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Walter Bitner, previously the director of education and community engagement for the Nashville Symphony from 2014 to 2019, left Nashville last summer, moving to Virginia for the same position at the Richmond Symphony.

Read more: Richmond Symphony’s New School of Music

Technology

JamKazam founder David Wilson was a band kid growing up. He started on trumpet then switched to euphonium. He raised band kids. His eldest son played sax and his daughter plays trumpet in the marching band at Baylor. JamKazam is an online real-time group performance platform for Windows and Mac OS computers. It allows musicians to hear and perform with each other with extremely low latency, and even stream the sum of that performance out via video to YouTube and Facebook Live.

Read more: JamKazam Just May Save Ensembles in a Virtual Teaching World

String Section

Organizing your school instrument fleet can be a daunting task. Depending on the size of your district and program, you could deal with hundreds of instruments, and orchestral string instruments are notorious for not having serial numbers.

Read more: Organizing Your Instrument Fleet and Supplies for Student Success

Audio Tech

Now that school is back in session, you’re probably in unfamiliar territory having to teach remotely. Whether you’re using Zoom, Teams, Meet, Webex, or any other videoconferencing app, there’s a way to do it where you’re at your most engaging.

Read more: Your Online Class Doesn’t Have To Be Boring

Modern Band

This school year is starting considerably different than most. When we started our virtual school year in New Orleans this August, I kept hearing the same questions being asked by educators: How do we get to know our students virtually? More importantly, how do we build trust with our students and ensure our classroom is equitable in a virtual format?

Read more: Starting the (Virtual) School Year With Equity and Trust

Perspective

This month’s issue touches on several things that I hope will be helpful to our readers navigating the madness of reopening school music classes this year. First, I asked our associate editor Victoria Wasylak to interview an old friend of mine, Dr. Jim Frankel, who has been a pioneer in integrating technology into music instruction for well over two decades now.

Read more: Tech Is Helping Keep Music Programs Alive

MusicEd: Mentor Minute

When things feel crazy and out of control, one of the best things we can do to make us feel better about the situation is to take control of the things we can.

Read more: Life Hacks for Stressed-Out Music Teachers

GoodVibes

In Western culture, we have been mostly accustomed to the European style of music, which has a major focus on deep harmonies and melodies that has influenced orchestral and band music.

Read more: African Drums in Percussion

Current Issue

When schools across America closed their doors and ushered students home to hinder the spread of COVID-19 earlier this spring, music educators everywhere (rightfully) began to panic. But from that moment and onwards, Dr. Jim Frankel had the resources they needed, packed into the online classroom he founded called MusicFirst.

Read more: Dr. Jim Frankel: Meet the man behind MusicFirst, the resource that every music educator needs in...

Current Issue

When the ball dropped on New Year’s Eve and 2020 began, Disc Makers CEO Tony van Veen had no idea he’d be starting another company this year. But life moves fast – especially in a chaotic year like this one – and right around mid-March, van Veen made a decision that would not only change his own life, but millions of others’ lives.

Read more: Shielding Our Future: Tony van Veen pivots his company Disc Makers towards providing PPE

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.

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