Yeah man, did I get it! First time I heard the music of Stax/Volt Records’ southern-fried soul as a kid I was knocked out, inspired, and wanted to play music more than ever.

Read more: And when you get it, you got something…


Chances are likely that you have heard of a few iPad apps for use in the classroom. Like me, you may have heard about so many of them that you can’t even remember them all — or you have made it so far as to download them and now hundreds of little icons have been left untouched in a folder called “Music,” sitting on your home screen.

Read more: Mastering Organization in Rehearsal Using iPads


Mention summer camp and visions of marshmallows in the campfire, poison ivy, and bee stings come to mind. Perhaps a fond memory about singing around that camp fire also comes back. (We don’t write about those other memories!)

Read more: Independent Summer Music Camps

Current Issue

August 25, 2018 marks the birth centennial of music legend Leonard Bernstein. Celebrate the Maestro’s legacy through learning scenarios that focus on Bernstein’s varied music.

Read more: Leonard Bernstein at 100! Celebrating the Maestro's Music


Getting a large group of students to any destination of any distance for any kind of event is a challenge.

Read more: Festivals at Sea (and More!) with Performing Arts Consultants!

String Section

And in the beginning, there was safety in open strings. In whatever activity you prefer, use a progression in which the student can play an open string when they panic or don’t know what to do. They will not be as discouraged.

Read more: An Alternative Approach Guide for String Teachers

Current Issue

Many musicians know John Philip Sousa composed the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine March, but few people know about the Shrine Bands raising money for the Shriners Hospitals for children.

Read more: The Nobles of the Mystic Shrine Bands

Current Issue

While some concepts such as phrasing are relatively straightforward to address, intonation can be tough for young players to grasp and is an ongoing process.

Read more: Intonation: A Game Changer for Achieving a Mature Ensemble Sound


The doors open, and as the audience begins filing in, everyone is handed a program as they enter the auditorium.

Read more: Jazz Up Your Concert Programs


Few things excite people as much as being in the presence of a celebrity. Indeed, on many occasions I’ve had the opportunity to witness first-hand the reactions of people in the company of luminaries and it’s pretty amusing to watch them gawk, get giddy, or otherwise go gaga.

Read more: Invite a Celebrity to Participate in Your School Concert

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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