Featured Content: Frank Ticheli’s Vesuvius

Featured Content: Frank Ticheli's Vesuvius

This month’s featured title is Frank Ticheli’s Vesuvius, a powerful showpiece for strong concert bands. This exciting grade 4 piece is available today in SmartMusic. Click the play button below to hear a recording of Vesuvius. Click on the cover to follow along in the score.

Young Composers Contest Announced!

Young Composers Competition Announced!

In celebration of Make Music Day 2017, MakeMusic is hosting a composition contest for young composers, aged 13-21. Please share the news with your students! The winner will receive cash and other prizes. In addition, their composition will be made available to all users of SmartMusic Teach Free and will be performed live in select cities as part of national Make Music Day celebrations.

Repertoire Spotlight on: Vince Gassi’s “Bang Zoom!”

Repertoire Spotlight on: Vince Gassi’s “Bang Zoom!”

This month we added 25 new ensemble titles to the SmartMusic Repertoire Library. Included are new pieces for choir, jazz ensemble, concert band, and string orchestra. View the complete list here.  

Today we’re featuring Vince Gassi’s “Bang Zoom!” which was recently added to the SmartMusic Repertoire Library. This is a very popular, fun, and easy concert band piece.

Update on the New SmartMusic

Update on the New SmartMusic

We introduced the new SmartMusic last September, and it was officially launched in December. Over these first 6 months, our top priority has been to improve the new SmartMusic to meet and exceed the expectations of all music educators. In this process, our focus has been to:

Gather, listen to and answer user feedback on a daily basis, and to Be as agile and quick as possible to implement new features and solutions.

Featured Content: Michael Markowski’s Shadow Rituals

Featured Content: Michael Markowski’s Shadow Rituals

This month’s featured title is Michael Markowski’s Shadow Rituals, a wonderful piece for young band that’s available today in SmartMusic. Markowski describes this rhythmic and energetic piece as a dark and mystical dance – a reflection of something primitive or ancient.

Click the play button below to hear a recording of Shadow Rituals.

New Repertoire Plus Music Showcased at TMEA

New Repertoire Plus Music Showcased at TMEA

This month we added 24 new ensemble titles to the SmartMusic Repertoire Library. Included are 14 choir titles as well as new pieces for concert band and string orchestra. View the complete list.

TMEA Clinic/Convention

This week many music educators (and MakeMusic employees) are in San Antonio, Texas for the 2017 TMEA Clinic/Convention.

Keith Hancock Wins GRAMMY Music Educator Award

Keith Hancock Wins GRAMMY Music Educator Award

The Grammys are this Sunday! While those of us in the MakeMusic office have our fingers crossed for our favorite artists, including Gordon Goodwin and fellow Finale users Tim Davies and Darcy James Argue, we already know the winner of one of the awards.

CBS This Morning announced today that Keith Hancock, the choral director at Tesoro High School in Rancho Santa Margarita, California has won this year’s Music Educator Award.

Repertoire Spotlight on Bob Margolis’ Arrangement of “The Battle Pavane”

Spotlight on Bob Margolis’ Arrangement of “The Battle Pavane”

Recently, our repertoire development team conducted an informal survey of MakeMusic employees regarding their favorite SmartMusic pieces. We’ll share their replies as “Staff Picks” in the next few months within SmartMusic, on this blog, and on our Instagram account (@smartmusicofficial).

Our social media manager, Ryan Sargent, chose “The Battle Pavane” as one of his favorites because it was, “One of the very last pieces I conducted with my middle schoolers before coming to work for MakeMusic; I’ll always remember that final concert!”

Click the play button below to hear a recording of “The Battle Pavane” and click on the cover to follow along in the score.

Free Ebook with Music Department Budgeting Tips

Free Ebook with Music Department Budgeting Tips

Now that the holiday break has faded from the rearview mirror, you’re 100% focused on fulfilling all your new year’s resolutions, right?

Not if your budget is due soon.

Budgeting is one of those things that can feel all-consuming – like there’s room for nothing else – until it has been completed.