Lawrence Bean fell out of Computer Science and into Music Education in his
sophomore year of college.
He graduated with a BA in Music Education from the University of Maine in 1986 and had an eleven year career as a Choral Music Educator in the Kennebunk, Maine school system, while continuing his technology pursuits as a hobby.
large non-audition groups won silver at the Events America Choral Festival and his
select group was featured on Good Morning America and in Yankee Magazine
for their annual performances of traditional christmas carols at the highly acclaimed Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude.
He fell back into Computer Science with the offer of a position as Technology Coordinator at RSU#1 in greater Bath, Maine, and completed his MS in Computer Science at the University of Southern Maine in 2006.
time there he
literally built the school system's technology program, from pulling CAT-5 through the walls and constructing PCs out of spare parts to writing data analysis modules and a custom SIF-compliant Student Information System, while continuing his
musical pursuits as a hobby.
has been highly involved in the Maine Music Educators Association, American Choral Directors Association of Maine, Association of Computer Technology Educators
in Maine, and the Barbershop Harmony Society
, holding various positions of responsibility and bringing the Maine All-State Auditions into the 21st century with on-line applications, judging, and results processing.
spare time, his
stint with The Management barbershop quartet brought two CDs, a district championship, 3 trips to the international competition stage, barbershopper of the year for the Northeastern District, and the national MENC/SPEBSQSA Music Educator of the Year award.
He has been Chorus Director Instructor at every COTS seminar in the United States, Guest Director at more than half the district music festivals in Maine, and has had an original eight part acapella composition premiered by the University of Maine Singers.
He is a strong advocate for free, open-source applocations for public schools and currently presents workshops on various software solutions.