Teaching Jazz Improvisation with Accompaniments

Teaching Jazz Improvisation with Accompaniments

For decades, jazz educators have been using play-along recordings to help students practice jazz improvisation. These recordings have been a huge success, helping students learn jazz standards, practice jazz styles, and providing rhythm section backing tracks to help with improvisation. The problem with these traditional tools is that students can struggle to make the leap from a simple melody to improvising over a complete tune.

Celebrating #GivingTuesday with SmartMusic


Giving Tuesday is an initiative that helps us step away from the annual whirlwind of holiday purchases and honor the Thanksgiving season by giving back to those in need. As the organization puts it, Giving Tuesday is “a simple idea. Just find a way for your family, your community, your company, or your organization to come together to give something more.

Teaching Improvisation by Ear

Teaching Improvisation by Ear

Improvisation is Scary

The excitement of playing in an environment with “no wrong notes” quickly turns ugly when a student realizes that only the “right” notes will create a solo that sounds like their favorite artist. Students should have an introduction to improvisation (jazz or otherwise) that generates confidence while also developing musicianship and ear training.

A Guide to Successful Parent Meetings

Parent Meeting

Parent meetings represent a crucial opportunity for educators to interact with parents. For music educators, parent meetings early in the year become even more vital. While the back-to-school season is hectic for everyone, taking time to ensure a positive interaction at the start of the year will be well worth it.

SmartMusic in Texas: Approved and Proven

To correspond with our visit to San Antonio this week for the Southwest Summer Music Exhibition, we’ve created this interactive Piktochart that details the implementation of SmartMusic in Texas:

Have feedback or questions for us about SmartMusic in Texas? Please feel free to click on “Comments” below, or if you’re at the Southwest Expo, come and see us in person at booth 4055.