The Monday Morning Music Mix: Music Education News From All Over ~8-10-09

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Today’s Monday Morning Mix (grab your favorite heated beverage and “take five”):

Expert Say It’s Never too Early to Begin a Child’s Music Education: “Studies have shown music education can improve everything from children’s long-term focus to their grasp of foreign languages, said Mike Blakeslee, the senior deputy executive director of the National Association for Musical Education.”

Lifelong Love of Music Keeps Reed Man Going at Age 81: Greate article and piece about the lifelong impact of music.  “Most people, in their lifetime, have a career that lasts for 20 or 30 years. Few are blessed to do the same thing they love for their whole life.” 

Dieter Mack: German Composer Lets Music Speak Between Cultures: “If at our home we want development, then we cannot refuse it there. We have to learn from each other. I don’t understand intercultural cooperation in a symbiotic sense, but as a meeting between different cultures on the same eye level. In this variety, I try to find my own position, my own culture. Therefore, every composition is a result of my whole life experience, my current mental state and my vision.”

Talent is a Four-Letter Word: What You and Michael Jackson Have In Common:   Great “thinking” article by Thomas J. West that all musicians and educators should read to think more critically about what it means to have “talent” or be in a “talented group”…  “There are many things in our society that are commonly accepted beliefs. Many of those beliefs discourage people from taking risks because of a false sense of personal vulnerability. The very way we think of certain words can limit our beliefs. One of those words is the word ‘talent’.”

Fine Arts Association Education Director Gives Advice How to Teach Music Appreaciation To Children: Interesting Question and Answer type article about the topic answered by Jeannie Fleming of The Fine Arts Association locatedin Willougby, OH.

While I may or may not agree with the contents of the articles written about in this post, all of the articles posted in the “Monday Morning Music Mix” are ones that I’ve found in some way related to music education or music-related articles that I’ve found interesting. Please feel free to use the comment section below as a sounding board for your thoughts from any of these articles or to let us know that you appreciated the links.

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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.
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