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On Wednesday, March 18, The NAMM Foundation will host a free, online workshop called “Bridging the Gap: Teaching and Learning Music Online.” The webinar will begin at 9 AM PDT/ 12 PM EDT.

Read more: The NAMM Foundation Hosts Teaching and Learning Music Online Webinar This Wednesday

In light of the many school closings currently taking place due to COVID-19 concerns, SmartMusic has announced that it will grant free access to teachers through June 30.

Read more: SmartMusic Announces Free Subscriptions for Schools Impacted by COVID-19 Closings

Moog is opening its Minimoog sound app for iOS to free downloads amid cancellations of concerts and community gatherings across the globe.

Read more: Moog Music Offers Minimoog Sound App for Free Download

Due to school closures from mounting COVID-19 concerns, Noteflight has offered the ability for teachers to use Noteflight Learn with their students thorugh the end of June 2020.

Read more: Noteflight Offers Assistance With School Closure Lesson Planning and Teaching

MusicFirst will be offering a special webinar “Teaching Your Music Classes Online” this evening (March 16) at 7 p.m. EST. This session will help demonstrate strategies and best practices when conducting your music classes virtually.

Read more: MusicFirst Offers Special Webinar “Teaching Your Music Classes Online”

With the mass cancellation of student musical events, school and college closures, and shifts to online learning becoming a part of our new reality, this is a unique opportunity for students and teachers to develop new strategies for teaching and learning and to reflect and grow as musicians and people.

Read more: Optimism Through the COVID-19 Disruption: Utilizing Social Emotional Learning for Reflection and...

In support of music teachers who need to teach their classes remotely during the current public heath crisis, Young Composers & Improvisors Workshop is offering their online course platform free of charge for the remainder of the current school year. Sign up here.

Read more: Young Composers & Improvisors Workshop Offers Distance Learning Support

UPDATE, March 16: The Nashville Symphony has suspended all performances through March 31. The Symphony is closely monitoring guidelines from city, state and federal officials regarding public events, and will continue posting updates via social media and online at  ​

The Nashville Symphony has announced that all four concerts scheduled for March 12-14 at Schermerhorn Symphony Center have been cancelled in the interest of the health and safety of Symphony patrons, musicians, guest artists and staff during the coronavirus outbreak.

Read more: Nashville Symphony Cancels Concerts [Updated]

UPDATE, March 13: The DSO has announced that all events throgh April 5 have been cancelled or rescheduled

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra today announced that this weekend’s performances of Carmina Burana in Orchestra Hall have been cancelled to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) following recommendations made Wednesday evening by the State of Michigan, Governor Gretchen Whitmer, and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

Read more: DSO Concerts Cancelled [Updated]

UPDATE, March 16: Carnegie Hall has cancelled all events through May 10. All live events and in-person educational programming presented by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute—whether taking place at Carnegie Hall or in off-site locations—is suspended through May 10. All free Carnegie Hall Citywide performances in venues throughout New York City through May 10 are postponed.

With the health and safety of its public, artists, and staff as its foremost priority, Carnegie Hall today announced that it will be closed for all public events and programming through the end of March, effective midnight tonight, in an effort to reduce the spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19).

Read more: Carnegie Hall Cancels All Events from March 13 to March 31 [Updated]

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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!

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