Objective

Creating a learning experience where experiential, collaborative learning encourages thinkers to look closely, think deeply and wonder incessantly. Creating a culture where thinking is valued, visible, and actively promoted as a part of the regular experience for all learners.

Currently working in education, with an engineering background, I advocate the importance of transparent technology integration, sharing ideas  and connecting through social media, and global collaboration into a student centered learning environment. I consider myself a facilitator and designer of learning experiences. This is apparent in the problem-based approach to understanding in which learners express their understanding through various forms of tangible digital media.

My focuses are student engagement, best practices, and computer science.  I’ve researched best-practice teaching methodologies and present across the state to school districts and educators on how to design engaging learning environments, reflect on teaching practices focused on cultural forces, and creating a conceptually connected curriculum that helps shape the future of our learners' identity as thinkers in their pursuit of life-long learning. 

"If we teach today as we taught yesterday, we rob our children of tomorrow"

~John Dewey

Continuing Professional Development

  • Leadership Oakland University Mentor -  Rochester, MI (2015-present)
  • Design For Deep Thinking - Ann Arbor, MI (2015-present)
  • Google Squad - Bloomfield Hills Schools, MI (2014-2015)
  • Discovery Education - DEN Gone Country, Nashville, TN (2013)
  • Michigan Arts Education Instruction and Assessment, E. Lansing, MI (2013)
  • Cultures of Thinking Teacher Leadership, Clarkston. MI (2012-present)
  • Response To Intervention, Ortonville, MI (2012)
  • NonViolent Crisis Intervention and Prevention, Ortonville, MI (2011)
  • Intro to Cultures of Thinking, Clarkston, MI (2011)
  • Oakland Schools Coaching Training, Pontiac, MI (2011)
  • Thinking Maps: Connections to Student Understanding, Ortonville, MI (2010)
  • NonViolent Crisis Intervention and Prevention, Berkley, MI (2009)
  • Teaching Music / Special Needs, Rochester Hills, MI (2007)

Publications

Meaningful, Relevant Technology Integration within a Musician's Workshop (in press).

The Oxford Handbook of Technology and Music Education Oxford University Press.

Author: Michael Medvinsky

Scaffolding Student Composers

Composing Our Future: Preparing Music Educators to Teach Composition (Kaschub & Smith, Eds., Oxford University Press, 2012). 

Authors: Jackie Wiggins, Michael Medvinsky 

Non-Traditional Ensembles Reach More Students

Michigan Music Educator (2010)

Author: Michael Medvinsky

There are many ways to engage learners in music within the K-12 curriculum. While the tried and true traditional ensembles like band, choir, and orchestra are offering our students rich musical experiences, non-traditional ensembles may offer a different perspective on how people learn music.

It’s a Two Way Street: Are You Listening?

Michigan Music Educator (2009)

Author: Michael Medvinsky

The learners in your classrooms are musical thinkers and thoughtful decision makers who enter with their own musical identities. We need to help them make connections with their previous experiences of thinking in sound while listening, performing, and creating in new experiences in our classrooms on their way toward musical independence. We need to listen to and validate learners’ choices of their own music and meet them halfway with our own music to form relationships of mutual respect and common understanding of music. It’s a two-way street.

Professional Service

  • International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE) - member
  • Michigan Association of Computer Users in Education (MACUL) - member
  • National Association of Music Educators member - Member
  • Michigan's Model Arts Education Instruction and Assessment Project (MAEIA) - Assessment Specification Developer 
  • Oakland Schools Fine Arts Council Music  - Music Representative
  • Rock Our World - Team member
  • Project Zero's Cultures of Thinking - Cultures of Thinking Teacher Leader
  • Technology Institute for Music Educators (TI:ME) - Member

    Honors and Awards

    • 2014 Outstanding Young Alumni - Oakland University, MI
    • 2013 Michigan Teacher of the Year, Top 4 Finalist - Michigan Department of Education
    • 2012 Oakland County Elementary Teacher of the Year - Oakland ISD, MI
    • 2005 MaTilDa Outstanding Student in Music Education - Oakland University, MI

    Consulting Experience

    Musician's Workshop 

    Grosse Pointe (2015)

    Creativity, experience design, and culture of thinking

    Walled Lake Schools (2014)

    Curriculum - Providing Opportunities that Foster Musical Understanding: Designing and Implementing Creative Experiences within Music Classes

    Three consecutive sessions throughout the 2012-2013 school year, Brighton Schools

    (with Nancy Taylor, retired art teacher-Lake Orion, Jackie Wiggins and Bob Wiggins - Oakland University)

    Curriculum - Connecting Common Core State Standards and Music Education

    Brighton Schools (2012)

    (with Spiros Xydas - Troy Schools)

