that there was a need for a new organization, national in scope and focused on the subject of teacher training in music technology. A National Advisory board was established and met in October of 1996 setting in motion the tasks that led to the creation of a world wide web site, the publication of a book of Strategies and a Newsletter The TI:MES, the criterion for membership, and the development of a comprehensive curriculum for in-service teacher training in music technology.
The Goals of TI:ME
The Goals of the Institute include:
- The Institute will develop standards for music technology in-service teacher training courses in public or private educational settings. This will be accomplished by organizing an advisory board comprised of experts in the field of music education, music technology, manufactures and distributors. A printed document will be created describing the specific technology standards for music education. This booklet will be made available to educational institutions and music educators.
- The Institute will develop course materials for music technology in several specific areas to include sequencing, notation, telecommunications, computer-assisted instruction and other courses.
- The Institute will list and define skills required to obtain proficiency in the understanding and use of technology as it is applied to the teaching of music. In addition the Institute will certify skill levels through appropriate tests and measurements. Teachers who have gained proficiency in music technology will be awarded certification and the Institute will maintain records of certification as evidence of professional growth.
- The Institute will provide a forum for discussion, research, and development for music educators to improve their understanding and use of technology. This will be accomplished by developing a Web site, publishing a newsletter, and offering to music educators a yearly membership in the Technology Institute. Also, a biannual national music education technology convention will be organized to bring together the music education community and the manufacturers, publishers, and developers of software and hardware.
The Funding of TI:ME
The International Music Products Association (NAMM) (formerly the National Association of Music Merchants) provided an initial 3-year grant to the Institute to help accomplish the goals when we were starting up in 1995 and early on. This funding allowed the institute to accomplish the four major goals listed above. A second 3-year grant was funded by NAMM in Spring 2000. Today we operate from membership dues, confernce production sponsorships and general advertising and sponsoship opportunities provided to the music products industry who want to reach our highly-infliuential membership with their technology, instruments and related products.
TI:ME Contact Info:
Mike Lawson - Executive Director
7503 Kingwood Court
Fairview, TN 37062
615 870 9333