After eight wonderful years sharing inspiring and insightful stories of remarkable music educators in programs across the U.S. and seeking out the most relevant, practical, and useful editorial content I could possibly think of, I’m moving on. The next step in my career will take place at Longy School of Music of Bard College, a progressive conservatory in the Boston area that is actively rethinking how music education can be delivered on a global scale. I’ll be serving in a communications role there, so don’t hesitate to look me up and keep me informed about the wonderful activities that you and your programs are engaging in. Hopefully we’ll have an occasion to work together again soon.


Taking the reins at SBO will be Mike Lawson, a longtime editor and publisher, an accomplished musician, a staunch music ed advocate, and also the executive director of TI:ME. Over the past few months, we have discussed some amazing ideas that he plans to bring to this publication in order to improve upon the ways in which it can serve its broad reader base of music educators nationwide. Feel free to reach out to him, he’d love your input as he continues our mission to serve music educators with timely, informative content. Mike is available at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Thank you for your time and your invaluable contributions, both to this publication and to the entire music education community.


Keep up the great work!


Until next time,

Eliahu Sussman



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