The Monday Morning Music Mix: Music Education News From All Over ~8-10-09

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Today’s Monday Morning Mix (grab your favorite heated beverage and “take five”):

Expert Say It’s Never too Early to Begin a Child’s Music Education: “Studies have shown music education can improve everything from children’s long-term focus to their grasp of foreign languages, said Mike Blakeslee, the senior deputy executive director of the National Association for Musical Education.”

Lifelong Love of Music Keeps Reed Man Going at Age 81: Greate article and piece about the lifelong impact of music.  “Most people, in their lifetime, have a career that lasts for 20 or 30 years. Few are blessed to do the same thing they love for their whole life.” 

Dieter Mack: German Composer Lets Music Speak Between Cultures: “If at our home we want development, then we cannot refuse it there. We have to learn from each other. I don’t understand intercultural cooperation in a symbiotic sense, but as a meeting between different cultures on the same eye level. In this variety, I try to find my own position, my own culture. Therefore, every composition is a result of my whole life experience, my current mental state and my vision.”

Talent is a Four-Letter Word: What You and Michael Jackson Have In Common:   Great “thinking” article by Thomas J. West that all musicians and educators should read to think more critically about what it means to have “talent” or be in a “talented group”…  “There are many things in our society that are commonly accepted beliefs. Many of those beliefs discourage people from taking risks because of a false sense of personal vulnerability. The very way we think of certain words can limit our beliefs. One of those words is the word ‘talent’.”

Fine Arts Association Education Director Gives Advice How to Teach Music Appreaciation To Children: Interesting Question and Answer type article about the topic answered by Jeannie Fleming of The Fine Arts Association locatedin Willougby, OH.

While I may or may not agree with the contents of the articles written about in this post, all of the articles posted in the “Monday Morning Music Mix” are ones that I’ve found in some way related to music education or music-related articles that I’ve found interesting. Please feel free to use the comment section below as a sounding board for your thoughts from any of these articles or to let us know that you appreciated the links.

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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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