music educator

  • Choral Conductor Noble named Lowell Mason Fellow by NAfME

    SBO Staff | June 30, 2012Weston Noble, internationally acclaimed choral conductor and music educator and Professor Emeritus at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, has been designated a Lowell Mason Fellow. Lowell Mason (1792-1872) is credited with introducing music instruction to American public schools and establishing teacher training in music education. Read More...
  • New Music Ed Standards & Assessment Site

    SBO Staff | June 30, 2012MakeMusic, Inc., creators of SmartMusic learning and assessment software, has announced the launch of the Music Education Standards and Assessment website (online at Read More...
  • New Releases: General Concert Selections

    SBO Staff | September 28, 2010While past columns have largely focused on tried-and-true selections, this is the second of five articles featuring releases from 2009 and 2010. Each column will highlight a variety of voicings and difficulties, but will have a unified theme. The last issue featured new releases for holiday concerts, while this one focuses on general concert works […] Read More...
  • 2009, September

    SBO Staff | September 30, 2009Sensaphonics Upgrades Earphones with Field-Replaceable CableSensaphonics Hearing Conservation, manufacturer of custom earphones for in-ear monitoring, has released field-replaceable cables for its ProPhonic 2X-S and 2MAX dual-driver custom earphones. Designed by Sensaphonics Japan, the new cables are a tour grade, dual-conductor design, featuring a memory-wire insert at the earpiece end and a split adjuster (zipper) to […] Read More...
  • Fight For Your Music Program

    SBO Staff | July 28, 2009According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities Web site, “At least 47 states faced or are facing shortfalls in their budgets for this and/or the next year or two. Combined budget gaps for the remainder of this fiscal year and state fiscal years 2010 and 2011 are estimated to total more than $350 […] Read More...
  • 2009, January

    SBO Staff | January 23, 2009The City Choir of Washington Hosts World PremiereThe City Choir of Washington’s second season will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Grammy Award-winning conductor, Robert Shafer and his many contributions to the Washington, D.C. area’s musical vitality. Shafer, who was recently honored for his 25 years as Artist-in-Residence at the Shenandoah Conservatory of Music in Winchester, […] Read More...
  • Front and Center

    Mike Lawson | July 24, 2007

    Every music educator's dream would be a school that put music at the center of the curriculum and coordinated the rest of the coursework with the music department. Perhaps in Math class the concept of fractions would be taught in the form of time signatures, History would provide a context for learning about the great composers, Science class might include musical instrument acoustics, and Creative Writing would involve listening to music with writing assignments. Most important, the children would learn to sing, play instruments, and perform in musical ensembles. According to an article in the May 30th edition of The Boston Globe, this utopian musical education is similar to a fully functioning elementary school already in existence in Brighton, Massachusetts: the Conservatory Lab Charter School. The idea for this charter school was conceived by faculty and administrators from the New England Conservatory of Music who believed the concept fit well within the state of Massachusetts' innovative framework for charter schools.

    This program is getting top marks from parents and community leaders and there is a waiting list of over 600 students for a position in this ethnically diverse, mostly lower-income, inner city school. According to the director of the school, Jonathan Rappaport, "The organizing principle of the school's curriculum is learning through music. The goal is not to produce musicians, but rather to use music as a way of educating kids in a very comprehensive way."

    A recent example of an interdisciplinary assignment at the school called for the Social Studies teacher and Music teachers to have the students write and perform their own protest song while studying the civil rights movement. The Globe article states, "Their words poignantly combine youthful idealism with a sense of the world's struggles: 'Let good be your guidance/Stop doing violence/ We should all get along/ Try not to do wrong/ Don't discriminate, it only makes hate.'"

  • Learning Through Music

    SBO Staff | July 6, 2007Every music educator’s dream would be a school that put music at the center of the curriculum and coordinated the rest of the coursework with the music department. Perhaps in Math class the concept of fractions would be taught in the form of time signatures, History would provide a context for learning about the great […] Read More...
  • Shortcuts: Time Is A Barometer For Success, Part One of Four

    Mike Lawson | January 5, 2007

    Time is precious for a music educator. Within the academic school day, rehearsals, concerts, planning, research, teaching, tours, festivals, committees, and extra duties all have to be taken care of. But the right short-cut technology can make all the difference. This article, along with the next three, will present some (hopefully) helpful technological time savers for those feeling the crunch.

    When I first got into technology in the early 1980s, I quickly recognized its unlimited potential for instruction and lightening the burden of endless responsibilities that an orchestra or band director deals with on a daily basis. Here are some of my favorite music and business software applications that can make a difference.

    Music Scanning Applications
    Word processing and music notation software have made a big difference in how we manage our time. But scanners and their related software applications have introduced "warp" speed to the creative process. Scanning recognition for both word-oriented documents and music scores has improved over the years and can save you countless hours of inputting by hand with over 99+% accuracy. In 1992, my first scanner had a list price of $2,200. Today, scanners have significantly higher quality and retail for under $100. Music scanning software has improved with every upgrade for nearly 15 years and is now the fastest way to import a score from scratch into a notation software application for further editing, printing and audio playback. I suggest downloading demos from the manufacturer's Web sites listed below and trying them with a school scanner before making purchases.

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