    Curriculum - Providing Opportunities that Foster Musical Understanding: Designing and Implementing Creative Experiences within Music Classes

    Bloomfield Hills Schools (2011)

    (with Deborah Blair - Oakland University)

    Curriculum – Envisioning future classes

    Oakland County Public Schools

    Conceptual Connections through the Arts

    Best Practices Conference (2011)

    Baker College

    Lab Classroom

    Open lab classroom to tri-county school districts working toward building Professional Learning Communities and to cultivate a network of collaboration within and across districts. Lab classrooms give teachers opportunities to share effective teaching practices and learn from colleagues. Music teachers from other districts visit my classroom to observe. I have hosted:

    • Grosse Pointe (2014)
    • St. Regis, Bloomfield Hills (2014)
    • Holly Academy, Holly (2013)
    • Brighton Area Schools (2013)
    • Oakland University Music Education Undergraduate Music Education Students (2008-present)
    • Southfield Christian (2012)
    • Bloomfield Hills Schools (2011)
    • Warren Consolidated Schools District (2011)
    • Rochester Community Schools (2010)

    Presentations

    Coding in the Primary

    Designing your Classroom or School's Digital Footprint

    Tech Talk at Mercy (2016)

    Farmington Hills, MI


    Words to Music

    Half-day workshop

    International Society for Technology in Education (2016)

    Boulder, CO


    Cultures of Thinking: Amplifying Learner Voice with Technology

    Words to Music

    Michigan Association of Computer Users in Learning (2016)

    Grand Rapids, MI


    Connecting to the Global Classroom

    Creating a Personal Learning Network (PLN)

    Giving Learners a Digital Voice

    Emerging Technology in Education

    Enhancing Instruction with Technology Summer Workshop (2015)

    Oakland University, MI


    Creating a Makerspace: Makey Makey and Scratch

    Full-day workshop

    International Society for Technology in Education (2015)

    Philadelphia, PA


    Project Based Learning and Making

    Connected Educator Un/Conference (2015)

    Jackson ISD, MI


    Words to Music

    Michigan Association of Computer Users in Learning (2015)

    Detroit, MI


    Connecting to the Global Classroom

    Creating a Personal Learning Network (PLN)

    Giving Learners a Digital Voice

    Emerging Technology in Education

    Enhancing Instruction with Technology Winter Workshop (2015)

    Oakland University, MI


    Designing Relevant Learning Experiences

    Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development (2015)

    New York, NY


    "Can We Put It On iTunes?" - Designing Relevant Musical Experiences

    Ohio Music Conference TI:ME (2015)

    Cleveland, OH


    Creating a Makerspace: Makey Makey and Scratch

    International Society for Technology in Education (2014)

    Atlanta, GA


    Makerspace and MaKey MaKey

    Michigan Music Conference (2014)

    Grand Rapids, MI


    MakerSpace and MaKey MaKey

    Connecting to the Global Classroom

    Bloomfield Hills Schools Professional Learning (2014)    

    Bloomfield Hills Schools, MI


    Creating a Personal Learning Network

    Oakland Intermediate School District (2014)

    Waterford, MI


    Connecting to the Global Classroom

    Bloomfield Hills Schools Tweet-Up (2014)

    Bloomfield Hills Schools, MI


    10 Guiding Principles of Teaching and Learning

    EdCamp OU (2014)

    Oakland University, MI


    Creating a Culture of Thinking

    Augmented Reality in Education

    Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (2013)

    Harrisburg, PA


    Music and the Common Core

    MaKey MaKey

    Rock Our World - Global Collaborative Projects

    Arts First! (2013)

    Oakland Intermediate School District

    Waterford, MI


    Connecting to a Global Classroom

    Brandon Schools Professional Learning (2013)                                                                  

    Brandon Schools, MI                                                                                                                                  


    Creating a Culture of Thinking

    Brighton Public School (2013)

    Brighton, MI

    (with Nancy Taylor, retired art teacher-Lake Orion, Jackie Wiggins and Bob Wiggins - Oakland University)


    Connecting Arts Education and the Common Core State Standards

    Oakland Intermediate School District (2013)

    Waterford, MI

    (with S. Alex Ruthmann - NYU Steinhardt)


    Connecting Assessment in Music to the Common Core

    EdCamp Detroit (2013)

    Wayne State University, MI


    Augmented Reality in Music Education

    Connecting to the Global Classroom

    Teaching for Musical Understanding Workshops (2012)

    Oakland University, MI


    Teacher Assessment and Individual Student Growth

    Oakland Intermediate School District (2012)

    Waterford, MI


    Utilizing Your Interactive White Board in the General Music Classroom

    Brighton Public School (2012)

    Brighton, MI

    (with Spiros Xydas - Troy School District)


