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  • 21st Annual SBO Essay Contest

    SBO Staff | May 4, 2021We received nearly 2,000 entries for the 21st annual SBO Essay Contest asking students to answer, “How has playing an instrument changed for you during the pandemic?” The contest is once again sponsored by SupportMusic.com, NAMM, Yamaha, Alfred, Belwin, Rovner, and Sabian. Read More...
  • Virtual and Reality: Q&A with Eric Whitacre

    Barbara Schultz | April 7, 2021Composer, conductor, and musician Eric Whitacre chats with Barbara Schultz about his mentors (and tormentors) and the perseverance required for success. "I had this idea that I was like an indie band, and I needed to collect a group of supporters, one person at a time," he notes. Read More...
  • Who Says You Can’t Attend a Festival This School Year?

    Mike Lawson | April 6, 2021In the year of virtual-everything, Worldstrides pivots with virtual festivals. Their virtual festival series can help your students not miss out on these important ways they show off their work. Read More...
  • Taiko Drumming: A Cultural Japanese Art Form

    Kevin Lucas | April 6, 2021For the April 2021 issue of SBO, Kevin Lucas interviewed the leader of Madison Japanese Taiko Drumming Group BENI Daiko, Junko Yamauchi. She describes Taiko as "musical expression that combines mental discipline and physical demand...Our goal is to teach and give experience of traditional Japanese culture for everyone, plus having fun!" Read More...
  • Who Me? Teach Guitar?

    Lesley Schultz | April 6, 2021Orchestra and secondary general music teacher Lesley Schultz has everything you need to know about making this non-traditional stringed instrument part of your new tradition when you’re the string teacher. Read More...
  • Get Your Head in the Cloud!

    George Hess | April 6, 2021Dr. George Hess details the amazing array of super-affordable (even free!) cloud-based software apps you may be missing out on in your music program. 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...
  • Lewis Prizes Make a Difference Across the Country

    Marty Steiner | March 6, 2021SBO's March 2021 issue profiles the four talented groups that won this year’s Lewis Accelerator Prizes. Each has been awarded a multi-year grant of $500,000. And if a single word could describe a common element that unites them, it would be "diversity." Read More...
  • Tradition on the Move, HBCU Bands Tell the Story

    Marty Steiner | February 6, 2021SBO traces the magnificent history of four of the prestigious Battle of the Bands “Final Eight" - Grambling State University, Hampton University, Benedict College and Howard University. Read More...
  • National Museum of African American Music Opens in Nashville

    Mike Lawson | February 6, 2021In a stunning newly-constructed building with over 1,500 exhibits and multiple educational and performance opportunities, this world-class museum is going to be a must-see for students of all genres to learn about the rich history of contributions to American music by Black people. Read More...
  • The 2021 SBO Directors’ Resource Guide

    SBO Staff | February 5, 2021SBO is pleased to present the 2021 Directors’ Resource Guide. This collection of companies and organizations is here to serve your band and orchestra programs with a variety of products and services you’ll use everyday. From instruments to sheet music, from travel to festivals, and much more, you’ll find this directory is something you’ll want to keep on hand all year long and refer to time and time again. Read More...
  • 2020 Survey Report on COVID-19’s Impact

    Mike Lawson | January 8, 2021

    In December, we surveyed previous recipients of the “50 Directors Who Make A Difference” honor from the past three years on their experience teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic. We decided it would be a good idea to also survey the readers of the magazine for their own thoughts from the 2020-2021 school year under COVID-19. The results are not that different; in fact, they mirror what our esteemed designation recipients reported, by and large.

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