NAMM Brings Music to Elementary SchoolsNAMM members bring music to Anaheim’s James Guinn Elementary School with a day of service on Tuesday, January 19 from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Read more: NAMM Brings Music to Anaheim Elementary School

Milton BabbittSix Free Concerts from Friday, January 22 through Friday, January 29, 2016

NEW YORK --- The 32nd annual Focus! festival, Milton Babbitt's World: A Centennial Celebration, is devoted to composer, teacher, and writer, the late Milton Babbitt, who was a longtime member of Juilliard's composition faculty (1971 to 2008) and remained an emeritus faculty member. The festival, which will include the world premiere of Babbitt's Concerti for Violin, Orchestra, and Synthesized Sound, opens with the New Juilliard Ensemble, conducted by Joel Sachs, on Friday, January 22, 2016, at 7:30pm in Juilliard's Peter Jay Sharp Theater in a program with works by Milton Babbitt, Juilliard faculty member and composer Jonathan Dawe, Alexander Goehr, Stefan Wolpe, and Ursula Mamlok.

Read more: Focus! 2016 Presents Milton Babbitt’s World: A Centennial Celebration

MidnightMusic.com released their list of their top music tech in education posts according to their website’s stats and the subjects included iPad use, how to record students in a noisy classroom, and podcasts for music educators, among others.

Read more: Top 10 Most Popular Music Technology in Education Posts 2015

I’ve heard Pharrell Williams’ song “Happy” a few times in the last week, and the unhappy news is that it’s now playing on repeat inside my head . . . over and over and over again.

Read more: It’s a Snap! 4 Ways to Use Music with Special Needs Students

Talking Up Music EducationThe latest Talking Up Music Education podcast features Mary Luehrsen hosting a lively discussion with Black Violin and celebrating the passage of ESSA.

Read more: Talking Up Music Education Podcast: Live at the Midwest Clinic

ForumIt’s a wrap - at least for fall! The first three SupportMusic Community Forums and Lennon Bus Residencies were a resounding success. The fall tour included stops in: McKeesport, Pennsylvania; Waxhaw, North Carolina; and Miami, Florida.

Read more: Recap of Fall 2015 SupportMusic Community Forum Tour

Percussion Marketing CouncilThe PMC Executive Committee invites you to attend the forthcoming Percussion Marketing Council All Member Annual Meeting / Roundtable.

Read more: Women in Percussion: The Changing Market for Percussion

Liverpool LegendsMCLEAN, VA, December 17, 2015—On March 5, 2016, Grammy-nominated Liverpool Legends will recreate The Beatles’ historical concert performed at Carnegie Hall in 1964. All profits from the event will go directly to benefit the SYTA Youth Foundation.

Read more: Tickets On Sale For Concert At Carnegie Hall To Benefit The SYTA Youth Foundation

Student PlayingMore than 1,700 fourth-graders in the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District are getting the chance to learn to read music, sing, and draw a bow across some cello or violin strings.

Read more: Fourth Graders Make Music Again

Children FirstIn a study released recently, Metro Schools’ collaborative Music Makes Us initiative is credited with increasing musical participation among Nashville students, as well as supplying them with the soft skills and character traits that will set them up for success in academics and life.

Read more: Study: Music Education Now Reaches 48,700 Metro Students

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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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