As director of the Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs, Rhoda Bernard is training the next generation of music teachers to serve a diverse population, including students with learning, developmental, and physical differences.

Read more: Rhoda Bernard: Creating Resources and Opportunities for Students with Special Needs to Receive...


Art frequently finds its inspiration in the events of despair. The vast majority of these art works focus on the hope that arises out of the horror rather than the pain of the actual event. The few words that follow will focus on that hope and the possibilities that can, and do, and have risen from it.

Read more: Instrument of Hope: Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School’s Response to Tragedy and Gun Violence

String Section

As I am a very moody individual (by anyone’s standards), ensemble rehearsals have always been both a challenging and a life-affirming environment - an environment very rich with potential.

Read more: What Makes an Orchestral Musician an Effective and Sensitive Section Player?


At some point, every band or orchestra director will either retire or move to another career.

Read more: Now What?


I spent the first weekend of May 2019 in the usual annual place: Band Geek Nirvana.

Read more: Is Wind Band’s Moment Finally Here?


The world of percussion is so different than other band instruments. There is so much variety and so many different career paths if your students want to become a professional performer.

Read more: 6 Ways Your Students Can Plan a Career in Percussion


Drum Corps International is presenting its 47th season, and the world’s most elite marching music ensembles will entertain thousands across the United States.

Read more: It’s Showtime!

Current Issue

Balancing a traditional approach to music education with up-to-date musical trends is no simple task. Respecting and acknowledging the traditions of a musical form is important, but we must also recognize that music grows and changes.

Read more: Teaching Pan in the Modern Band


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.

Read more: Another Way Tech is Important to Instrumental Students

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

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