MakeMusic, Inc. announced the formal release of the new SmartMusic, a web-based redesign of the interactive music practice platform for music students and educators.

Read more: MakeMusic, Inc Announces the New SmartMusic Interactive Practice Platform

With 36 nominations across all brands endorsees represent flagship D’Addario acoustic and electric guitar strings, Evans drumheads, Promark drumsticks, Planet Waves accessories, along with woodwinds and orchestral products.

Read more: D’Addario & Company Congratulates Their 2017 Grammy Award Nominees

A total of 10 music teachers from 10 cities across 7 states have been announced as finalists for the Music Educator Award™ presented by The Recording Academy® and the GRAMMY Foundation®. Initial nominations were submitted from all 50 states. Nominations and applications for the 2018 Music Educator Award are now open via www.grammymusicteacher.com. A complete list of finalists is below.

Read more: Music Educator Award Finalists Announced by The Grammy Foundation

The Second Annual Grand Rally for Music Education features violin virtuosos Black Violin in collaboration with Yamaha, along with student performances by The Perfect Fourth Quartet, a Sphinx Organization ensemble and recipients of the 2016 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award presented by First Lady Michelle Obama. This signature NAMM Foundation event includes exciting musical performances and “inside the practice room” conversations with iconic performing artists. 

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

College music students and music faculty members are invited to connect with The NAMM Show’s global audience made up of the world’s most influential industry decision-makers, including independent music retailers, pro audio manufacturers, distributors, sales reps, engineers from recording studios, developers of gaming and apps, houses of worship, touring, theater and entertainment companies, as well as venue buyers looking for stage, lighting and event solutions.

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

 

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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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