I recently was asked to become an affiliate member of the the Support Music Coalition. I had my first teleconference call last Thursday (I tweeted some of this under the hashtag #SmusC). The work that the folks at the Coalition are doing (and its affiliate members) is nothing short of astounding.
One of the things they are trying to do is to get “out” new information and initiatives from around the globe concerning music advocacy and related issues. There are some great things happening right now that the call brought to my attention. I will be tweeting relevant information from every call that I attend in an effort to get the new and relevant information out as soon as I “hear it”. I think that Tweeting it will help to expedite the process in general. I will also post the highlights in some type of followup on MusTech.Net as I have opportunity.
Interesting Links from this past Support Music Coalition Call:
- Support Music can be found at http://supportmusic.com(I’ve written about this site numerous times over the years here on MusTech.Net)
- Contest for the best teen band in the USA: http://schooljamusa.com
- National PTA Reflections Program (Arts in the schools): http://www.pta.org/2034.htm
- Discussion about the Music Educators Professional Learning Network: http://musicpln.org
- Partnership for 21st Century Skills: http://p21.org
In addition, a New Member was welcomed to the coalition, Mike Veny. Mike is a professional drummer in NYC and has quite a bit of performance credentials. You can find his site at http://mikeveny.org. He has recently launched a support music campaign with the goal of having 1,000,000 people sign his petition to keep Music Education in the schools in the U.S.A. He has partnered with the Fender Music Foundation (http://fendermusicfoundation.org/). I encourage you all to take a look at his site and consider signing the petition – I did. You can find his petition directly here.
I will now be tweeting some of the information live from each teleconference call with the Support Music Foundation (the Tweeting process helps me too!). These conference-call-specific-tweets will include the Twitter Hashtag #SMusC, so you can be sure to find out exactly which of my Tweets are tied to the Support Music Coalition Calls. Tweeting the highlights of this call is another step in getting relevant information to our Music Education Practitioners faster and one of the primary motivations behind everything I do with Music Education online… so, stay tuned for even more great information from the Music Education Cyber-World coming to you via Twitter and MusTech.Net!
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.