The Monday Morning Music Mix: Music Education News From All Over ~8-03-09

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Today’s Monday Mix:

We Fail Students by Minimizing Arts: “When totaled, the time came to 66 extra eight-hour days between August and May. With my salary supplement, this came to roughly $3.79 per hour. During the school day, I was teaching double the number of students of a regular classroom teacher and working to raise money to pay for the activities and supplies needed to run my classes. I have been a financial bargain for the public school system.”  Great op-ed from a choir director in the Georgia Public School system. She makes some very good points about the need to stop the forward momentum of removing arts from the schools.

Let’s Face the Music:Malaysia announces its plans to reduce music education in the PRIMARY school curriculum.  

Why California Must Fund Music Education: “From the rhythm of our breathing as infants and the comforting lullabies that helped us sleep, to the cacophony of song and sound that envelops our modern everyday lives, music is an essential factor in what defines us as human. Music is a messenger that carries the history and collective experience of a people across time and space. Music also helps develop our brains in a way that will increase our ability to address and solve the extraordinary challenges that lie ahead of us as a people…”

U2’s Elevation for Young Irish Musicians:”…U2 have donated [euro]5 million and the Ireland Funds a further [euro]2 million to allow a national system of music education provision, Music Education for All, to be rolled out between 2010 and 2015. This project will be run by Music Network, which since 2004 has administered similar government-funded pilot schemes in Donegal and Dublin.”

Fancy a “Cute” Master’s Degree? Try the MA in Beatles: “In September 2009, 30 students from around the world would begin a new Master of Arts Degree course in Beatles Studies, at the Liverpool Hope University in England. The full name of the programme is MA in The Beatles, Popular Music and Society. It is an academic discipline that would investigate the legacy of the Beatles music sensation, and study the social conditions from which the songs emerged”

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 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

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