Monday Morning Music Mix -Education News From All Over ~4-19-2010

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Monday’s Music Quote ~Henry Ward Beecher, “Music cleanses the understanding; inspires it, and lifts it into a realm which it would not reach if it were left to itself.”:
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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.”

Viewpoint: Don’t deprive children of music education: “In my view, involvement in instrumental music offers the student an experience which can affect him throughout his life. Students develop aural and body awareness, learn the complex system of musical notation, and learn to work together with their peers to express their emotions and sense of aliveness.  Instrumental musicians are natural problem solvers; they learn to see and hear patterns and develop motor and special skills which are unmatched by any other discipline. Performing in front of an audience develops self-confidence along with the opportunity to express feelings and tell a story through sound.  Studies have shown that long-term instrumental students score 50 points higher than the general population on standardized tests. At the Springfield High School of Science and Technology where I was Band Director for seven years, the graduation rate among students in the band and chorus was over 95 percent. ”

Education Standards: More Than Buzzwords:  “Standards. Standardized tests. Reading standards. Achievement standards. Survey sample standards. Data-analysis standards. State education standards, and now, proposed national education standards.  The National Governors’ Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers are considering national education standards. Forty-eight states, two territories, and Washington, D.C. have committed to the idea of developing standards—but have not yet agreed to adopt any approved standards.
National standards for K-12 math and language arts were released in March for a comment period which has concluded. The final draft is due in May. MENC knows the roots of standards run deep and are more than trendy buzzwords in the world of education. That is why MENC wants the arts considered key before the standards-train begins to pull away from the station.”

Why I Adore Teaching PreK Music:  “I have spoken to numerous music teachers in the past few years who will either react positively when I state that I teach PreK-3rd grade general music or they will tremble. When they tremble, I ask them why and the usual response is that I must have a lot of patience to work with the littlest of students because they are so unpredictable. Though it is very true that patience is a virtue when it comes to teaching (at any grade level), teaching PreK music is one of the best jobs I ever took. And to think that 14 years ago, I stumbled into my first teaching job (as we all do-we take whatever we are offered) which was teaching a PreK music program to 14 different day cares and Preschools across NJ. I wanted to share with you all the reasons I adore teaching PreK music:”

League of American Orchestras Puts Issues Online:  I just discovered that the League of American Orchestra has put some of their Symphony Magazine Issues online.   They are using a fantastic online reader called nxtbook.  To read the March/April 2010 issue online click this link: http://www.americanorchestras.org/symphony_magazine/symphony_magazine.html

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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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