Clinicians & Authors

Dr. Thomas Rudolph
Clinician & Author

Marc Schonbrun
Clinician & Author

Dr. Rick Dammers
Clinician

Stefani Langol
Clinician & Author

Keith Mason
Clinician

Bruce Munson
Clinician

Dr. Rick Schmunk
Clinician

Richard McCready
Clinician & Author

Kimberly McCord
Clinician & Author

Amy M. Burns
Clinician & Author

Mike Moniz
Clinician & Author

Don Muro
Author

Jamie Knight
Clinician

Marjorie LoPresti
Clinician

Michael Fein
Clinician & Author

Dr. Scott Phillips
Clinician

Richard Sussman
Author

Dr. Jay Dorfman
Clinician & Author

Gabriel Cobas
Clinician and Author


Thomas Rudolph, Ed. D. currently is the Director of Music and middle school classroom and instrumental music instructor for the School District of Haverford Township, in Havertown, Pennsylvania. He is also an adjunct Assistant Professor at The University of the Arts. In 1995, Dr. Rudolph was one of the founders of the Technology Institute for Music Educators (TI:ME) and is now serving as the President of this organization. Since 1983, Rudolph has taught workshops in music technology at 17 institutions of higher learning and has trained over 3,500 music educators in his acclaimed workshops. He has authored eleven books including: Sibelius: A Comprehensive Guide to Sibelius Music Notation Software; Teaching Music With Technology, currently in its third printing; Finale An Easy Guide to Music Notation; Recording in the Digital World; Finding Funds for Music Technology, and he was one of 4 co-authors of the TI:ME publication: Technology Strategies for Music Education. Rudolph is the co-author of the Alfred Music Tech Series which includes Playing Keyboard, Music Production and MIDI Sequencing, and Composing with Notation Software. He has published more than 30 articles on music technology that have appeared in the Music Educators Journal, Music Education Technology Magazine, The Instrumentalist, Jazz Educator Journal, and Downbeat magazine.


After thirteen years as Director of Instrumental Music at the Branson School in Ross, California, Mr. Munson moved on to become the Western Region Manager for Sibelius USA. During his seven years at Sibelius, Mr. Munson managed sales for the thirteen western states, western Canada and Mexico. His responsibilities also included artist relations as well as conducting both in-service and public software trainings. In August of 2007, Mr. Munson left Sibelius to concentrate on further developing his music engraving business, and with the addition offering music technology training and consulting to the business, he founded Munson Music Services and Consulting. Mr. Munson’s client list includes among others, Michael Tilson Thomas, Stewart Wallace, Gordon Getty, the San Francisco Symphony and International Liturgy Publications. He recently prepared the score and parts for the Bonesetter’s Daughter, music by Stewart Wallace and libretto by Amy Tan, which had its San Francisco Opera premiere in the fall of 2008. Mr. Munson has conducted in-service trainings for music teachers in school districts across the U.S. and Canada, and most recently has begun partnering with colleges and universities to offer workshops on Sibelius software to the public. Mr. Munson is a pianist/ composer/ arranger in both the contemporary and jazz genres, and has transcribed the music of several jazz artists for Hal Leonard's Artist Transcription Series, including that of Thelonious Monk and Jackie McLean. Mr. Munson studied composition and ethnomusicology at the University of California, Berkeley, where he received his degree in music.


A former public school music educator / administrator, Mike Moniz is a graduate of Boston University with B.M.degree and Bridgewater State College with a M. Ed. He is an Associate Professor at the Berklee College of Music, an adjunct professor for Salem State and Fitchburg State Colleges, Vice President of the Technology Institute for Music Educators and a consultant / technology trainer for the Massachusetts Elementary School Principals' Association (MESPA), and the Northeast Consortium for Staff Development. As Technology Chairperson for the Massachusetts Music Educators Association, he coordinates all technology sessions offered at the All State Conference. Mike is a certified instructor for the Technology Institute for Music Educators (TI:ME) and offers graduate credit / TI:ME national certification courses at both the MESPA Technology Center in Marlborough, MA and at numerous sites throughout the Northeast as part of his annual Summer Music Technology Institute. He has presented music technology sessions at the Christa McAullife Technology Conference, the New England League of Middle Schools, the New England Band Director's Association, as well as State music educator conferences in Texas, Massachusetts, Georgia, Kansas, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Maine, Connecticut and New York. He is an active member of numerous organizations including MENC, MMEA, and TI:ME.


