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  • Getting Your Foot in the School of Music’s Door – What Future Music Students Need to Know

    Dr. Emery Stephens, Dr. Teri Dobbs | July 10, 2021A conversation between College Music Society National Board members Dr. Teri Dobbs, professor of music education, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Dr. Emery Stephens, assistant professor of music performance studies, St. Olaf College. Teri: Emery, what a great opportunity it is to chat together about what future music educators need to know to not only be […] Read More...
  • Queer Identities in the Music Classroom

    Mia Ibrahim | June 12, 2021Music educators are provided with the ability to select repertoire that is reflective of our students’ many identities. However, some educators may struggle with representing various gender and sexual identities alongside our carefully planned culturally responsive curriculums. I have been teaching music longer than I have been out of the closet. I can empathize with […] Read More...
  • Navigating Copyright During COVID By Chrissy Swearingen

    SBO Staff | February 12, 2021In addition to dealing with school budget cuts and how to teach kids remotely and/or in person during this pandemic, music teachers are now having to navigate the changing world of copyright licensing. Read More...
  • Performance Based Assessments: Enhancing Effectiveness

    SBO Staff | November 30, 2020Several considerations to ensure performance-based assessments yield more than just a data point for accountability. Read More...
  • #TeachersAreEssential: Music Educators are #CriticallyVital

    SBO Staff | August 19, 2020The need for the arts in every life we serve is vital, and you are the dedicated “composer” of each classroom or rehearsal session Read More...
  • What Community Chorus Leaders Should Be Doing Right Now

    SBO Staff | May 27, 2020A few key takeaways on what community choral leaders should be doing to prepare for the year ahead. Read More...
  • Should You Write That Letter of Recommendation?

    SBO Staff | March 18, 2020A list of criteria you may want to consider in determining if a student deserves a letter of recommendation, and if so, how complimentary it should be. Read More...
  • Impart Your Love of Music to Your Students

    SBO Staff | August 28, 2019As educators, it is incumbent upon us to communicate the emotional (if not therapeutic) value of music to those we teach. Read More...
  • 2019 Resolutions for the New School Year

    SBO Staff | August 28, 2019With the school year now beginning, it’s a good time to make some resolutions—school year resolutions. Read More...
  • 10 Rules for Overcoming Stage Fright

    SBO Staff | March 15, 2019Many years ago, when I was a junior in high school, our concert band director who was my private clarinet teacher, told me at a lesson that I had pretty much nailed Carl Maria von Weber’s Concertino for Clarinet. He said that he had the concert band score to the piece and would like me […] Read More...
  • College Music Internships

    SBO Staff | February 26, 2019An internship can be one of the most rewarding experiences of a college education.  Read More...
  • Making the Dash Count

    SBO Staff | December 19, 2018“Your life is just two dates separated by a dash...Make that dash count.” Read More...
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