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Best Tools for Schools

Best Tools for Schools

2021 Believe in Music Best Tools for Schools Session

Each year at the Winter NAMM show, School Band and Orchestra magazine sends out a panel of leading music educators to find the best products for music educators, and always features a dazzling array of just about every music-related product that you can imagine, and even some you can’t. They’re not looking for the most glamorous products, and some of the best products are found in obscure locations. That means they have to scour every nook and cranny of the exhibit halls. At the end of the search, they meet to discuss what they’ve found with each educator presenting the case for their choices, deliberate, then select the year’s winners.

This year, SBO will continue this tradition of having leading educators look at products from NAMM’s Believe in Music Week and present the honors on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 from 9:00 am – 10:00 am Pacific / 12:00-1:00 pm Eastern, providing educator attendees two full days: Thursday 1/21 and Friday 1/22, to explore the products featured on Wednesday.

To ensure your company’s products are on the slate for review by our educator panel, visit and click on Best Tools for Schools entries.

Submissions accepted from NAMM member companies participating in the Believe in Music Week marketplace only. Deadline to submit entries is January 17, 2021.

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