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Haydock Academy, a school in the Oxnard School District, now offers its students the opportunity to learn how to play the piano as one of their electives in a brand new piano lab.

“I didn’t know how to play the piano and we learn which notes to use so it could sound exactly like you were singing,” seventh-grader Ashley Gonzales told News Channel 3 KEYT.
This particular piano lab is the only one of its kind in the Oxnard School District. The principal of Haydock Academy, Eddy Bond, believes the lab is helping the children become better students.

Read more: Oxnard School District Gets Piano Lab

The journal Frontiers in Psychology published a study on Tuesday, December 17th with research which suggests actively engaging in music classes can help improve literacy in children. Scientists at Northwestern University used electrode wires in this study, along with button sensors to monitor brain responses in students. The authors of the study observed that those youth who actively engaged in music classes “scored higher on literacy tests and exhibited improved language functioning.”

Read more: Study Suggests Engaging in Music Classes May Boost Children’s Literacy

The NAMM Foundation invites music educators to attend Music Educations Days at the 2015 NAMM Show, January 22-25, 2015 in Anaheim, CA. Now through January 7, badges are $25, and January 7-16, badges are $50. A two-step registration process is required. Step one; RSVP. Step two; within one week you will receive a personal email to complete your registration and pay for your badge. Registrants must be over 18 to register and attend. The badges are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Universal Studios Resort Youth Program has designed a new professional audio production experience that reinforces national music education standards by putting the students to work in a recording studio environment doing sound-for-picture music production. In partnership with composer and music educator Robert W. Smith, Universal has created an educational program that allows bands and choirs to produce an audio score, sound effects, and voice overs for a motion picture complete with their names in the film credits.

Read more: Music & the Art of Foley: Universal Orlando

Schools and districts across the country are invited to participate in the NAMM Foundation’s 2015 Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) survey. The BCME program applauds community efforts to provide high-quality music education for all students. Teachers, parents, school administrators, and board members can complete the updated and refined 2015 BCME survey now through Friday, January 30, 2015.

Read more: 2015 Best Communities for Music Education Survey Now Open

After eight wonderful years sharing inspiring and insightful stories of remarkable music educators in programs across the U.S. and seeking out the most relevant, practical, and useful editorial content I could possibly think of, I’m moving on. The next step in my career will take place at Longy School of Music of Bard College, a progressive conservatory in the Boston area that is actively rethinking how music education can be delivered on a global scale. I’ll be serving in a communications role there, so don’t hesitate to look me up and keep me informed about the wonderful activities that you and your programs are engaging in. Hopefully we’ll have an occasion to work together again soon.

Read more: Changing of the Guard

Berklee College of Music has teamed up with Avid® to utilize Pro Tools®music production software as the foundational digital audio workstation application for an accredited, non-profit, online music production bachelor degree program. Berklee Online is offering a 120-credit Bachelor of Professional Studies degree in two areas: music production and music business. A high level of collaboration between online music production students is central to this new degree program.

Read more: Berklee Online Partners with Avid for Bachelors Program

Longy School of Music launches innovative orchestra-based M.M. program in NYC

Longy School of Music of Bard College has announced the formation of a new training orchestra that provides a Master of Music degree, recently approved by the State of New York and designed to prepare students for the mounting challenges facing today’s orchestra players. The training orchestra, recruited from the finest postgraduate musicians, will offer advanced orchestral and leadership training and grant a Master of Music degree in Curatorial, Critical, and Performance Studies. All applicants accepted into the three-year degree program will receive a fellowship, which includes the full expense of tuition, as well as an annual stipend. Applications are now being accepted. The orchestra will begin performing during the 2015-16 academic year.

Read more: Introducing the NYC Training Orchestra

With the college marching band season in full swing, student musicians are once again delivering some spectacularly creative and well-executed performances. Here are a few recent performances worth checking out.  


OSU's tribute to classic rock from October 18th:


Read more: College Marching Season 2014

The music educators' conference comes to the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee, October 26-29

The NAfME 2014 National In-Service Conference will be taking place this upcoming weekend at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee. The highlights of the conference will include performances by the Boston Brass and the U.S. Army Field Band and Chorus, and a keynote address delivered by musician and music advocate Ben Folds. 

The four-day event is also slated to include:

Read more: 2014 NAfME National In-Service Conference

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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