Monday Morning Music Mix- Music Education News ~12-28-09

*Wiki_CommonsMonday’s Music Quote, John Cage: “I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones.”

The Morning Music News Follows Directly, Standby:

EIS [Educational Institute of Scotland] says music tuition is ‘vital’ for schools: “EIS general secretary Ronnie Smith said: The EIS believes that every child should have the right to learn to play a music instrument and to develop their ability to sing.   Developing an understanding of music is beneficial to pupils in many ways, and can have a profound effect on the personal and social development of children.”

‘Best Communities for Music Education’ Program Invites Schools & Communities That Support Music Education To Participate in Survey Starting Jan. 14, 2010:  “Established by the NAMM Foundation, BCME Recognizes and Celebrates Support for Music Education Throughout the United States CARLSBAD, Calif., Dec. 15 /PRNewswire/ — During a time when music and arts classes are threatened nationwide, The NAMM Foundation announced today that it will continue its effort to recognize schools across the United States that have the strongest music education programs.  ”

El Sistema: when music cuts crime and saves lives: “Perhaps it has something to do with its name – after all “El Sistema” does sound a bit like some extremist political movement from the 1930s. Or maybe it’s because it originates from Venezuela, a country with precious little political clout. Whatever the reason, having just returned from seeing El Sistema in action, I believe its impact should – after 35 years – have reached far beyond the rarefied realms of the arts pages. It is surely the most extraordinary social phenomenon of our times. El Sistema is the brainchild of José Antonio Abreu, a former economist and classical music enthusiast, who believed that every poverty-stricken child should have free access to music and that their lives would be transformed as a result.”

38 Ways To Change The World Through Music:  Great post by Michelle Payne over at the Music Teacher’s Blog.

University of Cincinnati music dean under fire from faculty: Interesting post about what happens when the Dean of Arts has problems with the college curriculum and the support of the music faculty… Very interesting indeed.  Hat-Tip: Chris Foley

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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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