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FeaturesMarch 2021 March 6, 2021

Lewis Prizes Make a Difference Across the Country

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Tradition on the Move, HBCU Bands Tell the Story

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National Museum of African American Music Opens in Nashville

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The 2021 SBO Directors’ Resource Guide

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2020 Survey Report on COVID-19’s Impact

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    • Get Back to Where You Once Belonged

      Everybody wants to get back to normal. We are all tired of being cooped up in our homes, dealing with working from home, never leaving, or just going out maybe to go to the store. We’re getting so close to the end of this. Or are we? It’s hard to know. The vaccines are becoming […]

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    • 2021 Best Tools for Schools Awards

      Each year, SBO Magazine presents awards for the best new music education products at the NAMM show in Anaheim. This past year was a unique experience for us all, to say the least, and for the first time ever, the NAMM show was held online. But that didn’t prevent our intrepid team from finding the […]

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    • Lewis Prizes Make a Difference Across the Country

      If a single word could describe the four groups winning this year’s Lewis Accelerator Prize and the other Lewis prize winners, that word would be diversity! Diversity not only in the communities and specific populations served but also in the services provided and the delivery methods employed. Learning about some of these groups may inspire similar […]

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    • RealTime Audio Box Pro Tested, and It Works!

      The Future of Remote Ensemble Performance is Here! Everyone wants to get back to the classroom to play together. Unfortunately, we are not quite there yet, but hopefully heading that direction with vaccines coming out. However, distance learning tech is now part of our everyday arsenal of tools, isn’t going anywhere, and more than ever […]

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    • Hypermobility in Middle School Band Students

      Another Indicator for Future Success One of the most important days for a middle school band director is the day incoming fifth graders are assigned their instrument. This is the day that the recruiting process comes to fruition and next year’s numbers start to come together. Most often taking place in the band hall, cafeteria […]

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    • Why Having a Trusted Travel Partner is More Important Than Ever

      It’s no secret that schools have been hit particularly hard by the pandemic. Between meeting virtually, administrations locking down on travel plans, program funds being cut, and the added hurtles of groups attempting to practice or perform together in-person, music educators have their hands full! Yet, the heartbreak of missing out on senior trips, festivals, […]

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    • Compression – What It Is and How to Use It

      One of the audio operations that many find initially confusing is compression. While you might be aware of what it is in a general sense, you might not be aware of just how widely it’s used and why. In real life, music has a wide dynamic range that sometimes varies from an almost silent whisper […]

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    • Advanced Technique for Strings – Push Your Group to the Limits

      The last few months I have been discussing method books for your level 2 to 3.5 groups to push their techniques and their musicality. The books I choose to review are widely available in school libraries, but there may be newer versions available with new resources. This month I am focusing in on a book […]

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    • Inspired Together: How My Students & I Built a Record Label to Showcase Their Work

      “Are we going to do a concert?!” Music teachers everywhere have been asked this question at some point this school year, and for each of them, it’s been a complicated one to answer. At the same time, the rightful attention to issues of diversity, inclusion, equity, and access in arts education classrooms challenges us to […]

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    • Tips for Livestreaming Your Next Performance

      My kids have been doing band in-person since getting back to school from the holiday break. They use masks and bell covers and are being as clean as possible for teenagers and our district as proven that Covid isn’t spreading through our schools so it’s happening. That being said, they’re limiting attendance at the upcoming […]

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    • Realtime Music Solutions May Have Your Distance Rehearsal Solution Today

      For over two decades, New York City-based Realtime Music Solutions (RMS) has been delivering solutions for rehearsing music to the musical theater market. Through software products, RMS has helped countless national, regional, and local theater productions, in addition to serving the school musical production community. And like everyone, when COVID-19 hit, their business was hit hard. No productions means no rehearsals.

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    • JamKazam Just May Save Ensembles in a Virtual Teaching World

      JamKazam founder David Wilson was a band kid growing up. He started on trumpet then switched to euphonium. He raised band kids. His eldest son played sax and his daughter plays trumpet in the marching band at Baylor. JamKazam is an online real-time group performance platform for Windows and Mac OS computers. It allows musicians to hear and perform with each other with extremely low latency, and even stream the sum of that performance out via video to YouTube and Facebook Live.

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    • Dorico 3.5: Innovation in Notation

      Steinberg’s music notation program, Dorico, has a fascinating history. From the outset, there were rumors and conjectures about what to expect from this new product, followed by an initial release that was clearly incomplete, leaving many to wonder if and when we would see a fully functional program.

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    • Reference 4: Room EQ Made Simple

      If you follow any of the online groups on music production, you know a day doesn’t go by when someone doesn’t ask about what gear they should buy for their studios. The responses predictably include everyone’s favorite mics, plug-ins, and speakers.

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    • Steinberg’s Dorico 3

      The latest version of Dorico, Steinberg’s professional engraving program, has been released, and it includes an impressive list of new features and improvements.

