The Monday Morning Music Mix -Music Education News Weekly ~3-15-2010

Monday’s Music Quote ~Leopold Stokowski, “A painter paints pictures on canvas.  But musicians paint their pictures on silence.”

MusTech.Net provides you with the most interesting news to follow and wake-up to on Monday Mornings. So, sit back, grab your favorite coffee and “TAKE FIVE”…

Standby, The Morning Music News Follows Directly:

Broward elementary schools to consider cuts to arts, music, physical education classes:  “Under a proposal the Broward School Board will discuss Tuesday, the district’s 140 elementary schools will have four options for how it handles those non-core classes.  The choices: Four schools in the same zone would share a media specialist along with an art, music and physical education teacher; electives would be incorporated into classroom teachers’ daily lessons; teachers of electives would be required to teach two classes at once, with the help of an aide; or specialty teachers would serve as consultants to their colleagues on how to incorporate electives into the curriculum.”

Music programs linked to grad rates: “John Benham, a leading music education advocate, has compiled 30 years of case studies showing that, on average, cutting elementary instrumental music programs reduces the number of students in middle and high school programs by 65 percent.” 

2010 Music Education Week Will Offer Performance, Advocacy Opportunities: New additions to MENC’s 2010 Music Education Week program include the U.S. Navy Concert Band in a gala performance, a rally for music education on Capitol Hill, and the U.S. Navy Band Commodores Jazz Ensemble at the Jazz Academy. Music Education Week 2010 will be June 24–29, in Washington, DC, and the surrounding area. The headquarters hotel is the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Virginia.  Music Education Week is MENC’s annual summer event, and it will feature multiday, in-depth music education academies, student and professional performances, exhibits, the first-ever MENC National Honor Ensembles, and other activities.

Why Do I Need to Practice Scales? The Value of Tonal Literacy:  “It wasn’t until I took a graduate level course with band director emeritus Edward Lisk on his Creative Director series of books that my eyes were opened to what becoming a master of a musical instrument was really about. Mr. Lisk’s method revolves around using the circle of fourths/fifths as a tool to teach scales, chords, and just about any other concept you can imagine.”

The limping neck:  Gig story from Deborah Lamb: “Here’s the next “worst gig ever” submission in our series, this time from double bassist Deborah Lamb. Deborah is a double bassist and music education student (awesome!) at the University of Oklahoma.”

DON’T FORGET:

The third #musedchat will be held tomorrow night on Twitter- Join us! Find out more about it here: MusicEdMajor.Net. Learn how to get the most from this experience here: Navigating #MusEdChat.  

This week’s #MusEdChat Topic: “How have you collaborated with other teachers and schools? “

Don’t Forget to Submit your article for the Music Education Blog Carnival!:Submit Now for consideration of one of your Blog posts for inclusion into the next Music Education Blog Carnival.  The April, 2010 version will be hosted by Carol Broos over at http://beatechie.net

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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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