James Mick on the Importance of Delivery in Rehearsal

James Mick on the Importance of Delivery in Rehearsal

James Mick is an associate professor of music education at Ithaca College in upstate New York. In February I heard Dr. Mick give an inspiring TMEA workshop on getting the most out of your orchestra rehearsals. His presentation was extremely informative and offered many really practical suggestions for improvement. We spoke more recently about just one aspect of his presentation, focusing on the importance of how a director delivers information.

Help for the Rock Guitarist in Your Jazz Band

Help for the Rock Guitarist in Your Jazz Band

Here’s the scenario; the middle school jazz band needs a guitarist. The best applicant is a rocker, who has some facility, can play in time, and is interested.

The first tune is a Basie-style swing tune. The chart says Ab7. The guitarist can produce a six string barre chord of the same name, but what’s next?

Kay Hawley and International Women’s Day

Kay Hawley and International Women’s Day

Today, Tuesday, March 8, is International Women’s Day, an opportunity to celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievement of women. In observation of the day I’d like to recognize one inspirational music educator.

Kay Hawley grew up in rural Minnesota, the only girl among four brothers; even most of her cousins were male.

SmartMusic for iPad Update

SM_Carousel on iPad

A new version of SmartMusic for iPad is now available at the Apple iTunes Store.

This release brings the new carousel experience (found on the desktop version of SmartMusic and seen above) to the iPad. All students will now see SmartMusic repertoire suggestions and will find browsing for music greatly simplified.

SmartMusic Repertoire Released


Dec-Repertoire-Release_blog

This week we added 30 new ensemble titles to the SmartMusic Repertoire Library. These additions are listed below and include choral titles as well as pieces for concert band, jazz ensemble, string orchestra and full orchestra.

We’ve also added 12 classical chamber pieces for assorted instruments.

SmartMusic Repertoire Released: 26 Ensemble Titles

This week we added 26 new ensemble titles to the SmartMusic Repertoire Library. These additions are listed below and include choral titles as well as pieces for concert band, jazz ensemble, string orchestra and full orchestra.

The carousel on the SmartMusic home page has also been updated, replacing Spooky repertoire with Holiday titles, and the Sample page seen when you click “Skip to Demo” on the SmartMusic LOG IN page has been updated to allow those trying out SmartMusic to get a better sense of the new carousel interface.

SmartMusic Update October 2015

SmartMusic Carousel

Today we released an exciting SmartMusic update. Upon launching SmartMusic you’ll now see an updated carousel on the home page (pictured above). Not only does it include new content, the carousel now rotates, placing more playing options at your students’ fingertips.

In this same vein we’ve also added additional genres below the carousel, including Spooky, Holiday, TV and Toons, Latin Feel, Spiritual, and Romantic.

SmartMusic Repertoire Released: Ensemble & Solo Titles

SmartMusic September Repertoire Release

This week we added 30 new ensemble titles to the SmartMusic Repertoire Library. These additions included choral titles as well as pieces for concert band, jazz ensemble, string orchestra and full orchestra.

But that’s not all. We also released:

Several new keyboard collections for use with MIDI keyboards Three books of keyboard solo collections by Lorie Line Five books of jazz solo collections by Gordon Goodwin

All the titles and details appear in the two charts below:

Large Ensemble Titles Title Comp/Arr Publisher Music Type Pepper Level Undercover Bossa Jarvis, Jeff Kendor Music, Inc.

Mark Wood and Electrify Your Strings

Mark Wood

Dubbed “The Les Paul of The Violin World” by PBS, Mark Wood is a Juilliard-trained violist who first gained world-wide attention performing with the internationally acclaimed Trans-Siberian Orchestra. In addition to touring as a sideman with world-class artists including Billy Joel, Kanye West, Lenny Kravitz and Celine Dion, Wood is also a recording artist, producer, inventor, Emmy-winning composer and music education advocate.

Tarpon Springs: Developing a BOA Grand Nationals Show

Kevin Ford and Tarpon Springs at Grand Nationals

The Tarpon Springs High School music program is extremely successful, with seven different ensembles performing on a national level. A few weeks ago I began a conversation with band director Kevin Ford in which we learned a bit about the program, staff, and their use of SmartMusic.