Monday Morning Music Mix -Music Education News Weekly ~3-29-10

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Monday’s Music Quote ~Jean Paul Richter, “Music is the poetry of the air” 

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MusicEdNews.Com Launched Today! -Fresh Music Education News:This Website is part of the ongoing research of mine (Dr. Joseph M. Pisano) to bring Music Education News to Internet User in a more organized and timely way.  Co-edited by Andy Zweibel this is a must see and bookmark site if you are looking for the latest “ANYTHING” related to music education! 

Never has technology been more important to music education: Great post by Dr. Jim Frankel – “…This district has one of the most respected music programs in the state, and this was certainly upsetting news to hear. This district is not the only one experiencing such challenges. Many of the music teachers and administrators in my PLN have posted status updates that they have lost their jobs and are looking for a new one. Music education is under attack. There are many music advocacy organizations making strident efforts to save school music programs, including and MENC. But is it enough?” 

Is Internet Filtering In Schools Censorship?: “I can say that I am happy with most filtering as long as administrators and teachers have a way to access what they need when they need it and it has be previewed by the teacher. This allows individual communities to set their own boundaries on what they believe is acceptable for their children. Schools and districts send a powerful messages to parents when they filter saying, “We are committed to taking care of your kids along the boundaries our community has set”. When I have something I want to show my students, I get it from home or I can use a code, given to me by my District that allows me to temporarily bypass the filter. The District keeps close tabs on what I am doing on their computers so no one need worry about what I might “slip in””. 

MENC National Music Education Week:Last year, I was one of the guest presenters at Music Education Week in Washington D.C. and enjoyed this summer conference thoroughly!  If you are able to schedule this important conference into your schedule, you will not be sorry!   Find out all of the details about the MENC conference by reading this post. 

When to Begin Instrumental Music Instruction: Dr. Rick Dammers summarizes research by Hartley, L.A., & Porter, A.M. (2009) – The influence of beginning instructional grade on string student enrollment, retention, and music performance. Journal of Research in Music Education, (54)4, 370-384. 


The fifth #musedchat will be held tomorrow night on Twitter- Join us! Find out more about it here: MusicEdMajor.Net. Learn how to get the most from this experience here: Navigating #MusEdChat. 

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This week’s #MusEdChat Topic: ” “Are trad. band festivals outdated? How can we make music more relevant to students’ daily lives?””

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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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