    Curriculum - Providing Opportunities that Foster Musical Understanding: Designing and Implementing Creative Experiences within Music Classes

    Michigan Music Conference (2012)

    Grand Rapids, MI


    Musical Understanding through Recording

    Sampling Using GarageBand: Workshop

    New Directions Conference (2011)

    E. Lansing, MI


    A New Vision of Secondary General Music

    Oakland County Public Schools Best Practices Conference (2011)

    Rochester, MI


    Conceptual Connections through the Arts

    Michigan Music Conference (2011)

    Grand Rapids, MI


    The Classroom as a Recording Studio

    A New Vision for MS and HS General Music

    Popular Music in Secondary General Music #1

    Popular Music in Secondary General Music #2

    Teaching for Musical Understanding Workshops (2010)

    Oakland University, Rochester, MI


    Informance vs. Performance – A Student Centered Approach to Planning Your Concert

    Arst First! (2010)

    Oakland Intermediate School District

    Waterford, MI


    K-12 Songwriting with an Integrated Curriculum

    Professional Learning Conference (2009)

    East Grand Rapids Public Schools, MI


    Recording in Your Classroom to Foster Musical Thinking

    Michigan Music Conference (2009)

    Grand Rapids, MI


    Make Meaningful Connections with Your Students Through the Use of Technology

    MEAP GLCEs in the Music Room…Yeah Right!

    Teaching for Musical Understanding Workshops (2009)

    Oakland University, Rochester, MI


    12 Bar Blues and Improvisation

    Early Careers  Conference/ CMENC Conference (2009)

    Oakland Intermediate School District

    Waterford, MI


    MEAP GLCEs in the Music Room…Yeah Right!

    Arst First! (2008)

    Oakland Intermediate School District

    Waterford, MI


    Constructivism in Music Education

    CMENC Conference (2008)

    Michigan State University, E. Lansing, MI

    Work History

    Work History
    2010 - Present

    Lecturer in Music Education Methods

    Oakland University

    Undergraduate

    • Introduction to Music Technology for the Music Educator
    • Teaching for Musical Understanding with Technology

    Graduate

    • Teaching for Musical Understanding with Technology
    • iPad and GarageBand in General Music
    • Assessment and Digital Portfolios in Music Education
    2015 - Present

    Lower School Instructional Technology Integrator / Instructional Coach

    University Liggett School

    preK-5th grade

    • Integrating technology into all content areas
    • Co-Designing units of study and project work with teachers
    • Administering 1:1 iPad, chromebook, and laptop learning environments
    • Creating Cultures of Thinking
      • Experience design
      • Making Thinking Visible
      • Amplifying learner voice with technology
    • Researching and implementing  emerging technology in education
    • Google Apps For Education
    Aug 2013 - 2015

    Middle School General Music

    Bloomfield Hills Schools

    General Music 4th - 8th grade

    • Teaching the International Baccalaureate PYP and MYP Programme 
    • Creating a Culture of Thinking through the lens of music.
    • Designing musical experiences and conceptually connected units based on state and national standards, through lines of inquiry, and enduring understandings. Starting with the end in mind, I support each learner towards musical understanding.
    • Learners use technology in a BYOD blended learning environment such as iPads, Promethean Board, Leap Motion, augmented reality, and electronic instruments.
    • Use musicians’ reflections as formative assessments for data driven instructional plans for musical understanding interventions based on the learners’ needs.
    • Teaching for Musical Understanding Musician's Workshop incorporates real-life problem solving, and a balance between whole-class and self-directed composing, listening and performing, with emphasis on process, metacognition, and appropriate use of technology.
    • Use Making Thinking Visible thinking routines to establish a culture of thinking that encourage students to become purposeful with the way they experience the world.
    • Creating and participating in global projects such as Rock Our World and a Read Across America VoiceThread creating experiences for musicians to become citizens of the world.

    Extracurricular ensembles and clubs

    • Created a Makerspace, a club where innovators practice design thinking, invent, tinker, code, build and share their inventions. 
    • Created Indaba African Drumming ensemble.
    • Invited group for school assemblies and community performances.
    • Annually featured performance group and clinician for Oakland University’s Percussion Day.
    Aug 2006 - Jul 2013

    K-12 Music Educator/Education Technology Coach

    Brandon Schools

    General Music K - 12th grade

    Extracurricular ensemble

    • Created Indaba African Drumming ensemble that has grown from 8 to 65 members.
    • Invited group for school assemblies and community performances.
    • Hosted Bernard Woma, world renown Ghanaian gyle player, Oakland University’s Akwaaba Drumming Ensemble and Steel Band
    • Annually featured performance group and clinician for Oakland University’s Percussion Day.

    Education

    Education