SmartMusic Ask Me Anything

SmartMusic Ask Me Anything

The new SmartMusic improves so quickly, it can be hard to keep track off all that’s new, let alone what you can do with it for just $40 a year.

In this archived webinar, Leigh Kallestad and Giovanna Cruz answer questions music educators have about the new SmartMusic.

Dan Pinkston Uses SmartMusic’s Tuner with His Students

Dan Pinkston Uses SmartMusic’s Tuner with His Students

Hear Dan Pinkston describe how his band students benefit – both in class and at home – from the immediate visual feedback they receive from the tuner in the new SmartMusic.

Dan also answers the riddle, “How is using a tuner like using a pencil sharpener?” If you don’t know how they’re similar, check it out; the answer may be helpful for your students.

Featured Content: Frank Ticheli’s An American Elegy

Featured Content: Frank Ticheli’s "An American Elegy"

This month we feature Frank Ticheli’s An American Elegy, a powerful grade 4 piece suitable for high school, college, and university bands. To view the score and hear the recording simultaneously, first click the play button:


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

The Director’s Guide to Recruitment + Instrument Selection

The Director's Guide to Recruitment and Instrument Selection

As a band or orchestra director, few tasks are more important than recruiting new students. To help ensure the longevity of your music program, we’ve compiled recruitment and instrument selection advice from top educators across the country.

Whether you’ve experienced just a few instrument fitting days, or dozens, these tips that can help your next event be more successful with less effort.

“The way we use SmartMusic now…”

“The way we use SmartMusic now...”

Last week we shared the first of a series of short video interviews with Dan Pinkston, instrumental music teacher at Monarch K-8 in Louisville, CO. Since then Dan received Boulder Valley School District’s “Impact Award,” for bringing “a high level of integrity to his work.”

This week we’d like to congratulate Dan and share more of his successful approach with you.

“What’s worked well for us in the new SmartMusic…”

“What’s worked well for us in the new SmartMusic…”

We can tell you all day about how fantastic the new SmartMusic is, but it’s not the same as hearing it from someone who’s using it with their students every day. So we drove over to Monarch K-8 (it’s in nearby Louisville, Colorado) to interview band director Dan Pinkson.

In the resulting series of short videos, Dan shares his personal experience with the new SmartMusic.

SmartMusic Repertoire Update: March 2018

SmartMusic Repertoire Update: March 2018

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

Solos

As we mentioned previously, we also busily adding solos to new SmartMusic. These solos are also available in classic SmartMusic, but only in new SmartMusic do they feature on-screen music notation.

The Band Director’s Guide to Student Retention

The Band Director’s Guide to Student Retention

The future of our music programs depends upon our ability to retain enrolled students. Our retention efforts must be ongoing, and should begin when we first meet each beginning music student.

We’ve compiled advice from successful educators that you can use to enhance your retention process. While their focus is on band, many of these strategies work equally well in orchestra and choir programs.

Featured Content: Frank Ticheli’s Sanctuary

Featured Content: Frank Ticheli’s "Sanctuary"

This month we feature Frank Ticheli’s Sanctuary. This remarkable grade 5 concert band piece is suitable for college bands.

To view the score and hear the recording simultaneously, first click the play button:

 

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