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Perspective

  • Like A Road, Leading Home…

    Mike Lawson | January 10, 2020

    This issue marks the beginning of my sixth year as editor of SBO, the end of my fifth, and a small but significant milestone for me.

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  • Days of Future, Passed

    Mike Lawson | December 5, 2019

    We are now officially entering the second decade of the twenty-first century. That is a little mind-blowing, but it is the decade, which toward its end, will find me turning 60.

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  • If I Contact You in November, It’s Not Spam and I’m Not Selling Anything! Reply ASAP!

    Mike Lawson | November 1, 2019

    I can basically recycle this November editorial every year now, with a few modifications. The message is the same. So, allow me a little self-plagiarizing, if you will.

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  • Time to get those nominations in!

    Mike Lawson | October 3, 2019

    For over two decades now, SBO has honored an instrumental music educator, one from every state. The tradition continues, but you can imagine the process is involved, and chasing down a nominated band director times 50 is daunting.

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  • How Fairview High School raises over $5k annually

    Mike Lawson | August 29, 2019

    The email from the local high school band booster parent in my small town outside of Nashville, Tennessee, Fairview High School, read:

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  • The Great Gig in the Sky

    Mike Lawson | August 2, 2019

    Wow, summer is wrapping up! Some of you are back in school now, the rest of you are on your way back.

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  • Making Music Is For All

    Mike Lawson | July 5, 2019

    It’s an exciting couple of months for the students involved in United Sound’s new drum corps program.

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  • Another Way Tech is Important to Instrumental Students

    Mike Lawson | June 6, 2019

    It’s an Uber/InstaCart world we live in now. People can self-employ through apps for just about anything you can think of these days. It is no different for musicians.

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  • Sometimes, there are no words…

    Mike Lawson | May 8, 2019

    This month, my editorial is this sparse set of photos of a trumpet made of the shell casings of the kind of bullets used in an AK47, as fired in the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

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  • Still Working to Reach the Other 80%

    Mike Lawson | April 9, 2019

    It is a percentage that is often used, and almost a cliché now. The actual number isn’t that germane, it could give or take a few points, but the big picture is instrumental music programs don’t reach the vast majority of students for a multitude of reasons.

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  • Great Time to Teach Music

    Mike Lawson | March 1, 2019

    I’m fresh off two amazing “MEA” conferences where, as executive director of TI:ME (ti-me.org), I oversee the production of professional development training sessions that teach music educators to integrate technology into the music classroom.

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  • Life After Directing…

    Mike Lawson | February 8, 2019

    We all got into music careers because we love music. I got into the world of music how-to book publishing, non-profit music education management, and music education journalism because I am a musician first.

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