It’s out of the Bag... I’ve been working on it for months. The Music Education Professional Learning Network (PLN) is officially in ALPHA state. I’m hoping that this will be the next big thing in bringing together Music Educators and all types of musicians into our ongoing conversation about Education, Music, and Technology. So, from this point-in-time on, you will be seeing things about this PLN popping up here and there in your other “networks”.
I’ve assembled a TEAM of top-flight Music Educators to be part of the Launch Team and we are just now getting to work in hammering-out the customized Music Education PLN. It’s set to go LIVE on July 5th, 2010. It is my hope that this PLN engine will be like no-other that you’ve come across as it will be a highly modified WordPress/BuddyPress engine that I’m custom building to include all types of useful, easy-to-use, integrations. The money has been spent on a very-high end backbone and VPS to make this work and an awful lot of “sweat-equity” -mine and others. It is my full-intention to keep this PLN FREE for as long as I’m “at the helm”. Music Educators don’t need something else to pay for, what we need is better access to better information that doesn’t cost us to get to it…
There will be many more posts coming your way shortly, including an announcement of our MUSIC PLN LAUNCH TEAM members in just a few days. In addition, I will be announcing a couple of dozen slots available in two-to-three-weeks for BETA testers. If you are interested in being a BETA Tester, please contact me directly via the contact-page on MusTech.Net. More information about that will be forthcoming here on MusTech.Net.
As you know, for over five years I’ve actively been trying to get better information on the Internet about Music, Education, and Technology either through things like MusTech.Net, The 100 ME Blogger Project, The Music Education Blog Carnival, Project MUSE, Project PO-EM, MusicEdNews.Com, my work with #MusEdChat, the TWITTER MUSIC educator’s List, the Monday Morning Music Mix, and many other initiatives. This PLN is going to be a continuation of that outreach.
While there are a number of ad-hoc things going on that “many of us are involved in” or “slightly involved in” or “some of us involved in one or another”… there has been little attempt to provide a large enough platform that would integrate many of these things together in a way that still allows all of the others to exist, be independent, and yet provide a home-base of activity for Music Educators actively using the WEB 2.0 platform and applications. This is my ultimate goal for this PLN, not the “taking” over of other great start-ups and ideas, but rather a platform for bringing them all together and building them all through better awareness and concentrated discussions. I believe this goal will be accomplished, or at least -partly accomplished, through this new Website.
Get ready, it’s moving now!
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.