Monday Morning Music Mix ~ March 21, 2011

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Monday’s Music Quote: There is no truer truth obtainable by man than comes of music. ~Robert Browning

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Reading the Monday Morning Music Mix is a great way to start your work week and only takes about five minutes! So… sit back, grab your favorite coffee or morning beverage and “TAKE FIVE” with the Monday Morning Music Mix…

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#MusEdChat Turns One – “I am pleased to say that since #MusEdChat began, we have only missed one chat (May 31, 2010 due to Memorial Day)! We have had some fantastic discussions over the year, and attendance has grown to incredible levels. The most exciting thing about the attendance for me, by far, has been seeing all the new faces that appear each week. I am unbelievably excited with the amount of traction #MusEdChat has received around the music education community. This is no small part thanks to all of you who have been so vocal about the benefits of this chat; our fantastic attendance this year is thanks to you!”

30 Days of Life, Love, & Music – “I don’t even know where to begin after the last 30 days, but it has been exciting, thought-provoking, reflective, and emotional. ”Moravian Dance” (PMEA District 5 Band), “For the Love of a Soldier” (PMEA District3 JH Band), and “Shine!” (YSU University Band) have enjoyed great performances – my thanks to Jack Anderson (University of Pittsburgh) and David M. Blon (YSU Graduate Assistant & Assistant Director at Mercer HS) for their part in bringing this music to life…”

MIOSM – How We Celebrate Music In Our School Month (All Year Long) – “Though it is wonderful that March is designated MIOSM, I feel that music education is celebrated all year long. Since I am in an independent school, we do not have a February or April break, but a two week March break instead. Therefore, the month is short and trying to incorporate this into a couple of short weeks is challenging. Therefore, I always celebrate music in our school and advocate all year long through performances, through the school’s website, promoting my students’ works through my website, promoting the music curriculum, holding sing-alongs, holding talent assemblies, incorporating my instrumentalists into other performances, integrating across the curriculum, and inviting the parents into my music classroom through “Bring Your Parents to Music and Movement Classes Week.” Music is innate…”

10 Excellent Ways to Use an Interactive Whiteboard in Your Music Classroom – “So you’ve been given an interactive whiteboard (IWB) to use and you know you should be using as more than a simple projector or place to screen videos.  The benefits of incorporating an IWB into your teaching are many: it allows you to create a bank of learning resources that can be used many times across multiple classes, you can replace some of your physical resources with digital versions so you don’t lose them…”

The Value of Warming Up – “My work as a musician and a music educator has taught me the immense value of warming up. Warming up allows you to be physically and mentally prepared for what’s ahead – in a rehearsal and in life. In this episode of What Music Means to Me, I demonstrate how consistently making an investment in a small but worthwhile routine can yield long-term benefits…”

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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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