I am thrilled to announce that Dr. James Frankel will now be a regular contributor and editor on MusTech.Net! “Jim” and I go back quite awhile now and were both among the first well-known Music Education Bloggers. Jim’s Education and Industry pedigree is quite long and impressive. As a writer, Jim is well-known for taking “complex” ideas and making them simple and accessible to all. If you haven’t had the chance to attend one of Jim’s clinics, put it on your “MUST DO” list -he is one of the best of the best.
A short “Google” of “Dr. Jim Frankel” will turn up thousands of results as he has been incredibly active and productive within the Music Education and Music Technology profession both in traditional and online areas of the profession. The following biography is just a very short excerpt of his accomplishments:
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Dr. Frankel is currently the Head of Digital Education for the Music Sales Group. Previously, he was Managing Director of SoundTree, the Educational Division of Korg USA, and before that he was the instrumental and general music teacher at the Franklin Avenue Middle School in Franklin Lakes, NJ for 11 of his nearly 15 years in theNew Jersey Public Schools.
Dr Frankel earned a Bachelor of Music degree fromMontclair State University in 1993 where he studied the tuba as well as composition. In 1996, Dr Frankel completed his Masters Degree in Music Education at Teachers College, Columbia University where he completed his doctoral studies in 2002. Dr Frankel is an Adjunct Faculty member at Teachers College,Columbia University where he teaches courses on music technology.
Dr Frankel is a widely published author in various state, national and international journals of music education. He is the author of:
- Teaching Classroom Music in the Keyboard Lab published by SoundTree
- The Teachers Guide to Music, Media & Copyright Law published by Hal Leonard
He is also co-author of YouTube in Music Education published by Hal Leonard, contributing author for Critical Issues in Music Education published by Oxford University Press and co-author of Making Music with GarageBand & Mixcraft published by Cengage.
In addition to his writing, Dr Frankel is a highly sought-after clinician in the local, national and international music education communities. He is on the Board of Directors for TI:ME and is the past president of ATMI.
Please join me in welcoming Dr. James “Jim” Frankel to MusTech.Net!
Joseph M. Pisano, Ph.D., is an industry innovator, educator, clinician and lecturer, trumpeter and conductor, and the creator of many music and 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 in higher education, he made the move into industry in 2018.
As one of the youngest full professors in Grove City’s history, he served in many capacities during his tenure including Professor of music, Director of Music and Fine Arts Technology, Technical Director of the Pew Fine Arts Center, Associate/Assistant Chair of Music and Fine Arts, Director of Jazz Studies.
He finished his tenure at the college as the Director of Bands, where he directed the college’s Symphonic Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Pep Band, and various smaller ensembles. He continues to guest direct bands, consult with music programs, and adjudicate ensembles and programs today.
He has 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, SBO, 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.