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The next entry in “Colonel’s Book Club” is Make It Stick by Peter Brown, Henry Roediger, and Mark McDaniel. This book was suggested to me by a colleague and it is a fascinating study about how we really learn (and therefore how we really should teach).

Read more: Colonel's Book Club


Administrators who evaluate performance-based music classes may not be musicians, but they often expect us to conform to the flow of more academic subjects, like LAL or math.

Read more: Openers and Closers for Beginner Band


Most of us have been locked down now for more than two months. Many of you have been working diligently trying to find ways to engage your students in meaningful ways with music.

Read more: Our New Reality

Modern Band

When the coronavirus outbreak sent all teachers home from school to start distance learning, music teachers had to come up with a new game plan, fast. For some, the challenge was figuring out how to have authentic music making experiences with their students online. For others, it was simply finding out if and how they could communicate with students at all.

Read more: Teaching Modern Band During Quarantine


Around mid-March, South Philadelphia High School music director Courtney Powers had a vehicle so stuffed with instruments, you would have thought that she was going on tour.

Read more: She's Got The Power! Courtney Powers and her mission to keep music-making alive in quarantine


Summer usually brings many fun learning opportunities for student musicians that might include day camps, resident summer camps, and travel with new friends and instructors.

Read more: What’s NOT Happening This Summer

MusicEd: Mentor Minute

One of the biggest concerns music teachers are faced with this month is this: What will our classroom look like when school resumes?

Read more: 5 Tips for Going Back to School, Online or In the Classroom


Many people, including some teachers I have met, assume percussionists just hit or strike a drum or mallet instrument. This assumption cannot be farther from the truth.

Read more: Percussionists Don't Just 'Hit' Things: A Guide to the Numerous Percussion Strokes

MAC Corner

Every music teacher’s dream is to create and foster a quality program where students enjoy performing life-altering repertoire at the highest level possible.

Read more: The Secret Ingredient of a High-Quality Music Program

Current Issue

With over three million teachers serving close to 51 million students throughout the United States alone, it’s no surprise that talk about school closures, the shift to distance learning, and the uncertainty surrounding the future of education has led much of the conversation during the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Read more: 3 Projects to Reimagine and Retool Music Education During Covid-19

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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