Music Students Selected for Music Technology Leadership Academy

Gustavo Samudio and Donna Vickers
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Gustavo Samudio and Donna Vickers

Department of Music students Gustavo Samudio and Donna Vickers have been selected for the Technology Institute for Music Educators (TI:ME) Music Technology Leadership Academy. The selection process is highly competitive and only some 15 students from around the country are chosen to participate each year. Samudio is a native of Panama and is a junior music education major. Vickers is a senior music education major from New York. 

Gustavo and Donna will be attending the TI:ME National Conference Feb. 1-4, 2017, in Cleveland. There, they will attend eight leadership academy sessions (Wednesday through Saturday) focusing on developing strategies for utilizing technology to reach non-traditional music students and to attend other sessions and program activities throughout the conference related to this work. 

The Music Technology Leadership Academy 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.

Samudio and Vickers join only a handful of select music education majors from around the country in this prestigious workshop. Past participants have come from Arizona State University, University of Massachussetts-Amherst, New York University, Ithaca College, and the University of Cincinatti, among others. Samudio and Vickers are the first University of Arkansas students to represent our university.


Justin R. Hunter, administrative specialist III
Department of Music


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