Trainers for United States

Ernie Jackson

Ernie Jackson Ernie Jackson is a music technology expert, from the recording process to equipment manufacturing, and has a strong manufacturing history base. Having recorded various ensembles, (classical, jazz, rock, and bluegrass) he has found a very important nuance to achieving group comprehension and retention. Industry experience has afforded him opportunities and knowledge that he can pass on to students. Ernie is the author of The Music of Justin Holland, the first African-American classical guitarist. Currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Musicology through Hunter College and the Graduate Center, he is also an adjunct lecturer of music technology at Queensboro Community College in Bayside, NY. Ernie has been a Sibelius Ambassador and training guru for two years.

Bill Evans

Bill Evans Since 2001 Bill has been a lecturer in the School of Music at the University of Maryland - College Park, where he teaches Music Technology. During spring 2003 he was a part-time faculty member and guest conductor of the Towson University Vocal Jazz Ensemble. He has also been a guest lecturer for the Music Department at the Catholic University of America.

Mr. Evans has received numerous honors and awards over the years, including the University of Maryland Outstanding Teachers Award from the Center for Teaching Excellence (2004), Sherwood PTSA Educator of the Year (2006 and 2000), Maryland State Computer Educator of the Year from the Maryland Instructional Computer Coordinators Association (1991), Outstanding Contribution to the Community (1989) and the Outstanding Contribution to Youth Award (1987) from the Greater Olney Civic Association.

Mr. Evans is a member of the Maryland Music Education Association (MMEA),the Music Education National Conference (MENC), American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), and the International Federation of Choral Musicians(IFC) and Technology in Music Education (T.I.M.E.).

David Arbury

David Arbury David Arbury holds degrees from the University of Maryland, Arizona State University,and Haverford College and has studied composition with Curt Cacioppo, John Davidson, James DeMars, Robert Gibson, Glenn Hackbarth, and Randall Shinn in addition to "master class" private lessons with George Crumb and Bernard Rands. From 2001-2003 he was Composer-in-Residence for the Cathedral Center for the Arts at Trinity Cathedral in Phoenix, Arizona. He was Vice-President of the Contemporary Music Society in Tempe, Arizona and founded University of Maryland's New Music Initiative.

David has worked at the Music Division of the Library of Congress, co-founded an independent record label, conducted small ensembles, and performed extensively as a bass and percussion player

Jenny Amaya

Jenny Amaya

Jenny Amaya's educational background includes a traditional bachelor's degree in composition, a MIDI and audio recording certificate, and a master's degree in commercial music. In addition, she recently earned certification as a Pro Tools HD expert. Jenny is proficient on a handful of musical instruments and has studied and mastered the accordion. As a composer, Jenny has written music for a variety of instruments and ensembles, including music for film. Her original wind band compositions have won several young composer competitions and awards.

Jenny has been teaching music software for most of her life, and has been an active Sibelius Ambassador for over ten years. She has taught music and audio technology courses at several colleges in Southern California, and will be a full time faculty member in Music Industry Studies at Cal Poly Pomona, beginning in the Fall of 2012. Jenny is the Sibelius author at, and the owner/operator of The Commercial Music Lab, where she teaches small group lessons on Sibelius, Pro Tools, and other commercial music topics. Email Jenny at:

Philip Rothman

Philip Rothman

Philip Rothman is principal and owner of NYC Music Services. Philipís orchestration credits include feature films and television programs including The Nanny Diaries, Hollywoodland (Focus Features), Too Big to Fail, Taking Chance, Teddy in His Own Words, You Donít Know Jack (HBO Films), and the mini-series Faces of America (PBS).

His original compositions have been performed by the Utah Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony, Maryland Symphony, National Philharmonic of Lithuania, Juilliard Orchestra, New York Youth Symphony, United States Military Academy Band, and numerous other ensembles.

Philip holds a Bachelor of Music degree summa cum laude from Rice University and a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School.

Gary Atkins

Gary Atkins Gary Atkins is a composer, guitarist, keyboardist, arranger, orchestrator, copyist, and computer specialist who has worked in Theatre, Television, Film and Multimedia. Gary co-wrote the music for the CTV series Creepy Canada with Martin Deller. He has assisted and acted as copyist for some of Canada's award-winning composers, including John Welsman, Paul Hoffert and Glenn Morley. 

