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  • 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...
  • Hypermobility in Middle School Band Students

    Melissa Hatheway Lewis | March 6, 2021In SBO's March 2021 issue, Melissa Hatheway Lewis invites readers to discover how the Beighton Test can be used to spot hypermobility in Middle School instrumental students to help them choose the right instrument and avoid injury and pain. Read More...
  • Inescapably Homeschooled in Music

    Sandra Jordan | March 6, 2021How Children of Professional Musicians View the World Today Not all music educators teach in a band room, on the marching field, in a private studio or on Zoom. Some inadvertently homeschool their children in inescapable ways: they are professional musicians. They practice at all hours, singing, tapping, scoring, running scales. Their music weaves its […] Read More...
  • The Story Behind Flex-Band

    Michael Sweeney | March 6, 2021In 2006, Google purchased internet upstart YouTube, NASA launched its New Horizons probe aimed at Pluto, and in pop music Daniel Powter’s “Bad Day” was on top of the charts. Also in 2006, the first titles in Hal Leonard’s “Flex-Band” series rolled off the press, including “Mission: Impossible Theme” and “Pirates of the Caribbean.” Long […] Read More...
  • Music Education in August 2021

    John Mlynczak | March 6, 2021This school year has forced both educators and students to adopt new methods for learning music, both at home and in person. How will our newly acquired skills and technologies influence our classrooms in August of 2021? While teaching music during the COVID pandemic has been extremely challenging, we must also recognize that it gave […] Read More...
  • Take a Deep Breath and Blow, Part 2

    Mike Lawson | January 8, 2021

    Reinforcement, Reinforcement, Reinforcement!

    Wouldn’t it be easier if we had signs that we could hold up in front of our students each time we needed to repeat ourselves? Just think of all the vocal rest our vocal cords would get.

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  • Navigating Copyright During COVID-19

    Mike Lawson | January 8, 2021

    Besides everything else, 2020 has brought us a rich new vocabulary of words and phrases we use daily, like “social distancing,” “asymptomatic” and “flatten the curve.” For music educators, the list might also include “virtual choir,” “bell cover,” and “choir mask!”

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