Music Tech Teacher Class News

Music Tech News about our class and events related to Music Technology. Our site includes quizzes, lessons and resources for teachers and students interested in using technology to enhance music education.

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Music Tech Lab at Green Acres

Students are practicing music on the keyboards in our lab at Green Acres.

Music Tech Lab at Green Acres

Students are practicing music on the keyboards in our lab at Green Acres.

Music Tech Lab at Green Acres

Students are practicing music on the keyboards in our lab at Green Acres.

Music Tech Lab at Green Acres

Students are practicing music on the keyboards in our lab at Green Acres.

Music Tech Students

Students are practicing music on the keyboards in our lab at Green Acres.

Music Tech Students

Students like to use their accounts and Synthesia to compose and play music.

Music Tech Students

Students are having fun preparing for a music program.

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Our Music Technology Class News

August, 2015

We are looking forward to a great year at Green Acres Middle School! Welcome to all of our incoming 6th grade students. We have a lot of activities scheduled for band and we will try to have a music tech ensemble starting up soon. Visit our band site at

August, 2013

Ms. Garrett will be the Band Director at Green Acres Middle School in Birmingham and starting a new band program. Information about the band will be posted on the new band website at She will be recruiting her old music tech students for band soon!

May, 2013

Congratulations to our PTA Reflections City-Level Winners in Intermediate Music Composition for 2012-2013... A. Effinger (1st Place), V. Lewis (2nd Place) and A. McGhee (3rd Place). The PTA banquet was held on May 19, 2013 in Birmingham. Ms. Garrett received the Birmingham Council of PTA's Teacher of the Year Award.

(Photo from 2012)

All City 2012

August, 2012

Students... try out the free Finale Notepad or MuseScore for creating some of your own songs. Because of the number of students in each class and no money for software, we will be using these programs along with Noteflight a lot this year. Link: Finale NotePad or MuseScore

June, 2012

Donors Choose
* Thank you to all of the donors who helped us obtain funding for four more keyboards! The project is fully funded. (We received the keyboards in August, 2012.)

* I just posted a new look for Most of the links in the site have changed with the update. Don't worry ...the old content is still here. I will add new content as time permits this summer.

May, 2012
* The All City Band Evaluation was held on May 8, 2012 for the Music Tech Ensemble. Our students played I'll Be There, We Shall Overcome and Tuxedo Junction. They received an A+ grade for their performance. Congratulations to our Music Tech Ensemble members!

All City Band Evaluation Video - May, 2012

* Congratulations to A. Effinger for winning 2nd Place in the State PTA Reflections contest!

February, 2012
* Selected members of the Music Tech Ensemble performed in the Black History program on Feb. 28, 2012 at 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM at the school.

* The PTA Reflections Banquet was held on Feb. 26, 2012. Our three winners received their awards from the city-wide contest.

January, 2012
Congratulations to our City-Level PTA Reflections Music Composition Winners for 2011-2012. The winners are V. Lewis (1st Place), A. Effinger (2nd Place) and A. McGhee (3rd Place). Their songs are posted on our Student Work page.

Ms. Garrett attended the annual TI:ME Conference held in Louisville, KY on January 4-7, 2012.

December, 2011
Our annual Christmas Music Program was held on Dec. 13, 2011 at 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM at Central Park School. Sixteen of our students played in the Music Tech Ensemble and they sounded great! Thank you for all of your hard work, students! Pictures are posted on our school site.

Congratulations to our school PTA Reflections Music Composition Winners for 2011-2012. Their compositions will be sent to the City PTA for the next level of the contest. The winners are K. Ruffin, A. Effinger, A. McGhee, V. Lewis and M. Walker. Their songs are posted on our Student Work page.

October, 2011
I have purchased a subscription to for my students and myself. This is going to be a great resource for providing online access to creating music anytime outside of my class. My students are really excited about it and they are already posting scores for me to review.

May, 2011
Thank you, Avid, Lee Whitmore, Henry Panion and the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus group for working with teachers and students in Birmingham on May 15-17, 2011. We would like to thank Avid for providing $60,000 worth of Pro Tools equipment to the Birmingham City Schools system so our teachers and students may learn to use the programs in our classes!

(From Avid - "The Birmingham portion of the tour concluded with The Bus parked outside City Hall. Avid Education Segment Director, Dr. Lee Whitmore, joined Henry Panion in City Council Chambers to present a gift of 200 Mbox MINIs with Pro Tools to the Mayor and the Birmingham Public Schools in support of a state and city technology and education program. Avid was honored at that time with an official "city seal" in recognition of our support of music and arts education.")

City Council, May 17, 2011
T. Winick, K. Garrett, H. Panion, L. Scales, J. Austin, B. Tankard, L. Whitmore, J. Walden and J. McAphee
Birmingham City Council Meeting

Congratulations to the Music Tech Ensemble for receiving a 'Superior - Grade A' rating at the All City Band Evaluation on May 5, 2011! All City Evaluation Video

All City 2011

December, 2010
Thank you to all of the Music Tech Ensemble students who performed in the Christmas Program on Dec. 15, 2010! Your performance was outstanding. The video from the concert is posted here: Concert Video from Dec. 15, 2010

September, 2010
Congratulations to Corey Walker, the first recipient of the Rising Star Award from the Alabama Symphony Orchestra on September 10, 2010! Corey received a trombone, books and five years of music lessons from a symphony member. Follow this link to see the photos.

Music Concert 12-15-2010

May, 2010
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!

March-April, 2010
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!

February, 2010
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.

December, 2009
The Music Tech Ensemble performed at the annual Christmas Music Program at Central Park School on Dec. 16, 2009.

November, 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.

September-November, 2009
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.

April, 2009
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.

February, 2009
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.

All City 2009

May, 2007
The new Yamaha PSR-e403 keyboards arrived the last week of May! We are so happy to receive the keyboards as a result of funding from our City Council. We look forward to using them when school starts in August.

April, 2007
Thank you to Eliahu Sussman for the article and feature about our lab in the April, 2007 issue of School Band and Orchestra Magazine. We appreciate all the interest in what we are doing with music technology to enhance our students' learning and enjoyment of music.


Garrett - School Band and Orchestra Magazine

January, 2006

Ms. Garrett is very excited about being named the TI:ME Teacher of the Year for 2006. The award was presented at the national TI:ME Conference in Tampa in January.

TI:ME / FMEA Conference Pictures 2006


Ms. Garrett - TI:ME Teacher of the Year for 2006


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