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I recently posted a large article over at the MusicPLN.org (MPLN) about the state of the site. I am very excited to say that, by ALL accounts, the site has been a smashing success. Not only because of the number of Music Educators that have signed up for it, but because of the sustained conversations that are happening across it.
It is now obvious to me and others using the MPLN that this this Social Network is not only filling an existing “hole” or “gap” in our current Music Education Community, it is spurring a type of electricity that is energizing our “base” and creating a lot of excitement. Quite frankly, this type of discussion is desperately needed among our practitioners -this and more. In a time when it seems like all of the “cards” are “stacked” against us in the public and private school systems, along comes the liberation that this kind of dialog and community provides and inspires hope.
If you are a Music Educator and looking to start a conversation with your peers and experience Professional Development on a 24/7 basis, check out the MusicPLN.org -you might just find a home.
Excerpt from the recent post on the MPLN:
Ladies and gentlemen, I am thrilled to say that the state of the MusicPLN.org is THRIVING! In only one week we have managed to increase in size to 335 active members. This is an increase of close to 500% of the combined number of Alpha and Beta Team members that existed at the launch one week ago today.
A quick check of the statistics of this site will reveal that there have been almost 700 personal updates made on our site, nearly one hundred topics have been created in the forums and there are almost 600 posts within them. By all accounts -this is a musical “conversation” that is explosive.
While I knew that the time was right for me to start the MPLN, I am still amazed by how quickly this site is being found and adopted. One of the key features that may account for some of the success of this site is the people that were hand selected to help form the foundation of the launch team. I am very thankful for them as well as all of the BETA team members that helped early in the development stages of the site. Also, looking at another key element of the success of this site was the rapid awareness of the MPLN’s existence. This was spread by a large, networked “core” of us that were already connected online through our successful music blogs and social site activities, in particular, Twitter.
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.