A Free Lesson Plan for Using Differentiation with SmartMusic

A Free Lesson Plan for Using Differentiation with SmartMusic

How do you take a performance of a wind band standard to the next level? Inevitably, the answer involves phrasing, dynamics, and musicality. Of course, teaching these musical concepts can be difficult. You can make it easier by helping your students take ownership of their own musical decisions.

Using differentiated instruction in your lesson plan can also help.  

Free Lesson Plan for Your Music Sub

Free Lesson Plan for Your Music Sub

There are few things worse than unexpectedly needing a sub. It often begins with an unexpected circumstance that upsets your routine, followed by the realization of what the consequences will be for your classroom. You’ll miss rehearsal time with your students, your sub may or may not have music experience, and you might not even be able to contact them beforehand.

3 Ways to Include Your Method Book in Lesson Plans

3 Ways to Include Your Method Book in Lesson Plans

Yesterday, guest author Chris Bernotas talked about how to get the most from your method book. Choosing the right resource, understanding it, and making it a part of your ensemble goes a long way.  Making that method the focal point of your lesson plan, however, can be more difficult.

It’s easy to simply choose the next exercise in the book and make it the introduction to tomorrow’s rehearsal.

Featured Content: Alfred’s Basic Guitar Method

Alfred's Basic Guitar Method

This month the spotlight is on “Alfred’s Basic Guitar Method, Book 1.” Originally introduced in 1956, Alfred’s Basic Guitar Method has become the standard, having helped launch more than 5 million guitarists.

What’s New?

The music in the method has evolved significantly since 1956, and now includes blues, country, folk, jazz, rock and pop music.

New SmartMusic Tips: A Music Educator Panel Discussion

New SmartMusic Tips: A Music Educator Panel Discussion

Leigh Kallestad and Giovanna Cruz are both experienced music educators. As part of  MakeMusic’s Education Services team, they recently led a webinar panel discussion, along with guests  Dr. Glenn Pohland, professor at Loras College, IA and Mike Gibson, Director of Bands at Ridgeview Middle School, in Sandy Springs, GA.

Both Glenn and Mike have currently switched from the classic SmartMusic to the new web-based SmartMusic.

Why Switch to the New SmartMusic?

Why Switch to the New SmartMusic?

By now you’ve probably heard there is a new web-based version of SmartMusic available. If you are a classic SmartMusic user you are likely wondering why you should switch to the new version. We recently hosted a webinar titled “Why Switch to the New SmartMusic?” so you could see exactly why.

SmartMusic Repertoire Update: June 2017

June Repertoire Update 2017

Summer is here!

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

There’s also one new piece for jazz band. Just one? Well, heck, those kids can improvise! View the complete list.