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.

Spotlight on “The Articulate Jazz Musician”

Spotlight on "The Articulate Jazz Musician"

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

Also added was an excellent jazz method book titled “The Articulate Jazz Musician.” This medium-difficulty level method supports standard jazz band instruments as well as flute, clarinet, and tuba.

Top 10 SmartMusic Blog Posts of 2016

top 10 SmartMusic blog posts

2016 changed some of us for the better, others not so much. It’s been a big year for SmartMusic with the launch of our new web-based platform, bringing SmartMusic to Chromebooks, and giving clinics across the country. Through all the ups and downs of 2016, our goal on the blog has been to pass on the best music education tips we possibly can.

Top 10 Most Played SmartMusic Titles of 2016

top 10 smartmusic titles

2016 is nearly over. Some of us are saying good riddance, some of us are cherishing memories of this year, and some of us are just enjoying winter break before it’s over. As part of our year-end reflection, we took a look at which pieces in the SmartMusic library were performed most in 2016 and compiled the top 10 most played SmartMusic titles in this blog post.

New Repertoire Plus Music Showcased at Midwest Clinic

New Repertoire Plus Music Showcased at Midwest Clinic

This month we added 31 new ensemble titles to the SmartMusic Repertoire Library. Included are new pieces for concert band, jazz band, and string orchestra. View the complete list.  

Midwest Clinic

Many of the new titles added this month will be performed at the Midwest Clinic, the international band and orchestra conference that happens in Chicago every December.

The New SmartMusic Is Here!

The New SmartMusic Is Here!

In September we first made the new SmartMusic available in a limited release. Since then it has continued to evolve thanks to the hundreds of music educators who have provided valuable feedback. Today we are formally launching it with a new website that supports both the new SmartMusic and the the classic version of the acclaimed music practice platform.