Directors Who Make a Difference

School Band and Orchestra Magazine’s “50 Directors Who Make a Difference” report was compiled again having painstakingly reviewed hundreds of nominations.

Read more: The 22nd Annual 50 Directors Who Make a Difference

MAC Corner

As this issue of School Band and Orchestra celebrates 50 Directors Who Make A Difference, it raises the question, “What makes the difference?”

Read more: Defining the Difference


Citrus Grove was my neighborhood school in Miami, Florida. Remember when you walked to school and carried your books in your hands… with no backpack! It was THAT kind of school: elementary and junior high all in one place, with one classroom for each grade, first through ninth.

Read more: John Wernega: Quinton Township School Music Director


Dear Santa,

It has been an eventful 2019. I hope you and the Missus are doing well. I hope you have some extra carrots for the reindeer. A lot is going on in the world and a lot of interesting things happening in music education.

Read more: Letter to Santa

Audio Tech

You’ve probably thought many times that all you wanted to do was to make a quick recording of one of your ensembles, so how hard could it be?

Read more: Audio Tech: How to Record Your Ensemble with Excellent Results, Every Time

Modern Band

Over the past 16 years, Michael Finn has created a unique and special songwriting course that he teaches at a high school in Los Angeles.

Read more: Mike Finn: Teaching Students to Record the Songs They Write


Regular readers of this column may recall that in last December’s SBO issue, the title was “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” (see it at ).

Read more: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year?


There are many different approaches that percussion teachers use to teach drumstick control. I am going to present a very simplistic approach to teaching this concept.

Read more: Triplet Stick Control and Timing for Your Students

MusicEd: Mentor Minute

I’ve been doing some research into something I swore I would never do: get a doctoral degree. Because this is a huge decision, I’ve tapped my friends and family to help guide me as I make this choice.

Read more: Five Ways to Continue Your Professional Education Without Going Back to College

String Section

In my perusal of last month’s SBO content, I came across a comment that addressed the reuse of proven resources and materials to create structure and optimize one’s ability to manage time.

Read more: Physical Applications: Learning Movement

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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