Music Technology Pedagogy Summit at Westminster College, March 7, 2020


The Florence J. Gillmor School of Music at Westminster College is pleased to announce open registration for the inaugural Music Technology Pedagogy Summit on March 7th, 2020, from 9AM – 6PM at the Jewett Center for the Performing Arts.  The cost to attend the summit is $40.

The theme of this summit is “The Ground is Always Moving!”


This summit will focus on issues specific to teaching, program design, curriculum design, and other topics related to music technology pedagogy.  We are presenting this summit as part of a year-long artistic residence with Red Desert Ensemble, a group founded by Katie Porter and Devin Maxwell that focuses on experimental and electronic chamber music, commissioning new works, and music entrepreneurship.

Attendees will explore, examine, and discuss challenges and opportunities in music technology pedagogy in all levels of education: primary, secondary, undergraduate, and post-graduate. The day-long summit will feature participant presentations, invited presenters, and a keynote address by Dr. Linda Antas, associate professor at Montana State University, where her leadership has helped shape a flagship music technology program.

Official Schedule

9:00 – 9:15 Welcoming Remarks, Dr. Devin Maxwell – Director of Composition and Music Technology, Westminster College

9:15 – 9:40 Dr. Ted Apel – Assistant Professor, Boise State University
Teaching Generative Game Music Creation to Undergraduate Video Game Majors

9:40 – 10:05 Dr. Tom Baker – Professor, Cornish College of the Arts
Shifting Sands / Solid Footing
Project-Based Learning for Undergraduate Musicians in Experimental Electronic Music

10:05 – 10:30 Patrick Horton – PhD Candidate, Northwestern University
Access and Creative Music Making: Design Tensions in Developing Tablet-Based Digital Musical Instruments for Students with Disabilities

10:30 – 10:45 BREAK

10:45 – 11:10 Matt Mateus and Adam Sherlock – Spyhop
Opportunities for Designing Accessible Music Technology Curriculum

11:10 – 11:35 Dr. Momilani Ramstrum – Professor, San Diego Mesa College
A Gaming Model: Technology, Fun and Tournaments for Learning Music Theory and Musicianship

11:35 – 12:00 Dr. Sean Peuquet – Program Director, Madelife
Design Thinking and Accelerated Mentorship Applied to Music Technology Pedagogy

12:00 – 12:30 Serafin Sanchez – Ableton
Interactive Music Learning on the Web

12:30 – 1:15 LUNCH

1:15 – 1:40 Dr. Nathan Bowen – Assistant Professor, Moorpark College
Fostering Electronic Music Performers from the Ground Up

1:40 – 2:05 Dr. Brad Decker – Instructor, Eastern Illinois University
If You Build It: Creating a Music Technology Culture

2:05 – 2:30 Craig Brandwein – Assistant Professor, University of Alabama, Birmingham
Widening the Horizons of Curriculum Typical of a Collegiate Music Technology Program

2:30 – 2:40 BREAK

2:40 – 3:05 Ashkan F. Tabatabie – PhD Candidate, University of Utah
Including Microtonal Writing Techniques and Technology Assisted Performance Practice in Post-tonal Composition Syllabi

3:05 – 3:30 Dr. Charles Menoche – Professor, Central Connecticut State University
Instrumental Methods Classes as a Model for Music Technology Pedagogy

3:30 – 3:55 Dr. Lauren Hayes – Assistant Professor, Arizona State University
Sound, Electronics, and Music: A Radical and Hopeful Experiment in Early Music Education

3:55 – 4:00 BREAK

4:00 – 4:30 Jennifer Jackson – Assistant Professor, University of Utah
Teaching Music Composition for Application in Theatrical Performance

4: 30 – 5:00 Dr. David Michael Cottle – Associate Professor, University of Utah
The First Patch: A Survey of Synthesis Software from a Pedagogical Perspective

