Today’s Monday Morning Music Mix (grab your favorite heated beverage and “take five”):
Monday’s Music Quote, Leo Tolstoy: “Music is the shorthand of emotion.”
The Morning Music News Follows Directly, Standby:
The Power of Music: An op-ed by Ron Cohen in the Boston Globe. “It goes beyond intellect, allowing us to understand things with our hearts that we can’t with our minds. It is through artistic expression that we discover who we are. How sad that we want to deprive our children of this treasure. Music education is not a luxury, it’s a necessity.” Hat-tip: MENC
Musical Sensibility Can Help Shape Teaching, Research Education: “The act of teaching or performing research in any ﬁeld involves seeing things with a fresh set of eyes in order to deepen interpretation and meaning, as well as being able to communicate new knowledge so the audience readily understands it,” she said. “In that sense, teachers and researchers can learn a lot from music and musicians, who must perceive, listen and improvise to stay ‘in tune’ with their audience.”
Music Research to Prove Well-Being: ““Music has proven benefits for health and well-being,” said Professor Susan Hallam, the lead researcher. “It helps concentration, aids relaxation, can influence moods and emotions and brings a sense of togetherness when people play or sing in groups.”
White House ready to showcase classical music: “the White House will hold music workshops on violin, cello, piano and classical guitar for 120 students from middle schools and high schools across the country. The White House lineup for the classical events appears designed to showcase a younger and diverse selection of accomplished musicians.”
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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.