The Monday Music News Mix: Music Education News From All Over ~7-27-09

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Today’s Monday Mix:

Why music education is important in the valley:   “…music educators are the best vehicle for delivering this instruction to students. We are proud of our elementary music programs, as well as the middle- and high-school-level choir and band programs. The elementary schools feed into the secondary schools, and so a reduction or elimination of instruction at the elementary level would have a direct effect on the quality of what happens in the later years.”

Choir member gather to sing their old songs: An interesting article about enduring friendships and a love for music that had a lifelong impact on those who were involved in school choir program.

Freddy Fresh Named to Faculty of New Hip-Hop Diploma Porgram at the McNally School of Music:  The McNally Smith College of music has added a music offering in the very “non-traditional” sense of music higher-ed academia.  You can check out the details of their Hip-Hop program here:

My view: Community Bands not “frivolous”:  Here is an op-ed piece about using public founding grants to help keep area community bands alive. 

The Sounds of Learning: Studying tthe Impact of Music on Children with Autism:  “The power of music affects all of us and has long appealed to our emotions. It is for this reason that UCLA researchers are using music to help children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), for whom understanding emotions is a very difficult task. This inability robs them of the chance to communicate effectively and make friends and can often lead to social isolation and loneliness.”

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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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