The next book I will share with you is Teaching Music with Purpose by Dr. Peter Boonshaft. Peter has written a trilogy of sorts: Teaching Music with Passion and Teaching Music with Promise are the first and third entries in the collection.

Read more: Colonel's Book Club


At many schools, at almost every level, the image of their instrumental organizations, bands and orchestras, overshadows their vocal programs.

Read more: St. Olaf College Instrumental Music Programs


If any of your students have ever wondered what they need to do to perform at Carnegie Hall at the age of 16, point them in the direction of Dr. Chelsey Green.

Read more: From Carnegie Hall to Berklee: A Conversation with Dr. Chelsey Green


If you follow any of the online groups on music production, you know a day doesn’t go by when someone doesn’t ask about what gear they should buy for their studios. The responses predictably include everyone’s favorite mics, plug-ins, and speakers.

Read more: Reference 4: Room EQ Made Simple

Modern Band

For the past decade, the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) has highlighted performances of some of the country’s best student performers as part of their All-National Honors Ensembles (ANHE).

Read more: NAfME's All-National Honor Modern Band Ensemble


The 2020 season will begin once again with the DCI Tour Premiere in the Motor City and end in the Circle City with DCI World Championships.

Read more: 2020 Features New Events and Venues for the DCI Summer Tour


Teachers at the high school and college levels are often asked by students to write them a letter of recommendation for college or grad school, scholarships or jobs.

Read more: Should You Write That Letter of Recommendation?

Audio Tech

Whether you’re playing back your recordings at school or in your home, you may not be hearing them at the quality level you need them to be.

Read more: 5 Acoustic Quick Fixes That You Can Do For Free

String Section

When Eileen McKissick began offering sound therapy in her massage practice, she soon discovered she could use tuning forks to locate and hear disturbances in the energy field, or biofield, that surrounded each of her clients.

Read more: The Intricacies of Tuning and Wellness


Jazz improvisation on mallets is perhaps the most under-emphasized skill in both high school and college academia.

Read more: How to Teach Jazz Improvisation on Mallets

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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