The Monday Morning Music Mix ~Education News From All Over ~9-28-09
Today’s Monday Morning Music Mix (grab your favorite heated beverage and “take five”):
Monday’s Music Quote, Louis Armstrong: “If you have to ask what jazz is you’ll never know.“
The Morning Music News Follows Directly, Standby:
Make Technology Instrumental: “Should teachers embrace technology without reservation or with caution? MENC member Fred Kersten had compiled his “Ten Techmandments for Technology Inclusion in the Music Classroom” to help ensure music instruction remains the guiding force…”
Like Guitar Hero and Rock Band? Then get the sheet music and play for real: “As music-driven video games continue to explode in popularity, the company aims to help gamers channel their passion into becoming active musicians
An Interview with Video Game Music’s Premeir Composer: “When the piece finished, the “Final Fantasy VIII” logo, complete with registered trademark symbol, appeared on the screen and the crowd erupted in applause and scattered whoops. Conductor Arnie Roth turned around to face the crowd….”
The Marching Band Effect: Great article by HS band director Doug Butchy, “Over the last several years, I have noticed an interesting phenomena that occurs when I have young middle school students play in the marching band. They get better. Way better. Quickly. It’s almost mind-boggling. Before I go any further, let me assure you that I preach all of the same principals of good musicianship to my marching group as I do to my concert band. It’s just different music and a different venue. I still tune the group carefully. I still expect them to play with good intonation. I still expect them to play with good characteristic tone quality. I still expect them to play correct dynamics and articulations…”
Parents’ Night/Back-toSchool-Night: Well thought article by Amy Burns for preparing music teachers to think about their presentations to the parents of their students on “back to school night” —“It is that time of year again when you are probably preparing for Parents’ Night or Back-to-School-Night. If you have to prepare a presentation to the parents, or if you have to prepare your classroom for parents to walk through, here are some music tech ideas (an one additional idea) that could assist you with your preparation…”
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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.