Scott Phillips, Ph.D., has recently joined the department as assistant professor of music technology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Phillips teaches courses in computer music, directs the UAB Computer Music Ensemble and supervises the music technology internship program. Prior to coming to UAB, Phillips taught for six years at Transylvania University in Lexington, Ky. While in Kentucky, he also served on the Board of Directors of the Kentucky Music Educators Association as technology chairman. Phillips is a former middle school and high school teacher, an educational consultant for SoundTree and a Sibelius Ambassador. His research interests include use of technology in music teaching, curriculum development in music technology at the university level and the role of technology in the development of music attitudes among middle school students. Phillips earned his B.A. from Brigham Young University, his M.A. from University of Central Florida and his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa.


Marc Schonbrun graduated magna cum laude from the Crane School of Music. He is an active educator, writer, and performer on the East Coast. Marc's musical resume ranges from classical guitar concertos to jazz trios and rock concerts. He is an active lecturer on guitar and music technology, and he frequently tours the country educating musicians and teachers. He is also the author of numerous books on music theory, guitar playing, and music technology. Marc is the author of The Everything Rock and Blues Guitar Book, The Everything Home Recording Book, The Everything Reading Music Book, The Everything Guitar Chords Book, The Efficient Guitarist: Book One, The Efficient Guitarist: Book Two, The Everything Music Theory Book, Digital Guitar Power! and Truefire.com's ""Geek Guitar"". He is endorsed by Godin Guitars, D'Addario Strings, Planet Waves, Flite Sound Speakers, and is a professional training specialist for Native Instruments, Korg USA and Sibelius USA.


Dr. Richard (Rick) Schmunk, Assistant Professor of Pedagogical Technology, teaches within the Music Industry and Scoring for Motion Pictures and TV departments at the USC Thornton School of Music and is an active music technology clinician in the U.S. and Canada. As a guitarist, he has performed at festivals in the U.S. and Europe and been an active freelance musician in Dallas, Miami, Seattle and Los Angeles for over 25 years. He currently performs with his jazz quartet and dectet. His last recording of original compositions, Images, was released in December 2006.


Don Muro has been working with music and technology for most of his life. He has been the recipient of several ASCAP composition awards and his music has been performed in settings ranging from London’s St. Paul's Cathedral to Disneyland. His demonstration compositions for the legendary Korg M1 music workstation helped to make it the world’s best selling synthesizer. Don Muro is recognized as a master synthesist specializing in live performance techniques for electronic keyboard. He has recorded three albums of original music and has performed/recorded with musicians including John Scofield, T Lavitz, Chuck Leavell, Roger Powell, Chuck Loeb, Arnie Lawrence, Narada Michael Walden and Paul Winter. Throughout his career Don has been an active advocate for music technology. In addition to producing a DVD and two videos, he has written four books as well as the Music Expressions Music Technology/MIDI Keyboard Curriculum (Alfred). He is a contributing author of the Technology Guide for Music Educators (Thompson) and Technology Integration in the Elementary Classroom (Hal Leonard). He is also a co-author of the TI:ME (Technology Institute for Music Educators) Level II instructional materials for advanced sequencing. He has taught music technology classes to more than 4,000 music educators through his summer workshops. He served as an adjunct faculty member at Columbia University Teachers College and as Artist in Residence at Duquesne University.


