Challenge: Ten Minutes Of Music Development A Day…

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For teachers the best “New Year’s Resolutions” shouldn’t start on January 1st, rather they should start at the beginning of every school-year.   There are many AWESOME things that music educators are doing online that will reinvigorate and re-charge you concerning your day-to-day music occupation and careers… now’s the time to look at committing and taking charge of your own personal and professional development.

I’m challenging you and all of your music colleagues to take just ten minutes of every work-day and  become involved in “our” online personal and professional discussions about music education…  This year -take just ten minutes of every day and:

  • READ something new about music and your field…
  • SHARE something either online with your learning network and/or your working colleagues…
  • COLLABORATE about an idea, class, or project and/or DISCUSS something about our field with others
  • ASK yourself:  “How can I be the best teacher, musician, etc. and make myself even better for tomorrow?”  

GET OUT, GET MOVING, GET EXCITED, GET READY… Today just me the best day of your life…

Take up the challenge and get serious about what you do and re-light or ignite your motivational fire(s).   Remember, it takes a community to build a community… be a builder!

This coming week I will be highlighting a number of online resources on MusTech.Net that will be of interest to you.  The highlighted topics will focus on the exciting things that are happening in Music, Music Education, and Music Technology.  

In the mean-time, check out the #musedchat on Twitter that happens every Monday night (8PM EDT) and consider joining the Music Education Professional Learning Network (MPLN) -both are free.


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Joseph M. Pisano, Ph.D. is an industry innovator, education clinician and lecturer, trumpeter and conductor, and the creator of many 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 at Grove City College, he made the move into industry in 2018.  As one of the youngest full professors in Grove City’s history, he served in various roles over his tenure including the Technical Director of the Pew Fine Arts Center, Assistant and Associate Chairs of Music and Music and Fine Arts, Director of Music and Fine Arts Technology, Director of Jazz Studies, Stage Manager, and he finished his tenure as the Director of Bands where he directed the college’s Symphonic Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Pep Bands, and various small ensembles.

He 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, 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

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