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Guest Editorial

  • Getting the Most Out of Your Festival Experience

    SBO Staff | December 1, 2015As soon as I saw my students taking a nap outside the auditorium, I knew we were in trouble. Read More...
  • Déjà Vu All Over Again

    SBO Staff | May 15, 2014New music/arts standards will drive education for the next decade… or longer Read More...
  • Singing in Latin

    SBO Staff | October 24, 2013In the world of singing, Latin is not a dead language. Read More...
  • Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’

    SBO Staff | March 22, 2013Celebrating 70 Years of Oklahoma! Read More...
  • Overcoming Weakness

    SBO Staff | December 1, 2011When I first began teaching at Central High School in Phoenix, Arizona five years ago, the plan was to build a successful high school choral program. Read More...
  • Grant Writing: Shaking the Money Tree

    SBO Staff | September 20, 2011Grant writing is not hard, just a little time consuming. Whether you’re an instrumental or choral instructor, grants are out there for your use. My suggestion for everyone is: “Go for it.” The worst they can do to you is say no. However, if you don’t even try, you will never know if there is a “Yes” out there. Read More...
  • Should I Stay or Should I Go?

    SBO Staff | April 19, 2011In today's environment of budget cuts and ever increasing demands on teacher time, this song from The Clash seems like an appropriate anthem for music programs across the country. Read More...
  • Should I Stay or Should I Go?

    SBO Staff | March 22, 2011In today’s environment of budget cuts and ever increasing demands on teacher time, this song from The Clash seems like an appropriate anthem for music programs across the country. For decades, performance travel has been a cornerstone of the school music experience. The benefits for students are undeniable, but are they justifiable in the current […] Read More...
  • 4 Ways to Improve Your Ensemble’s Sound…and Improve Your Festival Rating Along the Way

    SBO Staff | January 19, 2011For many years, at the conclusion of the spring festival season, I have thought that I should write an article about the performances that I have heard. The impetus for this is the fact that while many groups bring outstanding performances to adjudicated music festivals, others frequently receive lower ratings for reasons that are often […] Read More...
  • The Other Side of Glee

    SBO Staff | September 28, 2010I finally have a choir class at the middle school that feeds my high school; this is the first time I have had a feeder program. On the first day of class last year at the middle school, the kids asked me if I watch “Glee.” I told them I didn’t, because I am not […] Read More...
  • Jazz Singing Goes to Class: Inspiration from a Master Teacher

    SBO Staff | August 17, 2010Setting the stage If you are teaching a jazz choir, you know that you will have to convey in-depth musical skills and information to a group of people with limited time constraints. If you are teaching jazz solo voice, you know that the teaching process will be different. Or is it? Historically, jazz singing has […] Read More...
  • Creating a “Special Education Music Lab” for only $500

    SBO Staff | May 20, 2010Throughout my teaching career, I typically have had two or three special education children mainstreamed into my Chorus I classes. I have had the privilege of working with children who have Down’s syndrome, mental retardation, and other profoundly physically and mentally handicapped boys and girls who have participated alongside the rest of the students in […] Read More...
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