The Monday Morning Music Mix -Education News Weekly ~2-1-2010

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Monday’s Music Quote, Plato: “Music and rhythm find their way into the secret places of the soul”

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A Possible Future for iPads & Tablet PCs in the Music Classroom:  Fantastic article by Dr. Jim Frankel: “Two years in the future….    A middle school general/instrumental music teacher steps out of car ready for a long day of lessons, rehearsals, and classes. Over her shoulder is a small bag containing an iPad, her keys, her lunch, sunglasses, and a baton. She does not have to drag in a milk-crate on wheels filled with materials, papers, tuners, student work that she has graded the night before, a handheld recorder, and a plethora of other teacher tools. Her only tools are a baton and an iPad. She smiles as she enters the building, looking forward to another day with her students. Although she has been teaching 22 years, she still looks forward to coming to school and the many exciting projects that she is working on with her students.”

Classical artists such as Hilary Hahn chart big on Billboard with little sales: A revealing look at how low classical sales are and how 100 sales can land you a spot on the top 100! ” No. 1 on the charts: It doesn’t get any better than that. Or does it? The dirty secret of the Billboard classical charts is that album sales figures are so low, the charts are almost meaningless. Sales of 200 or 300 units are enough to land an album in the top 10. Hahn’s No. 1 recording, after the sales spike resulting from her appearance on Conan, bolstered by blogs and press, sold 1,000 copies.”  Hat-tip: Randall Foster

Music Education “Vital” for Children (Austrailia):  “Mr Tognetti says he wishes music was taken more seriously in Australian schools. “Something like 75 per cent of our kids don’t have access to music education,” he told AAP. “They don’t have access to instruments, they don’t have access to teachers. The level is one of the lowest in the western world.” “A good musical education is not just about producing practitioners, Mr Tognetti added, but also good listeners.””

Thirty Days With A SmartBoard And Why I Won’t Go Back-Nice article from Chad Criswell: “I now teach all of my lessons with SmartMusic up and running on the board, quickly moving between songs with the swipe of my finger on the wall, making it so much easier to teach small groups or even large ensembles using any of a variety of tools.  The software itself seems to be easier to use than other products I have played with, and creating interactive lessons with true music notation is fast and relatively painless.”

Music Education Blog Carnival Is Reborn : In case you missed it! -this valuable Internet resource for Music Educators is now re-launched!  Be a part of this today as a publisher, reader, or advocate!  Spread the word.

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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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