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  • Miss Abby’s Classroom

    Thomas Palmatier | November 13, 2022Last month SBO+ introduced you to Miss Abby’s classroom and provided an inventory list for the instruments and other gear she uses to teach K-5 music. Over the last two years, I’ve been a guest teacher (our district’s terms for subs) in Miss Abby’s classroom and observed how her teaching evolved and improved because of […] Read More...
  • Starting Strong at Every Level: Setting Up String Students for Success

    Staff Sergeants Erica Schwartz and Patrick Lin | October 13, 2022Each school year is an opportunity for a fresh start after summer break. Staff Sergeants Patrick Lin and Erica Schwartz of The U.S. Army Strings are excited to share some tips and suggestions on how to jump back in after some time off.  For younger students in elementary school, or who may be in their […] Read More...
  • It All Started with Marching Band – The Story of Pyware

    SBO Staff | October 13, 2022The moment Py Kolb heard the roar of the crowd during his first marching band performance, he was hooked. Oddly enough, he was first introduced to marching band per doctor’s recommendation. It was suggested he play a brass instrument in the school band to combat his asthma and strengthen his lungs. Py attended a small […] Read More...
  • Welcome to Miss Abby’s Classroom

    Thomas Palmatier | October 13, 2022SBO+: I have had the great privilege of subbing for a terrific general music (K-5) teacher, Abigail Lantz at Wilmot Elementary School in Evergreen, Colorado. Her curriculum and lesson plans are fantastic and over the last five years, she has accumulated the tools to teach her students. It took some funds from the school, lots […] Read More...
  • Sweetwater’s New B&O Department Rolls into the Rental Market

    Mike Lawson | September 5, 2022While certainly not the first company to ever enter the B&O market via catalog or online sales, Sweetwater is certainly the biggest player to turn their attention toward it. One year into their venture, SBO catches up with David Fuhr, senior vice president B&O, customer experience, to see how things are going, and where they […] Read More...
  • National Youth Orchestras 2022

    Marty Steiner | June 15, 2022Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute announced their rosters for the National Youth Orchestra-USA (NYO) for 16- to 19-year-old musicians and NYO2 for younger musicians, 14 to 17. The 109 for the older group and 81 for the younger were selected from hundreds of applicants through an audition process. The NYO group come from 34 states […] Read More...
  • The World of Non-Profit Community Bands Help You (and Your Students) Make Music for a Lifetime

    Marty Steiner | December 18, 2021Your community wants and needs LIVE music! Not everyone wants music where they must stand for the entire concert and possibly fear or be concerned about crowd surge. In many communities this need is addressed with the existence and performances by community bands, orchestras, or other ensembles such as jazz or even drum and bugle […] Read More...
  • Pushing for Change Even During a Pandemic – Accelerando at the Nashville Symphony

    Mike Lawson | October 9, 2021SBO catches up with Kimberly Kraft McLemore, vice president of education and community engagement for the Nashville Symphony, to catch up on their Accelerando program, learn how it fared during the COVID shutdowns, and how they are still pushing forward with their goal of making their symphony reflect the demographic makeup of the community it […] Read More...
  • A Lieb of Faith

    Dan Bilawsky | September 6, 2021SBO is excited to introduce the new editor of our sister magazine, JAZZed: NEA Jazz Master and Grammy nominee David Liebman. “Jazz education has come a long way since its beginnings,” Liebman observes. “JAZZed Magazine is now the head of the class and guardian of the pathway. I am excited to join the staff and contribute […] Read More...
  • 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...
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