Monday Morning Music Mix -Education News From Everywhere ~4-12-2010

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Monday’s Music Quote ~Edward Elgar, “My idea is that there is music in the air, music all around us; the world is full of it, and you simply take as much as you require”

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”…

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Why Do I Need to Practice Scales? The Value of Tonal Literacy: “In my formative days as a clarinetist in high school, not a word was ever said to my band about practicing scales (or praticing much of anything, for that matter). We warmed up on a Bb Major scale and went straight to the business of learning our concert music by simply repeating it over and over with no rehearsal techniques whatsoever. I learned how to play major scales up to three flats and three sharps as well as a three-octave chromatic scale in order to try out for the P.M.E.A. District Band. I did so on my own without help from my band director or my doddering private clarinet teacher.

Keeping the Integrity in Music Class: “As music teachers continuously look over their shoulders to see if the next state budget cut is going to be in their programs, or worse, their jobs, we are facing the hard truth that music classes are becoming portals for integration and unfortunately, test score improvement. Whether you believe this to be true, it is becoming more of a fact in many schools. However, it does not mean that we need to stop teaching music and begin teaching another subject in our classroom. For music classes, integration with other subjects is actually, very natural. In addition, when you integrate your music with other subjects correctly, you still keep the integrity in music.”

Choosing Repertoire for Middle School Band: “…While it is our job to teach instrumental music, we as a profession must take time to consider these student musicians and ultimately where there career path might lead.  Not every student in our program may become a professional musician or a music educator, but we do want them to leave with a positive connection to music that they can tangibly see in their lives.  We must also choose music that allows us as directors to connect the academic music of the school ensemble with the outside world in which the student live, and that music must contribute to and enrich the community in which the school ensemble is situated.”

Music Education Resources and Tips for Teachers: “…Today, music educators incorporate theories and application to give a well-rounded musical experience and to teach music in various perspectives intended for international understanding. To meet many demands and expectations of their students, music teachers keep on upgrading their available music teachers’ resources by doing some researches over the Internet. In just a matter of few clicks, they would be aware of what is really the latest in the music academe as well as the newest style and approach in teaching that they can utilize in their everyday instruction.”

Creative Conducting: 15 Conducting Tips for Inspired Musicianship: “As a conductor, you have one of the most creative jobs in the world – you sculpt sound with your hands! You evoke, shape, and inspire sound with your conducting. Have you ever asked a snare drummer to keep time for your ensemble? Many conductors are the visual equivalent of our snare drummer. If you were given the task of inventing conducting, would you pound the air on every beat regardless of the musical impetus? Or, rather, would you craft a set of gestures that indicates all aspects of the music, not just the meter. If you choose the latter, imagine your conducting as the artistic catalyst to inspired music making.”

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This week’s #MusEdChat Topic: “How can we keep music programs successful through grades K-12? How can we create smooth transitions between schools?”

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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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