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  • So, You’re Hiring a New Music Teacher!

    Nathan Voges | July 8, 2022One of the challenges for any administrator is selecting new teachers. A successful music program has much in common with winning sports teams. Both need consistency from year to year with demonstrated progress. I wish to address a common situation where a music teacher with long tenure retires or moves to a different position and […] Read More...
  • Now More Than Ever, Music Education Matters

    Brian Wilson | July 8, 2022Dear Educators: The impact of the past two years on your profession is almost as indescribable as it is immeasurable. Reports of depression, isolation, and anxiety among students and adults have become commonplace as young people cope with the effects of two years of altered or absent activities. Now more than ever, young people need […] Read More...
  • How to Setup an Affordable Keyboard Lab for Your School

    Rich Formidoni | March 18, 2022Incorporating an electronic keyboard lab into your school’s music program can be a gratifying experience for everyone involved. Not only does it represent a significant extension of your existing program, but it also enables your students to improve their piano skills while having fun in a group setting. More advanced students can mentor others and […] Read More...
  • Music for Anxiety Regulation: A New Role for Music Education in the Modern Classroom

    Holly Carson | March 18, 2022Scrolling through social media, many have likely seen news organizations such as the Washington Post Journal (Nut, 2018) and the New York Times (Denizet-lewis, 2017) reporting on an increase of anxiety diagnoses in children and adolescents. Many of these news sources are trying to discover if this is a result of current society, or simply […] Read More...
  • Sound Advice: Revisiting Frederick Fennell’s Points for Performance

    Timothy Bulow | March 18, 2022Frederick Fennell is internationally recognized as one of leading conductors of music for band in the latter half of the 20th century. He established the wind ensemble as an important performance group within the band tradition. His work as the conductor of the Eastman Wind Ensemble set a standard of performance that remains a high […] Read More...
  • Classroom Management – You Can Do This!

    Rob Shaver | January 19, 2022Teachers just want to teach, and we would, were it not for the student discipline issues that derail our best laid plans. Below is an email I recently received from a former student we’ll call John.  He is in his first year as the band director of a large 6-12 program, and he was asking […] Read More...
  • Music Gives Students a Break from Learning Loss Stress

    Penny Swift | September 6, 2021After a year of remote schooling, the K-12 education sector is focused on reversing learning loss, seen in New York City’s recently announced $635 million academic recovery plan for the coming school year. But beyond learning loss, the pandemic had devastating mental, emotional and physical effects on students, particularly those who were in stressful circumstances […] Read More...
  • Practice Makes Perfect: Apps and Resources to Keep Students Playing Through the Summer

    George Hess | June 12, 2021We’re finally coming to the end of the longest year of your career, a year unlike any you have ever experienced. We’re all breathing a sigh of relief and looking forward to a well-deserved vacation. But as musicians, we know that too long of a break means taking a big step backward. Only the most dedicated students will stick to a practice regimen during the summer, but any playing they do can make a difference when your students return next term. Read More...
  • Social Emotional Learning and the Future of Music Education

    Andrew E. Morrison | June 12, 2021Andrew E. Morrison, a performer and educator, invites SBO readers to explore all of the benefits that intentional SEL provides in the music classroom for creating both great musicians and even greater people and what that truly means. Read More...
  • Essential Elements Interactive: The Powerful Assessment Tool for Everyone

    Steve Smith | April 7, 2021Hal Leonard’s Steve Smith details how the new Essential Elements Interactive (EEi) online music resource can provide powerful assessment opportunities. Read More...
  • Musical Orchestrators of Broadway’s Golden Era: Another Op’nin’, Another Show

    Ph.D. | April 6, 2021In SBO's April issue, Dr. Keith Mason reveals how instrumental music students can benefit from analyzing the work of Broadway musical orchestrators and their creations. Read More...
  • Seeing Beyond Our 2020 Vision

    Robert W. Smith | April 6, 2021Robert W. Smith takes a clear-eyed look at how teachers were required to re-invent music education this past year, and what it will take to ensure that students have the promise of a better (and more musical) tomorrow. Read More...
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