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TJW Podcast, Episode 7 - Interview with John Bogenschutz, Tone Deaf Comics
Posted by ★ Owner on September 25, 2010 at 11:11 AM

In this episode: John Bogenschutz is a cartoonist specializing in his highly-successful web comic Tone Deaf, which caters to the marching arts, concert bands, and music education in general. John has a music education degree, has taught in public schools, and was a trumpet (soprano bugle) performer and staff member with several Drum Corp International junior corps. As of January of 2012, he is now working full-time on Tone Deaf, with side work on the Marching Roundtable podcast and occasional music arrangements for his music composition website.


We discuss our music-based websites and home-based businesses, John's background in illustration and composing, how Tone Deaf came into existence, John's drum corps background, the pros and cons of the drum corps activity, taking Tone Deaf to full-time job status, the advent of social media and self-publishing about five years ago, "The Facebook galaxy" and the band directors and music teachers professional learning networks on Facebook, #edchat and #musedchat on Twitter, a concept for a new kind of live interactive music podcast using Twitter, suggestions for musicians and music teachers considering starting a web-based business, the composer's 10% cut when publishing through traditional companies, and John's encouragement to listeners to "do it yourself" when it comes to publishing.

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