2021 NJMEA Student Technology Expo

 The New Jersey Music Educators Association 11th Annual Student Music Technology Expo and Competition was held  virtually  Friday, May 21, 2021.  Submissions of files were hosted online courtesy of MusicFirst. 

The virtual exhibits showcased student compositions, remixes, multimedia, and applied technology projects. Projects were evaluated by professional adjudicators, and included presentations by industry professionals.

All projects can be viewed on the Google Site by clicking  below:

2021 NJMEA Student Tech Expo Projects

Awards were presented  to the following individual category winners at the conclusion of the event:

Original Composition Winner (Middle School Division)
Nick Murillo, Franklin Middle School

Original Composition Winner (High School Division)
David Sigman, Hopewell Valley Central High School

Original Composition Winner (High School Division)
Julian Ossa, Metuchen High School

Covers/Loops/Remixes Winner (Middle School Division)
 Vicente Meza-Jimenez, Franklin Middle School

Covers/Loops/Remixes Winner (High School Division)
David Sigman, Hopewell Valley High School

Production/Engineering (High School)
Zach Pyle, Delsea Regional High School

Student’s Choice Award 
Luke Kiernan, West Windsor-Plainsboro High School

Congratulations to all the winners and participants! Check back in September for information regarding the 12th Annual NJMEA Student Technology Expo.

History

The first-ever Student Music Tech Expo was held on March 15, 2011. The goal was to provide a venue to showcase students’ creativity and accomplishments, starting with the premise of a “music tech science fair.” Due to the onset of COVID-19, the event was held virtually to continue the tradition and opportunities for students to present their works.

Project Categories for  Submission

Please note that projects must represent the work of individuals or groups no larger than 4 students.

  1. Original Compositions

    Works created using technology including works for traditional and/or electronic instruments. Compositions should prominently illustrate creative use of technology. Projects incorporating use of prerecorded loops will not be considered in  this category. All compositions, including those intended for live performance, should be rendered or synthesized in some digital manner (MP3, CD, laptop) as there will be no space provided for live performance.

  2. Covers, Remixes & Loop-Based Projects

    Works including arrangements/recordings of preexisting songs, song samples and projects incorporating a combination of original material and prerecorded loops. Projects should demonstrate originality in musical choices and creative use of technology. All projects should be rendered or synthesized in some digital manner (MP3, CD, laptop) as there will be no space provided for live performance.

  3. Multimedia

    Works demonstrating the convergence of music with more than one  discipline, which may include art/photography, video, broadcast journalism, and digital storytelling. Works need not be original compositions, but should reflect creative use of technology.

  4. Applied Technology

    Works encompassing distinctive projects that utilize technology for a  specific purpose. Works may include the creation of new electronic musical instruments, interactive music systems, software projects to aid in composition, performance, and music instruction, and more. Projects should be self-contained for a simple demonstration. Submission must include a brief description of the design/development process and relevant photos or video.

  5. Production/Engineering

    Students entering this category will demonstrate their skills in production or engineering created within a digital audio workstation (DAW). Students will  be provided pre-recorded tracks for a recording in advance of the Expo, and work must be completed and submitted by the deadline provided. Individuals and teams of up to 4 students may enter this category.

For additional information, please contact:

Dr. Andrew Lesser, NJMEA Technology Chair njmeatechexpo@gmail.com