The Monday Morning Music Mix -Education News From All Over ~8-31-09
Today’s Monday Morning Music Mix (grab your favorite heated beverage and “take five”):
Monday’s Music Quote, Victor Hugo: “Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and cannot remain silent”
Music Teachers- Must Have Downloadable Freebies for the New School Year: A fairly comprehensive list from MusTech.Net that contains links to downloadable and “free” software to use in the music classroom.
Choosing to Teach Music: The title of a recently reviewed music education research topic at Dr. Rick Dammers’ new Music Education Research Blog: http://musicedresearch.wordpress.com. Bookmark It Today!
Music Education for Low-income Children Opens Door to Social Inclusion in Brazil: “‘My children dream of becoming musicians, they play their instruments and sing all day long,’ says Eliana Mendes, who takes three of her four kids to the Guri Project. But whatever their future may hold, she is pleased with the immediate results. Her oldest son, a 12-year-old, greatly improved his speaking difficulties thanks to choir, and her daughter, who is studying guitar, is overcoming her excessive shyness.” ~Sometimes we have no idea how much music impacts the world and people around us…
Choosing a Music Teacher for your Child or Yourself: A great article with a good list of questions to ask a music professional when deciding on a music teacher… “Choosing a music teacher is not unlike choosing the services of a lawyer, or a doctor, or any other professional service provider. Would you use the services of a lawyer, a doctor or speech therapist without any verifiable training? Of course not! They would have to be trained and licensed before providing their services…”
Do You Tweet?: An interesting discussion, from Amy M Burns’ Blog, on the social-networking phenomena known as “Twitter” as it pertains to music educators and musicians. “…Whether or not you decide to utilize it, your students are most likely sending tweets at least once a day to their friends and anyone else who will follow them. It is good for educators to know about because it is important that we know what are students are using, listening to and more, outside the classroom…”
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Joseph M. Pisano, Ph.D. is the creator of many education websites, a lecturer, clinician, trumpeter, and conductor. He is currently the Associate Chair of Music and Director of Bands in the Calderwood School of Arts at Grove City College in PA. He been named a TI:ME Teacher of the Year, received the JEN Jazz Educator Award and the PA Citation of Excellence. He is a past Vice President of the Technology Institute for Music Educators and the current Vice-President of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association. He also writes for DCI Magazine, Teaching Music Magazine, and is the Educational Editor for In-Tune Monthly Magazine; he has contributed hundreds of articles to various publications. Find out more at his website jpisano.com.