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MAC Corner

  • More to Start, Fewer to Quit

    SBO Staff | August 20, 2023RECRUITMENT TIPS Check in with your guidance counselors to ensure all the students you recruited last spring are indeed in the proper class. Also check to see if new students have moved to your school so you could reach out and get them enrolled in your program. Be sure to have class lists available to […] Read More...
  • Recruitment and Retention Tips

    Dr. Charles T. Menghini | June 11, 2023As soon as school is out for the summer, use this 10-step approach to having your best recruitment year yet. 1. If not already done, meet with your administrator and set the dates for the 2023-24 recruitment season. 2. Contact your music dealer and inform them of your dates and discuss ways they can assist […] Read More...
  • MAC Corner – Just Have a Year!

    Mike Lawson | October 9, 2021We’re back! The band halls and rehearsal rooms are filled with the sounds of the start of the school year. Upper classmen are eagerly learning and refining their leadership roles while seventh graders and high school freshmen are aghast at the amount of music to be learned! Beginners are excitedly opening their cases for the first time, […] Read More...
  • Applying the Artistic Processes from the National Standards to Pandemic Teaching

    Mike Lawson | December 3, 2020

    Instrumental music looks different this year. When we focus on what we can’t do as compared to years past or other states or programs, it can be frustrating. If that frustration carries into the classroom, it can pass on to students.

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  • Tips for Pandemic Teaching

    Mike Lawson | October 1, 2020

    Who among us on the first day of 2020 could have imagined where we are today? We can wish things were normal again, proclaim, “We can’t teach instruments and music online” or we can re-invent ourselves in sync with the 2020-2021 reality we face.

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  • Continuing the Journey

    Mike Lawson | July 31, 2020

    It was March 11 when Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz basketball team tested positive for the coronavirus. Within days, our country and our world applied the brakes.

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  • The Secret Ingredient of a High-Quality Music Program

    Mike Lawson | June 15, 2020

    Every music teacher’s dream is to create and foster a quality program where students enjoy performing life-altering repertoire at the highest level possible.

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  • But for Active Music-Making…

    Mike Lawson | February 6, 2020

    In January 2019, I was fortunate enough to attend the NAMM (National Association for Music Merchants) Show held annually in Anaheim, California.

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  • Defining the Difference

    Mike Lawson | December 5, 2019

    As this issue of School Band and Orchestra celebrates 50 Directors Who Make A Difference, it raises the question, “What makes the difference?”

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  • The Reasons Students Stay with Music

    Mike Lawson | October 3, 2019

    Now that the school year has started, it’s not too early to remember recruiting and retention.

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  • First Performance National Day of Celebration

    Mike Lawson | August 2, 2019

    Have you seen or heard #MSFQ and wondered what it means? It stands for More to Start and Fewer to Quit, and that’s what the First Performance National Day of Celebration is all about!

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  • Have You Heard Yourself Lately?

    Mike Lawson | April 10, 2019

    Teaching is a performing art and communication is constant. We spend a large part of each day giving instructions and feedback to our students. We meet with administrators, colleagues, parents, and members of our community both in casual and formal conversations.

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