Monday Morning Music Mix -Education News From All Over ~11-23-09

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Monday’s Music Quote, Johannes Brahms: “It is not hard to compose, but what is fabulously hard is to leave the superfluous notes under the table.”.

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Kuwait parents reject music classes as un-Islamic, ‘Satanic’: Parents have protested against government-funded music classes outside a Kuwait city school, calling the courses “Satanic,” a regional daily newspaper reported Monday. “Music is not part of our tradition and religion, and we totally reject it,” Qatar’s Gulf News quoted parent Salih al-Khalid as saying. “What will our sons gain from learning this Satanic course?”‘

What makes an effective music educator: “Where do the effective educators come from? When we think of effective music educators do we confine it to intuitive conductors whose work on a podium with ensembles gives inspiring performances? Is it a classroom of students engaged in “musicking”?  Is it a studio teacher or small ensemble “coach” who is able to extract high levels of musicianship from individuals? Is it simply an educator in music who brings their students to a higher degree of appreciation for this art, and allows them opportunities to make a connection with music on a personal level?”

SoundBeam -Assistive Music Technology: “So just what is the SoundBeam and how does it work? SoundBeam is a device that converts physical movement into sound. Using ultrasonic sensors, the SoundBeam system detects the speed, gate and distance of even the smallest movements you make with anything from a fingertip to your entire body. These ultrasonic signals are converted by the SoundBeam controller into MIDI information that can then be processed by a sound module, keyboard, or sampler. The controller itself does not make any sound, but it does allow the user to choose from one hundred different pitch sequences, each containing up to sixty-four notes. The chosen pitch sequences are then sent via MIDI cables to a synthesizer and ultimately an amplifier so that the movement can be heard.”

The Talking and Speaking Piano: [A YouTube Video]  This is totally cool and somewhat science fiction “creepy”.   The basic principle of this process is to analyze a complex voice wave and divide it into snapshots of the sound spectrum.  Then you take the snapshots(or data) and play them back on the piano as closely as they match the piano key frequencies as possible in real-time succession.

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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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