Top 5 SmartMusic Blog Posts of 2017

Top 5 SmartMusic Blog Posts of 2017

The goal of the SmartMusic blog is to share actionable advice that music educators can put to use in the classroom. While we all have our personal favorites, these are the top five SmartMusic blog posts of 2017 according to you:

5. Considering the Hidden Curriculum in Music Classrooms

Hidden curriculum refers to the unwritten, unofficial, and often unintended lessons, values, and perspectives that students learn in school.

New SmartMusic Update – December 2017

In the last month, we’ve made many improvements to help educators work more efficiently with the new SmartMusic. Today we’ll provide some details on what’s new in assignments, grading, and the administration of SmartMusic seats. We’ll also share some hints on what SmartMusic news we might announce this week at the Midwest Clinic.

Music Showcased at the 2017 Midwest Clinic

Music Showcased at the 2017 Midwest Clinic

The 71st Annual Midwest Clinic International Band, Orchestra, and Music Conference takes place in Chicago this week, December 20-23, 2017.

This conference originated in 1946 as means to provide directors with an opportunity to discover new repertoire. Today it offers more than 40 concerts, 90 clinics, and 400 exhibitors and remains a great way to discover new music.

SmartMusic Repertoire Update: December 2017

SmartMusic Repertoire Update: December 2017

This month we’ve added 13 new ensemble titles to the SmartMusic Repertoire Library. Included are pieces for concert band and string orchestra.

View the complete list.

But wait, there’s more! We also added five brand-new method books. These include Vocalize! (Alfred), Sound Innovations: Creative Warmups (Alfred), Measures of Success for Strings, Book 2 (FJH), My First Arban (Carl Fischer), and My First Universal (Carl Fischer).

5 Innovative Ideas to Retain Beginning Music Students

5 Innovative Ideas to Retain Beginning Music Students

As orchestra, choir, and band directors, one of our biggest fears is that our programs will eventually disappear because of attrition. Yet we know that every year, a large number of kids register and participate in beginning ensembles. Clearly, the solution is to retain those beginners and keep them in the fold through their middle and high school careers.

SmartMusic Repertoire Update: November 2017

SmartMusic Repertoire Update: November 2017

In November we give thanks for the bountiful music we have at our fingertips. Well, that and other things, too.

This month we’ve added 13 new ensemble titles to the SmartMusic Repertoire Library. Included are pieces for choir, concert band, and string orchestra.

View the complete list.

New SmartMusic Update – November 2017

New SmartMusic Update - November 2017

Over the last month, we’ve been making improvements in the new SmartMusic for teachers, students, and administrators. We’ve also introduced some features, added new content, and refined existing titles. Please check out the highlights below.

New Features Grading scale and grading calendars can now be shared among classes. This means you only have to create them once, and they’ll become available for all other classes.