Meet Our Educational Partners

It takes a village to grow and support music education worldwide. Below is a list of industry partners dedicated to working with the Conn-Selmer Division of Education and we want to personally recognize their contributions to the field of music education. Please take a moment to learn more about each of their organizational missions.

  Platinum Level Partners

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FJM

Deeply ingrained in the very fabric of modern pageantry, the FJM family stands as an involved, active, and creative member of the pageantry community, with strong ties and relationships. With over 55 years of Colorguard, Dance Team, Drum Major, and Band Leadership Clinics, and a team of Winter Guard International, Bands of America, and Drum Corps International Hall of Fame honorees, the very character of FJM has been forged by "leading through serving". To inspire students to grow and thrive, we are honored to sponsor and support pageantry activities, especially scholarships.

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Hal-Leonard

Hal Leonard is the world's largest educational music publisher, with the #1 methods for learning guitar (the Hal Leonard Guitar Method), piano (the Faber Piano Method), and school music instruments (Essential Elements for Band and Strings), plus publications for learning virtually every instrument imaginable.

Hal Leonard is also the leading publisher of songbooks; Real Books and fake books; sheet music; band, orchestra and choral arrangements for schools; music reference publications; children's music products; educational magazines; and more. Many new titles are enhanced with supplemental audio and video files online for download and streaming.

The company leads the way in technology, developing eBooks, digital sheet music, apps and more. Hal Leonard operates many popular websites including SheetMusicDirect with thousands of songs arranged for different instruments available for download, and GuitarInstructor.com for online guitar lessons and tab.

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Wenger

Wenger offers products that can save you time, enhance your rehearsals and contribute to the success of every performance. While we started in the music practice room, today you'll find Wenger products in performance halls, theatres, gymnasiums, and outdoors. Wenger products can be found just about anywhere music and theatre is practiced and performed. And more recently, in the locker rooms and equipment storage facilities of high school, college and professional sports teams. It's hard to find a musician, teacher, actor, coach or athlete today – at any level – whose passion to teach and perform hasn't been touched by a Wenger product.

  Gold Level Partners

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Cut Time

Founded in 1876, J.W. Pepper® has grown from a small print shop in Philadelphia to the leading retailer of sheet music in the world. Pepper® prides itself on the values passed down over 140 years of ethical business practices and an unyielding commitment to customer service. "Pepper has been a family business since the beginning," says Glenn Burtch, President and CEO of J.W. Pepper, "first, in the Pepper family, from its founding until 1941, followed by the Burtch family to this day. Those family values, based on respect for both our customers and our employees, remain a central part of our company culture."

The primary call to action for Pepper employees is to "defend the time of very busy people," our music director customers. In 2016, Pepper launched Cut Time to help directors get more done with less effort. Cut Time was strengthened in 2017 by bringing in the technology and decade-long experience of Trigon Road, a trusted developer of performing organization software. Today, Cut Time provides a modern suite of tools that not only assists directors with their work, but also extends meaningful benefits to students and music booster groups who are positively impacted by improved communication throughout their music program.

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DANSR

The combined experience in the music industry of the company partners is over 120 years. There is virtually nothing we have not seen in the music business. From that experience comes the simple – on the outside – formula. With our experience, we have developed a keen vision of what is needed in this industry to make other people successful – music dealers, educators, musicians. Simply put, we have a passion for this business. We don’t do anything else. We sleep, eat and drink the music business. That passion along with our vision is the reason new products are hits and our programs drive people to your store. And that’s evident in the results we all share. The growth of our customers continues to increase. We are happy that it does, but not surprised that it will. 

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JW Pepper

J.W. Pepper® has been creating fine catalogs for music directors and educators since 1876. Early on, deliveries were made by horse-drawn carriage. Fast-forward 100 years and you can shop our catalogs online wherever you go: on your computer, tablet and smartphone.

  Silver Level Partners

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American Band College

American Band College of Central Washington University is the largest master's degree program, specifically designed for band directors, by band directors, using a world-class faculty in order to help you improve the way you approach directing.

Participate in classes, located in beautiful Ashland, Oregon during a couple of weeks each summer, and complete major projects during the school year with your own students. Study online, network online, and still take advantage of the one-on-one and group performance experiences only offered on location.

Become one of the more than 1,000 graduates world-wide that have become part of the ABC network. Starting as soon as you enroll, you are never alone. You have access to a large network of band directors and faculty available to answer your questions for the rest of your career. Why wait? Join today!

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American Youth Ensembles

 

American Youth Ensembles is intended to bring together the most talented, motivated and respected music educators from throughout the United States under one umbrella organization in an environment designed to support, augment and compliment existing school music programs.

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Educational Tours, Inc.

Educational Tours, Inc. is a student group tour operator dedicated to delivering powerful educational experiences with worry-free travel in the U.S. and internationally. With over 140 years of collective travel planning experience, we take the guesswork out of trip planning and put all the services you need in one place. We work with your needs in mind. We look forward to working with you!

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Historically Black Colleges and Universities National Band Directors Consortium

The purpose of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities National Band Directors Consortium, Inc. is to provide an opportunity for Band Directors and students to collaborate and develop strategic plans for success in instrumental music programs. In addition, the Annual Convention provides opportunities for individual products to be evaluated through performances. Our Annual Convention, which includes onsite workshops and clinics, is held to provide excellent educational value for band directors and students, aspiring to become band directors.

