Meet Product Manager Heath Mathews

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Back in December, CEO Gear Fisher introduced himself and the new MakeMusic leadership team on this blog. Today it’s my pleasure to announce another vital member of the team, our new SmartMusic Product Manager, Heath Mathews.

In addition to his new role at MakeMusic, Heath is also an active composer, currently completing two commissions from arts organizations and working on a recording project.

SmartMusic Update March 2015

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On Tuesday, March 17, we plan to release a SmartMusic update that includes two new features.

Sticky Settings

The first is something we call “Sticky Settings,” which refers to preferences you configure in SmartMusic. With the update installed, many settings will be retained when you switch between different titles within exercises and methods.

Grammy Music Educator of the Year Jared Cassedy

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This year, for the second time ever, the Recording Academy and Grammy Foundation recognized a music educator for outstanding contribution to music in the classroom. This year’s recipient is band director Jared Cassedy from Windham High School in Windham, New Hampshire.

In watching the CBS interview I was first tickled to see SmartMusic projected on the wall of Mr.

SBO Names SmartMusic “Best Student Reward Incentive”

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Boulder, CO – January 25, 2015 – MakeMusic’s SmartMusic software was named “Best Student Reward Incentive” by School Band & Orchestra magazine at the 2015 NAMM music industry trade show in Anaheim, CA. The award was part of SBO’s Best Tools for Schools presentation at the NAMM Idea Center.

MakeMusic and NAMM 2015

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Do you know the feeling of putting everything you’ve got into preparations for a recital or concert? That’s what the NAMM Show is to folks who make musical instruments, software, and accessories. Each January around 100,000 people from around the world wind up in a convention center in Anaheim, California to be the first to see the latest products and services created for musicians.

Wall Street Reporter Interview of MakeMusic CEO Karen van Lith


MakeMusic CEO Karen van Lith

Juan Costello, senior analyst for the Wall Street Reporter, recently interviewed MakeMusic CEO Karen van Lith.

In addition to highlighting our Finale, SmartMusic and Garritan products, the investor-focused conversation covers:

Recent corporate developments and partnerships, Karen’s perspective on future education and technology trends, MakeMusic’s advantages in the marketplace, Karen’s background and experience in transforming companies, and much more.

SmartMusic Spotlight on BandQuest


Composer Christopher Theofanidis with students at Betsy Ross Arts Magnet School in New Haven, CT

BandQuest® is a project of the American Composers Forum (ACF) that pairs up world-class composers with middle school bands. The program recently came up in conversation, and I realized what a great story it would make for our blog.

Free SmartMusic Inbox App Rocks the iPad

Have an iPad? A new version of the SmartMusic Inbox app is now available that puts the iPad’s added real estate to great advantage.

If you’re not yet familiar with the SmartMusic Inbox, it’s a free mobile app, created for SmartMusic educators. It provides an alternative means to review, grade, and comment on student assignments any time, any place.