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MAC Corner

  • 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...
  • MAC Corner: Festival

    Marcia Neel | January 21, 2014

    Teaching to the Test: Preparing school bands and orchestras for Festival

    From time to time, I read articles or hear news stories that focus on teacher evaluation and how “unfair” it really is to judge a teacher by the assessment of his or her students’ work. Each time, I am reminded how much we music educators have been doing just that all along! Hello, “Performance” Assessment – even that term is borrowed from our vernacular.

    Being more about assessment than many of our fellow educators from the other academic areas, our students learn by “performing”; not necessarily in the concert sense of the word, but more generally in the “learning by doing” concept that is implicit in our instrumental music courses.

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