Today’s Monday Morning Music Mix (grab your favorite heated beverage and “take five”):
Monday’s Music Quote, Louis Armstrong: “If you have to ask what jazz is you’ll never know.“
The Morning Music News Follows Directly, Standby:
Make Technology Instrumental: “Should teachers embrace technology without reservation or with caution? MENC member Fred Kersten had compiled his “Ten Techmandments for Technology Inclusion in the Music Classroom” to help ensure music instruction remains the guiding force…”
Like Guitar Hero and Rock Band? Then get the sheet music and play for real: “As music-driven video games continue to explode in popularity, the company aims to help gamers channel their passion into becoming active musicians
An Interview with Video Game Music’s Premeir Composer: “When the piece finished, the “Final Fantasy VIII” logo, complete with registered trademark symbol, appeared on the screen and the crowd erupted in applause and scattered whoops. Conductor Arnie Roth turned around to face the crowd….”
The Marching Band Effect: Great article by HS band director Doug Butchy, “Over the last several years, I have noticed an interesting phenomena that occurs when I have young middle school students play in the marching band. They get better. Way better. Quickly. It’s almost mind-boggling. Before I go any further, let me assure you that I preach all of the same principals of good musicianship to my marching group as I do to my concert band. It’s just different music and a different venue. I still tune the group carefully. I still expect them to play with good intonation. I still expect them to play with good characteristic tone quality. I still expect them to play correct dynamics and articulations…”
Parents’ Night/Back-toSchool-Night: Well thought article by Amy Burns for preparing music teachers to think about their presentations to the parents of their students on “back to school night” —“It is that time of year again when you are probably preparing for Parents’ Night or Back-to-School-Night. If you have to prepare a presentation to the parents, or if you have to prepare your classroom for parents to walk through, here are some music tech ideas (an one additional idea) that could assist you with your preparation…”
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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.