The December 2010 Music Education Blog Carnival!

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The new Music Education Blog Carnival was created and is maintained by Dr. Joseph Pisano of MusTech.net.  Its function is to promote the great work being done by Music Education Bloggers across the Internet.  The carnival seeks to provide a free online avenue that provides useful Music Education materials and information to the Internet community while providing greater exposure for those writing these great blogs.

The Music Education Blog Carnival is published during the 1st week of every month and is a recognized member of the communities of blogs as indexed by BlogCarnival.com. All writings submitted to the Music Education Blog Carnival are examined to ensure that they are valid, interesting, and related to our discussion topic(s).  Not every entry is selected to be in the editions.

How do I submit an article for consideration of inclusion in the next Music Education Blog Carnival?

Submit your blog article for the next edition of Music Education Blog Carnival using our carnival submission form.

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The next edition of the Music Education Blog Carnival will be hosted by Barbara Freedman of MusicEdTech.com!

Dec. 2010 Music Education Blog Carnival:


Congratulations to all those that submitted entries and were selected for this month’s Music Education Blog Carnival.  I hope you enjoy reading all of these great posts from some of the finest Music Education Bloggers.  If you get a chance please leave a comment on their page(s) to let them know you appreciate their time and efforts!   Don’t forget to Tweet and Favorite This via Facebook Like (see above)!

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Eugene Cantera presents Create the “Check” Box posted at Discover, Learn, Play.

Thomas J. West presents How Model Recordings Can Transform Your Students’ Performance – Thomas J. West Music posted at Thomas J. West Music, saying, “Model practice recordings allow students to practice at home in a way that makes it more interesting than simply playing alone. It also provides a very realistic view of how well they have progressed on their part, since they have to perform to a target tempo. With proper instruction from the teacher, model recordings can give students opportunities to work at their own pace and can provide the teacher with a way of individualizing and diversifying instruction.”

Nick Jaworski presents Unintentional singing, intentional lessons (Auto-tuning the News) posted at Moving Forward With Music (Nick Jaworski), saying, “A blog post about “The Bed Intruder Song”, an auto-tuned YouTube piece (over 47 million views) from The Gregory Brothers.  Learn the interesting background, why it’s important, and how it could be used in the classroom – including a student example.”

Andrew Ritenour presents Educational Potential of the SoundBeam posted at Future Music Educators, saying, “While the SoundBeam is a revolutionary product in the field of music therapy, its potential for music education in general is amazing.”

Yoon Soo Lim presents MiM Project: A Review posted at sing imagination, “…This was a perfect way for me to learn several things about my students in the beginning of the year: *What role does music play in students’ lives? *What kind of music affects them or have meaning? *How will they express their thoughts in narrative writing? *How long were they going to take to edit music and audio recording in Garage Band/Audacity?…”

Catherine Shefski presents An Idea: Pop Up Piano Lessons posted at All Piano. “…When I mentioned to some fellow piano teachers that I was willing to teach a few of my older students “by appointment”, rather than locking them (and me) into a weekly time slot, they were appalled.  I have not changed my mind about teaching “on demand.” In fact, I see two distinct  advantages. Teachers have a more flexible work week and students come to their lessons when they are ready to learn…”

Music Performance


Claudia Peralta presents The Three Best Beginner Guitar Chords | StringLove Guitar Lessons posted at StringLove Guitar Lessons, saying, “A comprehensive and detailed look at the 3 best beginner guitar chords.”

Music Technology


Natalie Wickham presents Produce Professional CDs for $1! posted at Music Matters Blog, saying, “If you’ve ever wanted to help your students produce a CD that looks professional and even comes with professional packaging, look no further! With a little bit of time and $1, you can help your students become real recording artists!”

David Ahrens presents Tech Innovations in Music Education posted at Sound Education. “…The topic chosen for discussion recently on the Twitter hashtag #MusEdChat was: “What innovations in Music Education have occurred over the last 10 years? What impact has it had on teachers/students?”  There have been PLENTY of innovations recently. I thought I would write a reflection on the topic in a forum that allows more complete ideas…”

Music Other


Nils J. Sandback presents Piano Humour: A Victor Borge Tribute posted at Piano Street’s Classical Piano Blog, saying, “A tribute to the Danish pianist and humorist Victor Borge.”

That concludes this edition.  Submit your blog article to the next edition of music education blog carnival using our carnival submission form.  Past posts and future hosts may be found on our blog carnival index page.

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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 jpisano.com.

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