Music Advocacy; Is It Just A Waste Of Our Time?

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Our we wasting a time with music advocacy and the current state of music education?  I posted a comment on Travis Weller’s site:  Composing Like Mad on his article entitled “At 3:15 p.m., class is just beginning…” .  Jim Plamondon makes the argument and comments that “people increasingly see music education as a bad investment, relatively speaking… and they might be right”.   He further states (within the context of his comment) that “the effort currently being expended on music education advocacy is wasted…”

In fairness to Jim, he has been working on a new type of keyboard that allows you to enter music notes in pattern based way that allows for an easier transfer of
“finger memory” to different keys when running scales and playing chords (not unlike guitarists and the patterns on strings) and offers his own solutions as to how to get a better “return on our investment” as educators.   I have to read more about what he is trying to accomplish before I can comment on his device and solution with any type of well-thought meaning.

I invite you all to jump over to Composing Like Mad and join the conversation about this important topic by leaving a comment and being a part of the discussion.

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Joseph M. Pisano, Ph.D. is an industry innovator, education clinician and lecturer, trumpeter and conductor, and the creator of many 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 at Grove City College, he made the move into industry in 2018.  As one of the youngest full professors in Grove City’s history, he served in various roles over his tenure including the Technical Director of the Pew Fine Arts Center, Assistant and Associate Chairs of Music and Music and Fine Arts, Director of Music and Fine Arts Technology, Director of Jazz Studies, Stage Manager, and he finished his tenure as the Director of Bands where he directed the college’s Symphonic Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Pep Bands, and various small ensembles.

He 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, 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

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