String Section

Too often, this profession breeds unhealthy behavior cultivated by frustrations and factors outside of our control, coupled with inconsistencies in orchestral policy and structure.

Read more: The Value of Auditions: Musician Wellness and Ensemble Health


“My family couldn’t afford violin lessons or a violin,” recalls Zeneba Bowers. “My elementary school gave me a free violin and my first year of lessons. But this was back when we actually had music education in public schools.”

Read more: Nashville Symphony and ALIAS violinist Zeneba Bowers Uses Her Talent and Voice to Inspire Young...


Jazz has always been something of an afterthought in music technology. Other than programs like Band in a Box, support for jazz notation and performance practices has been somewhat limited and often required jazz composers to resort to convoluted workarounds.

Read more: Steinberg Does Jazz


Last month we introduced you to the directors of the Joliet Township High School band, and the lineage that links the present with the origin of the program a century ago. This month we continue the history with those that have shaped and influenced its course.

Read more: History of the Joliet Township High School Band Part Two: “A Sound Tradition”

Current Issue

Often people will remark how great teachers have it with summers off. Veteran music educators know that while summers do provide an opportunity to recharge their batteries, between marching band rehearsals that start several weeks prior to school, and continuing education requirements, summers are best characterized as “class prep.”

Read more: What Are You Doing This Summer?


In music, students are capable of achieving unimaginable levels of success. Frequently, we underestimate what our students are capable of achieving, given the right environment.

Read more: Expanding Creativity In Your Program: Developing an Entrepreneurial Spirit

Current Issue

I believe it is very important for our students to use music to help the sick and the elderly. I am a firm believer in Music Therapy programs at universities.

Read more: Does Music Help the Sick and the Elderly? (The Science Behind It)


Welcome back to work! It’s a new year, a fresh start, but of course, only the midpoint for the school year.

Read more: A Look Ahead for 2019

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.

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