Experiencing Music Technology

Experiencing Music Technology (3rd Ed Update)

by David B. Williams and Peter R. Webster

Internet support for the textbook published by Schirmer: Cengage Learning. Experiencing Music Technology is one of the leading college textbooks for music technology courses.

ISBN 0-495-56554-7

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dbw_headshot David Brian Williams

Dr. Williams is Emeritus Professor of Music and Arts Technology at Illinois State University. Dr. Williams’ distinguished career has included teaching and administrative appointments at Illinois State University, SWRL Educational Research Laboratory, the University of Washington, and the University of Guam. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education and a Master of Music Theory degree from Northwestern Louisiana State University and a PhD in Systematic Musicology from the University of Washington. His technology work broadly covers multimedia and Internet applications, music and arts technology education, the development of software applications for music education, and the management of information and instructional technology resources. Dr. Williams has served as a consultant to many organizations in education and business combining his music, technology, research, and administrative experience and currently maintains an active consulting practice in educational and music technology.

He has written extensively in the areas of music education, music psychology, music and arts technology, and instructional development. He has served on boards for the National Association for Music Education, Illinois Music Educators Association, Technology Institute for Music Educators, the Association for Technology in Music Instruction, and Past President for the College Music Society. He chaired the MENC task force for developing Opportunity-to-Learn Standards for Music Technology and, in 2001, received the Illinois Music Educators Association Distinguished Service Award for his work in music technology.

Peter R. Webster

Dr. Webster is Emeritus Professor of Music Education and Technology at the School of Music, Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. He is currently Scholar-in-Residence at the Thornton School of Music, University of Southern California. He holds degrees in music education from the University of Southern Maine (BS) and the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester (MM, PhD). He has taught in the pubic schools of Maine, Massachusetts, and New York; following fourteen years of teaching at Case Western Reserve University, he moved to Northwestern in 1988.  His teaching responsibilities at Northwestern include courses in philosophy of music education, undergraduate and graduate research,  music technology, assessment, and creative thinking in music.

He supervises the doctoral program in music education and supervises practice teachers.  Webster has presented at many state, national, and international meetings and is a frequent keynote speaker.  His published work includes over 70 articles and book chapters on technology, music cognition, and creative thinking in music which have appeared in journals and handbooks in and outside of music. He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Research in Music Education, Journal for Technology in Music Learning, International Journal of Education in the Arts, Research Studies in Music Education, and the  Asia-Pacific Journal for Arts Education. He is the author of Measures of Creative Thinking in Music, an exploratory tool for assessing music thinking using quasi-improvisational tasks.  Webster has served as president of the Association for Technology in Music Instruction (1995-2002) and has been a Board Member for Music Education with the College Music Society.  He received the 2002 Illinois Music Educators Association Distinguished Service Award for dedicated service.


Webster and Williams have presented workshops, clinics, and major addresses together for more than 20 years.  Their collaboration led to the co-authorship of Experiencing Music Technology (Cengage Learning/Schirmer Books, 3rd edition Update, 2008), the major textbook for the introduction of music technology to advanced high school and college students.  The book has been recognized as the leading source for a comprehensive introduction to music technology. 

Experiencing Music Technology by David B. Williams and Peter R. Webster Modified: August-2014