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.

SmartMusic, Sight Reading, and Aural Skills

Much has been written, in this blog and elsewhere, about using SmartMusic with young band and orchestra students. Less ink has been devoted to using SmartMusic to guide the development of sight-reading and aural skills, particularly at the college level. MakeMusic’s Leigh Kallestad recently spoke to Matthew Shaftel, Associate Professor of Music Theory at Florida State University, about how SmartMusic has been implemented in their programs.

SmartMusic 2012a is here. Do you need it?

SmartMusic 2012a is here. If you don’t plan to create SmartMusic accompaniments with Finale 2012, you don’t need the SmartMusic update. No action is required: you’re off the hook.

If you create SmartMusic accompaniments with Finale 2011 or earlier versions of Finale, you don’t need SmartMusic 2012a either.

SmartMusic Blog: Garritan Joins the MakeMusic Family


Butchart Gardens, Victoria, BC

MakeMusic announced today that it has signed an agreement to purchase Garritan Corporation, makers of Garritan Personal Orchestra and several other best-in-class virtual sound libraries. Founder Gary Garritan will join MakeMusic as director of instrumental sciences.

My wife, Becca, and I enjoyed spending some time with Gary and his wife, Marianne, when we visited beautiful Vancouver Island near the end of October.

SmartMusic Blog: Truck vs. Marching Band



It’s your worst nightmare come to life: a big truck races toward your marching band. It’s all part of the job for Brian Timmons, director of bands at Bergenfield High School in Bergenfield, NJ.

Last March I blogged about the Bergenfield band’s appearance on the Today Show, and at that time Brian mentioned that that they’d also recently participated in some scenes for “Tower Heist,” an upcoming film starring Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy.

SmartMusic adds “Top Praise and Worship Instrumental Solos”



“Top Praise and Worship Instrumental Solos” is new to the SmartMusic library. It is a collection featuring popular worship music performed around the world, specially arranged for the Level 2-3 player.

The following titles are included in the collection:

Beautiful One Hughes, Tim Blessed Be Your Name Redman, Beth & Redman, Matt Everlasting God Brown, Brenton & Riley, Ken Here I Am to Worship Hughes, Tim Holy Is the Lord Tomlin, Chris & Giglio, Louie How Great Is Our God Tomlin, Chris & Cash, Ed & Reeves, Jesse Indescribable Reeves, Jesse & Story, Laura Jesus Messiah Carson, Daniel & Tomlin, Chris & Cash, Ed & Reeves, Jesse Lord I Lift Your Name on High Founds, Rick Marvelous Light Hall, Charlie Wonderful Cross, The Tomlin, Chris & Walt, J.D.

SmartMusic Blog: Meet Bruce Pearson

Most of us first began our musical study with a method book. While I can’t recall the color of any of my other grade school textbooks, I retain a vivid image of my first method book: It clearly represented an important doorway in my life.

SmartMusic Gets Spooky

The hardworking elves on the SmartMusic Repertoire Development Team recently released a new collection, titled Spooky Solos, just in time for, well, fall. Everything in the collection—the arrangements, the audio accompaniments, and even the impressive jack-o-lantern on the cover—was created by MakeMusic employees.

New Band and Orchestra Titles added to SmartMusic


Our repertoire development team just added 22 new band and orchestra titles to SmartMusic!

Concert Band:

Adventures Down Under Australian Folksong arr. by Higgins, John Albany Fanfare Owens, William Blue and Green Music Hazo, Samuel R. Clair De Lune Debussy, Claude arr.