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MAC Corner

  • 5 Smart Ideas to Help Retain (This Year’s) Beginners

    Marcia Neel | April 2, 2022The S.M.A.R.T. approach focuses instruction and experience around success, modeling, activities, reflection, and trust as these five elements seem to bring our newbies back for more.  Success Our beginners really want to be successful; their parents want them to be successful, and of course, we also want our students to be successful so what must […] Read More...
  • The Impact of a Great Teacher – Student Relationship

    Dr. Charles T. Menghini | February 23, 2022I’m at that point in life when I look back and try to figure out who those people were that helped me make it along the way. Those people who were responsible for my growth and development as a young trumpet player, student, teacher, husband and human being. In taking inventory, I find my parents […] Read More...
  • Programming to Get the Most Out of Your Concert Assessment Concert Cycle

    Sarah Labovitz  | December 18, 2021“Concert and Sight-Reading Evaluation,” “Concert Contest,” “Large Group Evaluation,” whatever name it goes by in your state, many directors find themselves programming for a capstone performance during the spring in front of a panel of judges. Whether the result of this performance is a rating or a ranking, it is often enough to make our […] Read More...
  • Rebuilding the Culture

    Dr. Charles T. Menghini | August 13, 2021Hopefully we are coming out of the pandemic and school bells will not ring hollow as classes begin in the fall. Despite some upticks in Covid variants, the news is positive as more and more reports indicate students and teachers will be back in school. For those who have been in class during this time, […] Read More...
  • Covid-19 Relief Funding Includes Support for Music Education

    Robert B. Morrison and Marcia Neel | April 6, 2021Covid-19 relief funds have been set aside to support education. Since the passage of the CARES Act in 2020, there have been two subsequent relief acts passed. All three provide increasing amounts of support through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Funds (ESSER I, II, and III). Read More...
  • Planning to Teach in a Post-Pandemic World

    SBO Staff | February 12, 2021There was news about a virus that was permeating our world early in 2020, but it was not until March 11, 2020, when the National Basketball Association’s Utah Jazz star Rudy Gobert tested positive that things got serious. Soon the NBA shut down its season, the NCAA canceled March Madness and those schools who had […] Read More...
  • Planning to Teach in a Post-Pandemic World

    Dr. Charles T. Menghini | February 6, 2021Dr. Charles T. Menghini explains what should be front and center in your band program as music educators across the country prepare for what comes after the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More...
  • Continuing the Journey

    SBO Staff | August 19, 2020If you have not already done so, it is time to develop a plan – and perhaps several plans – because just as sure as we “zig,” things will “zag.” Read More...
  • Five Action Steps to Help Reduce Director Burnout

    SBO Staff | February 26, 2019Five steps which I was inspired to adapt for ensemble directors after reading a blog post by educator Owen Griffith. Read More...
  • Starting A Music Booster Organization

    SBO Staff | November 16, 2018School music booster organizations can be a tremendous asset to a school music program, but like any group or business, they must be well-planned and organized. Read More...
  • How to Use Advocacy Stats to Your Best Advantage

    SBO Staff | September 7, 2016With the passage of ESSA - There is not a better time to be providing this article. Read More...
  • Music Parents: We Couldn’t Do Without Them!

    SBO Staff | February 15, 2016The wonder and virtues of choral parents that support your program... Read More...
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