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The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) strives to provide music educators and education leaders with engaging professional development opportunities to support best practices. Now, NAfME and MusicFirst have come together to bring music educators a state-of-the-art learning management system, available 24-7. 

Read more: NAfME and MusicFirst Partnership Offers “NAfME Academy”

D’Addario’s Evans Drumheads continues its campaign for their new UV1 drumheads with featured artist Omar Hakim kicking off the performance video series this week.

Read more: D’Addario’s Evans Drumheads Features Omar Hakim Playing UV1 Drumheads

NPR's From the Top show 329 highlights an all-Minnesota lineup of award-winning and articulate young musicians on clarinet, violin, and piano (including a brother-sister duo) as well as the College in the Schools Stillwater Concert Choir. 

Read more: From the Top Hosts Young Musicians from Minnesota on Podcast

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association (CSOA) announces a program change for its subscription concerts on April 6-11, 2017.  Igor Stravinsky’s recently rediscovered Funeral Song (Pogrebal’naya Pesnya), replaces Glinka’s Overture to Ruslan and Ludmila in these concerts. Conductor Charles Dutoit leads the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) in the U.S. premiere of the Stravinsky work on Thursday, April 6 at 8 p.m. Dvořák’s Cello Concerto with Truls Mørk as soloist and Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5 remain on the program, as previously announced.

Read more: Rediscovered Stravinsky Work—Funeral Song—To Be Featured In CSO Program

 Insights at the Atrium Photo: Chris Lee In a special 175th anniversary Insights at the Atrium event, New York Philharmonic musicians past and present will offer an insider’s look at the Philharmonic during their tenures, recalling everything from milestone events to enduring traditions.

Read more: New York Philharmonic Insights at the Atrium: “Inside the Orchestra: Living History”

The GRAMMY® Charity Giving Tuesday Sale — a post-Thanksgiving auction featuring unique experiences, including a GRAMMY Awards® ticket package and celebrity autographed memorabilia starting at $30. The auction launched on Nov. 29 and will continue through Dec. 9 via www.ebay.com/grammy. Presented in partnership with eBay for Charity and Matchfire, all proceeds raised through this special auction will benefit programs and services of the MusiCares and GRAMMY Foundations. Since 2002, GRAMMY Charity Online Auctions have raised more than $4.2 million on eBay for Charity.

Read more: Grammy Foundation And MusiCares Announce Online Auction On Ebay For Charity

The Flying Musicians Association (FMA) of pilot/musicians has created an opportunity for junior and senior year college students to share their talents and skills while learning about the aviation and music industry.

Read more: Flying Musicians Internship Program Targets College Students

Musical artists help kick off art project bringing families together to paint guitars for charity at Santa’s workshop and holiday party.

Read more: GuitarTown Kids Project to Benefit Pediatric Cancer Research

The New York Philharmonic’s CONTACT! series at National Sawdust  Photo: Chris LeeEntering its eighth season in 2016–17, CONTACT!, the Philharmonic’s new-music series, will return to National Sawdust in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, for two chamber programs featuring New York–area composers.

Read more: CONTACT!, the New York Philharmonic’s New-Music Series

The sixth annual Hit Like A Girl international contest for female drummers opens February 1, 2017.

Read more: Sixth Annual Hit Like A Girl International Contest Details

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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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