The Monday Morning Music Mix -Education News From All Over ~10-26-2009

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

Monday’s Music Quote, Gustav Mahler: “If a composer could say what he had to say in words he would not bother trying to say it in music.”

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Signs That You Might Want To Re-Think Being A Teacher Or Your Current Teaching Perspective(s): An article that I wrote that looks at the flip-side of the topic -“signs of a good teacher”.   While there are a tremendous amount of good teachers currently teaching, there are many that are in need of a better “teaching perspective”.   This article looks at some of the “signs” that teachers that “aren’t into teaching” have and radiate…

Highlights from the ATMI conference via Twitter!: This is the first time a “Twitter hash” has been included in the Monday Morning Mix!   The ATMI 09 conference has just finished and there was a lot of good information coming back to us through the hash tag #atmi09.  Check out some of the “goodies”!

Improvisation in BloomPart II in a series from Christine Schumann posted at Music Teacher’s Helper.  What a great visual way to help to explain improvisation!  ~  “…Budding Ideas (Phrases) In this section, short motifs from the “Planting Seeds” section (see Part One of this series) will be expanded in to phrases. The motifs may be used as “take-off” points, or combined to create an interesting theme.   Since a phrase is a musical sentence, it needs to have a beginning, and build through the middle to a period or question mark at the end. The picture of a rainbow shape is a helpful analogy of a phrase shape. Though all phrases do not follow the same melodic and dynamic shape, the rainbow shape will ensure nicely rounded, successful phrases for introductory purposes. Once this is achieved, you may have them give the phrase a tail up at the end to create a question phrase….”

Voice Teacher vs. Vocal Coach: “For young singers and their parents, it is easy to be confused between the voice teacher and the voice coach. There has been much written and blogged about with regards to this issue but ultimately it comes down to the area of expertise…”  Hat-tip: Chris Foley

Northeastern University Taps Noteflight to Take Music Education Online: “The Northeastern University Music Department, chaired by Anthony DeRitis, PhD, has chosen Noteflight’s innovative web-based notation tools for its 2009-2010 academic year to deliver notational examples for music and activities in a number of instructional areas including Music Fundamentals and Music Theory…  Noteflight is being used by Northeastern University for both distance learning and within a traditional, on-campus setting. Over the summer, Noteflight was used to deliver interactive, online musical examples as part of a pure distance-learning “refresher” in Music Fundamentals offered to incoming freshmen over the summer. Northeastern will also use Noteflight for on-campus classes in the fall and spring.”

*Hat-tips are given at times to show who or where I learned about an article listed in the Monday Morning Music MixHave a great week!


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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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