5:00 – 5:15 BREAK

5:15 – 6:15 Dr. Linda Antas – Associate Professor, Montana State University
Music Technology in the Arts and Education: It’s History and Our Future

Keynote Speaker


Dr. Linda Antas is a composer, music technologist, and flutist whose compositions have been performed around the world. She has been recognized by the Musica Nova International Competition of Electroacoustic Music, the Fulbright Foundation, the Bourges Electroacoustic Composition Competition, the Fifth International Congress on Synesthesia, and the International Computer Music Association. Her works have appeared on festivals including the International Computer Music Conference (ICMC), the Society for Electroacoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS), the Città di Udine International Composition Competition (Taukay Edizioni Musicali), Electronic Music Midwest, Electroacoustic Barn Dance, and the Sound and Music Computing Conference. Outside of Western classical and electroacoustic music, her musical interests include music from around the world, especially Hindustani classical music. She writes and sings American folk music.

Her current research interests are sonification, visual music, real-time signal processing, and physical computing. She is an Associate Professor at Montana State University, where she teaches music technology, interdisciplinary multimedia courses, film scoring, and composition. In addition to—and sometimes in combination with—musical activities, she spends as much time in the wilderness as possible. Her life and music are heavily influenced by Buddhist philosophy and the natural world. She lives in the Gallatin Range just outside Bozeman, MT with her husband Mike, two highly amusing Labrador Retrievers, and as many freshwater tropical fish and invertebrates as healthily fit in 115 gallons of water.

Red Desert


RED DESERT Ensemble is the duo project of clarinetist Katie Porter and composer/percussionist Devin Maxwell. We have been performing, commissioning, creating and championing interesting music for almost 17 years. After a decade in Brooklyn, NY and now a remote cabin in the mountains of Utah, our repertoire consists primarily of living composers, especially ones that strive to challenge and enrich our understanding of what music is and can be. Together we have been part of over 200 new and experimental music premieres, and personally commissioned over 40 new works for chamber ensemble. Katie regularly performs Devin Maxwell’s thirty minute behemoth for solo bass clarinet and electronics, Cloudseeding 4, recently at the Ponta do Sol Residency for instruments and electronics in Madeira, Portugal. Red Desert programs Morton Feldman’s Bass Clarinet and Percussion and other works written specifically for us by composers Lucie Vítková, Michael Pisaro, Judith Berkson, Carolyn Chen, Edgars Rubenis, Adrian Democ, André Cormier, among others, our recent two evening length concerts at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, were called “one of the most imaginative concerts of the year” ,“mezmerizing”, “engrosing” and highlighted as one of the top ten performances of the Utah enlightenment in 2018 by Les Roka of the Utah Review.  In addition to our work as Red Desert, we host the yearly Listen/Space Commissions and the VU Symposium for experimental, improvised and electronic music in Park City, Utah.

As artists-in-residence at Westminster College School of Music during the 2019/20 school year, Red Desert will be presenting three evening-length concerts, ten FREE workshops, an Ableton Live workshop, and a Music Technology Pedagogy Summit, and the VU Symposium utilizing our shared expertise in music entrepreneurship, digital music, experimental music, music technology, electro-acoustic composition, DIY spaces, forming ensembles, commissioning new works, contemporary techniques, and more to highlight how creative music can lead to amazing career paths in the arts and beyond.

About Westminster College

Westminster is a private, comprehensive college in Salt Lake City, Utah. Students here experience the liberal arts blended with professional programs in an atmosphere dedicated to civic engagement.

With the goal of guiding its graduates to just and successful lives, Westminster provides learning experiences for both undergraduate and graduate students that guarantee to be life-changing. Faculty focus on teaching, learning and developing distinctive, innovative programs, while students thrive on Westminster’s urban Sugar House campus within minutes of the Rocky Mountains.

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Westminster is located in the eclectic Sugar House neighborhood of Salt Lake City, and is within 10 minutes from the downtown business district and 30 minutes from six mountain resorts. describes Sugar House as follows:

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