Early/Late Note Assessment Added to New SmartMusic

Early/Late Note Assessment Added to New SmartMusic

We are continually refining new SmartMusic based on feedback from you. Next week we will address a very popular request; we’re adding visual feedback to indicate when a student has played a note early or late.

To clarify what will change, let’s review how this feedback has worked previously in new SmartMusic.

Get SmartMusic Up and Running

Get SmartMusic Up and Running

At first glance, the end of school year might seem like an odd time to talk about getting SmartMusic up and running. However, if you’re thinking about implementing new SmartMusic for the first time next fall, now is a pretty good time. You might even consider setting up a trial run with some of your returning students – it’s a great way to get them to practice more over the summer.

SmartMusic and Differentiated Instruction

SmartMusic and Differentiated Instruction

You’ve heard us say that SmartMusic is great for differentiated instruction. But what does that mean exactly? In this article, we’ll share some specific ways SmartMusic can help you meet the needs of every student.

Assessment

First, let’s talk about assessment.

Formative assessment is a term used to describe the techniques that teachers use to conduct in-process evaluation of the progress students are making.

SmartMusic Repertoire Update: May 2018

SmartMusic Repertoire Update: May 2018

This month we’ve added 17 new ensemble titles to the SmartMusic Repertoire Library. Included are pieces for choir, concert band, jazz ensemble, and string orchestra. View the complete list.

New Solos in New SmartMusic

As we mentioned previously, we’re constantly adding solos to new SmartMusic. Typically these solos are also available in classic SmartMusic (where they do not include on-screen music notation).

7 Creative Ways to Use New SmartMusic

7 Creative Ways to Use New SmartMusic

Red and green note assessment is wonderful, but it’s just the beginning of what the new SmartMusic offers.

In this archived webinar, you’ll see how educators are using SmartMusic to engage their students and accelerate their learning. You’ll get new ideas on how to:

Promote musical exploration Provide student choice Teach students how to practice more effectively Help students become an active part of the evaluation process Create your own SmartMusic practice files

SmartMusic is just $40/year for teachers and as low as $4/year for students.

Featured Content: Frank Ticheli’s Postcard

Featured Content: Frank Ticheli’s "Postcard"

This month we feature Frank Ticheli’s wonderfully vibrant and energetic Postcard. This grade 5 piece is suitable for advanced high school, college, and community bands. To view the score and hear the recording simultaneously, first click the play button:


Then follow along in the score by clicking the fullscreen icon in the bottom right corner of the score window below.

Streamline Your End-of-Year Auditions with SmartMusic

Streamline End-of-Year Auditions with SmartMusic

We all understand the value of end-of-year auditions, but they take so much time! Learn how to make the process more efficient – for both you and your students – using SmartMusic.

In this archived webinar, Giovanna Cruz will help you:

Make the audition process fair and transparent to everyone Save time by coordinating auditions at home, so kids aren’t lining up at your door Empower your students and minimize their anxiety Review student performances on your schedule and timeframe

The new SmartMusic can improve auditions and much more for only $40/year.

How Dan Pinkston’s band students use SmartMusic at home

How Dan Pinkston’s band students use SmartMusic at home

When working up new repertoire, Dan assigns each student one of the more challenging and/or important sections via SmartMusic. When students practice this material at home with immediate feedback, they prepare notes and rhythms more quickly. What’s more, Dan also encourages students to listen to the recording of the professional ensemble that accompanies their assignments to get a sense of phrasing, shaping, dynamics, and more.

SmartMusic Repertoire Update: April 2018

SmartMusic Repertoire Update: April 2018

This month we’ve added 12 new ensemble titles to the SmartMusic Repertoire Library. Included are pieces for choir, concert band, jazz ensemble, and string orchestra. View the complete list.

Methods and Solos

This month we added a series of three guitar method books from FJHMusic, Young Beginner Guitar Method, Books 1-3.

Navigation Improvements in the New SmartMusic

Improvements in the New SmartMusic

Next week the new SmartMusic will look different.

You’ll enjoy a more efficient interface, as well as several additional enhancements in assignment creation, content search, and grading. Today we offer a sneak preview of some of the key improvements, many of which will be also visible to students.