I am pleased to announce the New Leadership of the Music Education Professional Learning Network (MPLN). The MPLN was officially launched on July 18th of 2010 and its music education related membership is nearing 1,000.
The MPLN was specifically developed for music educators, pre-service music teachers, and teaching musicians of any kind. As its base framework, it incorporates the BuddyPress and WordPress Social Networking (SN) platforms, but also includes integrations with Twitter, FaceBook, and other existing SN platforms. As a SN platform, this site seeks to promote elongated discussions about important topics facing music educators today.
“The mission of the MPLN is to generate better, more accessible, information about music, education, and technology and to freely encourage dialogs from Music Educators through social media outlets.”
Officially titled the “Steering Group”, this committee will be responsible in helping us build and maintain the site, as well as helping to develop creative and long-term strategic ideas for it. As always, I am humbled to work along side such a talented and educated group of individuals. Please join me in welcoming the new leadership!
Meet the Music PLN (MPLN) Steering Group:
The MusicPLN.org steering group is comprised of some of very best musicians, educators, and technology integrators. They are responsible for helping to maintain the utility, focus, and creative development of the site (Scroll down for biographies):
Music PLN Leadership:
Founder/Managing Director: Dr. Joseph Pisano
Associate Director: Dr. James Frankel
Associate Director: Barbara Freedman
Site Technology Committee:
Co-Chair Andy Zweibel
Co-Chair Justine Dolorfino
The Technology committee works with the needs of the Web platform itself including: issues with the site, graphics, updates, modifications, etc.
Editing and Quality Control Committee:
Chair: Mary Elizabeth
The Editing and Quality Control Committee will minimize the effect of typos and ineffective web-design for the membership.
Membership and Groups Committee:
Co-Chair: Brian Wis
Co-Chair: Thomas West
The Groups Committee will encourage people to become active moderators for each group, answer questions from members, make decision about new groups, direct traffic to appropriate groups, and encourage members to engage in discussion.
Pre-Secondary School Music Committee:
Co-Chair: Amy M. Burns
Co-Chair: Yoon Soo Lim
The Elementary/Middle School Committee will ensure that we are meeting the needs of pre-secondary members and bring focus to issues that are pertinent to them.
Secondary Music Committee:
Co-Chair: Brandt Schneider
Co-Chair: Doug Butchy
The Secondary School Music Committee will ensure that we are meeting the needs of the secondary members and bring focus to issues that are pertinent to them.
Chair: Dr. Rick Dammers
The College/University/Research Committee will ensure that we are meeting the needs of the members and bring focus to issues that are pertinent to them and the field.
Music Advocacy Committee:
Chair: Marcia Neel
The Music Advocacy Committee will ensure that we are indeed advocating music through the use of the MusicPLN.org and focus on bringing and discussing relevant issues to/with our members.
Music Technology Committee:
Chair: Richard McCready
The Music Technology Committee will ensure that we are meeting the needs of the relevant members asking about and discussing music technology and will bring to focus issues that are perteninet to the them and the field.
Chair: Katie Wardrobe
The International Committee will help the MusicPLN.org reach beyond the borders of the United States and create opportunities and encourage the discussion and educational matters of importance from any country on the MusicPLN.org.
Are you a music educator? Join the MPLN today (it’s FREE)!
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.