This month’s featured title is Frank Ticheli’s Simple Gifts: Four Shaker Songs, based on four traditional Shaker pieces. This beautiful, mature work is suitable for middle school through college bands, as well as community bands. Best of all, this grade 3 piece is available today in SmartMusic. Click the play buttons below to hear recordings of each of the four movements.
The new SmartMusic is here. It works on nearly any web-enabled devices (including Chromebooks and iPads), is more affordable, and offers a host of new features. It’s easy to use, and you can get started today.
That said, maybe you’d feel more confident going back to school this fall if you had some instruction using the new SmartMusic.
Chances are it wasn’t your love of the grading process that inspired you to become a music educator.
That’s why, in developing the new SmartMusic, we created a simple, intuitive gradebook. So you can spend less time with rubrics and more with Rossini.Introducing a Better Gradebook
This new gradebook is color coded so you can quickly assess student performance at a glance.
This month we added 25 new ensemble titles to the SmartMusic Repertoire Library. Included are new pieces for choir, concert band, string orchestra, and seven pieces for jazz band. View the complete list here.
As part of our celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month we’ll focus on one of those pieces, Vince Gassi’s arrangement of Louis Prima’s classic Sing, Sing, Sing, which was immortalized by Benny Goodman’s 1938 Carnegie Hall performance.
There’s nothing little about a big band, from the huge sound to the amount of work and expertise it takes to successfully direct one. We’ve compiled tips from experienced jazz educators from across the country to help big band directors everywhere.
They share their experience on jazz conducting, teaching swing, and what jazz festival judges want to hear.
Today we’d like to recognize Chris Gleason, the 2016-2017 Wisconsin Middle School Teacher of the Year, a national semifinalist for the 2017 Grammy Music Educator Award, and the only music educator among the four finalists for the National Teacher of the Year Award.
Those are just a few of the recent accolades Chris has received.