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The great folks at the Music Educator’s Network have issued a challenge:
In light of this I invite every reader to join me in my challenge to myself: I WILL BLOG! I will write at least one post per month. With each school year comes new ideas, new challenges, and a new ‘to do’ list. Won’t you join me in harnessing the power of a blogging community of music educators?
I KNOW this is a great idea. If nothing else, writing clarifies thought and expands your thinking pattern(s). Blogging will do that and so much more for you and your students. Since I started blogging a year ago, I have had almost 100,000 unique hits at mustech.net and over 200 hundred discussion points with people on this blog. I’ve grown tremendously from those conversations and it has sparked further curiosity… In my opinion it’s a win-win for everyone involved in the process. Yes, many times people do not agree with me about a topic but isn’t that the point of an open discussion?
From reading and COMMENTING in others blogs, I’ve become more “in tune” and “out of the box” in my own thinking about music, edcuation and other topics. Blogging truly is the start of something great for us and our profession. The first generation of music, technology and education blogs have laid the groundwork, let’s have the 2nd and third generations “grow and multiply”!
Here are links to places you can get your own FREE BLOG and that I also recommend:
- http://www.blogger.com [google’s blogging software]
- http://www.wordpress.com [my favorite!]
- http://www.livejournal.com [great free blog]
- http://www.typepad.com [great free blog]
- http://www.musiced.net [join other music educators with blogs]
Do you need help starting your own blog or encouragement? Let me know by leaving a comment here or contacting us with our contact page, we’ll be glad to help!!! :)
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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.