SmartMusic Repertoire Released: 34 Ensemble Titles

SmartMusic Repertoire Release for August

This week we added 34 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:

‘S Wonderful Gershwin, Ira; Gershwin, George; Baker, Paul Alfred Publishing Co., Inc. Jazz Ensemble ME Witching Hour, The Standridge, Randall D.

SmartMusic Update August 2015

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Today we released a SmartMusic update. While a few small improvements are included, the primary purpose of this release was to resolve two issues:

Certain Mac users were crashing when exporting MP3 files or submitting assignments An SSL handshake issue was preventing some Windows users from launching SmartMusic

If you are using the latest version of SmartMusic, this update will be applied automatically unless you have turned off automatic updates.

Tarpon Springs, Florida: Marching Band Champions and More

Tarpon Springs at Grand Nationals

I keep hearing great things from Florida about the Tarpon Springs High School music program, whose marching band is a seven-time Bands of America AA and AAA Division National Champion (seen above in Grand Nationals). Some of their more recent accomplishments include:

2014 Bands of America Grand National Champions and AA National Champions One of 11 bands selected to perform at the 2013 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Director Kevin Ford named the 2014 Outstanding Educator for Pinellas County Public Schools Director Kevin Ford one of five finalists for the 2015 Florida State Teacher of the Year award

Not only do they also have an incredible jazz band program (a 2015 Berklee High School Jazz Festival Champion), the department has seven different ensembles performing on a national level.

2015 Southwest Summer Music Exhibition

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The 2015 Southwest Summer Music Exhibition begins this Thursday on the beautiful River Walk in San Antonio, Texas.

We hope to see you there! Stop by booth #4055 and get more information on how we’re bringing SmartMusic to Chromebook, our brand new choir repertoire, and how Texas Proclamation 2015 could fund SmartMusic in your classroom.

Choral Music in SmartMusic

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Last week, for the first time ever, we added choir repertoire to SmartMusic. In addition, a new Choir category was added to the “Find Music” section within SmartMusic to make these titles easily discoverable:

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Most of the choral pieces found in SmartMusic today are titles that are regularly at the top of state contests lists.

Rob Stein on Marching Band and SmartMusic

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Musicians and superheroes have a lot in common. Besides both being forces for good, they also frequently fulfill different roles by day and night. Rob Stein is one such musician, working as an instrumental music teacher by day and a composer/entrepreneur by night (and weekends) as the owner of Standing ‘O’ Marching, creators of custom marching music.

SmartMusic Choir Repertoire Released

Choir Repertoire Update

Last week we added 49 SmartMusic choir titles to our continually growing collection of repertoire:

Title Comp/Arr Publisher Pepper Level African Noel – TTB Moore, Donald; South African Folk Song BriLee Music Publishing Co. ME Agnus Dei – SATB Porterfield, Sherri Alfred Publishing Co., Inc. M Amor De Mi Alma – SATB Stroope, Z.

MakeMusic Acquires Weezic

Early this morning we announced that MakeMusic has acquired Weezic, the augmented sheet music innovator. View the press release.

Weezic and MakeMusicMembers of the Weezic and MakeMusic teams, seen in MakeMusic’s Boulder offices in June, 2015.

If you’re not familiar with what Weezic brings to music practice, check out this introductory video or read the announcement on their site.

SmartMusic Update July 2015

SmartMusic Product Update

We are happy to announce that SmartMusic will be updated in the next few days.

Additions include:

Choral content – A new Choir category has been added to Find Music and will appear in My Library when choral content is downloaded. Login update – The login page now appears when you launch SmartMusic.

SmartMusic Repertoire Released: 20 Ensemble Titles

SmartMusic Repertoire Released

We recently added another 20 new ensemble titles to the growing collection of SmartMusic repertoire. Among the pieces for Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, String Orchestra and Full Orchestra included in this batch are:

Nautical Bits & Pieces (Based on Favorite Sea and River Songs)

Nautical Bits and Pieces

As the title suggests, “Nautical Bits & Pieces” contains short excerpts from eight well-known sea and river songs.