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KRUTZ, Inc. in Kansas City has launched Global Strings Alliance, an online platform to unite and empower strings teachers, students, and parents with free, trusted resources, in response to the new reality of distance learning.

Read more: KRUTZ Introduces New Resource for Strings Teachers

The Eastman School of Music (of the University of Rochester) has created the Eastman Connects virtual concert series to bring their community together during this challenging time.

Read more: Eastman School of Music Launches ‘Eastman Connects’ Virtual Concert Series

Thirty-two new string orchestra pieces from favorite veteran composers as well as talented, up-and-coming composers make up Excelcia Music Publishing’s 2020 String Orchestra music release. 

Read more: Excelcia Music Publishing Forges Ahead with Digital Catalogue

While schools across the nation remain closed to slow the spread of COVID-19, the joyous sounds of music continue to ring out as districts and schools celebrate their recognition as "Best Communities for Music Education."

Read more: The NAMM Foundation Recognizes 754 School Districts and 148 Individual Schools in 21st Annual Best...

Drum Workshop Inc. (DW) have ideas to help locked-down drummers practice at home, improve technique, and stay motivated and inspired.

Read more: Drum Workshop Commits to Giving Away 1,000 Drum Channel Memberships

For a limited time, Martin Guitar has partnered with TrueFire to give Martin customers three months of unlimited streaming access to TrueFire's online library.

Read more: Martin Guitar Partners with TrueFire to Offer Free Online Guitar Lessons

Conn-Selmer, Inc. and BD Performing Arts (BDPA) have announced that The Blue Devils, RCC Indoor and all other BDPA programs will be performing exclusively on marching instruments manufactured and distributed by Conn-Selmer, Inc.

Read more: Conn-Selmer Partners with BD Performing Arts

With all ticketed concerts and education and community programs suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Nashville Symphony has expanded its presence online with a diverse array of entertainment and music education offerings on NashvilleSymphony.org and via the organization’s social networks.

Read more: Nashville Symphony ‘Goes Virtual’ with Expansive Online Entertainment and Education Resources

In view of the recent situation with COVID-19 and school closures, WindStars has launched free “Play Along” online lessons to offer parents a virtual music class for their children.

Read more: WindStars Launches ‘Play Along’ Lessons Online

First responders and healthcare workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic will be honored on April 30 as part of “Worldwide Day of Gratitude,” a global coming together through the arts organized by the student-run organization, YOUnison.

Read more: Student Organization Launches ‘Worldwide Day of Gratitude’ to Honor COVID-19 Heroes

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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