December 2015, Chicago, IL – The small West Texas town of Crosbyton has many student accomplishments to be proud of over the past several years. However, the band program had fallen on difficult times over the last 30 years, scoring 3's and 4's at contests and playing on very poor equipment. In two short years, the program has turned its fortunes around, crediting JUNO Reeds as a crucial part of this success.

Read more: Small Texas High School Credits JUNO As Crucial Part Of Program’s Turn Around

Each year, EdWeek takes a look at Curriculum Matters' most-read blog posts, and in 2015 it seems two major themes got readers clicking: common-core testing and math instruction.

Read more: Testing, Math, and Music: Top 10 Curriculum Matters Posts for 2015

Vandoren Artist Jon Manasse PerformsGRAMMY award winning composer Gordon Goodwin premiered his latest composition, The Single Step: Concerto for Piano and Clarinet, at the opening concert for the Cape Cod Symphony season. 

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Sam HuntTwo-Time Grammy Nominee Sam Hunt to Perform With Grammy Camp — Jazz Session Students at Grammy in the Schools Live!
Seventh Annual GRAMMY Foundation Event is Presented by Ford Motor Company Fund

Read more: Two-Time Grammy Nominee Sam Hunt to Perform With Grammy Camp

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 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

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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