The Monday Music Mix: Music Education News From All Over ~7-20-09

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Today’s Monday Mix:

Rock Band game opening to indie music:  “MTV Games and Harmonix announced on Friday that they will soon be opening a Rock Band Network where independent musicians and labels can submit their songs through the XNA Creator’s Club to be included as optional downloads to players on the 360.”   This will open a whole world of revenue and exposure to indie musicians everywhere… it will be interesting to see how this plays out for the indie artists -it might be just the “thing” they need to get incredible exposure to their music.

Young listeners tune out radion in search of new music: Interesting article stating that young people aren’t using the radio to find/listen to music that they love anymore.  One reason for this is that young people state that they can’t find the local artists or artists they are interested in.   The relevance of radio is debated in this article as music can now be found just about everywhere.

Giving youth a well-rounded music education:   Interesting article about Sean Mason, a Bach2Rock music specialist, and the program at the South Ridding music school.   The program offers students of various ages the opportunity to learn how to write and record their own songs. 

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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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