PraciceFirst Screenshot - Valley SongPracticeFirst, the new online practice and assessment tool from MusicFirst and MatchmySound is now available.

Read more: MusicFirst and MatchmySound Release PracticeFirst Online Practice and Assessment Tool


(c) Sterling OrtizWith the recent headlines about the $7.3 million dollar verdict against Robin Thicke and Pharrell for their song “Blurred Lines” and its now-decided infringement case from the estate of the late, great Marvin Gaye for his song “Got to Give It Up,” it seems a good time to talk about respecting the oh-so-complicated world of music when it comes to copyrights.

Read more: Perspective: With Respect to Copyright


NAMM Foundation NSBAPublic school leaders from across the country experienced the power of music during the National School Board Association’s (NSBA) 75th annual conference in Nashville, May 21-23, 2015. The NAMM Foundation infused music into the Music City conference, while supporting efforts that will make music education accessible to all students, and celebrating the recently announced 2015 Best Communities for Music Education.

Read more: Headlines: NAMM Foundation Drums Up Support at NSBA Conference


Music for All has chosen Mikaela Ray of Franklin H.S. in Franklin, Tenn. as the 2015 William D. Revelli Scholarship recipient.

Read more: Headlines: Music For All Grants Revelli Scholarship


The National Association for Music Education’s (NAfME) premier national honor ensembles will be led by four award-winning conductors. The nation’s most elite high school musicians will vie for the opportunity to rehearse and perform in a one-of-a-kind national honor program. The students must first compete at their local, district, and state level to become eligible.

Read more: Headlines: Renowned Conductors to Lead the All-National Honor Ensemble


Dear Mr. Lawson:

I read the article on ‘El Sistema’ written by Victoria Petro-Eschler with acute interest.  I have been following Dr. Jose Abreu’s project since he began his work in the 1970s.

Read more: Headlines: Letters to the Editor


When New Jersey’s Jersey Surf needed to build a system for their drum corps, they looked to Yorkville Sound’s Paraline Series cabinets for a solution, and along the way found ways to tailor the expandable system to their highly specialized application.

Read more: Headlines: Jersey Surf Drum Corps Chooses Yorkville for Stadium Sound System


Carmel Bach Festival has named the winners of the 31st annual Virginia Best Adams Fellowship - Jana Miller (soprano), Janna Critz (mezzo-soprano), Brian Giebler (tenor), and David Rugger (baritone).

Read more: Headlines: Carmel Bach Festival Awards Fellowships


MAC Corner Tips for TripsMany school bands, orchestras, and choirs take trips with their ensembles. Regardless of the reason, directors have to work closely with administrators, parents, students, their colleagues, and community in order to make any trip a success. Here are a few ideas that I believe every director should consider when beginning to plan:

Read more: MAC Corner


The Shadow Mountain and Paradise Valley High School Orchestra learned how to score an actual movie scene during the Sound Design: Music and the Art of Foley workshop.Marching in parades, stage performances, and now, Sound Design: Music and the Art of Foley and more at Universal Orlando Resort.

Read more: UpClose: Universal Studios


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