Digital Leadership
Summit at ISTELive 20
Creative Constructor
Lab Virtual
Edtech Advocacy &
Policy Summit

Thursday, October 8, 4:00–4:30 pm PDT (Pacific Daylight Time)

MAIN STAGE: Educator Stories: Music as an expression of the times: Digital Composing and Songwriting with the Bay Area Music Project



Meet the Bay Area Music Project, “a music for social change” after school program. Hear how this music education program shifted to a virtual environment of digital composing and songwriting. Learn how their students, motivated by the times, were inspired to create and write music in a digital environment. Even if you don’t teach music, you’re certain to take away ideas and inspiration from their work that you can use to support your students in their self expression and creativity. Join the conversation with Lorrie Murray, Bay Area Music Project Executive Director, Sally Decker, Teaching Assistant, and students. Moderated by Mike Lawrence.

Bay Area Music Project:
Bay Area Music Project is a youth orchestra and choir servicing the Alameda/East Bay community. A "music for social change" after-school program inspired by Venezuela’s renowned El Sistema, BAMP provides high-quality and empowering after-school music education for a socio-economically and culturally diverse community. The young musicians have had the opportunity to play with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, the UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra and most recently with renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma. To learn more or to donate to support the Bay Area Music Project afterschool education programs go to

Topic: Creative Learning in virtual & blended, Creativity Chats with Students


Sally Decker, Bay Area Music Project, Maya Lin School, Alameda Unified School District

Sally Decker is a composer, performer, writer and improviser based in Oakland, CA. She explores the emotional potential of sounds as portals of connection. Her approach to form and process is psychological and sensory, rooted in the goal of strengthening a reflective focus toward our internal intuitive worlds. She recently received her MFA in 2019 in Electronic Music & Recording Media from Mills College, where she studied with Laetitia Sonami, James Fei, Zeena Parkins, Maggi Payne, John Bischoff, and Fred Frith. Alongside her performance and composition practice, Sally is passionate about teaching media arts skills to young women. She cares deeply about fostering a belief of ownership in girls in the field of technology and its role in creative expression.

Mike Lawrence, PowerSchool

Mike Lawrence is an award-winning teacher, administrator and educational leader. He served as CEO of Computer-Using Educators (CUE), helping the nonprofit grow fivefold in 12 years, served two terms on the ISTE Board of Directors, and served as director of the California Student Media Festival ( for a decade. He co-founded the Google Certified Teacher (now Google Certified Innovator) program and supported the development of the ISTE Certification for Educators. He’s proud to assist educators worldwide in his current role as senior director of educator engagement, supporting Champions, User Groups and EDGE Conference content at PowerSchool.

Lorrie Murray, Bay Area Music Project, Maya Lin School,

Lorrie Murray is a passionate advocate for arts education and serving the educational and social needs of multicultural, lower-income communities. She founded Bay Area Music Project to enrich the lives of children and their families through music education. Lorrie has over 20 years of experience in the music industry as a concert promoter, tour manager and stage performer. She has an equal amount of experience as a graphic designer and marketing consultant. She holds a bachelor’s degree in visual media design from Northeastern University in Boston.

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