Richard Sussman is a pianist, composer, synthesist, and professor of jazz composition at Manhattan School of Music in New York City. Over the years, Richard has attained a high level of accomplishment and recognition as a jazz pianist and composer, both as a sideman with various artists, and more significantly, as a leader of various ensembles performing his own uniquely original compositions. His varied career has included performances and/or recordings with Lionel Hampton, Buddy Rich, Steve Slagle, Randy Brecker, Lee Konitz, Blood Sweat & Tears, David Sanborn, and Donna Summer, among many others. Writing credits include a commission by the Manhattan School of Music (""Dialogue For Jazz Band & Orchestra"" - 2003) and 2 NEA grants in composition for large-scale works for Jazz Band and Symphony Orchestra (Suites #1 & 2 for Jazz Band and Orchestra). As an educator, Richard Sussman has been an integral member of the Jazz Composition Faculty at the highly esteemed Manhattan School of Music in New York City since 1986. His responsibilities at MSM continue to include private composition lessons, teaching and developing curriculum for Jazz Arranging classes, and managing all aspects of the Electronic Music Technology/MIDI Recording Studios for the Jazz Department, including managing the physical facilities, designing curriculum, and teaching various classes at the Undergraduate and Graduate level.


Rick Dammers is an Assistant Professor of Music Education at Rowan University. He completed his Ph.D. in Music Education at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Prior to teaching at Rowan, he was a music teacher (band) and the Fine Arts Facilitator in the Ladue School District in suburban St. Louis. Rick has presented at several state, national, and internationalconferences including the Association for Technology in Music Instruction, Bergen Interactive Music Conference, College Music Society, Delaware, Missouri, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania Music Educators Associations, TI:ME/MENC, Technological Directions in Music Learning, New Directions in Music Education, and the National Symposium on Music Instructional Technology. He has published articles in Missouri Journal of Reserach in Music Education, and TEMPO. Rick grew up in Normal, Illinois. He went to Northwestern University where he studied saxophone with Frederick Hemke and Paul Bro, conducting with John Paynter and Steve Peterson, and music education with Bennett Reimer and Donald Casey. While at Ladue, he earned a Masters in Music Education at the University of Illinois, where he studied with Eunice Boardman, Gregory DeNardo, John Grashel, Deborah Sheldon, and Sam Reese. He is a member of Phi Mu Alpha, and an honorary Friends of the Arts member of Sigma Alpha Iota.


Richard McCready teaches Music Technology at River Hill High School, in Howard County, Maryland. He also serves the Howard County school district as a Resource Teacher, training other teachers and helping them to bring the excitement of Music Technology to their schools. Richard has been teaching for twenty years, and has taught at the middle school level, high school level, and college level. Richard studied at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England, and began his teaching career in Frodsham, Cheshire. Since moving to the USA in 1992, he has held positions at Towson University, MD, The Park School of Baltimore, MD, and Mayfield Woods Middle School in Elkridge, MD. Throughout Richard's career he has taught students to experience music through creativity, using the latest technology available, from 4-track cassette-tape recorders to modern-day DAWs such as Pro Tools, Ableton Live, GarageBand and Acoustica Mixcraft.


Jamie Knight is the Department Coordinator for Visual & Performing Arts and Director of the Commercial Recording Arts Department at the Huntington Beach High School’s Academy for the Performing Arts. He is also the California State Chairperson for Technology in Music Education. Jamie was honored to become an Apple Distinguished Educator class of 2007 and is a certified Logic trainer. “Mr. Knight” is known as the Loud Music Librarian and has a Masters in Library Information Science, a CTE credential in Performing Arts & Multi-Media, a Social Studies credential and certificate from UCLA in Electronic Music. His popular music & media program has gained national attention and he is in demand for his knowledge of CTE, popular music and integrating technology in the curriculum. Currently he is working hard with SoundTree to prepare his new Music & Media lab at HBHS. Jamie also plays music professionally with his power pop band sparkle*jets u.k.


