Adding Your Own Content to SmartMusic

Webinar: Import and Create Your Own Music

In a previous webinar, we shared tips on exploring the vast repertoire library included with SmartMusic. But what if the music you want your students to play isn’t in SmartMusic? What if you want them to play your school’s fight song, or an exercise you’ve developed yourself?

It’s easy get additional music into the new SmartMusic.

Getting Kids to Efficiently Learn Marching Band Music

Getting Kids to Efficiently Learn Marching Band Music

Marching band season is upon us. That means there’s a lot of music to learn, and SmartMusic can help. Sending your students an assignment to learn a new piece means you spend less of your together time learning notes and rhythms, and more time taking the music further.

Great candidates for SmartMusic assignments include:

Hard music – send students the trickiest bits of music you’ll perform at marching contests Stand music – quickly learn the pop tune you’ll play in the stands or for the dance team Fight song – make it easy for freshmen to have it ready at the first practice Warm ups – easily get everyone on the same page

If it’s clear that having this music in SmartMusic is a great benefit, all that’s left is learning how to get it there.

Explore the SmartMusic Repertoire Library

Explore the SmartMusic Repertoire Library

When you try the new SmartMusic for free, you and your students receive full access to the entire SmartMusic Repertoire Library for 30 days.

Since the library is so vast, you might wonder where to start. To help make the most of your free trial, we’d like to provide you with a guide.

SmartMusic Repertoire Update: June 2018

SmartMusic Repertoire Update: June 2018

This month we’ve added 11 new ensemble titles to the SmartMusic Repertoire Library. Included are pieces for choir, concert band, and jazz ensemble. View the complete list.

New Solos

As we mentioned previously, we’re constantly adding solos to new SmartMusic. Typically these solos are also available in classic SmartMusic (where they do not include on-screen music notation).

Year-End SmartMusic Tips

Year-End SmartMusic Tips

Last week’s SmartMusic Year-End Checklist offered tips to help you efficiently wrap up SmartMusic for this school year, and set you on the right track for next fall.

This week we’re sharing an archived webinar on the same theme; perfect if you’d rather listen than read! Topics covered include:

Account management The end-of-year process Re-enrolling students for the next school year

Again, the emphasis is on efficiently closing up shop in such a way that you can most easily start up again in the fall.

Featured Content: Frank Ticheli’s Sun Dance

Featured Content: Frank Ticheli’s Sun Dance

This month we feature Frank Ticheli’s bright and joyous Sun Dance. This uplifting grade 3 piece is suitable for middle school through college and community bands. To view the score and hear the recording simultaneously, first click the play button:

 

Then follow along in the score by clicking the full-screen icon in the bottom right corner of the score window below.

SmartMusic Year-End Checklist

SmartMusic Year-End Checklist

The school year is almost over! As you count down the last few weeks (or days), you’re likely considering all sorts of year-end activities. While you check in school instruments, make plans for summer repairs, and organize your music library, it’s also worth taking a few minutes to make sure your SmartMusic account is ready for summer break, too.

Early/Late Note Assessment Added to New SmartMusic

Early/Late Note Assessment Added to New SmartMusic

We are continually refining new SmartMusic based on feedback from you. Next week we will address a very popular request; we’re adding visual feedback to indicate when a student has played a note early or late.

To clarify what will change, let’s review how this feedback has worked previously in new SmartMusic.

Get SmartMusic Up and Running

Get SmartMusic Up and Running

At first glance, the end of school year might seem like an odd time to talk about getting SmartMusic up and running. However, if you’re thinking about implementing new SmartMusic for the first time next fall, now is a pretty good time. You might even consider setting up a trial run with some of your returning students – it’s a great way to get them to practice more over the summer.

SmartMusic and Differentiated Instruction

SmartMusic and Differentiated Instruction

You’ve heard us say that SmartMusic is great for differentiated instruction. But what does that mean exactly? In this article, we’ll share some specific ways SmartMusic can help you meet the needs of every student.

Assessment

First, let’s talk about assessment.

Formative assessment is a term used to describe the techniques that teachers use to conduct in-process evaluation of the progress students are making.