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Every Tuesday afternoon about 4 p.m., students armed with the tools of classical musicians begin packing into Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School in Richmond.

Read more: Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra Shares Music, Experience

Students at Pick Elementary are learning the recipe to a great melody.

Read more: Students Open Their Minds to Music

The Music Educator Award is given each year by the Recording Academy and the Grammy Foundation.

Read more: Grammy Music Educator Award Goes to N.C. High School Teacher

n Upton and Sarah Farid, students at Crown Point Junior Music AcademyLauren Upton and Sarah Farid, students at Crown Point Junior Music Academy, recently played bass and guitar and recorded their own song on the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) John Lennon Education Bus when it visited their school earlier this month.

Read more: John Lennon Education Bus visits Pacific Beach

All City ChoirFor varsity choir students wondering if they would like to pursue music education, Sherman High School choir director Anna Clarkson gave her students the opportunity to mentor fourth grade students in the all-city choir before their first performance Tuesday night.

Read more: SHS Students Explore Music Education With All-City Choir

MikeLawson, TIME Executive Director Dr Floyd Richmond President TIME, Ian Morgan Business Development for Music Sales Jenny Amaya Music First Western Accounts ManagerANAHEIM, CA– Leading music education technology company MusicFirst was presented with two of the highest music education accolades during the 2016 NAMM Show in Anaheim, Calif., the Technology Institute for Music Education (TI:ME) Award for Outstanding Contributions to Technology in Music Education, and the School Band and Orchestra Best Tools for Schools Award for Best Teaching Tool for Intermediate Students.

Read more: MusicFirst Receives TI:ME and SBO Best Tools for Schools Awards

For a group of children in Yakima, Washington, life is changing one cello at a time.

Read more: This Youth Classical Music Program Turns No Students Away

As a fan of classical music, Chris Martin of the rock band Coldplay has attended Los Angeles Philharmonic concerts at Walt Disney Concert Hall over the years and even struck up a friendship with conductor Gustavo Dudamel.

Read more: Gustavo Dudamel and Youth Orchestra L.A. Perform at Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show

Taos HighWhen the kids in band at Taos High School got to open up boxes and boxes of new instruments a week after returning from winter break, it was like a second Christmas, albeit louder.

Read more: Taos High Gets $50K in New Band Instruments

John Lennon Educational BusJohn Lennon’s musical legacy made a stop in San Diego last week. The John Lennon Educational Bus Tour was at Crown Point Junior Music Academy.

Read more: John Lennon Music Education Bus Stops In San Diego

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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