2017

April

Dr. Jenny Neff (Bala Cynwyd Middle School Band, PA) and I will be co-presenting a joint session entitled, "Using Composer Skype Sessions to Make Meaningful Connections," at the NAfME Eastern Division Bi-Annual Conference in Atlantic City, NJ (April 5-8, 2017).

2016

August

Clinician/Presenter - Full day workshop with Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools music teachers (instrumental pedagogy, music technology integration) at Reynolds High School, Winston-Salem, N.C.

July

Adjunct Professor - University of the Arts Summer Music Studies Program: "Rehearsal Strategies and Repertoire for Young Band" and "Blended Learning in Music Education" (at Parkland HS)

Instructor - Parkland High School STEMM Academy, Music Production camp.

June

Instructor - Central Connecticut State University Summer Music Institute: "Getting the Most Out of Band."

2015

October

Presenter - National Association for Music Educators (NAfME) National In-Service Conference ("Empower Creativity") Nashville, TN. Session: "Using Technology to Unlock Musical Creativity."

July

Adjunct Professor - University of the Arts: "GarageBand Does It All" and "Blended Learning in Music Education" (at Parkland HS). Instructor - Central Connecticut State University Summer Music Institute: "GarageBand Does It All" and "Blended Learning in Music Education"

Member - Special Advisory Board assembled to help develop upcoming ThinkMusic exhibit at The Franklin Institute science museum, Philadelphia, PA. Read more here.

June

Presenter - Conn-Selmer East Clinic, North Penn High School, Lansdale, PA. "What's Hot in Music Ed Tech and Teaching Music in the Cloud."

Teacher - Parkland High School STEMM ACADEMY Summer Camp. One week Music Production Component exploring music tech topics and careers. CLICK HERE to view a brief video (with music by STEMM Music Production Academy students) about the experience.

March

Presenter - Pennsylvania Music Educators Association In-Service Conference, Hershey, PA. "Blended Learning in Music Education."

January

Steering Committee - I was invited to serve on the Steering Committee of the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) "Model Curriculum Committee." The work of the committee is to distill and make accessible/useable several recent music education initiatives affecting Pennsylvania music teachers (new NAfME Standards, Common Core, 21st-century Learning, etc.). Our first meeting was in State College, PA on January 3, 2015.

2014

October

Featured presenter/clinician - Pennsylvania College Music Educators Association (PCMEA) Region 3 Music Education Conference at Penn State University. Two sessions for pre-service and in-service teachers: "What's New? Current Trends in Music Education Technology," and "Using Technology to Unlock Musical Creativity."

August

Clinician - Nazareth Area School District. "Teaching Music in the Cloud," and "Integrating Mobile Music Apps into the Music Curriculum."

Clinician - Northampton Area School District. "Finale for the Music Teacher."

Summer

Adjunct Professor - Villanova University: "GarageBand Does It All" (Main Campus), and "Using Technology to Unlock Musical Creativity" (Parkland HS). Instructor - Central Connecticut State University Summer Music Institute: "Composing and Arranging for School Bands." Adjunct Instructor - Valley Forge Christian College: "Applied Composition."

February

Clinician - Cairn University Church Music Workshop. "Finale for the Church Musician," and "Electronic Keyboard Primer."

2013

October

Clinician - Northampton Area School District (Northampton, PA) Music Department. "Finale Top 10: Great Ways Finale Computer Music Notation Software Can Help Today's Music Educator."

August

Clinician - Villanova University A Capella Groups: "Using GarageBand for Recording and Arranging."

Clinician - Northampton Area School District (Northampton, PA) Music Department. "GarageBand in Music Education."

Summer

Adjunct Professor - Villanova University: "Free and Easy: Putting the Web to Work for You" (Parkland HS), "GarageBand Does It All" (Main Campus), and "Using Technology to Unlock Musical Creativity" (Parkland HS). Instructor - Central Connecticut State University Summer Music Institute: "Free and Easy: Putting the Web to Work for You" and "Elementary and Middle School Band Workshop." Adjunct Instructor - Valley Forge Christian College: "Applied Composition."

