Monday Morning Music Mix ~ October 17, 2011


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Monday’s Music Quote: “Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.” ~ Ella Fitzgerald

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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 from MusTech.Net 

Standby, The Morning Music News Follows Directly:

Striving For Excellence Or Grasping at Straws? The Small Competitive Marching Band Program – “As a marching band director, I spent the first eight years of my career trying to transform small, unsupported band programs into something worth doing. Simply performing at Friday football games did not give my students a pattern of skill development I wanted them to experience, nor an event where their efforts were respected. Unfortunately, there were little other options except competition.  Being young and idealistic, I figured we could go into Group I (35 members or less) competition, build for a few years, and grow the band program to around 50 members. I was wrong. There were obstacles I didn’t anticipate..”

Teeth – 5 Things Every (Music) Teacher Should Know – “TEETH T=Take Charge  Your students are looking for guidance, they want direction; don’t allow them to dictate the course of action, that’s your job!  Do not fall into the trap of teaching the way YOU were taught. As well as you did with whatever method your teacher used, it is probably boring and outdated by now… ”

Make it EASY, then Practice HARD – “What should practice accomplish between lessons? Progress. What is progress? Improvement, betterment, advancement. To simplify, progress is when what was perceived as HARD becomes EASY…”

Groovin’ On Granola?  Check out This P.R. Release – “NEW YORK, Oct. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Groovin’ On Granola and the Music Empowers Foundation announced today a co-venture to raise funds in support of music education for kids…”

Idol dreams Sound Discord with Music Education – “So, there it was again on TV: another young pop-idol wannabe, about to appear as a contestant on one of the newest talent shows.  And she could barely contain her excitement at the possibility that she could achieve her wildest dream by becoming America’s next musical sensation.  And the really good news, she said? “You don’t even have to be able to read music!…”

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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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