Monday Morning Music Mix ~ December 6th, 2010

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Monday’s Music Quote: Alphonse de Lamartine ~ “Music the literature of the heart; it commences where speech ends.”

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Reading the Monday Morning Music Mix is a great way to start your work week and only takes about five minutes! So…sit back, grab your favorite coffee or morning beverage and “TAKE FIVE” with the Monday Morning Music Mix…

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Best Buy, Grammy Foundation, and Rascal Flatts team up to support Music education: “This holiday season, Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE: BBY) and superstars, Rascal Flatts, are joining forces with the GRAMMY Foundation® to “Give Harmony” to teens by supporting music education in high schools throughout the United States. In the spirit of holiday giving, Best Buy in partnership with its vendor community will be making a donation of up to $825,000 to the GRAMMY Foundation’s GRAMMY in the Schools® music education programs for high school students. Shoppers looking to make a difference can help support this contribution by purchasing…”

SoundTree offers 20% off of hundred of items for the season: – “SoundTree partners with leading music technology manufacturers to provide our customers with the best technology solutions for their classrooms…”  ~ Yes, they are some very good deals to be had there!

Great, free,  Music Technology PDF by Barbara Freedman: –  “On December 3, 2010, I gave a session at the NY State School Music Association Winter Conference in Rochester, NY entitled Teach Music. The Technology Will Follow.The session was about how free or inexpensive entry-level software for Mac (GarageBand) or PC (Mixcraft) can be used to teach music concepts. I ran out of handouts so here’s a .pdf file for those that would like it…”

Can Barbie Save the Symphony? –  “With a wardrobe for any occasion, it’s easy to picture Barbie as a fashion icon for the public school set. But American conductor and music producer Arnie Roth also wants us to try to picture Barbie as a young cultural ambassador, introducing her friends to the magical worlds of ballet and classical music….” ~Hat-tip: @smartmusic

An American Musician, An Influence in Afghanistan: – “Afghanistan might not be the first place you’d expect a born U.S. citizen to end up teaching music, but William Harvey is a rare exception. Harvey started playing violin in Indianapolis at age 3. He attended Juilliard and has performed solo at Carnegie Hall. These days, though, you can find Harvey in Kabul teaching violin and viola classes at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music. As a part of the Afghan Ministry of Education, some students attend these music classes courtesy of a sponsorship program created to promote the rebuilding of Afghan society by providing children an opportunity to study music. Harvey has 13 students: Some are middle-class, while some are from the streets…”

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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