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I’ve decided to make a post (and quite possibly a permanent page) that contains active Music Educators or People/Entities that Twitter quite frequently about Interesting and Timely Music Topics.
Here is the on-going and evolving criteria (to start with):
- Is a musician or music-related entity/group (Industry, Educator, Performer, etc.) that Tweets about relevant Music Ideas, Thoughts, Tips, or News OTHER THAN some type of self- promotion or group or ensemble promotion (i.e. twittering about their latest song, performance, or sale).
- Has at least 100 Followers.
- Has at least 250 Tweets.
- Has been active on Twitter consistantly in the last 3 months and Tweets at least once a week.
- TWEETS quite a bit about music related topics that would be of interest to most musicians. (Yes, many of their Tweets will/can still be fun, off-topic, or just “stream of consciousness”.)
- Does not Tweet anything inappropriate for students.
Many of the online Twitter directories do not include any-type of music education related category and those that do contain many non-related or non-active Twitter Accounts. It’s my hope that list will take some of the “guess-work” and time out of the process of finding good Music Education related Tweets as all of the Twitter Accounts listed here are ones that I’ve reviewed myself and find very interesting and active. As the school year starts, I hope to engage my college students in helping me to identify a more expansive list of Music Pedagogues that Twitter.
Here is a dozen Music Twitterers to start the list and for you to FOLLOW on Twitter:
1. Joseph Pisano @pisanojm
2. Carol Broos @musictechie
3. Jason Heath @jasonheath
4. Alex Ruthmann @alexruthmann
5. Brenda Muench @bmuench
6. James Frankel @jimfrankel
7. Ken Pendergrass @mystro2b
8. Randall Foster @randallfoster
9. Andy Zweibel @Zweibz7
10. William Bauer @wbauer
11. SoundTree @soundtree
12. MENC @menc
I’m looking to take this list to 100 in the near future. I’m especially interested in those that actively TWEET great music-related materials and are fairly active Twitterers. I’d love to see more composers, theorists, musicologists, music industry, and performer/educators (those that perform and educate), in addition to more top-notch Music Educators and Music Technologists on this list.
Please feel free to add yourself or others that you know that meet the criteria in the comment section here. Even if you/they don’t meet the criteria list yet (but are emerging) please let us know below. I will update this list sometime in mid-to-late September after the school year has started and “settled”.
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.