Monday Morning Music Mix – Education News Everywhere ~1-4-2010

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Monday’s Music Quote, Mencius: “If the King loves music, it is well with the land.”

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Apple wins appeal in earbud hearing-loss lawsuit:  “Just because something can benefit from some improvement doesn’t mean that it’s necessarily bad for you. That’s basically what a San Francisco appeals court said when it upheld a previous ruling that Apple iPod earbuds cannot be held responsible for hearing loss, according to a Reuters report.”

The Replacements: “In 28 states, I told her, a principal can hire as a sub anyone with a high-school diploma or a general-equivalency diploma. In many places the person can be as young as 18. Not a single state requires that substitutes hold a teaching degree.” Hat-Tip: Thomas J. West

How to Train the Aging Brain: “…Given all this, the question arises, can an old brain learn, and then remember what it learns? Put another way, is this a brain that should be in school?  As it happens, yes. While it’s tempting to focus on the flaws in older brains, that inducement overlooks how capable they’ve become. Over the past several years, scientists have looked deeper into how brains age and confirmed that they continue to develop through and beyond middle age.” Hat-Tip: Dr. Bill Bauer

10 Ways to Improve Your Musicianship in 2010: “1.  Define your goals. What do you really want out of your encounter with your instrument? Solo enagements? First-class honors in your spring RCM/NMCP exams? The pride and satisfaction of improving your abilities over time? Or simply to bring musical enjoyment to others, and pretend you’re a rock star for the short time you’re on stage? Determining what you want out of your musical studies can in large part determine the rest of the journey.”

In-Tune Monthly: If you are a grade 6-12 Ensemble Director you must give this magazine a worth-while look.  It is one of the few magazines that bridges the gap between the various types of music and presents them in a very entertaining way for middle and high school age students.  In addition, it includes one of the best Teacher Guides for the contents of each issue that I ever read…  I should know, I’m writing them!  You can get a single subscription for the 2nd half of the year (including the Teacher’s guide) for less thatn $11.00 U.S.   Their online matching website provides even more tools.  Seriously, check it out!

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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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