Using SmartMusic and Finale together

Using SmartMusic and Finale Together

Martha Boonshaft, Middle School Director of Bands for the Garden City School District in Garden City, NY, shares how she uses SmartMusic and Finale together to enhance her students’ learning experiences.

A lesson that worked really well this week combined SmartMusic and Finale.  Our concert band is working on on Ralph Ford’s, Dillon’s Flight

Teacher Tip: An Activity Tracker for Vocalists

Mary-Hannah Klontz, choral teacher at Swanson Middle School in Arlington, VA, and doctoral candidate at George Mason University, shares why she uses SmartMusic and Finale in her teaching.

Today’s technology trend is “wearables;” digital devices that are worn like jewelry or glasses. An example is the FitBit® which provides instant feedback about daily activity such as steps taken, active minutes spent, calories burned and quality of sleep.

Feature Friday: SmartMusic and the Holidays

SmartMusic and the Holidays

Holidays can be a very enjoyable time with all the festivities with family and friends. These occasions are the perfect time for you to encourage your students to perform for enjoyment and fun instead of just getting ready for another concert at school. It gives the students the chance to share with others what they have been learning and the skills they have developed.

Teacher Tip: Using Technology in Rehearsals

Chris Grifa, band director at Creekside Middle School (Carmel, IN), shares how he uses technology in rehearsals.

Technology is integrated into the classroom everyday and is an integral part of the students’ daily classroom experience. When planning a rehearsal, I think about what objectives I want to accomplish and how technology can be used to enhance those objectives.

SmartMusic Gets Spooky


Certain times of the year hold appeal for students and it is always nice to find music that is fun and motivational for them to play but also has educational value. SmartMusic has thousands of pieces of repertoire. One collection that you and your students might find appealing, especially this time of year, is called Spooky Solos.

Feature Friday: How to Demonstrate SmartMusic to Parents

FeatureFriday_BlogHeader_Editable 2As a teacher, you know the importance of communicating with the parents of your students. Sharing with them your class goals, grading policies, and expectations helps everyone feel more comfortable and can alleviate possible misunderstandings throughout the year.

Teachers often ask how they can get more students to use SmartMusic for home practice.

Feature Friday: Develop More Confident Musicians

Develop Confident Musicians

As educators we know that some students eagerly embrace the idea of performing for a group while others would rather walk on fire. We all want our students to be comfortable and confident when performing individually within a group situation. Whether it is to play something in class or performing a solo, the more independent students can be, the more confident they are, which leads to stronger performances.

Best Back-to-School Resources

Best Back to School Resources

School is back in session and we know you are busy. To help you get answers quickly to the most frequently asked questions at this time of year, we’ve compiled our best back-to-school resources for you in one place. Please visit our Educator Resources page that provides in depth information on many topics including:

How to Setup a Class

A class provides the platform that enables you to communicate with and teach your students using SmartMusic. 

SmartMusic Feature Friday: Back to School Resources


We’ve been busy making sure that SmartMusic is ready for you and your students in the new school year. This week’s Feature Friday is filled with Back to School Resources to help you with a smooth start as you continue using SmartMusic in your program. Click the links to get more information.

SmartMusic Feature Friday: Classroom Activities

We have a new resource that contains many classroom activities that use SmartMusic’s audio and visual components. In addition to having students use SmartMusic as a practice tool at home, using it in the classroom can help engage students so that you can use the time you have to teach more efficiently.