I am very pleased and humbled to have been offered the keynote presentation at the Michigan Music Conference in Grand Rapids this coming year (2011).   The Conference will be held at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel from January 20th through the 22nd.  This unique confernce combines a number of associations into one conference:

  • MASTA – Michigan Chapter, American String Teachers Association
  • MMEA – Michigan Music Educators Association
  • MSBOA – Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association
  • MSVMA – Michigan School Vocal Music Association

The title of my keyonte presentation is:

21st Century Skills and Music Education –The New Relevance of Music Teachers

I will also be presenting two additional sessions: one NoteFlight and the other about MusicPLNs and Web 2.0 for Music Teachers.   I hope you will join me at this conference if you are in the area!  Here is the MMEA Blurb:

21st Century Skills and Music Education –The New Relevance of Music Teachers

 Like every other discipline, Music Education is being faced with a myriad of widely available new technologies that are already being incorporated into our profession.  Some of these technologies have been adopted by Music Teachers and most are already being used by our students.  Business and Industry leaders are very concerned that our students have the ability to be creative in their future jobs.   Because learning music is by its very nature “creative”, there has never been a greater relevance or need for music instruction to be given to our students; not only the “traditional” music students, but all students.  

Through an examination of the newly created 21st Century Skills Map by The Partnership for 21st Century Skills, this session will look at how these “new” skills can be combined with Music and the Arts instruction.  The emphasis of this session will be about 21st Century Skills for students, but will also focus on the need for Music Teachers to acquire and utilize 21st Century Skills in their learning environment(s).


Prof. Joseph M. Pisano is an Associate Professor of Music and Music Technology and the Associate Chair of Music and Fine Arts at Grove City College, Grove City PA.  His duties at Grove City include teaching Music Technology, Jazz History, Instrumental Conducting, and serving as the Associate Director of Bands.  

Abroad, Dr. Pisano is an active instrumental conductor, adjudicator, jazz trumpet player, Fine Arts Advocate, and the founder of a number of very popular music, education, and technology Websites including: MusTech.Net, MusicEdNews.Com, and the MusicPLN.org.  Dr. Pisano also serves as a SoundTree Clinician, TI:ME Instructor, affiliate member of the Support Music Coalition, and writes the Monthly Teacher’s Guide for the print magazine, IN-Tune Monthly. 

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