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    • Soundtrap: Musicmaking and Podcasting for the Classroom

      Those of you who are old enough might remember Moore’s Law, the idea that computing power would double every 1-2 years.

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    • Eventide H9 Max: Big Effects in a Small Package

      Eventide has a long history of innovation and quality. In the mid-70s, they were the first to bring a digital effects device to market with the H910 Harmonizer. By the 1980s, the H3000 Ultra-Harmonizer added intelligent scalar harmonization and became standard equipment in top studios around the world.

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    • Steinberg Does Jazz

      Jazz has always been something of an afterthought in music technology. Other than programs like Band in a Box, support for jazz notation and performance practices has been somewhat limited and often required jazz composers to resort to convoluted workarounds.

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    • Mastering Organization in Rehearsal Using iPads

      Chances are likely that you have heard of a few iPad apps for use in the classroom. Like me, you may have heard about so many of them that you can’t even remember them all — or you have made it so far as to download them and now hundreds of little icons have been left untouched in a folder called “Music,” sitting on your home screen.

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    • ASSR Session Files: An SBO Best Tools for Schools 2018 Award Winner

      Wandering around the NAMM show is an experience in cacophony. Between product demos, artist presentations, and the thousands of attendees trying out the latest gear, it’s hard to hear yourself think.

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    • New Sizes of Yamaha’s YVN Model 3 Violin

      The YVN Model 3 Violin family is comprised of the YVN Model 3 and the YVN Model 3 three-quarter and one-half size violins. Each provide students of all statures with a durable, well-crafted starter instrument for an exceptional playing experience. Among the innovations used to create the YVN Model 3 family is the proprietary graduated […]

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    • Buffet Crampon Student Alto and Tenor Saxophones

      Using many of the same design elements as the Buffet Crampon 400 Series professional saxophones, the 100 Series student saxophones give young band students a high-quality instrument that plays well right away, a crucial first step for beginning saxophonists. These 100 Series saxophones feature a gold lacquer finish, leather pads with metal resonators, a high […]

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    • Zildjian’s Limited Edition Vintage A’s

      In celebration of what would have been Armand Zildjian’s 100th birthday, the Avedis Zildjian Company will be releasing vintage cymbals from the Zildjian family vault. This first ever family vault release features 200 hand selected genuine vintage 20” A cymbals from Armand Zildjian’s personal collection. Included with each cymbal is a pair of limited-edition Armand […]

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    • Phil Jones Bass PE-5 Pedal

      The Phil Jones Bass PE-5 pedal is designed for bass guitar and upright bass. It incorporates a sophisticated 5 band EQ and also offers superior function as a Pre-Amp, Direct Box, and signal booster. The PE-5 is engineered with a unique switchable input impedance, which allows the pedal to match exactly to either a magnetic […]

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    • Analog Effects Collection from PreSonus

      PreSonus has released five retro-inspired effects with the Analog Effects Collection. The collection includes Analog Delay, Analog Chorus, Red Light Distortion, Rotor, and Tricomp. Each effects plug-in in the collection represents the apex of PreSonus craftsmanship, from State-Space Modeled drive stages with inspiring sonic textures to their classic, vintage-inspired user interfaces. Formerly only available in […]

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    • Whirlwind Custom Power Link Distros

      Whirlwind can configure power distribution racks or motor controllers to suit user needs. You can create this using free DesignPRO 2.0 Software, or Whirlwind can lay out the system to your specs. Shown here is a custom Power Link PLR power distro with an integrated PLMC eight-channel motor controller and integrated remote/jumper storage. Remote control […]

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    • Gator’s Professional Microphone Boom Arm

      Gator’s new professional desktop broadcast/podcast microphone features an on-air indicator light, 360-degree rotation ability, and a replaceable XLR cable. The stand is fully adjustable and will clamp or directly mount to surfaces up to 2.17”/55mm in thickness. The spring-loaded articulating arm has a maximum weight capacity of 4.4 lbs./2 kg and can extend up to […]

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    • ‘Triads for the Improvising Guitarist’ from Berklee Press

      Triads for the Improvising Guitarist by Jane Miller explains how triads are the key to understanding harmony, soloing, and comping. By understanding how triads relate to larger chord structures, players can improve their command over harmony and be able to use triads more effectively in their playing. Through visualizing and using common triads on the […]

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    • ‘Jazz Duets: Etudes for Phrasing and Articulation’ from Berklee Press

      Jazz Duets: Etudes for Phrasing and Articulation by Richard Lowell provides 27 duets in jazz and jazz-influenced styles such as swing, bebop, funk, samba, and others. They are appropriate for performance by any melodic instruments. The duets feature independent contrapuntal lines, and practicing them will give players intimate insight into how these constructs sound and […]

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    • Murphy Music Press Releases Beginning Band Adaptable Series

      Murphy Music Press’ Beginning Band Adaptable Series is now available. The first two volumes feature a collection of eight new Grade 0.5 compositions for flexible instrumentation.

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