Currently, Gary is the Technology Co-ordinator for the Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto) and teaches Music Technology at Humber College. As a Sibelius Ambassador, Gary attends trade shows and educator conferences across the continent to provide Sibelius demonstrations to teachers and other educators. He is highly regarded as a trainer and has been sought after by awarding composers such as Joe Sealy (Jazz Pianist), Glenn Morley (Genie Award winner), David Blumberg (Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, American Idol), Yves Frulla (Celine Dion Band: Keyboard Player), Clarence McDonald (James Taylor, Aretha Franklin, Barbara Streisand) and others to provide training for individual users and groups on how to use Sibelius and other software.

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Robin Hodson

Robin Hodson An Englishman transplanted to the North East of America, Robin has been with Sibelius for nine years and helped develop the current range of Sibelius products.

He has a strong background in music and education, having been a choral scholar at Oxford University and having taught music technology at a college in Cambridge. He is also an accomplished composer and performer, working in a number of different musical genres. He has traveled widely and trained Universities and School Districts in 38 US States and 5 Canadian provinces in how to use Sibelius.

Jay Dorfman

Jay Dorfman Jay Dorfman is an Assistant Professor in the music education department at Boston University, where he teaches classes in music technology, instrumental methods, and graduate foundations. He has a PhD from Northwestern University, and BM and MM degrees in music education from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida.

He taught band, guitar, music theory, and music technology at Flanagan High School in Pembroke Pines, Florida, where the music department was recognized by the Grammy Foundation as a National School of Merit. Dr. Dorfman has published original research and reviews in several state and national music education journals, and is a contributor to the 3rd edition of David Williams and Peter Webster's renowned textbook Experiencing Music Technology.

He is a regular lecturer at state music education conferences throughout the country, and specializes in the development of curriculum in music technology for learners of all levels. Dr. Dorfman is currently the national chapters chair for TI:ME, and holds memberships in ATMI and MENC.

Bruce C. Munson

Bruce C. Munson After thirteen years as Director of Instrumental Music at the Branson School in Ross, California, Mr. Munson moved on to become the Western Region Manager for Sibelius USA. During his seven years at Sibelius, Mr. Munson managed sales for the thirteen western states, western Canada and Mexico. His responsibilities also included artist relations as well as conducting both in-service and public software trainings.

In August of 2007, Mr. Munson left Sibelius to concentrate on further developing his music engraving business, and with the addition offering music technology training and consulting to the business, he founded Munson Music Services and Consulting. Mr. Munson's client list includes among others, Michael Tilson Thomas, Stewart Wallace, Gordon Getty, the San Francisco Symphony and International Liturgy Publications. He recently prepared the score and parts for the Bonesetter's Daughter, music by Stewart Wallace and libretto by Amy Tan, which had its San Francisco Opera premiere in the fall of 2008.

Mr. Munson has conducted in-service trainings for music teachers in school districts across the U.S. and Canada, and most recently has begun partnering with colleges and universities to offer workshops on Sibelius software to the public.

Mr. Munson is a pianist/ composer/ arranger in both the contemporary and jazz genres, and has transcribed the music of several jazz artists for Hal Leonard's Artist Transcription Series, including that of Thelonious Monk and Jackie McLean. Mr. Munson studied composition and ethnomusicology at the University of California, Berkeley, where he received his degree in music.


Mike Klinger

Mike Klinger To date, over 5000 music educators, from all over the world, have taken Mike Klinger's music technology classes. He recently fulfilled a life long dream of building a beautiful retreat facility in the Pacific Northwest for private or group sessions. The Mike Klinger Music Technology Retreat is located just 50 mi. East of Portland, OR and features a 15 station computer lab. For more information about the retreat please go to

Mike is a graduate of North Texas State University with a B.M and M.M. in Music Composition/Theory. From 1976-1980 he was on the teaching staff at Mt. Hood Community College. Currently, he is an adjunct professor at Portland State University and Seattle Pacific University where he teaches various music technology courses to fellow teachers.

Mike is also a very gifted jazz pianist and composer/arranger with several recordings to his credit.

David McKay

David McKay David is both a clinician and beta-tester for Sibelius Software.
He is an award-winning composer, arranger, jazz pianist and educator whose outstanding creative musical accomplishments have earned him international recognition in the United States and Europe. His concert music titles include String Quartet, Psalm Sequence, Trio for soprano, harpsichord and contrabass and Zamar, a ballet based on the seven Hebrew words for praise.

David teaches music theory-composition and electronic music at MTSU, Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN. He received a Master of Music in Composition from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. His company, K|P|G Music, provides arranging, composing, orchestration and scoring services for the music industry.

