Piece of the Week: Largo from New World Symphony

PieceOfTheWeek_BlogHeader_Orange What is Piece of the Week?

The new Piece of the Week blog series highlights noteworthy pieces from SmartMusic’s enormous repertoire library. Posts include composition notes as well as composer information, and serve as another opportunity to explore music history and music listening with your students. Most of this information can also be found within the SmartMusic app by clicking the Information button before opening a piece.

Important Internet Info for Contest Season


With contest season upon us, it’s a good time to revisit  SmartMusic’s new repertoire leasing model.

SmartMusic is an application that requires internet access for all features to function properly. This can be problematic in certain performance settings (such as solo and ensemble contest) because they don’t always have a reliable internet connection.

69 New Titles Released in SmartMusic

The February SmartMusic release includes the 69 titles listed below:

Title Comp/Arr/Lyr Ensemble Type Pepper Level Blue Ridge Impressions Balmages, Brian Concert Band ME Bloom Bryant, Steven Concert Band M Radiant Joy Bryant, Steven Concert Band MA Treasury of Carols  arr. by Vinson, Johnnie Concert Band E Shepherd’s Carol, A (Based on  The First Noel )  arr.

TMEA 2014 Information

Don’t Wait, Schedule Your SmartMusic and Finale Clinics Today!

Anyone who has attended TMEA knows the Commerce St. crosswalk ^^^

2014 Booth Location: #1929 TMEA Booth

There will be in-booth demonstrations during convention hours. You can win a Finale trailblazer guide or SmartMusic student subscription in a drawing at each of the in-booth demonstrations.

A Note from Steve Struhar, SmartMusic’s New Product Manager

Given the recent updates to SmartMusic on both desktop and iPad, it is a good time to introduce you to the new SmartMusic Product Manager, Steve Struhar. These updates are his first since taking the SmartMusic helm in December. As Product Manager, Steve is responsible for listening to our customers, knowing the market and translating those needs into future updates and releases, as well as prioritizing the development cycles.

SmartMusic on iPad Wins 2014 SBO Best Tools for Schools Award


From the official MakeMusic press release:

SmartMusic on iPad Awarded 2014 SBO Best Tools for Schools Best Concert Band/Orchestra Teaching Tool at the 2014 NAMM Convention

Minneapolis, MN – January 31, 2014 – MakeMusic was presented with the 2014 School Band and Orchestra Magazine’s Best Tools for Schools award in the category of Best Concert Band/Orchestra Teaching Tool at Winter NAMM in Anaheim, CA.

MakeMusic Receives 2014 TI:ME Award



The TI:ME award, co-sponsored by the producers of the TEC Awards, recognizes companies that have made exceptional contributions to the evolution of music technology use in the modern music classroom. Companies were nominated by members of TI:ME and from the submissions MakeMusic was selected as the recipient by the TI:ME Board of Directors.

1/23 SmartMusic Update Information



Development never stops here at MakeMusic, and we are happy to announce a highly anticipated SmartMusic update! Here are the details regarding the joint iPad/Desktop releases happening this week.

iPad Update: 

We’ve added support for several more assignment types, including:

Assignments created with imported SMP files (Finale 2012 or earlier) Assignments created with imported MP3 audio files Assignments that are graded using rubrics

Other updates include:

A new “Due Today” group for assignments When reviewing takes, hear more of your performance, or more of the accompaniment Minor bug fixes

If you haven’t yet downloaded this FREE iPad app, why wait?

74 New Ensemble Titles in SmartMusic!

Here is the list of ensemble titles added to the SmartMusic repertoire library today:

Title Comp/Arr/Lyr Ensemble Type Pepper Level Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral Wagner, Richard arr. by Cailliet, Lucien Concert Band MA Bridge of the Gods Curnow, James Concert Band MA Labyrinth Himes, William Concert Band ME Mountain Thyme Hazo, Samuel R.

Midwest Panel Discussion Video Series Part 1

SmartMusic is interactive music learning software that gives every student and educator solutions for: digital repertoire, practice tools, documenting student progress, music technology integration, instant feedback, iPad implementation, and Finale/MP3 import, just to name a few. On top of that, many educators have a different answer to the question, “Why did I start using SmartMusic?” The difficulty in talking to others about SmartMusic is that it’s hard to accurately convey the possibilities of a program with endless possibilities.