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UpClose: Doug Brasell on All National Music’s Robert W. Smith Music Festival

All National Music, in conjunction with the RWS Music Company, held the “PreFormance” National Clinics Virtual Preparation Festivals and National Music Festival March 2 – April 24, 2021, featuring high school and middle school bands, choirs, orchestras, jazz bands, and flex ensembles from around the US and Northern Mariana Pacific Islands – all from their […]

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Mike Lawson’s artistpro Acquires SBO, MMR, JAZZed and Choral Director Magazines

Publishing veteran Mike Lawson’s artistpro, LLC has acquired School Band & Orchestra (SBO), Musical Merchandise Review (MMR), JAZZed and Choral Director magazines from Terry Lowe of  Las Vegas-based Timeless Communications.  Lowe and Timeless, which acquired the four MI and educational publications from Symphony Publishing in May 2013, announced on June 23, 2021 that they will […]

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JodyJazz Announces New HR* Clarinet ‘Once’ Model

JodyJazz has expanded its selection of HR* Series Clarinet mouthpieces with the introduction of the new HR* Clarinet ‘Once’ model. ‘Once’ is the Spanish word for 11. The new model has been developed in response to requests from the Banda Music community for an HR* Clarinet mouthpiece with an even larger tip opening than the […]

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Advocacy is Personal

Advocacy is defined as the act or process of supporting a cause or proposal. Advocacy may be a big “A” or a small “a” effort. Whether the cause is personal to you or common among many, the underlying process is the same. We see a need, gather evidence, find solutions, demonstrate impact, and make the […]

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Clarinet Repairs Tips for the Busy Band Director

It’s a perfect time of year to dig into basic repairs needed for woodwind instruments. We’ll begin with the clarinet. This month’s column is written by Don Nathan who was a band director for 39 years and is now a repair tech. You can reach out to him at if you have more questions. […]

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Finding the Groove – Building Better Communities

As the most challenging school year in history is now behind us, educators are looking ahead as we emerge from pandemic restrictions and wonder what the classroom landscape ahead will look like. At this year’s upcoming Modern Band Summit conference, music teachers from across the country will convene virtually to share lessons learned and collaborate […]

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Social Emotional Learning and the Future of Music Education

Andrew E. Morrison, a performer and educator, invites SBO readers to explore all of the benefits that intentional SEL provides in the music classroom for creating both great musicians and even greater people and what that truly means.

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Herbie Hancock, Others Create Video to Teach Kindergarteners about Music

Herbie Hancock teamed up with animators at Atomic Kid Studios and the Young Academic Research Group (YAM) at the Touro Graduate School of Education in New York City to release the first in a series of animated videos showcasing innovative methods for teaching kindergarteners about music.

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Getting Your Foot in the School of Music’s Door – What Future Music Students Need to Know

A conversation between College Music Society National Board members Dr. Teri Dobbs, professor of music education, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Dr. Emery Stephens, assistant professor of music performance studies, St. Olaf College. Teri: Emery, what a great opportunity it is to chat together about what future music educators need to know to not only be […]

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Instruments & Gear

D’Addario announces Micro Violin Tuner Now Available for Viola

The D’Addario Micro Viola Tuner features an easy-to-read, full-color display in an attractive compact design. A non-marring, lever-lock clamp holds the tuner securely to the instrument while allowing easy application and removal. The precision viola tuner is not only perfect for tuning, the unique mounting system and fast pitch response allow it to be used […]

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Alfred Music Announces Release of Finale v27

Alfred Music, a leading publisher in music education since 1922, in partnership with MakeMusic, Inc., announces the release of Finale v27 and Finale v27 Academic. These newly released versions, available as download only, are the first paid upgrade since the release of Finale v26 in 2019. New features include interactive sharing functionality, Standard Music Font Layout (SMuFL) support, an improved instrument database, MusicXML 4.0 support and bug fixes.

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Hal Leonard’s Essential Elements Interactive Is Now Available to All Band & Orchestra Directors

Hal Leonard‘s Essential Elements Interactive has announced new free trial accounts for any music teacher to use the robust online platform. Previously available to only those programs that use the corresponding Essential Elements method books for band and strings, this new free trial lets any teacher, regardless of the method they’re using, to check out […]

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Hercules Stands’ New DG Adaptive Series

Hercules recently launched their DG Adaptive Series, which includes three new products - the Universal Podcast Mic & Camera Arm Stand, Smartphone Holder, and 2-In-1 Tablet.

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