Using SmartMusic for Better Sectionals

Using SmartMusic for Better Sectionals

As we all know, sectional rehearsals break up a large ensemble up into smaller groups. Directors can structure sectionals in many different ways. Sectional rehearsals can be done outside of class or replace regular class rehearsals. They can feature larger instrument groups (winds vs. strings, brass vs. percussion), instrument types (low brass vs.

Video: Asa Burk Shares Tips on Improving Sight Reading

Video: Asa Burk Shares Tips on Improving Sight Reading

Sight-reading skills aren’t just important in states that include sight reading in their evaluation contest – or just in the weeks preceding contest. They’re vital to every student, every day. Improved sight reading results in heightened awareness, better listening, and more accountability in the ensemble.

Asa Burk is the associate director of bands at Argyle High School in Argyle, Texas.

Recent Additions to the New SmartMusic

Recent Additions to the New SmartMusic

Over the summer we made many improvements to the new SmartMusic, including a new tuner, to get it ready for back-to-school. But we didn’t stop once school began. We continue to improve the new SmartMusic every day. In today’s post, we’ll highlight some of our more recent additions to the new SmartMusic, including the all-new Practice Analysis feature (seen above).

Using the New SmartMusic for All-State Auditions

Using the New SmartMusic for All-State Auditions 2

Before you know it, students will be auditioning for all-state ensembles. Now is a great time to start putting a system into place to help them. In this archived webinar, we’ll show you some best practices, using the new SmartMusic to help students perfect their audition etudes and excerpts outside of class.

Featured Content: Portrait of a Clown

Featured Content: "Portrait of a Clown"

Today’s featured content is Frank Ticheli’s Portrait of a Clown. This Grade 2 piece masterfully portrays the varied emotions of the clown. Because it doesn’t rely heavily on low brass and low woodwinds, it’s often a great choice for young band programs that have not yet fully developed those sections.

Take Your Music Technology to the Next Level – With SmartMusic

Take Your Music Technology to the Next Level – With SmartMusic

Technology in the classroom is more than just a fad. It has the potential to transform the way teachers do their jobs and helps students learn effectively in their “native” environment. In yesterday’s post, Katie Wardrobe shared seven ways you can “level up” your use of music technology, whether you’re a beginner just getting started with classroom technology or a veteran who’s been using tech tools for years.

Framing the Lesson: Improving Intonation Using Singing

Framing the Lesson: improving Intonation Using Singing

Helping each student develop a sense of relative pitch can dramatically improve your ensemble’s intonation. One common technique to help instrumentalists internalize relative pitch is to have them sing. Incorporating singing into your rehearsal is a great technique, but students shouldn’t lose sight of the final learning goal: to improve their intonation.

Using Framing Strategies to Teach Rhythm

Using Framing Strategies to Teach Rhythm

Teachers work hard to make sure that beginning instrumentalists develop a strong sense of internal pulse. Framing this learning objective for students in your lesson plan can help make sure that they understand the goal. Better yet, framing can help you check for student understanding and lead to a more efficient rehearsal.

SmartMusic Repertoire Update: September 2017

SmartMusic Repertoire Update: September 2017

September is here and the school year is up and running!

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

View the complete list.



We invite you to explore the full SmartMusic Repertoire Library and/or request additional titles you’d like us to add.