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“There are many opportunities that have come my way that didn’t have to happen,” says violinist Randall Goosby. “They happened because people were generous and kind enough to make them happen.”

Read more: Randall Goosby: The Greatest See Greatness in Young Violinist


In a previous article, “School Music in Nepal,” I wrote about how, due to the lack of money, instruments, teachers, and practice time, live music is a rarity in many poor countries.

Read more: The Orchestras of Afghan National Institute of Music: The challenge of re-establishing music,...


Weekend rehearsal camps are in full swing and spring training is just a month away. Drum Corps International ensembles all over the country are putting together incredible new productions for their upcoming summer tours, preparing to wow audiences at more than 100 live events at stadium venues across the country.

Read more: Gearing Up for #dci2019

Current Issue

Most music educators have a strong handle on both the music they participated in as students and the skills they acquired through their music education courses.

Read more: A Student-Centered Approach to Planning

Current Issue

It’s exciting, it’s a break from the everyday routine, it’s a chance to see old friends and make new ones…it’s the state Music Educators Annual In-Service Conference.

Read more: Make the Most of Your In-Service Conference!

MAC Corner

Teaching is a performing art and communication is constant. We spend a large part of each day giving instructions and feedback to our students. We meet with administrators, colleagues, parents, and members of our community both in casual and formal conversations.

Read more: Have You Heard Yourself Lately?


Many years ago, when I was a junior in high school, our concert band director who was my private clarinet teacher, told me at a lesson that I had pretty much nailed Carl Maria von Weber’s Concertino for Clarinet.

Read more: 10 Rules for Overcoming Stage Fright

Current Issue

Have you ever really thought about how connected music is with literature? Just think about the parallels that exist between the stories of music and the stories of your favorite book author.

Read more: Connecting the Storytelling Similarities in Music and Literature


Part 1: Introduction

Your school music program should be 100% funded by the school, the district, and the state. Unfortunately, for most of us that simply isn’t the case.

Read more: The Music Booster Manual

Current Issue

In last month’s issue of SBO, I presented some data, observations, and opinions about the negative impact on music education that was occurring because of higher ed institutions’ increasing emphasis on producing performance majors. In this article, I will present some suggestions for curriculum reform to better prepare future music educators.

Read more: Are Higher Ed Institutions Really Doing What’s Best for Music Education? Part 2

Directors who make a Difference

For over 20 years, School Band & Orchestra Magazine has been honoring amazing music educators from all 50 states. That's more than 1000 educators recognized for their outstanding contributions to music education programs!

Do you know a fantastic K-12 instrumental music educator who is deserving of recognition in SBO? Tell us why he or she should be featured in SBO’s annual "Directors Who Make a Difference" report.

Click here to nominate a director 

On the Road

Do you have a story to tell about taking your school music groups on the road? SBO wants to hear about it!

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