Ambassadors

It's a big world and we need help spreading the MusicFirst message. That's where our Ambassadors help us out. We regularly call on our Ambassadors to present sessions at conferences, train our customers, write lesson plans and articles, as well as help with our site design and functionality. This stellar group of music educators consists of some of the best and brightest minds in our field, and we are honored to have them on our team.

William I. Bauer

Jay Dorfman

Michael Fein

William I. Bauer

William I. Bauer is Associate Professor and Director of the Online Master of Music in Music Education program at the University of Florida. At UF he teaches undergraduate and graduate level classes in music education and guides graduate research projects. Dr. Bauer has published in leading music education journals and presented in many venues throughout the U. S. and abroad. His book, Music Learning Today: Digital Pedagogy for Creating, Performing, and Responding to Music, was published by Oxford University Press in March 2014. Bauer is an Apple Distinguished Educator, a Google Certified Teacher, founder and facilitator of the International Society for Technology in Education's (ISTE) Special Interest Group for Music and Technology, and serves as a member of the Journal of Music Teacher Education and Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education editorial boards.

Jay Dorfman

Jay Dorfman, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Music Education at Boston University where he teaches courses in music technology, instrumental music, and graduate research. He is a former high school instrumental and general music teacher. Dr. Dorfman holds BM and MM degrees from the University of Miami (FL) and the PhD from Northwestern University. He currently serves as the President of the Technology Institute for Music Educators (TI:ME).

Michael Fein

Michael Fein earned a Bachelor of Music Education from Rutgers University and a Masters of Jazz Saxophone Performance from Rowan University. He released his debut jazz CD entitled Four Flights Up in April 2005. Michael has presented numerous sessions at music and technology conferences including the 2005 National Education Computing Conference and the 2009 and 2010 TI:ME National Conferences and he was awarded the TI:ME Teacher of the Year 2007. In 2010, Michael co-authored Making Music with GarageBand and Mixcraft, a music production curriculum text. Michael currently teaches graduate music technology courses at The University of the Arts and music technology electives and jazz ensemble at Haverford High School.

Stefani Langol

Marjorie LoPresti

Richard McCready

Stefani Langol

Stefani Langol is a music educator, clinician, author, and consultant. She is currently Associate Professor of Music Education at Berklee College of Music and an adjunct Assistant Professor at Boston Conservatory of Music Stefani is the co-author of the Alfred Music Tech Series, which includes Playing Keyboard, Music Production and MIDI Sequencing, Composing with Notation Software, and the accompanying Teacher’s Guide: Book 1, and has published several articles on music technology that have appeared in the Music Educators Journal, Music Education Technology Magazine, Music and Computers, Artists House, and Massachusetts Music News. In addition, Stefani has been a featured presenter and clinician at numerous state, national, and international music educator conferences and K-12 in-service sessions across the country.

Marjorie LoPresti

Marjorie LoPresti has over twenty years experience teaching elementary and secondary general/vocal music, piano, music technology, theory and composition in East Brunswick, NJ. A frequent workshop presenter, Marj leads technology sessions for musicians and for the wider educational community. She has extensive experience in curriculum development and standards-based assessment. Marj’s winning grant proposals have funded numerous technology-based music education initiatives. Some of this work has been documented in research studies and published in educational journals. Marj serves as President of the NJ chapter of TI:ME and on her school’s Middle States Accreditation Steering Committee.

Richard McCready

Richard A McCready, M.M. teaches Music Technology at River Hill High School in Clarksville, Maryland. Mr. McCready was born in Northern Ireland and studied tuba performance, vocal performance, piano, and composition at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, England, and at Towson University, Maryland. He plays many musical instruments, but the focus of his teaching is Music Technology in which he is widely regarded as one of the outstanding innovators in the US. His book, Making Music with GarageBand and Mixcraft, was published in 2010. Mr. McCready was awarded the 2014 Maryland Outstanding Music Teacher Award, the 2013 TI:ME Mike Kovins Teacher of the Year Award, and the 2013 Howard County (Md.) Music Educator of the Year Award. His work at River Hill High School was featured in the School Band and Orchestra "A Glimpse Into The Future of Music Education" cover article by Eliahu Sussman in April 2013.

Tom Rudolph

Wayne Splettstoeszer

David Brian Williams

Tom Rudolph

Tom Rudolph, Ed. D. is an adjunct instructor and course author for Berklee Online and VanderCook MECA. Dr. Rudolph is one of the seminal people in music technology. He began his work as a clinician and workshop leader in the field in 1982. He has authored more than a dozen books including: Finale An Easy Guide to Music Notation (Third Edition), Sibelius: A Comprehensive Guide to Sibelius Music Notation Software (Second Edition), Musical iPad, The iPad in the Music Studio, Teaching Music With Technology (Second Edition), Recording in the Digital World, and YouTube in Music Education.

Wayne Splettstoeszer

Wayne Splettstoeszer has been the Director of Instrumental Music/Music Technology at Torrington High School in Connecticut since 1996. Wayne is the Co-President of the Music Educator Technologists Association/Technology Institute for Music Educators (META/TI:ME), Connecticut Chapter. He received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Music in Music Education from Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Connecticut. Wayne has presented music technology sessions at the Connecticut and Massachusetts Music Educators Association All-State Conferences, 2003 MENC Eastern Division Conference in Providence, Rhode Island, University of Connecticut, Central Connecticut State University,University of Massachusetts at Lowell and for numerous school districts throughout New England. Wayne has previously served on the faculty of the University of Massachusetts Lowell Summer Program and Fairfield University in Fairfield, Conn. In 2009 Wayne was honored to receive the Technology Institute for Music Educators Mike Kovins Teacher of the Year Award.

David Brian Williams

David Brian Williams ("Dave") is Emeritus Professor of Music and Arts Technology at Illinois State University. He holds a BMEd and a MM degree from Northwestern Louisiana State University and a PhD in Systematic Musicology from the University of Washington. He has written and lectured extensively on music education, music psychology, and music and arts technology and co-authors the textbook, Experiencing Music Technology. He has served in leadership roles for NAfME, ILMEA, TI:ME, ATMI, and is past president for The College Music Society. Dave received the Illinois Music Educators Association Distinguished Service Award for his work in music technology in in 2001.