CMS Instructional Technology Initiative Award Guidelines

Now open to CMS and ATMI members

Technology Initiative Award 2020 Theme: Enabling tertiary music instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic through innovative uses of technology.

Stipend Award for 2020:  $600

The College Music Society has had a longstanding commitment to supporting technology training and encouraging forums for sharing the integration of technology with music instruction and performance. Summer music technology training institutes for professional development have been held over the years, first at Indiana University and then at Illinois State University, and every CMS annual conference since the early 1980s has featured presentations by its membership on using technology in creative ways instruction.

CMS and Association for Technology in Music Instruction (ATMI) have shared their national conference activities since the late 1980s. The first of a series of pre-conference technology experiences, co-sponsored with ATMI began in San Antonio in 2006, and2006 and has combined training and showcasing technology applications on such topics as Internet 2 and videoconferencing, curriculum management software, the use of mobile smartphones and tablets, social computing tools and more.  

The CMS Instructional Technology Initiative Award recognizes exceptional contributions made by the CMS and ATMI membership in demonstrating the effective use of technology to improve tertiary music instruction.  

Given annually, the Award recognizes an active CMS or ATMI member or member-led team who has demonstrated exceptional initiative in integrating technology within tertiary music instruction.

In certain years the initiative Award may focus on the innovative use of technology in supporting a contemporary or critical need in tertiary music instruction. For 2020, that need is tertiary music instruction in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Award committee is looking for innovative uses of technology by a CMS or ATMI member or member-led team to enable music instruction while maintaining social distancing and minimizing health concerns for tertiary music classroom, studio, and ensemble activities.

The Instructional Technology Initiative Award provides a stipend, the amount to be announced annually.  


Eligibility

Applicants must hold a teaching position in a tertiary music program and be current members of CMS and/or ATMI at the time of application and when the Award is announced. If the application is from a team of individuals, one member of the team must be designated as the team leader; additional team members may be noted in the Project Narrative. Individuals receiving the award may not apply again until two future award years have passed.  


Criteria for Selection

Given the urgency of the Award’s COVID-19 theme for 2020, projects in progress with Fall 2020 completion may be considered as well as recently completed projects. The following criteria are used in considering the project:

  1. Demonstration of originality and uniqueness in the use of technology in support of tertiary music instruction in the classroom, studio, or ensemble. When a specific theme is noted for an award year, the application will be judged on the effectiveness of the technology to meet the specified need.
  2. Evidence of effectiveness on student learning and results achieved. Present data to show the effectiveness of the technology’s use in tertiary music instruction settings.
  3. Provides a model for effective practice that can be replicated in other education settings.
  4. Uses readily available technology solutions that other musicians and educators can easily implement. However, applicants should not use the Award application to promote personally developed software or hardware under consideration or produced as a commercial project.

Expectations 

  • For a project in progress, a final project report is required before the monetary stipend is awarded.
  • The Awardee(s) is encouraged to attend the subsequent National Conference of the College Music Society (CMS) and the Association for Technology in Music Instruction (ATMI) where the award recipient will be recognized. 
  • The Awardee(s) may be invited to a CMS/AMTI national conference to present a poster or other presentation of their work.

 

Application

A complete application consists of the following:

  • A Project Narrative that 
    1. Includes the applicant’s name, institution, teaching position, and project title; for a team project the same information is required for each team member and one member should be designated the team leader.
    2. Provides a two-page description of the project either completed or in progress.  
    3. Includes evidence of the effectiveness on student learning and results achieved (e.g., data in the form of student work, anecdotal comments from students, or other forms of student achievement). For projects in progress, describe the expected outcomes, a timeline for completion, and the evaluation instruments for collecting evidence of effectiveness.
    4. Some form of multimedia presentation–video or slides—to accompany the narrative to demonstrate the instruction and technology in practice.
  • A brief biographical summary (one page or less) emphasizing the applicant’s music and technology experience (for a team project, one per team member).
  • Two letters of support from colleagues that speak directly to the instructional and technological impact of the project. 


Submitting your Application

The applicant or team leader submits the application on behalf of the project. Only one application may be submitted by an applicant or applicant as the team leader. As noted above, additional team members should be noted in the narrative. If a team member is not the leader of a project, they may submit another application as a single applicant for a different project.

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