Dr. Jay Dorfman is an active presenter at local, state, and national music education conferences. He has been published in several scholarly journals including The Journal of Music Teacher Education, Contributions to Music Education, and Music Educators Journal. Dorfman is also a contributor to Williams and Webster's Experiencing Music Technology (3rd edition, Thompson/Wadsworth, 2006). He is the National Chapters Chair of the Technology Institute for Music Educators, and also holds memberships in MENC: The National Association for Music Education, and The Association for Technology in Music Instruction. He is a technology specialist with credentials as an M-Audio M-Powered Educator, and an Ambassador for Sibelius. He was a staff wind band conductor for American Music Abroad honor bands from 1998-2002, and has worked with several competitive marching band programs throughout Florida and Illinois. He taught high school instrumental, general, and electronic music in Broward County, Florida. His research interests include the uses of technology in music teaching and learning, instrumental music teacher education, and comprehensive and interdisciplinary approaches to music education.


Stefani Langol is a music educator, clinician, author, and consultant. She is currently Assistant Professor of Music Education at Berklee College of Music and also serves as the technology coordinator for the department. In addition, Stefani is an adjunct Assistant Professor at Boston Conservatory of Music, where she teaches masters level music technology classes for the Masters in Music Education program. Stefani is member of the Technology Institute for Music Educators (TI:ME) National Advisory Board and served as editor-in-chief of the TI:MEs newsletter from 1997-2004. She is a certified instructor for the Technology Institute for Music Educators (TI:ME) and offers graduate credit – TI:ME national certification courses at numerous sites throughout the Northeast. Stefani has taught numerous professional development sessions to k-12 and higher education faculty has been a featured presenter at numerous state, national, and international music educator conferences and K-12 in-service sessions across the country, including New York, Pennsylvania, California, Ohio, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Texas, Illinois, and Quebec and Toronto, Canada. Stefani is the co-author of the Alfred Music Tech Series which includes Playing Keyboard, Music Production and MIDI Sequencing, and Composing with Notation Software. In addition, Stefani has published several articles on music technology that have appeared in the Music Educators Journal, Music Education Technology Magazine, Music and Computers, Artists House, and Massachusetts Music News.


Kimberly McCord is Associate Professor at Illinois State University. She teaches courses in Elementary General Music, Integrated Arts, Curriculum, Women in Music, Black Music and Music for the Exceptional Child. Previously she taught music and special education in the Denver Public Schools for ten years. Her books include Strategies for Teaching Technology, Chop Monster, Jr. and chapters in Music Experience in Our Lives, and The Jazz Educators Resource Guide and Handbook. McCord recently guest edited a special focus issue for the Music Educators Journal on Children with Disabilities in Music. Her articles have been published in the Bulletin for the Council for Research in Music Education, International Society for Music Education (ISME) Commission on Music in Special Education, Music Therapy and Music Medicine Journal, General Music Today, Jazz Educators Journal, Orff Echo, Illinois Music Educators Journal, Connecticut Music Educators Journal and Journal of Technology in Music Learning. She is the past chair of the ISME Commission on Music in Special Education, Music Therapy and Music Medicine and is the current chair of the MENC Special Research Interest Group on Children with Disabilities. McCord has worked on jazz projects for the Smithsonian Institute, Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. She frequently presents workshops for teachers on teaching jazz and students with disabilities. McCord recently completed a two-year teaching artist residency in jazz for students with severe physical disabilities at the Henry Viscardi School in Long Island, New York. Her many honors include National Endowment grants, the IAJE Education Award and a recent teaching grant to introduce ISU students to teaching music in the Chicago Public Schools.


Marjorie LoPresti is a graduate of Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts She has 20 years experience teaching general/vocal music, piano, music technology, theory & composition in East Brunswick, NJ, where she pioneered using keyboards and music technology in general music. She is Secretary/Treasurer of the NJ chapter of TIME. Marj is a frequent presenter at NJEA, NJMEA and the Middlesex County ETTC, giving workshops in technology solutions and integration for music, audio and the web.


