You are likely reading this with our horrid election season behind us. May I say? Worst. Election. Season. Ever.

Read more: Clowns to the Left of Me, Jokers to the Right


You’ve been through five years of college. You’ve learned music theory, aural skills, music history, marching band techniques, brass, woodwind, and percussion techniques, and basic (and I do mean “basic”) conducting techniques. You’ve learned educational psychology, curriculum development, lesson planning, and you’ve student taught. You’ve graduated and landed your first job. You are ready! ...but are you?

Read more: Teaching through Leadership: Lifelong Lessons from the Podium


LA’s Downtown Repertory Theater delivered 4K recordings of Romeo and Juliet before the curtain finished dropping.

Read more: Blackmagic Design Helps Schools Capture the Magic


Living in the northern Chicago suburbs, I’m a proud Chicago Cubs fan. And as I write this, they are poised to possibly win their first World Series in over a century.

Read more: The Long Game: Multi-Year Planning


Development of the “rhythm base” of any ensemble requires much effort and many approaches but it will produce the maximum musical effect.

Read more: Part 4: Groove and Ensemble “The Musical Part”


Resources and strategies for paying for music school.

Read more: Finding the Money

String Section

Sheet Music – Preparing, Marking, and Performing: Responsibilities and Roles

Read more: Orchestral Etiquette in the Professional Environment


Traveling with your student performing groups can be a rewarding and enlightening experience.

Read more: Selecting the Best Trip for Your Students


The Next Level of Marching Music Artistry!

Read more: Drum Corps International 2016


Handles are used to adjust staves, systems and other entries.

With this new version, Notion enters the realm of professional notation programs.

Read more: Notion 6


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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Directors who make a Difference

Do you know a fantastic K-12 instrumental music educator who is deserving of recognition in SBO?

Click here to nominate a director 

and tell us why he or she should be featured in SBO’s annual "Directors Who Make a Difference" report.

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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