Music Technology Leadership Academy

Support for MTLA

The NAMM Foundation. The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit organization funded in part by the National Association of Music Merchants and its 9,000 members. The Foundation advances active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving, and public service programs. For more information about the NAMM Foundation, please visit

TI:ME: Technology in Music Education, TI:ME is a 501c3 founded over a quarter of a century ago to help bring best practices standards of applying the latest technology for music to the world of music education at all grade levels. TI:ME teaches teachers to integrate technology into traditional and non-traditional music programs, across genres, disciplines and instrumental and vocal programs. 

MusicFirst and Sweetwater provided software & hardware support for the 2022 Virtual MTLA.

Academy Interns

2017: TIME-OMEA in Cleveland

Donna Vickers: University of Arkansas; Nicole; Chopp: Northern Illinois University: Gage Thomas: University of Montevallo; Matt Pietrucha: Worcester Polytechnic Institute; Oilvia Dowd: Penn State; Nicole Marek: Michigan State University; Courtney Daniels: Rowan University; Ray Haim: College-Conservatory of Music, University of 

Cincinnati; Sean Gillen: Ithaca College; Shane Colquhoun: Auburn University; Camilo Leal: University of Florida; Gustavo Samudio: University of Arkansas

Photos from the MTLA Academy Interns for 2017 at the Cleveland OMEA

2016: TIME-TMEA in San Antonio

Melisa Baena: SUNY Potsdam; Shirley-Ann Belleus: Ithaca College; Lauren Ceccarelli: University of Massachusetts-Lowell; Quincy Chandler: SUNY Potsdam; Jacob Fortman: Michigan State University; Amber Hodges: Colorado State University; Christopher Jackson: University of Massachusetts-Lowell; Stephanie Lane: Colorado State University; Angela Lau: New York University; Karissa Longo: Michigan State University; Kristen Morrison: University of Valley Forge;Marci Rose: Ithaca College. 

Photos from the MTLA Academy Interns for 2016

2015: TIME-TMEA in San Antonio

Ryan Bledsoe: Arizona State University; Tyler Cano: Arizona State University; Gillian Desmarais: University of Massachussetts-Amherst; Jamie Ehrenfeld: New York University; Aaron Goodyke: Hope College; Vincent Jackson: University of Arizona; Noah Karvelis: Univeristy of Illinois; Kailimi Li: University of Massachussetts-Amherst; Andrew Liu: SUNY- Fredonia; Michael Nowotarski: Ithaca College; Ryan Parks: University of Delaware; Joseph Pondaco: Boston University; Sunhwa Reiner: Ithaca College; Melanie Richardson: Univ. of Cincinnati; Jarritt Sheel: Teachers College; Matthew Tichy: SUNY- Potsdam

Photos from the MTLA Academy Interns for 2015

2014: TI:ME-TMEA in San Antonio

Candice Davenport: University of Miami; Donna Janowski: Arizona State; Sarah Joncas: University of Massachussetts-Amherst; Luke Manas: CUNY Queens College; Crystal Pelham: Colorado State University; Holly Riley: University of North Carolina Greensboro; Rachel Rivard: University of Massachussetts-Amherst; Gabriel Schott: University of Northern Iowa; Amanda Siwek: Ohio University; Erin Stringer: Ithaca College; Michael Werni: Wisconsin Lutheran College

Photos from the MTLA Academy Interns for 2014

2013: TI:ME-TMEA in San Antonio

Ryan Bulgarelle; Allison Ingraham; Kevin Longwill; Ceylon Mitchell; Colleen Peterson; Kenny Tsao; Katie Willey

2012: TI:ME-JEN in Louisville

Ann Dorgan; Matt Ercolani; Alyssa Hoffert; Sophie Taft; Camden Ritchie; Brian Rivers; Andrew Ritenour; T.J. Wolfgram

What is it? The Music Technology Leadership Academy (MTLA) is designed to provide a highly select group of music education students the opportunity to immerse themselves in studying instructional strategies for using music technology to reach students in secondary schools who are non-participants in traditional music ensembles.   The strategy and philosophy of this initiative is aligned with the website and its focus on using technology to reach “The Other 80%” in secondary school music.

Activities [Note: The 2021 and 2022 MTLA is a virtual academy held throughout the month of May.]

  • Four-day event embedded around the TI:ME/TMEA music education conference starting on Wednesday evening.
  • Participant-only training sessions on technology tools, strategies, and research related to non-traditional music students (NTMs).
  • Attendance of conference sessions related to music technology and its application to instructional settings.
  • Social networking times for participants to share experiences.
  • Final capstone project tailored to NTM classroom lesson plans.
  • Follow up activities after the Academy experience


This project provides several unique experiences in support of music making, learning, and teaching.  The MLTA program offers:

  • A unique format for blending music technology study within a conference setting, thus giving student interns not only insights from the MTLA instructors but from music education and the music industry at large.  
  • An opportunity for student interns—chosen competitively from diverse music education programs across the nation—to network with their student colleagues as well as conference presenters and attendees.  
  • Training on instructional strategies for using technology to reach a critical student population within secondary music education, the nationally estimated 80 percent of students who do not participate in traditional music ensembles.


  • 2012: The MTLA concept was designed by Richard Dammers and David B. Williams and first offered with NAMM and TMEA support in Louisville, KY (January 2012) in conjunction with the TI:ME/Jazz Educators Network Conference: Eight interns selected. NAMM and TMEA support continued.  Founding instructors: David B. Williams (Illinois State University), Richard Dammers (Rowan University), and V.J. Manzo (Worcester Polytechnic Institute)
  • 2013: San Antonio, TX (February 2013) with the TI:ME/TMEA Conference: Seven interns selected. NAMM and TMEA support continued.  Instructors: Same as 2013. 
  • 2014: San Antonio, TX (February 2014) with the TI:ME/TMEA Conference: Eleven interns selected. NAMM and TMEA support continued.  Instructors: Same as 2012. 
  • 2015: San Antonio, TX (February 2015) with the TI:ME/TMEA Conference: Sixteen interns selected. NAMM and TMEA support continued.  Instructors:  added Dr. William Bauer (University of Florida) to the instructional staff. 
  • 2016: San Antonio, TX (February 2016) with the TI:ME/TMEA Conference. Twelve interns participated in the Academy’s 5th year on February 10th.
  • 2017: Cleveland, OH (February 2017) with the TI:ME/OMEA Conference.  Twelve interns participated for the Academy’s 6th year.  Same instructional staff.
  • 2018: San Antonio (February 2018) with TI:ME/TMEA Conference. Twenty interns participated in the Academy’s 7th year.
  • 2019: San Antonio (February 2019) with TI:ME/TMEA Conference. Sixteen interns participated in the 7th year with the same staff plus Marjorie LoPresti, Jim Frankel, and Barbara Freedman as guest presenters.
  • 2020: San Antonio (February 2020) back with TI:ME/TMEA Conference. Thirteen interns participated with guest presenters along with the same leadership faculty included Marjorie LoPresti, Jim Frankel, Will Kuhn, and Barbara Freedman..
  • 2021: Virtual Music Technology Academy (May 2021) with TI:ME, NAMM, and industry support. MTLA interns from U of Southern California, SUNY Fredonia, UMass Lowell, U of Florida, Illinois State U, U of Tennessee, UMass Amherst, and SUNY Fredonia.
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