Monday Morning Music Mix -Music Education News Weekly ~3-22-10

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mcdeeCoffeeMonday’s Music Quote ~Benjamin Disraeli, “Were it not for music, we might in these days say, the Beautiful is dead”

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Digital Manners And Online Implications For Teachers And Students In A Web 2.0 World:  “I think that many will agree with me that one of the most glaring issues in public schools regarding student civility in the classroom IS the lack of student civility outside of the school environment.  Whatever social mannerisms that are allowed to happen in a students “outside of classroom life persona” are, by nature, carried with them into their classroom environments.  With regard to their “online lives”, these same “outside personas” (or memes) are then simply transmitted into their “virtual world(s)”… in some cases, they’re even amplified by the seeming anonymity and “untouchability” that the Internet provides them with.”

Classroom Management via the Internet & Intranet: Facebook takes care of a big piece of classroom management for me. What about the day to day IN the classroom stuff?  What about the kid who sits there and wails on the keyboard, shredding the ivories as if there is no tomorrow and records… NOTHING! The page is a complete blank. Talk about ADD…  How do I get him to stay focused without having to call or go over to him? Trust me, there is more than one of “him”, too! And what about the kid who decides to look at the soccer scores on line rather than hit that record button? I really do prefer wheeling my chair around the room and plugging my headphones into the splitter so the student and I can listen to their piece together.

Please Leave! – gig story from Greg Surratt: “While loading my gear in, I randomly invited two UGA college girls to the gig. They said they might come. Cool. The gig was in the upstairs of a downtown wing bar in Athens, GA. We showed up to discover the room was packed with students at a beer tasting event.”

Why Local Promoters Love and Hate A Cappella Groups: – Don’t know why I haven’t seen it before, but I just found the VocalBlog and LoveIt!  From this story:  “Don’t take the list and its content 100% seriously. But do so concerning the golden thread of this post: Try to see things from your customers’ perspective – and you will have much better conversations with your music business contacts.  Promoters hate a cappella groups, because they are eccentric niche artists on the music market. Promoters love a cappella groups, because they usually don’t need expensive technical equipment.”

When to Begin Instrumental Music Instruction: “Linda Hartley and Ann Porter examined how the starting grade level (fourth, fifth, or sixth) in string programs in Ohio affected recruitment, retention, and performance. Recruitment and retention were addressed through a survey of string teachers in Ohio.  Thirty-one percent (172 teachers) responded to questions about starting grade and enrollment. The responses indicated that starting grade level made no difference in recruitment, and that retention improved for programs with a later start.”


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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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