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Technology in the Music Classroom April 21, 2011

Posted by dorerj15 in Advocacy, Music Ed., Uncategorized.
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More and more technology is being  integrated in classrooms, so why not enhance the class and involve the kids with the technology that  many of them already know how to use (better than their teachers)? With so much technology out there, and more being created everyday, what technology is worth using and what should rather be left outside the classroom?

My discerning factor in this is simple: if the kids can actively learn from it, and not be distracted, and use it; its good. bottom line- its for the kids.

Smart Boards in regular classrooms

More and more schools are being funded and provided with Smart Boards or the equivalent products. This new technology is being embraced my many school districts which is a great sign for education and in moving further into the 21st century.



Coolest thing since sliced bread!! April 5, 2011

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PMEA 2011!!!

I’m very excited to be apart of a great project coming up next week. I will be a part of a team of fellow classmates to provide Live Blogging for the upcoming Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Annual Conference, held this year in Hershey, PA April 14th-16th.  This will be my first time at the PMEA conference and as the date gets closer and closer I am finding myself getting more and more excited. I had the privilege of Attending the Midwest Clinic International Band and Orchestra Conference in Chicago Il this past December with my close friend and classmate Andrew Ritenour. What an experience, for an undergrad it was an eye opening, exciting  experience to the see wealth of knowledge and networking that is possible within our field. I am feeling the same excitement for the upcoming PMEA conference next week.


If you find your saying to yourself, “well gee that sounds great but I live outside of Pennsylvania” or “I can’t make it to the conference this year” or ” well that’s great but I cant afford it” then fear no longer, your solution is here! This year there will be a live-blogger station throughout the sessions at the conference! Unfortunately not every session can be covered, but the fearless Grove City Live-Bloggers will be doing our best to cover as much of the conference as possible. For the full schedule of sessions being covered be sure to check out the Landing page for the event. Just click on the session, or sessions, that you want to follow and you will be transported to the corresponding live-blog page.

Now all this sounds great in principal, but what about the craziness that is life? Have no fear, sign up for an email remind about your event! Don’t miss this great opportunity for professional development as well as learning more about our field and meeting fellow musicians!

The Grove City Live-Bloggers would like to extent a HUGE THANK YOU to Dr. Joseph Pisano and Grove City College for making internet access possible for this event. Thank You!


Meet the Grove City Live-Bloggers!

Andrew Ritenour- Future Music Educators

Brittany Bell- Adventures in Musicland

Emily Farrell- Waiting for a Story

Elizabeth Heist- Music Ed Highlights

Ryan Dore- Hey, that’s ME! Do I really have to put my web site down here? Look at your address bar for goodness sakes!

The Grove City Live-Bloggers are all Music Education Majors at Grove City College. This crew of Boisterous young college students will be tackling PMEA 2011 in an effort to provide professional learning from this great State Conference to music educators across the world! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to comment below or contact any of the Grove City Live-Bloggers, we make look tired worn out and crazy, but we don’t bite, and are always willing to talk or answer questions over a cup of coffee!


Not into the whole live-blogging scene? Have no fear, just follow us on Twitter using the #PMEA11 hash tag, and you will catch all of the great tweets from all of the music educators at this great conference! Don’t miss any of the action!