Monday Morning Music Mix -Education News From All Over ~9-20-2009

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

Monday’s Music Quote, Gustav Holst: “If a composer could say what he had to say in words -he would not bother trying to say it in music.

The Morning Music News Follows Directly, Standby:

Making Music Education a Priority at Home:  “The benefits of music education are well studied. High school music students score higher on the SAT than their non-musical peers. Carolyn Phillips, former executive director of the Norwalk Youth Symphony in Connecticut, writes that playing an instrument can help the development of areas of the brain devoted to language and reasoning, and reading music can help children understand fractions and proportional math, both of which are necessary when it comes studying technology and science. Playing in a group teaches kids about teamwork, and performing in front of a crowd helps them learn how to evaluate risk and handle anxiety.”

Pope Benedict will be featured on a new CD singing Marian Hymns and Prayers:  “The label said proceeds from the sale of the CD would be used to provide music education to underprivileged children around the world. In 1994, Vatican Radio authorized the publication of a CD featuring Pope John Paul II reciting the rosary in Latin; sold with a commentary in a variety of languages, the CD was an instant hit.”

The 5 Most Important Things To Know About Neurdevelopment: A great “GUEST POST” on Rachel Rambach’s Blog.  “….I wanted to share with you the 5 most important things you need to know about neurodevelopment. These five concepts are foundational to understanding how our brains, and how our clients, grow, develop, and learn…..”

What Makes People Want to Play Guitar Hero?:  “What is the appeal of a game that demands so little of the human mind? Part of it of course lies with the music; the latest Rock Band comes complete with Beatles music, and for people like me, who grew up listening to music, no body of music is more compelling. (For people with rather different tastes, there’s Guitar Hero: Metallica and Guitar Hero: Aerosmith, with Steely Dan allegedly on its way, although Jimmy Page swears there will never be a Guitar Hero: Led Zeppelin). ”

Scales as Propaganda: “It’s heresy, really, to suggest giving piano lessons without teaching students the full range of major, harmonic and melodic minor patterns.  Not teaching scales would be seen as gross negligence, in fact;  a kind of failure to innoculate, or a musical malnourishment that would only happen in the worst of circumstances;  a pedagogical incompetence, perhaps, or a breathtaking breach of duty of care.” *Hat-tip: Wendy Stevens

*Hat-tips are given at times to show who or where I learned about an article listed in the Monday Morning Music MixHave a great week!

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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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