April

Keynote Speaker, and Session Clinician - 3rd Music Technology in Education Conference (MTEC) in Melbourne, Australia, April 8-10, 2013. I'll be talking about the topic of my book, Using Technology to Unlock Musical Creativity as well presenting a few hands-on sessions. For information, when available, click here.

March

Presenter - for PMEA Webinar on creative musical activities/projects in general/elective music classes. Click here for more info.

2012

Fall

Keynote Speaker, Presenter - Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 7 In-Service Workshop in Harrisburg, PA (Central Dauphin East High School) (October 8, 2013). Morning keynote on Using Technology to Unlock Musical Creativity then two technology sessions: Finale Top 10 and GarageBand Does It All.
Adjunct Instructor - Cairn University. "Technology in Music Education for Special Learners."

Summer

Adjunct Professor - Villanova University. Two sections of "GarageBand Does It All" (Main Campus and Parkland High School), and one section of "Free and Easy: Putting the Web to Work for You" (Parkland HS).
Instructor - Central Connecticut State University Summer Music Institute. "Finale: A Music Teacher's Best Friend."

April

Guest Lecture - University of the Arts (Philadelphia, PA), discussing my book, Using Technology to Unlock Musical Creativity, and pedagogical model for technology-driven, project-based music curriculum to music education students of Beth Sokolowski.

February

Presenter - Ohio Music Educators Association joint conference with TI:ME (Technology for Music Education). Two sessions: 1) "Creative Musical Projects with Technology That are Fun, Easy and Free!" and "Finale Top 10."

January

Keynote Presenter - SoundTree Institute Online In-Service Conference (Jan. 16), Fostering Creativity in the Music Classroom with Music Technology: My address (made via interactive web conferencing) will be based on my book, Using Technology to Unlock Musical Creativity (Oxford University Press).

2011

October

Presenter - Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, District 10 In-Service workshop. "GarageBand Does It All!" and "Finale Top 10."

Presenter - Lehigh Valley Performing Arts High School (Bethlehem, PA). Finale for Music Education workshop.

Fall

Instructor - Philadelphia Biblical University. "Technology in Music Education for Special Learners."

Summer

Webcast - Live conversation hosted by banddirector.com, featuring Watson, with guest co-host Chris Bernotas (Composer/Band Director), discussing Watson's book, Using Technology to Unlock Musical Creativity (Oxford University Press).

Instructor - Central Connecticut State University. "GarageBand Does It All" and "Using Technology to Unlock Musical Creativity."

Instructor - Villanova Summer Music Studies Program. Two sections of the course, "GarageBand Does It All," at Parkland High School.

July

New Book Released - Using Technology to Unlock Musical Creativity (Oxford University Press).

January

In-Service Clinician - Northampton School District (PA) music department. "Finale 2011 Tips and Tricks."

2010

October

In-Service Clinician - Northampton School District (PA) music department. "GarageBand Does It All!"

Technology Workshop - William Paterson University (NJ). Overview session for music education students on integrating technology into the K-12 music curriculum. Session and consultation to music department faculty on technology useful to pre- and in-service K-12 music educators.

Summer

Instructor - Villanova Summer Music Studies Program. Three courses at Parkland High School: "Printing Music with Finale (2010)" and two sections of "GarageBand Does It All."

Instructor - Central Connecticut State University. "GarageBand Does It All."

March

In-Service Clinician - Easton Area School District (PA) music department. "Finale Music Notation Software in Classroom, Instrumental, and Choral Music Teaching."

February

Presenter - New Jersey Music Educators Association/TI:ME Conference, New Brunswick, NJ. "Using Technology to Unlock Musical Creativity." This session gives an overview of my forthcoming book of the same name (Oxford Univ. Press) and includes many practical ideas for fun/creative projects for use with K-12 music students.

