One of the last assignments in Music Technology 221, for the year, was to perform a presentation about a website that the college students felt was useful to them or one that they visited frequently. The site had to be in some way related to their music field. At Grove City College, the Music Dept. offers music degrees in: Music, Music Education, Music and Religion, Music and the Performing Arts and Music Business. The following are a selection of their answers:
Category: Choral Music
This site was used by a student to help them with the advanced choral conducting class wherein they have to compile a list of of all the choral music they have ever sung. The site contains a wealth of choral information about songs, including publishing information, voicings, style, difficulty and more. This site is a very useful resource for music/choral educators.
Category: Trumpet Related
Many of the music “guilds” have their own online presences. The Trumpet Guild is specifically for trumpet players. In addition to trumpet related information, it contains job information, calendar links to concerts and competitions, a youth site, and a “ask the teacher” forum.
Category: Music Theory and Ear Training
This website is full of information concerning music theory and solfeggio. The theory tutorials provided start very basic and can progress from there. Additionally, the solfeggio portion provides many different exercises of various difficulty levels.
Category: Music Search Engine
This website is a search engine that seeks out audio files on the internet and presents them as a playable playlist. The songs are not downloadable from within the program, but you can share your playlists with others.
Category: Percussion Related
This website is very useful for the drummer and the music educator. It may be the most thorough online reference about specific drummers, their music and styles. It contains a massive amount of biographies that include audio and video samples.
Category: Music Education
8notes.com is a reference for musicians that offers fingering charts, chord charts, ear trainers, tuners, metronomes and midi to sheet music conversions. Additionally, a number of instrument free sheet music can be found there.
Category: Music Education
The website is a music education site for all levels of musical expertise. There are many music teacher related resources that can found there including: Articles, Lesson Plans, Private Lesson Help, Advice and more.
Category: Free Sheet Music
IMSLP attempts to create a virtual library containing all public domain musical scores, as well as scores from composers who are willing to share their music with the world without charge
Category: Music Theory (Guitar Related)
MoneyChords.com is a one source stop for free Guitar Chord Lessons, Chord Progression Studies, Tablature, Songwriting Resources, and Jazz/Standard Chord Substitutions and more.
Category: Music Religion/Worship/Christian
For those planning on going into Christian Worship Leadership, this site offers many free resources including: chord sheets, lyrics, powerpoint lyrics, midi files, recordings and many other resources useful to a Worship leader.
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Joseph M. Pisano, Ph.D., is an industry innovator, educator, clinician and lecturer, trumpeter and conductor, and the creator of many music and education websites. He is currently the Vice President of Innovation and Engagement at Keystone Ridge Designs, Inc. After twenty-three years as a professor and administrator in higher education, he made the move into industry in 2018.
As one of the youngest full professors in Grove City’s history, he served in many capacities during his tenure including Professor of music, Director of Music and Fine Arts Technology, Technical Director of the Pew Fine Arts Center, Associate/Assistant Chair of Music and Fine Arts, Director of Jazz Studies.
He finished his tenure at the college as the Director of Bands, where he directed the college’s Symphonic Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Pep Band, and various smaller ensembles. He continues to guest direct bands, consult with music programs, and adjudicate ensembles and programs today.
He has been named a TI:ME Teacher of the Year, received the JEN Jazz Educator Award, the PA Citation of Excellence, and named a “member for life” of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association. He is a past Vice President of the Technology Institute for Music Educators, an associate member of the American Bandmasters Association, a past President of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association, and a member of various education and music honoraries.
He has written for numerous publications including DCI Magazine, Teaching Music Magazine, SBO, and was the Educational Editor for In-Tune Monthly Magazine for eight years; he has contributed hundreds of articles to various publications.
He is an active conductor, trumpeter, clinician, and educator. Find out more at his website: jpisano.com.