New SmartMusic Tips: A Music Educator Panel Discussion

New SmartMusic Tips: A Music Educator Panel Discussion

Leigh Kallestad and Giovanna Cruz are both experienced music educators. As part of  MakeMusic’s Education Services team, they recently led a webinar panel discussion, along with guests  Dr. Glenn Pohland, professor at Loras College, IA and Mike Gibson, Director of Bands at Ridgeview Middle School, in Sandy Springs, GA.

Both Glenn and Mike have currently switched from the classic SmartMusic to the new web-based SmartMusic.

Why Switch to the New SmartMusic?

Why Switch to the New SmartMusic?

By now you’ve probably heard there is a new web-based version of SmartMusic available. If you are a classic SmartMusic user you are likely wondering why you should switch to the new version. We recently hosted a webinar titled “Why Switch to the New SmartMusic?” so you could see exactly why.

SmartMusic Repertoire Update: June 2017

June Repertoire Update 2017

Summer is here!

To celebrate, we’ve added 19 new ensemble titles to the SmartMusic Repertoire Library. Included are pieces for choir, concert band, and string orchestra.

There’s also one new piece for jazz band. Just one? Well, heck, those kids can improvise! View the complete list.

Bob Phillips on Helping Students Practice Effectively

Get Kids to Practice and Turbocharge Their Results

Bob Phillips is widely renowned as an innovator in string education. An award-winning ASCAP composer with 27 years of experience as a public school string teacher, he is also the author of several popular methods—all published by Alfred Music—including String Explorer and Sound Innovations.

Bob recently gave a masterclass titled: “Get Kids to Practice and Turbocharge their Results.” In it, he:

Shares insights on how we learn, Provides techniques you can use to motivate your students to practice more effectively, and  Demonstrates how to apply some of these ideas with your students via SmartMusic.

Featured Content: Frank Ticheli’s “Blue Shades”

Featured Content: Frank Ticheli’s “Blue Shades”

This month the spotlight is on Frank Ticheli’s “Blue Shades,” a medium-advanced piece for concert band, now available in SmartMusic. Widely regarded as one of the very best by one of the very best, “Blue Shades” combines Mr. Ticheli’s own unique voice with the influence of traditional jazz and blues music he heard in his childhood near New Orleans, Louisiana.

Stand Life Comic Strip #008

silence when you step on the podium

There are other Stand Life strips, too.
Check out: “Differentiated Instruction,” “Tuning with Drones,” “Instrument Fitting Day,” “The Cloud,” “Weather Report,” “On Dr. Beat’s Couch,” and “Cell Phone Ban.”

Stand Life Comic Strip #007

Stand Life comic - Cell Phone Ban

There are other Stand Life strips, too.
Check out: “Differentiated Instruction,” “Tuning with Drones,” “Instrument Fitting Day,” “The Cloud,” “Weather Report,” “On Dr. Beat’s Couch,” and “Silence.”



Featured Content: New Releases and Superhero Theme Music

Featured Content: New Releases and Superhero Theme Music

We’ve added 29 new ensemble titles to the SmartMusic Repertoire Library. Included are new pieces for choir, concert band, jazz band and string orchestra. View the complete list here.  But wait, there’s more.

Summer is Coming!

Summer break is right around the corner. Now is a great time to brainstorm strategies to keep kids practicing over summer break.

Honoring National Teacher Day: Connor Jenks and Jamie Clark

Honoring National Teacher Day: Connor Jenks and Jamie Clark

Today, on National Teacher Day, we recognize the contribution that music teachers make in our lives and world. The students you work with today will go on to accomplish great things, and your influence will be a big factor in their success.

Every so often, a student gets an opportunity to show a teacher how much their work has made a difference.