SmartMusic Feature Friday: Create your own sight reading

Feature Friday_Create your own sight reading

This week’s SmartMusic Feature Friday post is about how you can create your own timed sight reading exercise. In addition to the 600+ graded sight reading exercises for instrumentalists and the several vocal methods that have the sight reading feature as part of it, any on-screen repertoire in SmartMusic can be made into a sight reading exercise. 

Thank You Music Teachers


All of us here at MakeMusic on this National Teacher Appreciation Day, want to say ‘Thank You’ to all teachers for everything that you do.  Today we especially want to send our appreciation to all music teachers.

We know that being a music teacher is more than showing up in the morning, teaching and then leaving in the afternoon.

SmartMusic Feature Friday: Zoom In and Out

Zoom in and out

In the SmartMusic Feature Friday post, we present tips and tricks that can help you use SmartMusic in the best ways possible!

On the desktop app, when a piece of repertoire is opened, the music is shown at a certain size on your screen. Perhaps you or a student would like the notation to be larger to make it easier to see.

Four New Solo Titles Released in SmartMusic


Four new solo titles are now available in SmartMusic from publishers Alfred, Kendor and Carl Fischer.

Title Instrument Publisher Pepper Level First Festival Solos Flute Carl Fischer E First Festival Solos Clarinet in Bb Carl Fischer E First Festival Solos Alto Saxophone in Eb Carl Fischer E First Festival Solos Trumpet in Bb Carl Fischer E First Festival Solos Trombone Carl Fischer E First Festival Solos Violin Carl Fischer E Kendor Recital Solos Flute Kendor E Kendor Recital Solos Bb Clarinet Kendor E Kendor Recital Solos Eb Alto Saxophone Kendor E Kendor Recital Solos Bb Tenor Saxophone Kendor E Kendor Recital Solos Bb Trumpet Kendor E Kendor Recital Solos Horn in F Kendor E Kendor Recital Solos Trombone Kendor E Kendor Recital Solos Baritone T.C.

SmartMusic Update April 2014

We want to let you know about the latest SmartMusic update that is scheduled to be released the evening of  Thursday, May 8.

What’s new SmartMusic now updates automatically You no longer need to re-download SmartMusic to install updates or a newer version. By default, SmartMusic is set up to automatically  install updates the next time you start the program.

Important Security Notice From MakeMusic

On the afternoon of Wednesday, April 23, an attempted intrusion to MakeMusic’s computer systems was detected and as an utmost precaution, all of our systems were taken offline. As a customer of SmartMusic, Finale or Garritan products, your access and/or software performance may have been affected. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

New Common Scale Patterns Added to SmartMusic

I am excited to share with you some new additions to the scale exercises. These additions are based on teacher input asking for these patterns and we hope that you will find them useful. Though they are new to SmartMusic, these patterns are some of the most commonly used to learn scales.

Recent Updates to SmartMusic

The work never stops at MakeMusic! We are continually making improvements to SmartMusic so that you can have the best experience possible. Last week, there were some recent updates to the program and I wanted to share the more significant ones here. This update requires no action on your part.

A New SmartMusic for the New School Year!

A new school year is full of anticipation and here is some exciting news from MakeMusic. The newest version of SmartMusic is ready for immediate download! Remember this is a free upgrade if you already have a SmartMusic subscription and you will be able to start using SmartMusic immediately.

Let’s take a look at a few of the great new key features for SmartMusic.