Each January, music educators from across the U.S. gather in southern California for Music Education Days at The NAMM Show. The program offers music teachers and administrators informative sessions, inspiring performances, and the opportunity to preview the latest instruments, products and tools relevant to today’s music classrooms.

Read more: Learn More and Register for the NAMM Music Education Days

The NAMM Foundation’s cornerstone music education event at The 2017 NAMM Show is the Grand Rally for Music Education. The event salutes and celebrates music education and is open to all and will take place at The NAMM Show on Saturday, January 21, 9:30 a.m., in The NAMM Foundation Lounge in the Anaheim Hilton. NAMM members, music educators, college students and faculty are welcome to come together in support of music education. 

Read more: Come Together for The NAMM Foundation’s Grand Rally for Music Education 2017

While The NAMM Show is open to the music trade only, college music students and music faculty members are eligible to attend by registering for The NAMM Foundation's GenNext program. 

Read more: GenNext Program Registration Now Open for College Music Students and Faculty

SBO will once again present our annual SBO Best Tools for Schools awards at the 2017 Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA, on January 22, 2017. 

Read more: SBO to Present the 2017 Recipients of the Best Tools for Schools Award at NAMM

The NAMM Foundation is encouraging school districts and schools with an exemplary commitment to music education curriculum to apply for a national distinction as a Best Communities for Music Education by  by January 31, 2017.

Read more: Apply to be Recognized as a Best Community for Music Education

 I remember the morning my mom told me I had received the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award. I was so happy! I knew my mom struggled to pay for my musical training, so it was a huge relief for my family and me.-Oscar Paz-Suaznabar, age 9Since 2005, From the Top and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation have awarded more than $2 million in scholarships to exceptional young musicians with financial need.

Read more: Apply for the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award

Give a Note Foundation, Radio Disney, and CMA Foundation join together again to present grants and celebrate school music programs. Daily voting to select the 6 schools takes place through Dec. 9, midnight Pacific.

Read more: Voting Is Open to Select Six Schools for the 2017 Music In Our Schools – Music Inspires Tour

Six Rice University students have been selected to participate in the New York Philharmonic Global Academy Fellowship Program. The program is part of the New York Philharmonic Global Academy partnership between Rice’s Shepherd School of Music and the New York Philharmonic that was launched in fall 2015.

Read more: Rice Shepherd School Musicians Selected for NY Phil Global Academy Fellowship Program

Cover of December 2016 Playbill Photo: David DrebinPhilharmonic trumpet player Ethan Bensdorf will be featured in On the Cover, the Philharmonic’s multi-platform series bringing audiences closer to the virtuosos who make up the Orchestra.

Read more: Trumpet Player Ethan Bensdorf To Be Featured in NY Phil's On the Cover

The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) strives to provide music educators and education leaders with engaging professional development opportunities to support best practices. Now, NAfME and MusicFirst have come together to bring music educators a state-of-the-art learning management system, available 24-7. 

Read more: NAfME and MusicFirst Partnership Offers “NAfME Academy”


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SBO Web Poll

This year, our primary major band travel is for:

Festival Competitions - 42.5%
Public Performances - 30%
Educational Workshops - 5%
Some of All of the Above - 20%

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