Instructional Technology

ruthmann alexAlex Ruthman, New York University
Chair, Committee on Instructional Technology


In 2013, the CMS Instructional Technologies Committee planned and hosted a great preconference workshop entitled “The Design of Technologies for Music Making, Learning and Engagement.” This workshop was held at the George Sherman Union at Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts on Wednesday October 30, 2013 from 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. immediately prior to the 2013 CMS National Conference.

This workshop was intended for anyone with an interest in the discussion, presentation, and critique of the “behind-the-scenes” design and development processes of technologies for creative music making, learning and teaching. The invited session presenters shared their insights into and experiences around the design and development processes behind both commonly available and custom technologies for music making, learning and teaching. We had 7 hands-on showcase presentations, and 6 plenary sessions:

  • Data mining music - Paul Lamere, EchoNest 
  • Auralia - 20 year of ear training; the past, present and future - Peter Lee, Rising Software 
  • From Mindstorms to Noteflight: A journey in musical constructionism - Joe Berkovitz, Noteflight 
  • Making musical microworlds: Learning with MaKey MaKey and Melody Morph - Eric Rosenbaum, MIT Media Lab
  • Designing music technology as a window into musical thinking - Gena Greher, UMass Lowell
  • Changing my mind - Sandy Stauffer, Arizona State University

The committee also evaluated applications for the annual CMS Instructional Technology Initiative Award, and selected Richard Sussman from the Manhattan School of Music as the 2013 recipient.

The committee is currently in the process of planning a preconference workshop for the 2014 CMS conference in St. Louis, Missouri. The topic will be centered on using technology to research and document music making, learning and teaching.