Monday Morning Music Mix ~ October 3rd, 2011

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Monday’s Music Quote: “A goal is a dream with a finish line.” ~ Duke Ellington

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Can competitive marching band be healthy? – “Let me just say it: I think that competitive marching band can be a very beneficial activity for students. Many of our students are not in a sport, and marching band can be a great way (sometimes their only opportunity) to experience competition prior to the rest of their (post schooling) life. But as with all aspects of a carefully-structured music program, the framework and philosophy put in place correlates to the type of experience the students will have. It shapes their views on what it means to have a successful season and whether that amounts to something other than a trophy count…”

Monday Mailbag – Help For Parents Teaching Their Children Piano – “There are no piano teachers here in our area that will teach kids under the age of 7 or 8. Do you have any lesson and/or book recommendations…teaching approach recommendations for beginning teachers and learners? — Occasionally I receive questions like this from parents who really want their children to have a music education, but just have no opportunities for them to take lessons from a dedicated piano teacher. I believe wholeheartedly in the importance of getting a solid start with an excellent teacher, but I sympathize with parents in this predicament and applaud you for wanting to find the best materials/resources for working with your children…”

Should You Add Early Morning Lessons to Your Teaching Schedule? –  “A few months ago, I had a conversation with a Toronto-area piano teacher who had added a fascinating twist to her teaching schedule: early morning lessons. She not only offered lessons in the 7-9am time slot but was able to fill them…”

Explaining Music Education’s Impact on the Brain: A New Monthly Series from Music Empowers Foundation – “NEW YORK, Sept. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Music Empowers Foundation today announced the introduction of a new series of monthly articles called “YOUR BRAIN ON MUSIC EDUCATION”.  This monthly column will provide a unique perspective on the positive things that take place in the brains of children who are involved in a music education program on a regular basis.  According to Music Empowers, the articles will be researched and written by Dr. Christopher Viereck who holds a Ph.D. in Developmental Neurobiology. “I think it is very important for people to understand that the relation between music education and optimized brain development is very real and so important for our children,” explained Dr. Viereck ” I want to do my part to ensure that this essential piece of a child’s education is made available in all of our schools…”

MSU’s school of music, education lead the pack with most 4.0s – “EAST LANSING – Receiving a grade of 4.0 at Michigan State University’s College of Music isn’t so much a sign you’re at the top of the class as a reassurance that you’re not at the bottom. Last fall, 71 percent of grades in the college’s undergraduate courses were 4.0s, the highest grade on the numerical scale MSU uses in lieu of letter grades. Just 9 percent of grades were below a 3.0. And that, said College of Music Dean James Forger, is the way it should be.The college is competitive, he said. Students are screened for admission. Many have been playing their instruments since they were small children. They work more closely with individual professors…”


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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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