Heading To Washington D.C. To Discuss Music Education And Technology Issues At The National MENC Conference This Weekend

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On June 20th, Saturday Morning at 10:00 a.m., I along with Profs. Brian Moore (University of Nebraska-Lincoln), Stefani Langol (Berklee College of Music), and Dr. James Frankel (SoundTree/Korg) will be holding an open plenary that discusses the role of Technology in Music Education.

Our discussion will center around:

1. The role of music technology in the music curricula.
2. What should teachers think about when considering the implementation of music technology into their programs. 
3. How does Web 2.0 apply to music.
4. What about professional development and opportunities to learn new technologies for existing teachers.
5. Fostering and creating creativity through the digital means of compostion and other music-related computer aided programs.
6. What does the future hold for technology in music education.

If you would like FOLLOW this conference on Twitter, we are using Twitter hashtag #menc09 (note the zero not “O”) for this session.  I would encourage any and or all of you that read MusTech.Net to follow along with us and let us know about this experience as it has never been done before as far as we know.  (I will also be twittering from the conference under my own Twitter account -See my Twitter sidebar for the link to follow me!)

I look forward to meeting up with a number of you down there and have already made plans to meet up with some folks that I know only through written or digital correspondence or from my site.   The best time to meet up with me will be directly after our session.  Drop me an e-mail via the contact form on this site (see tab above)  if any of you are making the trip to the conference.


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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 jpisano.com.

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