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“Feeling” Interpreters: Well-thought post by Travis J. Weller: “This week I began researching interpretation and feeling as part of my work at Kent State. At first glance, they seemed unrelated. However, the more I began reading perspectives of different composers and conductors, my conclusion is that great interpretation does not just recreate the composer’s intent but rather conveys feelings that the composer intended.”
Judging Royalty -The True Heartbeat Of The Local Miss America Contestants: An article by Dr. Joseph Pisano that relates his experience looking at the the character, soul, and talent as a judge of a number of local Miss America Pageants. “Very unlike the Hollywood stereo-typical view of pageant contestants, these fine young women were unabashedly honest and truly seeking to better themselves and their communities. Everyone of these pageant contestants, title-holder or not, will go on to positively impact their spheres of influence -they already have. Their self-confidence, sacrifice, style, service, success, and scholarship is self-evident after meeting them. They all have the hearts of lions and the souls of champions.”
Pitch Development: Exercising Your “inner ear Ear”: Thomas J. West writes a very informative article: “I can’t carry a tune in a bucket” is a common expression of those who consider themselves unmusical. Having a “tin ear” is another common description. It is certainly true that individuals possess varying levels of aptitude in regards to their musical intelligence, however, just like mathematic or linguistic intelligence, every person can take their aptitude level as a starting point and work to build stronger skills in that area.”
Naxos Is Proud to Announce Its Affiliation With The SupportMusic Coalition: “Naxos (www.naxos.com) has become the first record label to join The SupportMusic Coalition (www.supportmusic.com), a public service initiative undertaken by NAMM, the trade association for the global musical instruments and products industry, and MENC, the National Association for Music Education. ”
British Public Backs Music Education (UK): “Ninety-one per cent of adults in Britain want children to have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument at school, according to research from the Incorporated Society of 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.