MMC Keynote: The New Relevance Of Music Educators

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The Thursday Technology Keynote was extremely well attended and went very well.   My goal with this Keynote was to both inspire hope and encourage the attendees with regard to the importance of what we do as Arts Educators -especially with regard to the needs of our 21st Century students and their coming places in the work enviornment(s).

At the end of the Keynote, I was able to have a number of conversations with some of the attendees.   One of the biggest concerns that is still prevalent in our music teachers is the insecurity and seemingly impermanence of music education in the schools.    To this end, we must continue to advocate music education from the ground up: our schools, our communities, our districts, our states, our government, and globally.    We must also continue to engage the leaders and decision makers of our schools with the indisputable position of the importance of Arts Education in educating the whole mind of our children…  A concerted effort is needed in this regard and it is past time that “we” make ourselves heard and rightfully recognized for the importance and necessity of our discipline in every child’s  education.

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The Spinning Girl:
http://www.smart-kit.com/s1763/the-spinning-girl/
(Again, NO true bearing on brain dominance at all… just a fun kick-start, springboard for discussion)

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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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