Finding Practical Solutions for Performance Programs

As a band, choir or orchestra director, it’s your job to get —and keep— kids engaged and bring them together as an ensemble, so they each understand their part and sound good as a group. That’s not an easy task for a multitude of reasons.

Read more: What We Know About Teaching Music Theory from 4 Million Drills


PlayUSA announced its grant recipients for this next school year, 2019-20, on July 16. Seventeen recipients were named, including five first-time grant partners.

Read more: And the Winners Are…. The PlayUSA 2019-20 Grants from Weill Music Institute of Carnegie Hall

Modern Band

Modern band teachers are constantly looking for ways to innovate the classroom experience for their music makers.

Read more: Modern Band Engages Students, Takes Healthy Risks and Inspires Teachers

String Section

Tips for Integrating and Initiating New Orchestra Members into the Classroom

We all know that orchestra classes are not one teacher giving lessons to a whole bunch of students at one time.

Read more: Back to School: An Olympic Event!


Those of you who are old enough might remember Moore’s Law, the idea that computing power would double every 1-2 years.

Read more: Soundtrap: Musicmaking and Podcasting for the Classroom

Current Issue

This time of year, we have loads of fresh music teachers coming into their new classrooms for the first time. Most are well aware of the challenges, and many have taken extra steps to seek out mentorship and advice through a variety of outlets.

Read more: Top Seven Tips for First Year Teachers


I am often asked to guest conduct and do clinics for ensembles and their most frequent request is that I work on a march.

Read more: Teaching the Great American March


There are many factors to consider when performing a live concert. Proper preparation and planning ahead can make a huge difference whether the concerts are successful or not.

Read more: Teach Your Students to Plan for Real World Performances

MAC Corner

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!

Read more: First Performance National Day of Celebration


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

Read more: The Great Gig in the Sky

Directors who make a Difference

For over 20 years, School Band & Orchestra Magazine has been honoring amazing music educators from all 50 states. That's more than 1000 educators recognized for their outstanding contributions to music education programs!

Do you know a fantastic K-12 instrumental music educator who is deserving of recognition in SBO? Tell us why he or she should be featured in SBO’s annual "Directors Who Make a Difference" report.

Click here to nominate a director 

On the Road

Do you have a story to tell about taking your school music groups on the road? SBO wants to hear about it!

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