I’ve always been a big fan of Netvibes (and Pageflakes!). These types of online “commander” software programs allow you to aggregate information from RSS feeds, Web sites, and even e-mail into one central location.
I’ve recently revamped my public Netvibes site to aggregate some of the most interesting and active Music Education Bloggers and Podcasters and post their headlines in one easy to read location. While there are many great music education bloggers now blogging (many in part thanks to the 100 ME Blogger Campaign started right here at MusTech.net), I’ve chosen only to list a dozen of the more active Music Education bloggers (meaning they post new material frequently). These sites may be found under the “Current Music Education Beat!” tab at my Netvibes site and each respective headline links directly to the blogger’s website.
In addition, I’ve included a list of public Music Education and Technology podcasts that may be played directly from my NetVibes page. These podcasts may found under the “Best Music Education Podcasts” tab at the Netvibes site.
Sites included on the “Current Music Education Beat!” page:
- Phil Kirkman
- MusTech.Net (Joseph Pisano)
- Amy M. Burns
- Espie Estrella (About.com)
- The Collaborative Piano Blog (Chris Foley)
- Music Ed Lounge
- Be a Techie (Carol Broos)
- Travis Weller
- Music is not for Insects
- Double Bass Blog (Jason Heath)
- James Frankel
- MusicEdMajor.net (Andy Zweibel)
Sites included on the “Best Music Education Podcasts” page:
- Dr. Frankel’s Podcast Page
- Music, Education, & Technology Podcasts from MusTech.Net!
- Music Tech For Me
- Naxos Classical Music Spotlight Podcast
- Music Teachers 911
- What Music Means To Me
- Music and Technically Speaking
I hope you bookmark this page and start taking advantage of the seemingly endless possibilities of RSS for acquiring information from the Internet. Please note that Netvibes is free and anyone can join and make and share their own pages! Note, there are hours on end of great podcasts to listen to, share them with your students and friends!
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.