2009

Summer/Fall

In-Service Clinician - Southern Lehigh School District (Copersburg, PA) music department. "Using Technology to Unlock Creativity in Music Students."

In-Service Clinician - Muhlenberg School District (Reading, PA) music department. "Using Technology to Unlock Creativity in Music Students."

Summer

Instructor - Villanova Summer Music Studies Program. Two courses at Parkland High School: "Printing Music with Finale (2009)" and "Unlocking Creativity with Technology."

Instructor - Central Connecticut State University. "GarageBand Does It All."

March

In-Service Clinician - Southern Lehigh School District (Coopersburg, PA) music department. "Music Technology for the Classroom."

Keynote Presenter - TI:ME PA Chapter Conference, West Chester University. "Using Technology to Unlock Creativity."

2008

November

In-Service Clinician - PMEA District 11 Professional Development Conference, Montgomery County Community College. Two sessions: "Finale: A Music Teacher's Best Friend," and "Great Uses for Today's Music Technology."

Summer

Course Designer - Knowledge Elements Education Network. Created the syllabus and course (multimedia) content for KEEN's "Music Appreciation" offering to a consortium of colleges and universities nationwide.

Instructor - Villanova Summer Music Studies Program. Two courses at Parkland High School: "Printing Music with Finale (2008)" and "Unlocking Creativity with Technology."

Instructor - Central Connecticut State University. "Unlocking Creativity with Technology."

January

Presenter - Michigan Music Educators Association (and TI:ME National) Conference, Grand Rapids, Michigan. 3-hour session for music educators on using Finale music notation software in class, lessons, and rehearsal.

Consultant/Presenter - Philadelphia Biblical University. 3-hour morning workshop on implementing music technology in the PBU music curriculum, culminating a months-long consulting project with the School of Music.

2007

Summer

Instructor - Villanova Summer Music Studies Program. Two courses at Parkland High School: "Printing Music with Finale (2007)" and "Basic Skills in Music Technology: Electronic Musical Instruments, Notation Software, and Multipart Music Production" (TI:ME 1A)."

Course Designer - Knowledge Elements Education Network. Created the syllabus and course (multimedia) content for KEEN's "History of Music in Worship" offering to a consortium of colleges and universities nationwide.

January

Clinician - Northampton Area (PA) School District. Follow-up in-service training for K-12 music staff: topics in music notation software for music educators.

2006

November

Presenter - Kutztown University. Seminar for Music Education majors on integrating technology into the K-12 music curriculum.

Summer

Instructor - Villanova Summer Music Studies Program. Two courses at Parkland High School: "Printing Music with Finale 2006" and "Basic Skills in Music Technology: Instructional Software, Multimedia, and the Internet (TI:ME 1B)."

January

Presenter - FMEA Annual Conference, Tampa, FL. Two sessions: "Choosing the Best Technology Solutions for Your Program," and "Technology for Young Instrumentalists."

2005

Fall

Presenter - College Music Society (CMS)/Association for Technology in Music Instruction (ATMI) joint conference - Quebec City, Quebec. "Teaching Music Theory with Technology."

Instructor - Computers in Musical Applications, Boyer College of Music, Temple University.

July

Instructor - Villanova Summer Music Studies Program. Two courses at Parkland High School: "Printing Music with Finale 2005" and "Creating Accompaniments for Your Music Program."

April

Presenter - PMEA Convention, Hershey, PA. Two sessions: "Dynamic Concerts" and "Technology for Young Instrumentalists."

Clinician - Northampton Area (PA) School District. In-service training of K-12 music staff: advanced music notation software.

January

Presenter - GMEA Convention, Savannah, GA. Three sessions: Finale 2004, "Technology for Young Instrumentalists," and "Making/Using Accompaniments."

Presenter - Handbell Exploration East Conference, Hershey, PA. Two session on computer music notation.

2004

August

Presenter - Neshaminy School District. In-service training of 5-12 music staff in lab management and product training.

