Technologies That Make A More Efficient Band Director -BDWC

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The items in this post are connected to my 10 Amazing Technologies clinic that I performed at the Band Directors Workshop on June 9 at Capital University. This clinic was focused on technologies that I personally use to make myself more efficient and organized as a collegiate Band Director and Music Professor.

TEN AMAZING Technologies to Make You More Efficient as a Band Director:

  1. SIRI (and now Cortana) –really smart phones
    1. HOT TIP – Don’t write down items any more –take a picture!
  2. Google Spreadsheet for Adjudication or anything else
    2. –readable URL linking
  3. Google Forms
    2. Feedback through Surveys
    3. Flubaroo (add-on)
  4. Spotify Playlists
  5. Bluetooth Devices
  6. Facebook Groups for Students
    1. For Staff
  7. REMIND Texting
  8. PDF Protect
  9. Apple TV and Chromecast
  10. ScanSnap
  • Bonus: Quizlet – make amazing quizzes complete with assessment and learning tools!
  • Bonus 2: Form letters using MS WORD and Excel – the end all in e-mail communication!

Dr. Joseph Pisano

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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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