Today’s Monday Morning Music Mix (grab your favorite heated beverage and “take five”):
Monday’s Music Quote, J.S. Bach: “I worked hard. Anyone who works as hard as I did can achieve the same results.“
The Morning Music News Follows Directly, Standby:
Zoom H4n -The Electronic “Swiss Army Knife” for Audio Recording and More: “The Zoom H4next (H4n), in particular, is one that stands out from the others with regard to its fidelity, versatility, and utility for musicians.
Aptly titled the “Handy Recorder”, the Zoom H4n is small enough to be hand operated, very easy to navigate, and intuitive to operate. What makes the H4n particularly “handy” is its ability to function as a high-quality electronic audio device in a multitude of every-day scenarios. From simple playback of MP3s and other audio formats to high-fidelity group and even multi-track recordings, this device delivers on its promises.”
New Book Explores Teaching Music Composition to Students of All Ages: “The authors of a new book, Minds on Music: Composition for Creative and Critical Thinking (MENC/Rowman & Littlefield), explain that without the guidance of a music educator, young people may never know that many things they do in daily life are natural forms of music composition.
‘Imagine a society that taught children to read, but not how to create stories or poems of their own,’ Janice Smith says. ‘A music education that does not value children’s potentials in sound— their ability to create songs and pieces uniquely their own—is similarly less than complete.'”
The Midwest Clinic announces its schedule of events and clinicians: I’ve been going to the mid-west clinic for over 15 years and I can tell you that it is the “super-bowl” of all music conferences. This year, for the first time, it will be held at the new McCormick Conference Center. If you are an instrumental teacher, instructor, professor, or musician and want to have your music outlook “re-charged” attend this event!
Four Little Coins: Great little article/activity/song by Rachel Rambach. Rachel is a board-certified music therapist and educator and she has a tremendously helpful music blog about the profession. If you haven’t bookmarked Rachel’s site -add it to your “to-do” list -better yet, check it out today!
The Future of the Music Industry: “To say it’s been a bumpy decade for the music industry is a bit of an understatement. After Napster’s introduction in June of 1999, we’ve seen ten years of new formats, declining record sales, lawsuits, and passionate arguments from all sides (artists, labels, the RIAA, and consumers) about the pros and cons of these drastic changes. Has suing music pirates done anything to curb illegal downloads? Has digital file sharing helped new artists reach more fans faster? Where will the industry be ten years from now?” Hat-tip: Dr. Jim Frankel
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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.