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Jose Hernandez Mariachi Nationals

The Jose Hernandez Mariachi Nationals is a unique event that will provide you and/or your student mariachi ensemble with an exceptional opportunity to study with and perform for some of the very best professional mariachis and educators in the country--Mariachi Sol de Mexico!  We are  also extremely proud to feature renowned mariachi artists as our special guests in Master Classes at this year’s event.

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Manhasset Specialty Company

“Quality is the number one priority”. MANHASSET® is the number one choice of schools, symphonies and orchestras worldwide. Innovations such as the “Magic Finger Clutch” have been developed as the company strives for continuous improvement in the products the company manufactures. MANHASSET® uses the best quality materials in its manufacturing processes. Exceptional workmanship is part of every stand manufactured by MANHASSET® employees.

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The Midwest Clinic

The Midwest Clinic International Band, Orchestra and Music Conference each year displays top ensembles throughout the music conference to showcase the newest ideas and talent. From students to professionals, performers have a chance to exhibit their talents to a supportive and enthusiastic audience with an interest in furthering music education. Each band and orchestra conference is unique and offers attendees the most up-to-date music styles and education techniques.

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My Music Office

My Music Office was developed by Peter Sampson, a band director in Indiana. After years of public school teaching experience at both the middle school and high school levels, he realized that there had to be a better way to allow music educators to organize their music program's data. The correlation of successful music programs and the ability of their directors to organize has been proven time and time again.

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Remo

At Remo, sustain isn’t only a dimension of sound. We are proud to say that Remo, Inc. has always been at the forefront of sustainable manufacturing. We were the first to successfully introduce an alternative to calfskin drumheads and traditional wood drum shells with Remo film processing technology and Acousticon® drum shells, respectively. We’ve been recognized for environmentally responsible manufacturing every year since 1998 by winning the WRAP Award. (California Waste Reduction Award Program). We are also sustaining jobs by continuing to manufacture in the USA, and we continue to push the limits of drumhead and drum technology while limiting our impact on the environment.

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Vander Cook College of Music

The mission of VanderCook College of Music is to enrich the lives of present and future generations by developing uniquely skilled music teachers who exhibit strong character, professionalism, and a commitment to excellence.

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Western International Band Clinic

A convention for directors and students. Founded in 1979, WIBC features four 165-member high school honor bands under 6 world-renowned guest conductors and a soloist. Held in Seattle, Washington each November.

  Bronze Level Partners

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Disney Performing Arts

Since 1955, Disney Performing Arts has provided a showcase for school and community groups in Disney Parks. Disney Youth Education Series leverages Walt Disney World and Disneyland Parks & Resorts to inspire students in their core curriculum.

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Kansas State

As the nation's first operational land-grant university, Kansas State University is committed to serving the state's 2.9 million residents. After all, a central component of our university mission is to do our part in advancing the well-being of Kansas. And no matter which part of Kansas you call home, K-State offers access to information, research insights and opportunities that enrich the lives of your community members.

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National Band Association

The National Band Association, founded on September 11, 1960, is the largest professional organization for bands in the world. It was organized for the purpose of promoting the musical and educational significance of bands and is dedicated to the attainment of a high level of excellence for bands and band music. The NBA is an organization open to anyone and everyone interested in bands, regardless of the length of experience, type of position held, or the specific level at which one works. The membership roster includes professionals and students from every facet of the band world. NBA is today’s professional organization for band directors, and it stands ready to serve all members of the association through a variety of projects and initiatives.

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NAfME

National Association for Music Education (NAfME), among the world’s largest arts education organizations, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers. The Association orchestrates success for millions of students nationwide and has supported music educators at all teaching levels for more than a century.

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NAMM

The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), established in 1901, is the not-for-profit association that strengthens the $17 billion global music, sound and entertainment technology products industry. Our association and trade shows serve as the crossroads for professionals seeking the newest innovations in music, recording technology, sound and stage products. In addition to access to our trade shows, membership also includes the latest industry news and education, opportunities for music advocacy and cost-saving programs to help businesses thrive. All of these activities and programs are designed to promote music making for people of all ages, creating a more musical world. 

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Steinway Musical Instruments

For over 160 years, STEINWAY & SONS has been dedicated to making the finest pianos in the world. Our pioneering handcrafted methods are still employed today to ensure our uncompromising standards of quality, in turn ensuring that the STEINWAY remains the peerless instrument of uncompromising expression.

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United Sound

United Sound is a peer mentoring program that pairs students with special needs and their typical peers in the band and orchestra setting. Music teachers and their students utilize United Sound's specialized curriculum, training, and structure to create band and orchestra clubs. New Musicians (students with intellectual or developmental disabilities) are taught by their Peer Mentors to play the instrument of their choice at a personally modified level. United Sound students then join the full band or orchestra to perform in concert with their peers.

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University of the Arts

The University of the Arts is the only arts school in America that makes it possible to work and collaborate across traditional boundaries. More than 30 minors are open to all students, so animators can study guitar, industrial designers can minor in ceramics, creative writers can take classes in illustration.