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Teachers, are you in a quandary? Wondering how to keep your students engaged and productive in class after the concert? Wish you had a list of activities you could customize to accommodate any grade level? We’ve got you covered. All you need is a good quality video recording of the concert. Add to it our […]

Eugene Ormandy November 18, 1899 – March 12, 1985

What is “The Philadelphia Sound”? According to The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Music Director, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, “It is the most beautiful sound in the world, because it is the sound of the hearts and souls of a fantastic group of women and men, passionately committed to share the most wonderful art form to the widest audience possible. […]

Not sure how to dress your pint-sized performer for their first concert? You’ve come to the right place. During the next few months, in schools across the country, students from pre-K through college will take to the stage in song. And just as there is a dress code in business, there is a dress code […]

Back in the 1930s when the big bands took to smoke-filled stages from New York to Los Angeles they were often recognized by their official look: Matching suits, ties and fedoras. Fast forward to the modern-day competitive high school jazz scene, and a similar effect is found. Top ensembles are often recognized by their own […]

  If you’re lucky enough to be in a school district that’s committed to its music program, you probably know that the spring semester is when we celebrate all things Jazz. But surprisingly, even the most accomplished elementary and secondary level musicians fall short in their actual understanding of the American-born musical genre. The beginnings […]


You’ve heard it. That ratchety sound that gives a song that unmistakable Latin groove. You get it from a percussion instrument called a guiro (pronounced gweer-oh). Technically speaking, it’s a scraped idiophone. Its beginnings are traced back to the pre-Columbian inhabitants of the Bahamas, who thought it would be a cool idea to scrape a […]