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  • Teacher/Student Tips for Work from Home

    John Mlynczak and Dr. Scott Edgar | March 27, 2020

    So, your school is closed and now you have to do all your work from home without your familiar routine or friends around. Now what?! This is your opportunity to create the educational environment to help you learn the best! Here are some strategies to be effective academically, socially, and emotionally:

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  • Keeping Instruments Sanitized in the Classroom

    Nick Averwater | March 27, 2020

    As the coronavirus continues to spread and dominate the news, students, parents, and teachers are seeking information on keeping musical instruments sanitized. Since the sharing of instruments is an easy way to transmit germs, it’s important for students’ health that we keep those instruments clean and sanitized.

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  • How My Passion for Music Was Stoked

    Harvey Rachlin | March 3, 2020

    I took up the clarinet in junior high school and fell in love with the instrument immediately. Its look, its feel, its tone and the facile way the fingers can run over its holes appealed to me right away.

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  • Should You Write That Letter of Recommendation?

    Harvey Rachlin | January 10, 2020

    Teachers at the high school and college levels are often asked by students to write them a letter of recommendation for college or grad school, scholarships or jobs.

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  • 65 Music Careers for Student Musicians to Look Into

    Harvey Rachlin | October 3, 2019

    Music is ubiquitous, so it is no surprise that entrepreneurially speaking it is a diverse field with myriad careers.

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  • A Driven, Meaningful Change to the Band

    James Villegas | October 3, 2019

    Change doesn’t come easy to a band director. If we are any good, we have an established routine, a formidable structure, and a reliable way of doing things. You depend on it, the students depend on it, the school kind of rolls with it; you’re the band director.

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  • Discipline

    Brad Rogers | October 3, 2019

    I have been blessed with a long career as a band director, working with the best and brightest young people in each of the four teaching positions I have been fortunate to hold over the years.

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  • Tired of Box Drills? Try Flip Flops (Not the Shoes)

    Michael Alsop | August 29, 2019

    Slides, or lateral marching, is one of the more challenging fundamentals to teach in marching band.

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  • 2019 Resolutions for the New School Year

    Harvey Rachlin | August 29, 2019

    Forget the New Year starting January 1. Ever since I was a student, the year, for me, ran along the school year, from September through June, then two months off for summer, and then the new year would start again in September when the school year began anew.

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  • Kabalevsky: Beyond the Comedians’ Galop

    Michael Korn | August 29, 2019

    In the ancient folklore of people living in the middle of Russia, Earth rests on three whales which separate it from water and the underworld.

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  • Demystifying ESSA

    SBO Staff | July 5, 2019

    You’ve heard of the Every Student Succeeds Act (more commonly known as ESSA). How does it impact school music programs? What states have had success, and what does every music educator and advocate need to know about it?

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  • Is It Time to Retire?

    Paul K. Fox | July 5, 2019

    When Should I Retire from Teaching?

    This is a personal question only YOU can answer…This choice may be uppermost in your mind and relevant NOW, especially if you are within a couple years of that so-called “retirement age.”

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