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MakeMusic Inc., creators of SmartMusic, have partnered with Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) to provide all LAUSD elementary, middle, and senior high school music teachers and students with subscriptions to the innovative web-based practice and assessment platform. 

Read more: Los Angeles Unified School District Announces Partnership with SmartMusic 

Berklee has announced the establishment of the Danroy “DJ” Henry Social Change Scholarship, which was created in honor of Danroy “DJ” Henry, a Pace University student from Easton, Massachusetts, whose life was tragically cut short in 2010 at the age of 20.

Read more: Berklee Establishes Danroy ‘DJ’ Henry Social Change Scholarship

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and with the health and safety of NAMM members as the first priority, NAMM is reimagining how to connect all facets of the industry while benefiting those most deeply impacted by COVID-19 with the launch of Believe in Music: The global gathering to unify and support the people who bring music to the world.

Read more: NAMM Announces 'Believe in Music' Week

The Hawaii Youth Symphony has announced online learning programs for students to continue studying and practicing music in a safe space via its new online platform, HYS+

Read more: Hawaii Youth Symphony Offers Online Learning Youth Programs via HYS+

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) has appointed a new full-time musician and two African American Orchestra Fellows ahead of its 2020-2021 season. Additionally, five long-tenured musicians will retire this August after decades of service.

Read more: Detroit Symphony Orchestra Appoints New Full-Time Musician, African American Orchestra Fellows

Featuring a hybrid modular synthesis approach, PreSonus’ Deep Flight One instrument library for Studio One’s Presence XT sampler draws on rare and sought-after analog and digital synthesizers and layered field recordings, sweetened with legendary and exotic signal processors, to create a huge range of organic, deep, and inspiring sounds.

Read more: PreSonus Debuts Deep Flight One

A new survey from Junior Achievement (JA) by research firm ENGINE Insights shows that two-thirds of teens (66%) are concerned about attending school in-person this fall, with a significant percentage (39%) responding that they are "extremely" or "very" concerned.

Read more: Junior Achievement Shares Poll Data from Students Concerned About Returning To School

The Jupiter String Quartet will give a virtual concert presented by Rockport, Maine’s Bay Chamber Concerts on August 6, 2020 at 7:30 p.m., recorded from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana.The concert will be available for the public worldwide to watch at

Read more: Jupiter String Quartet Perform in Virtual Concert Presented by Bay Chamber Concerts

As COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines have curtailed much of in-person music instruction, the soldiers of The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” have developed several platforms to help music educators.

Read more: The United States Army Band ‘Pershing’s Own’ Shares Resources for Educators

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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