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Jupiter Winds, Mapex Drums, and Majestic Percussion are pleased to announce The Virtual Education Series for students and music teachers throughout the world, presented in partnership with the International Music Education Summit.

Read more: Jupiter, Mapex, Majestic Announce Virtual Education Series

SBO columnist Bobby Owsinski – who writes our AudioTech section – has shared resources that might be useful for teachers who are currently employing distance learning techniques. These resources include eBooks, PDFs, and videos, as well as a free course called “Vocal Mixing Technique.”

Read more: Free Teacher Resources Available from SBO Columnist

The Menuhin Competition Richmond 2020, scheduled to take place May 14-24, has been postponed one year to May 13-23, 2021.

Read more: Menuhin Competition Richmond 2020 Postponed

In accordance with local and national directives concerning public health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Nashville Symphony has suspended all ticketed performances at Schermerhorn Symphony Center through May 12.  

Read more: All Nashville Symphony Performances Through May 12 Suspended 

With school closures around the country putting music educators on new ground for reaching students with music education in a new way, the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) has been working diligently the past two weeks to bring much-needed resources and ideas to their membership of 60,000 music educators, preservice teachers, and teacher-educators.

Read more: NAfME Shares COVID-19 Resources for Music Educators

Richard Crain, president of the Midwest Board of Directors, has shared a statement regarding the status of the 2020 edition of the annual conference.

Read more: Midwest Clinic Shares COVID-19 Statement

Conn-Selmer has shared a special message for music educators in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic. The letter, which is from Steve Zapf (president & CEO, Conn-Selmer, Inc), Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser (chief education officer, vice president of Education), and Michael Kamphuis (managing director, Division of Education), arrived on Friday (March 20).

Read more: Conn-Selmer Shares ‘A Message For Our Education Community’

Excelcia Music Publishing is providing interactive “Meet the Composer” live video sessions for music educators to use with their ensembles as they navigate the coming time of distance learning caused by the COVID-19 public health crisis.

Read more: Excelcia Music Publishing Offers Free “Meet The Composer” Sessions for Distance Learning

Next Tuesday (March 24), NAMM will host a webinar on COVID-19 Small Business Relief Resources. The webinar begins at 3 p.m. Eastern Time and requires advance registration here.

Read more: NAMM Presents Webinar on COVID-19 Small Business Relief Resources 

Taking into account that most educational institutions are moving to online/working-from-home teaching methods, Sonarworks has decided to offer all educational institutions a chance to equip their students with Reference 4 Headphone Edition completely free of charge to help students and educators.

Read more: Sonarworks Provides Educational Institutions with Free Reference 4 Headphone Edition

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.

Click here to nominate a director 

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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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