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  • Little Kids Rock Rebrands to ‘Music Will’ With Goal of Reaching One Million More Kids in Next Five Years

    SBO Staff | September 16, 2022Little Kids Rock, the largest nonprofit music program in U.S. public schools, today unveiled a bold new brand, Music Will, with artist support across a wide variety of genres from Slash and Usher to Hozier, Mavis Staples and Darryl DMC McDaniels. The 20-year-old national nonprofit aims to bring the gift of music to a million […] Read More...
  • MakeMusic Reducing Price of Finale

    SBO Staff | September 8, 2022MakeMusic, Inc. announced today that Finale, its flagship music notation product, will now feature reduced pricing for new and existing customers. MakeMusic’s mission is to have more pieces practiced and performed, and to become the reference ecosystem for music practice. The decision to reduce the price was made to better align Finale with this mission, […] Read More...
  • Eastman School of Music Appoints Christine Jensen as Assistant Professor of Jazz and Contemporary Media

    SBO Staff | September 8, 2022The Eastman School of Music has recently announced Christine Jensen as Assistant Professor of Jazz and Contemporary Media. Saxophonist and composer Christine Jensen has been described as “an original voice on the international jazz scene… [and] one of Canada’s most compelling composers,” by Mark Miller of the Globe and Mail. Christine will make the move from […] Read More...
  • New Music USA’s Amplifying Voices Program Expands to Include Over 45 Orchestras in the US and beyond

    SBO Staff | September 8, 2022Amplifying Voices Fosters Collaboration Toward Racial and Gender Equity in New Orchestral Music Announcing Two Additional Composers to be Co-Commissioned: Katherine Balch – New York Philharmonic & Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Clarice Assad – The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Amplifying Voices will present 13 Orchestral Premieres During the 2022-23 Concert Season in London, Los Angeles, Berkeley, Houston, Atlanta, […] Read More...
  • Alfred Music and SmartMusic Join Forces on New Interactive PerformancePlus+ Series

    SBO Staff | September 8, 2022Alfred Music and SmartMusic by MakeMusic have joined forces to bring directors the newest innovation in performance music—the PerformancePlus+ Series. These engaging selections for concert band, orchestra, and choir are presented with educational resources designed to enrich the rehearsal process and create outstanding performances. When PerformancePlus+ titles are accessed through SmartMusic, that’s when the full […] Read More...
  • Music & Computers For Musicians – a new online course from Alan Parsons’ ASSR to Help Music Teachers “get on top of technology.”

    SBO Staff | September 2, 2022Musicians of every stripe and especially those who teach music— orchestra and choir directors and piano teachers along with worship leaders—are frequently too busy playing, teaching, writing, even recording, to find the time to become proficient at conducting a recording on a digital audio workstation themselves. “It’s too complicated.” “It’s too late.” “I don’t have […] Read More...
  • 50 Directors Submissions Deadline Sept 30th!

    SBO Staff | September 1, 2022After honoring over 1000 music directors since our founding, which we paused during the awful COVID years, the annual issue honoring “50 Directors Who Make A Difference” returns in December 2022! Please help us honor a friend, colleague, mentor, assistant director, or anyone else you know of who had been an outstanding director worthy of […] Read More...
  • Hal Leonard Offers World’s Largest Interactive Performance Assessment Library with SoundCheck™ Performance Assessment

    SBO Staff | August 29, 2022Hal Leonard has released a massive expansion of their SoundCheck™ library, now offering over 82,000 interactive titles for performance assessment and composition. Powered by MatchMySound™, SoundCheck is a proven leader in assessment technology, providing ratings and feedback on pitch, rhythm, and intonation, while supporting both audio and video recording assessments. The newly-released interactive titles include […] Read More...
  • On the Passing of William (Bill) Clark

    SBO Staff | August 5, 2022William (Bill) Clark passed away on July 31, 2022, in Las Cruces, New Mexico. He was 84. Bill graduated from Henderson State Teachers College and completed a Masters Degree from the University of Arkansas. He received a doctorate from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Upon completion of his degree, he became Director […] Read More...
  • Noteflight’s Community Serves Over 7 Million Members!

    SBO Staff | August 3, 2022Noteflight, a Hal Leonard company and the world’s first and largest online music notation software community, now serves over 7 million users! This community consists of beginners and professionals, educators and their students, and composers and performers using Noteflight Basic, Noteflight Premium, or Noteflight Learn. With professional-level notation, performance assessment with SoundCheck™, a community for […] Read More...
  • Excelcia Music Publishing Announces Acquisition of Kendor Music

    SBO Staff | July 28, 2022Excelcia Music Publishing announces its acquisition of prominent music publisher, Kendor Music.  Kendor Music is a well-established leader in publishing educational editions for Jazz Ensemble, String Orchestra, instrumental solo & ensembles, and text/method books.  Excelcia Music Publishing will maintain the brand and continue to robustly publish editions throughout all of Kendor Music’s core educational product […] Read More...
  • FarPlay Delivers Internet Promise of Live, Online Music Collaboration

    SBO Staff | July 26, 2022Powerful new software transmits uncompressed audio and video with exceptionally low latency, empowering real-time interaction at a level of quality and convenience never before possible Jamming live with musicians in different locations has been a promise of the internet for almost 20 years, but one that has remained largely unfulfilled. Popular conferencing platforms such as […] Read More...
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