THE J. W. PEPPER BLOG | DELIVERING MUSIC SINCE 1876

THE J. W. PEPPER BLOG | DELIVERING MUSIC SINCE 1876

THE J. W. PEPPER BLOG | DELIVERING MUSIC SINCE 1876

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How to Access CARES Act and ESSER Funding for Your Music Program

These are exceptional times. Schools across the U.S. are working to overcome enormous challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Music educators have the opportunity...

My Score Grants Help Composers Reach New Audiences

Pepper offers grants to diverse array of composer non-profit groups.

Ways to Celebrate Music in Our Schools

What started as a single day of music advocacy by the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) back in March of 1973 has grown into...

Music and the Brain

It’s no secret that taking part in musical activities has a significant positive effect on young people’s academic achievement. There are countless news stories...

Recruitment and Retention in the School Music Program

Much has been written about recruitment and retention for music programs.  With the uptick in access to social media, there are even more opportunities...

John Rutter: The Importance of Choir

Listen as composer John Rutter delves deeply into the importance of choir in all aspects of life.  He shares his own love of music...

Who’s in the Choir?

Why join the choir?  Well, for one reason, you'd be in some very good company.  Here's a rundown of some former choir members: Want to...

Band Camp: A Crash Course in Life Skills

For some, band camp has concluded and the school year is underway;  for others, camp is in full swing, complete with marching and maneuvering...

Meet Julius Brown and the Extraordinaires

Music teacher Julius Brown is making a big difference at KIPP, otherwise known as the “Knowledge Is Power Program.”  There are approximately 99 KIPP...

Here’s to You, Mr. Masterson

In an era where The Arts seem to play…ahem… “second fiddle” to other disciplines in our schools and communities, it's important we support educators by recognizing those...