Instruments & Gear

Hal Leonard has released updated editions of their bestselling FastTrack Starter Packs to connect with today’s beginners of all ages.

The new editions are available for guitar, bass, drums, and keyboards. The books include online audio examples and 60 minutes of video lessons that can be downloaded or streamed on any type of computer or device.

The FastTrack packs are designed for people who are motivated to teach themselves but are not impressed with what’s available for free online. The packs use the Hal Leonard name to assure students they’ll be getting the quality instruction they deserve but in a convenient do-it-yourself-on-your-own terms way. Written with teenagers and adults in mind, the instruction starts with the basics but moves along at a healthy clip to get students playing music quickly while not skipping the essentials they need for a strong musical core. The goal is to get people playing and feeling confident enough by the end of the book to move into songbooks and more advanced instruction.

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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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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