Best Tools for Schools

  • Best Tools for Schools at NAMM 2022

    Gillian Desmarais | August 2, 2022SBO Magazine was proud to award a new series of music education products at this year’s 2022 NAMM show in Anaheim, California. With last year’s conference online, it was great to walk through the noisy exhibit hall again and feel a new sense of community resonating around us. We had a select team of educators […] Read More...
  • 2021 Best Tools for Schools Awards

    George Hess | March 6, 2021Each year, SBO Magazine presents awards for the best new music education products at the NAMM show in Anaheim. This year the NAMM show was held online, but that didn't prevent our intrepid team, including Dr. George Hess, Priscilla Shaw, Courtney Powers, and Steve Giddings, from finding the best tools for you. Read More...
  • 2020 Best Tools for Schools Awards

    Mike Lawson | March 3, 2020

    The winter NAMM show was held this year in January at the Anaheim Convention Center. The show is a chance for vendors to show off their current lineup, and it features a dazzling array of just about every music-related product that you can imagine, and even some you can’t. There are countless performances and presentations at the various booths and some great concerts in the evening. It’s just a great experience.

  • 2019 Best Tools for Schools Award Recipients

    Mike Lawson | March 1, 2019

    The winter NAMM show held each year at the Anaheim Convention Center is the premier event for the music industry.

  • SBO Presents the 2017 Recipients of the Best Tools for Schools Award

    Mike Lawson | March 20, 2017

    The annual SBO Best Tools for Schools awards were presented at the Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, California on January 25.

  • SBO Presents the 2016 Recipients of the Best Tools for Schools Award at NAMM

    Mike Lawson | November 29, 2016

    The annual SBO Best Tools for Schools awards were presented at the Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, California, on January 25. The panel of music educator jurists who selected the companies and finalized their decision during their spirited evaluation process selected these fine products as the best in show to make your job teaching music easier, innovative, and fun.

  • MAC Corner: Living The L.I.F.E. With Your Administrators

    Mike Lawson | October 22, 2015

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    Greetings! On behalf of the Music Achievement Council, we hope your school year is off to a wonderful start! Here are some ideas about working with your administrator. These ideas are based on one of the best administrators I have ever worked with!

  • Springtime School Budget Season – The Most Complicated Time of the Year

    Mike Lawson | July 24, 2015

    (c) Rob DavidsonAs a music education advocate and strategist, I find the spring school budget season my most worrisome time of the year, because this is when districts lay out budget proposals for the next school year (my next most worrisome season is late summer when districts that have discretion to adjust expenses sometimes reduce funding to music education programs). Since it is now officially summer, we are almost out of the woods in terms of the preparation, review, and voting that occurs on school budgets for the upcoming school year.

  • JamHub to Award Grants to Qualifying Schools in 2015

    Mike Lawson | June 4, 2015

    JamHub will award appropriate applicants a complete studio setup including a JamHub BedRoom unit, mobile tablet connection kit and headphones

    Qualifying U.S. schools will be able to apply for grants through June 19, 2015, as well as September 14th through October 16th, 2015.

  • Educators Highlight the Best Teaching Tools from the Winter NAMM Show

    Mike Lawson | February 19, 2015

    2015 Tools for SchoolsCountless musical instruments, accessories, and related products are announced and shown each year at the Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, California. For the fifth consecutive year, our team of music educators scoured exhibits at NAMM looking for the best products for music classroom use in an array of different categories and met to deliberate and bring you the 2015 Best Tools for Schools from the Winter NAMM Show. 

  • 2014 Best Tools for Schools

    Mike Lawson | January 27, 2014

    Educators Highlight the Best Teaching Tools from the 2014 Winter NAMM Show

    The annual Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim California is the place where hundreds of thousands of musical instruments, accessories, and related products are debuted to industry insiders. For the fourth consecutive year, educators at the music products convention combed the exhibit halls looking for the best products for classroom use in an array of different categories. Using an online voting process at and hard-copy ballots from attendees, music teachers made their selections, which culminated in a presentation of the 2014 Best Tools for Schools from the Winter NAMM Show.

  • 2012 best tools for schools

    Mike Lawson | March 9, 2012

    This past January, the 2012 NAMM Show was held in Anaheim, California. This annual musical instrument products convention typically attracts wpwards of 85,000 people, and this year more than 1,400 exhibitors came from across the country and around the world to present the most innovative and exciting new products in all areas of the musical universe, including instruments, accessories, software, and just about everything else anyone could possibly think of. While these products are aimed at a wide range of consumers, on display were countless items with educational value and of particular usefulness to classroom music educators.

    For the third consecutive year, SBO was on hand with a team of educators to brave the din and glitz of the music products showcase with the goal of pinpointing and calling attention to the most practical and helpful tools for schools. Armed with ballots that included a number of relevant categories – from Best Tool for Young/Elementary Students to Best Teaching App – music educators at the convention nominated a wide array of companies and products, which were vetted by a panel of experts and made public in a special presentation on Sunday, January 22. SBO is proud to present the 2012 Best Tools for Schools from the 2012 NAMM Show.

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