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MMR, Sister Publication to Choral Director, Donates Archive to the NAMM Resource Center

April 15, 2021

Timeless Communications president Terry Lowe donated the archives of SBO sister publication Musical Merchandise Review magazine to NAMM’s Resource Center. MMR’s first issue was published in 1879.

NAMM Foundation Honors Communities and Schools for Music Education Efforts

April 13, 2021

CARLSBAD, CA – The NAMM Foundation recently recognized 686 school districts in 40 states as among the Best Communities for Music Education (BCME). Along with the association’s celebration of K-12 music teachers who have found creative solutions amid a global pandemic, 80 U.S. schools are being honored with SupportMusic Merit Awards. More details from NAMM […]

MusicFirst Enables Virtual Audition Process for Texas and New York Music Students

April 12, 2021

The two largest music education associations in the U.S., the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA), and the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA), have turned to MusicFirst to take auditions online. More details from MusicFirst ( NEW YORK – Every year, music students in Texas and New York prepare to audition for All-State and […]

Virginia Arts Festival’s 2021 Virginia International Tattoo Set for June 3-6 at New Outdoor Venue

March 26, 2021

NORFOLK, VA – Virginia Arts Festival’s 2021 Virginia International Tattoo is set for new dates (June 3-6) and a new outdoor venue (Kornblau Field at Old Dominion University’s S.B. Ballard Stadium in Norfolk, VA). More details from the Virginia Arts Festival ( For more than two decades, the Virginia Arts Festival’s Virginia International Tattoo has […]

Stetson University Selects Pianist Washington García as First Latin-American Dean of the School of Music

March 24, 2021

DELAND, FL, March 24, 2021 – After conducting a nationwide search, Stetson University has appointed Washington García, DMA, as the next dean of its School of Music. García is the university’s first Latin-American dean. His appointment begins on Monday, July 12. More details from Stetson University ( “The School of Music has a vast history […]

Vocal Jazz Summit 2021 Set for March 27-28

March 19, 2021

The first annual Vocal Jazz Summit kicks off The Z’s spring schedule with a packed virtual schedule. Virginia Beach, VA-based Zeiders American Dream Theater (The Z) in Town Center, under the leadership of Artistic Director Bart Kuebler and Executive Director Terry Flint, will the Vocal Jazz Summit artistically led by Alexis Cole and produced by […]

Hal Leonard Publishes Music from Netflix’s Bridgerton Series

Hal Leonard noted the release of music from Netflix’s Bridgerton Series, specifically five of the show’s string quartet arrangements. More details from Hal Leonard ( When Bridgerton smashed Netflix viewership records to become their biggest series of all time, they had the music to thank for it. Well, OK, maybe not just the music, but […]

2021 Reynolds Conducting Institute Now Accepting Applications

March 18, 2021

The 2021 Midwest Clinic, set for Dec. 15-18 in Chicago, will serve as the 75th anniversary event. The second annual Reynolds Conducting Institute will be held during the event, Dec. 16-18, at McCormick Place West. Applications are now open through May 17. More details from the Midwest Clinic ( The art of conducting has been […]

National Policy Review Finds that K-12 Teacher Evaluation is Broader than Test Scores

November 16, 2013

Teacher evaluation systems today are more refined and useful for improving teachers’ skills and connecting teachers to student achievement than past models, a new national report that examines states’ teacher evaluation policies by the National School Boards Association’s (NSBA) Center for Public Education (CPE) finds.

The 2014 ‘Best Communities for Music Education’ Survey

The NAMM Foundation’s 15th annual Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) survey is now open for participation by school districts and schools across the country.

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