Ten of our students performed at the Alabama Symphony Orchestra concert on May 21st at 10:15 A.M. Thank you to all of my students for all of your hard work this year and for performing well at the concert! Thank you to Composer-in-Residence Paul Lansky and Alabama Symphony Orchestra Education Manager Meaghan Heinrich for working with my students this year!
Concert Performance Video
Congratulations to all of the students who participated in the All City Band Evaluation on May 4, 2010 in the Central Park School Music Technology Lab. The Ensemble made an 'A' (Superior Rating) for their performance!
I am currently going through some of my 'oldest' quizzes and updating them from Hot Potatoes and older Flash software (2000-2006) to newer Flash software and Articulate Quizmaker so the scoring, printing of scores and randomization of the questions will work better. Thank you for using the site!
Paul Lansky visited our Music Lab again on Feb. 4, 2010. The students are doing well with their compositions and are preparing to play before an Alabama Symphony Orchestra Coffee concert on May 21st.
Congratulations to C. Walker for winning First Place in Music Composition in the City PTA Reflections Contest. His composition is posted on the Student Work section of this site.
A banquet was held on Feb. 21, 2010 in Birmingham.
The Music Tech Ensemble performed at the annual Christmas Music Program at Central Park School on Dec. 16, 2009.
The UAB Music Tech Academy and the Alabama Chapter of TI:ME Conference was held on Nov. 14, 2009 at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Ms. Garrett's presentation is posted here. Information about the Conference is posted at this link.
Selected Music Tech Students will participate in a special, year-long project in cooperation with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra Education Division and composer-in-residence Paul Lansky. The first session was held on Sept. 18, 2009. The second session was held on Nov. 5, 2009. Pictures and information about the project are posted at this link.
Congratulations to all of the students in the Music Tech Ensemble at Central Park School! The students received a Superior Rating at the All City Band Evaluation on April 30, 2009.
We were sad to hear of the loss of our Birmingham City Councilor, Miriam Witherspoon, who died on April 21, 2009. Councilor Witherspoon has been a wonderful supporter of our school and district. She was also responsible for giving us the funds to purchase all of the new keyboards for our Music Tech Lab in 2007.
The National TI:ME Music Technology Conference was held in San Antonio, Texas from Feb. 11-14, 2009. Presenters from all across the U.S. taught others how to use technology as a part of the music curriculum. The conference was held in conjunction with the TMEA (Texas) Music Educators' Association Conference.
The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) held a Music Technology Academy Workshop for Music Educators and Music Students on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2008. For more information about the Academy and photos from the event, visit the following link. UAB Music Tech Academy
Ms. Garrett and the Music Tech students are happy to announce that we received a '2008 Best Buy Teach Award' on Feb. 18, 2008! Our class will receive a $2000 Best Buy gift card to purchase supplies and implement new projects related to music technology.
Ms. Garrett attended the National TI:ME Music Technology Conference in Grand Rapids, MI Jan. 23-27th. Pictures of the conference are posted here. For more information about TI:ME, visit http://www.ti-me.org
The Music Tech Ensemble at Central Park School performed several songs in the annual Holiday Celebration on Dec. 18, 2007. Pictures and MP3's from the program are posted here.
October - November, 2007
Ms. Garrett taped an interview on Nov. 9, 2007 with Keith Mason of MusicTechForMe.com. The MP3 podcast about our Music Technology program will be featured on Mr. Mason's website this week and will also be available through iTunes.
We finally moved! The Music Tech Lab moved to a 'larger' classroom on Oct. 31, 2007. We have a 14' x 20' room with air! We have been in a storage room (with no air) for the last 10 years, so this is exciting for us. New photos and videos of the students playing in the new room are being posted. We would like to thank Mr. Leverd Nunn for volunteering his time to install our new carpet. We would not have been able to move so soon without his help. Thank you, Mr. Nunn!
August - September, 2007
I am currently working on articles for a music technology magazine (www.metmagazine.com) and hope to have time to add new content to this site soon. I teach almost 200 students in the 2nd-5th grades at our school each week in addition to working on three school-related websites, a fine arts newsletter and magazine articles.
June - July, 2007
I have posted new information on a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page about our lab. I receive numerous questions from teachers each week regarding our history, materials and funding. Take a look at the information here... FAQ.
Congratulations to music technology student G. Lowe for winning 1st Place (Music Composition) in the Alabama PTA Reflections Contest for 2007! Mr. Lowe was recognized at an award's reception on April 28, 2007. He also was notified at the reception that he was a winner of the Award of Merit at the National PTA Reflections contest in the Intermediate Division. He is one of five students in the U.S. to receive the award. We are so proud of him!
February - March, 2007
Our Music Tech Lab will be featured in an upcoming issue of School Band and Orchestra Magazine. We are excited about the feature and appreciate the opportunity to showcase our students. Thank you to photographer Alex Cohn for photographing images of our students at work in the Lab on March 8, 2007.
TI:ME Conference 2007 pictures have been posted. I really enjoyed seeing all my TI:ME friends and attending the sessions Feb. 8-10, 2007 in Columbus.
Congratulations to A. Hawkins (1st Place), K. Topping (3rd Place) and G. Lowe (Honorable Mention) for their award winning music compositions at the city-level PTA Reflections Contest in Birmingham. They will attend an awards banquet with Ms. Garrett in February.
Congratulations to the following students for submitting winning music compositions in the school-level PTA Reflections Contest:
A. Hawkins, K. Topping, G. Lowe and J. Malone.
Ms. Garrett has moved the old lab to another storage room. We have new student desks, a little more space and a jazzy new look for the room.
Our lab is on the move! We are planning to relocate the Music Tech Lab in August of 2006 to the old band room at the school. It is only a few feet wider, but should allow for more students to be in Music Technology class. We are hoping to obtain new computer tables and keyboards for the lab. The 'new look' of the lab will be unveiled in August.
We would like to say 'thank you' to our Birmingham City Council President Pro Tem, Ms. Miriam Witherspoon, for visiting the Music Tech Lab on May 30, 2006.
Ms. Garrett attended the Birmingham City Council meeting on Feb. 21, 2006. She was given recognition by Birmingham Mayor Bernard Kincaid for receiving the TI:ME Teacher of the Year Award.