July

Instructor - Villanova Summer Music Studies Program. Two weeks of music educator in-service courses for the VSMSP (off-campus at Parkland High School in Allentown, PA). (TI:ME 2A and Recording).

February

Presenter/Finale Clinician - TMEA/TI:ME Conference, San Antonio, TX. "11 Awesome Uses for Notation in Music Education".

January

Clinician - Northampton (Pennsylvania) School District. In-service training of K-12 music staff in music notation software, and integrating technology into their curriculum.

2003

August

Instructor - Temple University (Boyer College of Music). One week course in music technology for music educators at Temple's main campus. (TI:ME 1B)

Named - Publications Committee Chair, Technology Institute for Music Educators (TI:ME). John Dunphy, Executive Director. Supervise the production of educational resources for this national organization.

July

Instructor - Villanova Summer Music Studies Program. Two weeks of music educator in-service courses for the VSMSP (off-campus at Parkland High School in Allentown, PA). (TI:ME 1A and 1B).

March

Presenter - CMEA/TI:ME Conference, Pasadena, CA. "14 Awesome Uses for Notation in Music Education" and "Sequence-stration."

January

Presenter - GMEA/MENC South In-Service Conference, Savannah, GA. "Top 10 (or More) Uses for Notation in Music Education."

Presenter - PM District 7 Band Festival, Garden Spot High School, PA. "Overview of Technology Applications for the Band Director." Richard Fitz, host.

2002

Summer

Instructor - Temple University (Summer Session). Two courses: Counterpoint (Music Theory Dept.) and Basic Skills in Music Technology (Music Education Dept.). Richard Broadhead, Interim Dean.

May

Editor (Member, 2002 Editorial Committee). Basic Skills in Music Technology: Instructional Software, Internet, and Digital Media by David Mash and Floyd Richmond, Technology Institute for Music Educators.

April

Presenter - TI:ME and MENC Joint National Conference, Nashville Tennessee. "Teaching Composition with Technology: Ideas for Grades 4-12."

January

Presenter- Technological Directions in Music Learning Conference, University of Texas at San Antonio. "Teaching Composition with Technology."

2001

Summer

Instructor - Villanova Summer Music Studies Program. Basic Skills in Music Technology: Electronic Instruments, Notation and Sequencing (TI:ME Level 1a), and Basic Skills in Music Technology: Instructional Courseware, the Internet and Multimedia (TI:ME Level 1b). George Pinchock, Director.

January

Visiting Artist - CFS The School at Church Farm, Exton, PA. Lecture/Demonstration.

Presenter - Technology Institute for Music Educators (TI:ME) National Conference (in conjunction with the Ohio Music Educators Association State Conference), Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio. Sessions on Integrating Music and Science Curriculum, and Music Education Uses for Digital Audio Software.

2000

Summer

Instructor - Villanova Summer Music Studies Program. Basic Skills in Music Technology: Electronic Instruments, Notation and Sequencing (TI:ME Level 1a). George Pinchock, Director.

Instructor - Carbon/Lehigh Intermediate Unit Professional Development Courses. Several full-day sessions on using technology in music.

July

Teaching Assistant - Villanova Summer Music Studies Program (Villanova University, Villanova, PA). George Pinchock, Director.

January

Presenter - Georgia State Music Teachers Conference, Savannah, GA. "Creating an Interactive Website for Your Music Program."

1999

August

Instructor - Carbon/Lehigh Intermediate Professional Development Courses. Several full day sessions on using technology in music.

July

Presenter - National Symposium on Music Instruction Technology, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama. "MIDI Sequencing: Putting Technology to Work for You and Your Students in the Rehearsal and the Classroom", and "Home Practice Online! Creating and Implementing an Interactive Website for Your Music Students."

1998

February

Creator - "Home Practice Online!" website for Parkland School District elementary band students (www.enter.net/~ascott/parkland.html). Students log on and participate in a virtual, electronic rehearsal and explore various activities and links.