Meet our partners who help us do more for you, inside and outside the classroom.
Making fine arts education programs thrive in our communities takes a village. We collaborate with the sharpest minds and caring servant hearts around to create tools, products and services that educate, equip and empower leaders to accomplish more for their programs.
An American manufacturer of musical instruments for concert bands, marching bands, and orchestras based in Elkhart, Indiana. Conn Selmer is a wholly owned subsidiary of Steinway Musical Instruments and was formed in 2003 by combining the Steinway properties, The Selmer Company, and United Musical Instruments. Conn-Selmer is also an investor in CutTime.
In addition to the world’ finest instruments, Conn Selmer offers dedicated communities in Music Administration Collaborative, Student Leadership, Marching Arts Educators, Parent Boosters, and the HBCU Collective all led by distinguished experts in their field. Established with the goal of connecting educators, student musicians, and parent organizations with the support they need, all five communities serve as a resource and a go-to place for answers you need. Each Wednesday, their community webinars bring relevant, timely information and frequently feature guests that are leaders in music education.
In addition to monthly webinars Marching Arts Educators, Music Administration Collaborative, Parent Boosters Community and the HBCU Collective all have thriving groups on Facebook and in Thinkific where members can connect and continue the discussion each month.
J.W. Pepper & Son
A privately owned, American sheet music retailer based in Exton, Pennsylvania. JW Pepper is the largest sheet music retailer in the world, with over 1.2 million titles in its catalog. JW Pepper is also an investor in CutTime.
Founded in 1876, J.W. Pepper’s online store offers over 300,000 sheet music titles in stock for directors and performers alike as well as music equipment, accessories, and software to support their musical journey. Their blog, "The Inside Voice', is packed with invaluable composer insights, practical advice, performing group spotlights, and hundreds of video interviews. Plus you’ll find curated recommendations for repertoire, as well as seasonal and cultural titles galore.
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Servant Leadership Association for Music
A community of music teachers aspiring to serve their peers by elevating their own teaching and leadership skills in the pursuit of a program-wide culture of excellence centered on the synergy between authentic music making and a foundation of social-emotional health, trust, modeling, and service. SLAM addresses the needs of the music educator, to exponentially affect their students musically and personally. SLAM’s mission is the SYNERGY between music making and creating a culture of excellence, where students feel loved and accepted.
SLAM shares a wealth of training to thousands of people each year. Their members get access to live group coaching sessions (12 weeks each semester) via Zoom with legendary music educators and other SLAM special guests, along with a rich content vault, private Facebook Groups and a weekly tips newsletter from Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser.
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Band's Directors Talk Shop
A collaborative effort of band directors, former band directors, private lesson teachers and fine arts administrators to help concert band professionals learn and grow. Posts strive to teach practical knowledge and best practices that you can use in the classroom each day.
BDTS offers thousands of articles on instrument pedagogy, concert band, beginning band, theory, motivation, recruitment & retention and career. They also maintain a robust library of resources filled with books, blogs, games, software and services.
Check Out Band Directors Talk Shop