Monday Morning Music Mix ~ September 12, 2011

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 Monday’s Music Jazz Quote: “My creed for art in general is that it should enrich the soul; it should teach spirituality by showing a person a portion of himself that he would not discover otherwise . . . a part of yourself you never knew existed.” ~ Bill Evans

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1o Items that I look froward to the first day of school:  “The first day at our school is quickly approaching and I am looking forward to numerous items so that I thought it would be nice to share them as a top ten list for this post: Concert planning. I adore planning for the upcoming concerts with listening and playing through some wonderful songs. Hugs. I teach students as young as three years old and when they arrive to music class, they come in the door smiling, ready to sing and dance, and offering up sweet hugs…”

High five on the first day of school:   So what is really important? How do you start the year?  Here are my top five things new and us “oldie” teachers that give a “high five.”As my students enter the room, I have them sit on the rug, even the eighth graders!  While sitting on the rug, I like to start the year with new things I have learned or found over the summer. It creates a culture of sharing with my students. So, it’s not about all the trips and vacations the students have done, but about learning they did…

Turn off the Tuner for Better Ensemble Intonation: “What does playing in tune really mean?When we consider accurate ensemble intonation, we really are talking about two different skills. First of all we need to be able to match the notes that we play with the notes that others are producing. Technically speaking, when two notes of the same pitch are played together, their frequencies need to match acoustically. In addition to matching unison notes within the ensemble, we need to consider how the notes we play fit into the chords being played by the group…”

Music Education is about more than the music[Local OP-ED]:  “It is always interesting to find those places where two different news stories intersect. Usually, it’s only the start of a larger chain of coincidences.  We reported yesterday on efforts by two Brockville and Area Music and Performing Arts Hall of Fame inductees, Denise Bowes and Joy Goodfellow, to boost music instruction at the elementary level of the Upper Canada District School Board. The women are making their presentation to the public board, but the issue is universal. There has been a decline, in general, in music education at the elementary level in the past generation.  The hall of famers argue this is a quality of education issue, and certainly it is. No educators we have spoken to have contradicted the generally accepted…”

Music education now comes with rights technology: “Licensing and royalty service provider RightsFlow has partnered with the National Association for Music Education, one of the world’s largest arts education organizations, the companies announced Wednesday. Under terms of the agreement, RightsFlow’s online mechanical licensing utility, Limelight, will now be offered for NAfME educator and student members’ use in clearing cover songs for physical, digital, ringtone and interactive streaming usage…”


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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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