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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

The music recording industry’s Music Performance Trust Fund (MPTF) has announced that they will increase the number of school-based events they present in the year ahead.

Read more: Music Performance Trust Fund Welcomes Save The Music Foundation As a Co-Sponsor of Professional...

While most venues and schools face mandatory closures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Frost School of Music has created the #FrostiesPerformForU initiative.

Read more: Frost School of Music Launches #FrostiesPerformForU

The GRAMMY Museum will debut never-before-released digital Public Programs from their archive while the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles is closed until further notice in light of COVID-19.

Read more: The Grammy Museum Shares Virtual Educational Content During Closure

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) has announced that it will make access to DSO Replay — the on-demand video streaming archive of past DSO performances — free of charge to all users. DSO Replay is an online service available at

Read more: DSO Makes 'Replay' Video Archive Free

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After 40 years, I can still remember my first composition assignment. I was at music camp and we had an assignment for music theory class. I received a checklist (I do love checklists!) of items to include in my composition. Dutifully, I checked each item off the list, added the correct number of beats, etc, and stapled my check list on top of my work.

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