Simple and Effective Ways to Use Technology in the Instrumental Classroom


Incorporating technology in the instrumental classroom can be exciting for some but daunting for others. In today’s schools, the demand and need for that technology is ever-present. What new technology is out there? How do you know which technology is truly beneficial for you and your students? How much technology should you incorporate? How can you incorporate technology with almost no budget? And if technology is not your strong suit, how do you incorporate it into your program?
This course will present a wide variety of technological tools to assist you and your students in the learning process at all levels. Learn from real-world examples and hands-on instruction on the incorporation of technology in instrumental pedagogy, ensemble fundamentals, musicianship, music theory, ear-training and intonation, and much more. Whether you’re a tech guru or a novice, this course will equip you with invaluable resources and a personalized technology plan to fit your specific needs and teaching situation. Please bring your major instrument and any technological devices you own. Having a laptop or tablet would be very beneficial.

Instructor: Steve Smith

smith_steveFor twelve years, Steve Smith taught middle school band in the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex. For eight of those years he served as the Director of Bands at Downing Middle School in Flower Mound, Texas. The bands at Downing consistently displayed a high standard for musical excellence highlighted by a performance at the 2005 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago. Steve has recently joined the team at Hal Leonard as an Instrumental Editor. At Hal Leonard, he works with the production of instrumental music and educational materials for band and strings. Steve brings his recent teaching experience to Hal Leonard and is using this in the development of the new technology to be used in the instrumental classroom – including the new Essential Elements Interactive website. Steve earned both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music Education from the University of North Texas. While at North Texas, he studied saxophone under Dr. Eric Nestler and performed in the North Texas Wind Symphony under the direction of Mr. Eugene Migliaro Corporon. In 2007, Mr. Smith was honored as a “Distinguished Music Educator” by the Yale University School of Music, in conjunction with an international symposium promoting music in the public schools. Mr. Smith is an active clinician and a member of TMEA and NAfME.


Course Information

6963 Simple and Effective Ways to Use Technology in the Instrumental Classroom

1 graduate credit
Location: VCM Room 130
Tuition: $280
Tuition is due in full with registration


March 9-10
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

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3140 South Federal Street
Chicago, IL 60616-3731
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