Gabriel Cobas has been an active percussionist for over 20 years. He studied with Todd Miller, Principal Timpanist of the Pacific Symphony Orchestra at Cal State Fullerton in Fullerton, CA. Until December 2009, Cobas served as an Education Account Executive for Avid Technology. Gabriel regularly gives clinics and presentations to educators on using Sibelius, Pro Tools, M-Audio and general music technology. Prior to Avid, Gabriel served as the Manager of Education programs for the Boston Symphony Orchestra for 7 years. Currently, Gabriel works as a music education consultant and freelance performer and teacher. Gabriel has remained active both teaching and arranging throughout southern California and New England. He has taught and arranged percussion at many well-known high schools in California such as Vista High School, Etiwanda High School and Mt. Carmel High School. Gabriel also served as the front ensemble instructor for the award winning Riverside Community College marching percussion ensemble and for the Roland Hayes School of Music in Boston, MA. Most recently Gabriel served as Percussion Instructor for the Boston University Marching Band and Winter Percussion Ensemble. Currently he is Director of Percussion at El Dorado High School and South Pointe Middle School.


V. Keith Mason is the Coordinator of Music Technology at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. He joined the Belmont school of music faculty in 1998 and currently teaches courses, and develops curriculum, in the area of music technology. Keith’s primary focus is utilizing technology as a creative tool for all musicians. Keith is an active producer/composer/arranger/desktop musician in the Nashville music industry. He is a member of BMI, NARAS, ATMI, and serves on the national advisory board for TI:ME. Keith has been a presenter at both TI:ME and ATMI national conferences and was a contributing author to the book “Technology Guide for Music Educators”. Keith earned a Master of Music degree in Studio Writing and Production from the University of Miami (FL), and a Bachelor of Music degree in Classical Guitar Performance from Winthrop University. He has more than 20 years of experience in the Nashville Music Industry as a Label Director, Creative Director, Staff Producer, and Independent Producer for such organizations as Brentwood Music, Music House, After 3pm Music, and Unison Records. As an avid composer and producer of television jingles and post-scores, Keith has written for major companies like Oscar Meyer, Spray-n-Wash, Exxon, Nissan, 3M, Cadillac, General Mills Cereals, McDonald’s and many others. Keith was also the executive producer and co-creative producer for the 1998 GMA Dove Award winning project “Sing Me To Sleep, Daddy” for the year’s best children’s album.


Amy M. Burns teaches prekindergarten through third grade general music, teaches band and directs the Falcon Chorus at Far Hills Country Day School in Far Hills, New Jersey. She is the Technology Institute for Music Educators (TI:ME) 2005 Teacher of the Year. She is the President-Elect of TI:ME, the Technology Institute for Music Educators.


Michael Fein earned a Bachelor of Music Education with a Jazz Concentration from Rutgers University where he studied saxophone with Ralph Bowen and clarinet with Anthony Pasquale. He performed with the Rutgers Big Band, Jazz Combos, Wind Ensemble, Clarinet Ensemble, and Salsa Band. Michael also earned a Masters of Jazz Saxophone Performance from Rowan University where he studied with baritone saxophone legend, Denis DiBlasio. Michael currently teaches music technology electives and the Jazz Lab Band at Haverford High School. The Haverford music program has doubled in size since the hiring of Michael and the creation of digital audio music electives. He also serves as an adjunct jazz saxophone instructor at Swarthmore University. Michael has published articles and lesson plans with Music Education Technology Magazine and SoundTree. He has also presented numerous sessions at music and technology conferences including the 2005 National Education Computing Conference in Philadelphia, Music Player Live Ultimate Music Summit in New York, and the 2005 PMEA Conference in Valley Forge. Michael released his debut CD entitled Four Flights Up in April 2005.