Marc Jacoby

Marc Jacoby Marc Jacoby is an Assistant Professor of Music and the Technology Specialist for the Music Education Department at West Chester University in West Chester , PA. He received his B.M.Ed. from the Berklee College of Music, M.M. in Jazz Studies from the New England Conservatory, M.M. in Music Technology from Northwestern University, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at Northwestern. Marc is an artist/clinician for Yamaha Corporation and Vic Firth, Inc., a Sibelius Ambassador and on the Educational Advisory Committee for Latin Percussion, Inc. He is an active performer and presents clinics and papers at the Mid-West Band and Orchestra Clinic, Music Educator's National Conference, Association for Technology in Music Instruction, Drum Corps International and many state teachers conventions.

Dr. Steven Estrella

Dr. Steven Estrella Dr. Steven Estrella is one of the finest integrated music technology educators in the country. His Sibelius training sessions receive rave reviews from attendees. Steven serves on the National Advisory Board for the Technology Institute for Music Educators (TI:ME.) His companies, Shearspire, Inc. and, provide Web and media development services to clients in education and business. His interactive music media clients include Berklee College of Music, International Music Products Assoc., International Assoc. of Electronic Keyboard Manufacturers, Addison-Wesley Publishing, McGraw-Hill Higher Education, and MacMillan. He is also the author of a music textbook, Study Outline and Workbook in the Fundamentals of Music. His current professional passion involves creating highly interactive media to teach practical skills and concepts in music and other disciplines.

Marc Schonbrun

Marc Schonbrun Marc Schonbrun graduated magna cum laude from the Crane School of Music. His first version of Sibelius was Sibelius 2, and he's been hooked ever since! Marc began working with Sibelius in 2004 and has remained an active trainer for the company. He is an active educator, writer, and musician on the East Coast. Marc's musical resume ranges from classical guitar concertos to jazz trios and rock concerts. He is an active lecturer on guitar and music technology, and he frequently tours the country educating musicians and teachers. He is also the author of numerous books on music theory, guitar playing, and music technology.

Berklee College of Music: Online

Berklee College of Music: Online With Berkleemusic, you can study what you want, when you want, and where you want, with recognized experts in contemporary music education. You can participate in several ways:

Our college-credit certificate programs offer 40 different study options available in subjects including songwriting, music production, arranging, theory, harmony, ear training, electronic music production, guitar, music theory, contemporary writing, home recording, and the music business. Choose a program that best fits your time frame and needs, from 6 and 12 month intensive programs, to longer 2-plus year programs that will help you develop complete mastery in your area of interest.

With more than 60 different Instructor-led Credit and Non-Credit Courses, you can get a great education in music, master new skills, stay current in your profession, and explore personal areas of interest with Berklee's unique curriculum. You'll get one-on-one guidance from Berklee's renowned Instructors, and learn with a community of like-minded musicians.

Tom Rudolph, Ed. D.

Tom Rudolph, Ed. D. Tom Rudolph, Ed. D. is Director of Music for Haverford School District, Adjunct Assistant Professor at The University of the Arts and is the president of TI:ME ( Tom is the author of the Sibelius Online course offered by He teaches technology courses at Berklee College of Music, Central Connecticut State, and Villanova University. His books include Sibelius: A Comprehensive Guide, Recording in the Digital World, and Teaching Music With Technology. He is co-author of the Alfred MusicTech series: Play Keyboard, and Composing with Notation Software. His published articles have appeared in The Instrumentalist, Jazz Educator Journal, Downbeat Magazine, and Music Education Technology Magazine.

Dave Williams

Dave Williams David Brian 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 B.M.Ed and M.M. degrees from Northwestern Louisiana State University and a Ph.D in Systematic Musicology from the University of Washington. He is a woodwind musician and actively plays clarinet, saxophone, and WX-5 wind controller in his community.

Dr. Williams' technology experience spans some forty years. In the early 1980s he co-founded Micro Music Inc. (later merged with Temporal Acuity Products) and led the development of an expansive catalog of music instruction and composing software for the Apple II and the MMI DAC sound card. 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. His book Experiencing Music Technology (Schirmer Cengage Learning, 3rd Ed Updated), co-authored with Peter Webster, is widely used in college music classes across the country.

Dave currently serves as Technology Chair and Secretary for the College Music Society and serves on the board of TI:ME as Chair of the Executive Committee. He has used and featured Sibelius products in his teaching, creative work, workshops, and keynote presentations from their first versions. He taught an advanced course in music notation for several years and serves as a Sibelius Ambassador providing in-service training on Sibelius notation software, Groovy music, along with other Sibelius software titles. His website,, offers a series of guidesheets and tutorials for use with Sibelius software.