Monday Morning Music Mix -Education News From All Over ~12-14-09

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Monday’s Music Quote, John Williams: “So much of what we do is ephemeral and quickly forgotten, even by ourselves, so it’s gratifying to have something you have done linger in people’s memories.”.

 

The Morning Music News Follows Directly, Standby:

More than 60 pianos vandalized in Whalen School of Music: “More than 60 pianos were damaged last night in the first floor practice rooms in the Whalen School of Music, according to Dave Maley, associate director of Media Relations.”  Seriously, What is wrong with the people that performed this heinous act.   Hat-tip: Tim Rosenburg

Music Education Advocate Uses Facts and Figures to Empower the Public: “Music education advocate John Benham explains to MENC staff the financial ramifications of teacher and student music education statistics he collected for Fairfax County, Virginia.”

An Open Letter to School Administrators and Parent Booster Organizations: This letter (In PDF format) is a remarkable tool for informing both your parents and administrators about the importance of attending the Midwest Clinic.   I can tell you that there are only a few other music conferences that I have been to that compare or are on par with the Midwest Clinic.  If you are a school ensemble director, going to this clinic SHOULD be on your MUST DO list!

The Music Class: With school funding slashed from coast to coast, a new program is aiming to do for music education what the Peace Corps did for international service. We visited New Orleans to see how the experiment is going.  Twenty third-graders file into a brightly lit classroom at Langston Hughes Academy in the Gentilly neighborhood of New Orleans. Though it is just one of the dozens of charter schools that now enroll 60 percent of the city’s students, the just-completed $27-million academy is the first new school to be built in the city since Hurricane Katrina. The gleaming glass-and-brick structure towers over the modest single-family homes that line the streets of the still-recovering area.”

Famous Bells of the World: As part of her Christmas Countdown, Espie Estrella includes an article about “Famous Bells of the World”.  If you haven’t checked out her blog about music education, you need to.  She writes almost daily about music education topics and information.

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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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