Teacher Tip: Creating a Holiday CD for Parents

Teacher Jim Schulz shares how he creates a CD using SmartMusic.

Creating a Holiday CD for parents using SmartMusic is a project I have used in some variation over many years. I am currently doing this project with my 6th grade string players.  If you don’t wish to create a holiday CD, you could use this template for other projects such as a portfolio of your students’ progress.

Teacher Tip: Implement Deliberate Practice

Kevin Mead, band director at Churchville-Chili High School in New York, shares how he is using SmartMusic to guide his students’ practice.

Our challenge: “Pineapple Poll”

The Churchville-Chili Wind Ensemble is currently working on the first movement of “Pineapple Poll”. I wanted to encourage and reward the students’ use of a “deliberate practice” approach for learning this challenging piece of music.

Teacher Tip: Students Select Concert Music

Ted Scalzo SMARTBoard

Music educators across the United States are using SmartMusic to engage their students in class and motivate them to practice at home. Here is Ted Scalzo’s (Bayshore H.S., Long Island, retired) story of how he asked his Wind Ensemble students to use SmartMusic to choose their concert music.

Feature Friday: How to Demonstrate SmartMusic to Parents

FeatureFriday_BlogHeader_Editable 2As a teacher, you know the importance of communicating with the parents of your students. Sharing with them your class goals, grading policies, and expectations helps everyone feel more comfortable and can alleviate possible misunderstandings throughout the year.

Teachers often ask how they can get more students to use SmartMusic for home practice.

Thank You Music Teachers


All of us here at MakeMusic on this National Teacher Appreciation Day, want to say ‘Thank You’ to all teachers for everything that you do.  Today we especially want to send our appreciation to all music teachers.

We know that being a music teacher is more than showing up in the morning, teaching and then leaving in the afternoon.

Feature Friday: Vocal Series Part 1

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Homework For Choir

Imagine having homework for your choir!  Every student can now develop their sight-reading skills and becoming independent singers with SmartMusic.  Watch the video below to see sight singing with SmartMusic.


Leigh Kallestad, MakeMusic Education Manager
Cynthia Gonzales, Texas State University


Midwest Panel Discussion Video Series Pt. 4

Midwest Clinic 1Marty Magnini, Cary Grove Comm. H.S.

Marty has been using accompaniment technology since the Vivace days, and has many great SmartMusic tips for educators of all experience levels. Take a few minutes to hear his story at the 2014 Midwest Clinic. If you were interested in the mail merge concept that Marty describes, take a look at the second video that outlines a new feature in SmartMusic: rubrics.

Midwest Panel Discussion Video Series Pt. 3

Midwest Clinic 1Mike Holden, Highcrest Middle School

Although Mike technically is the “youngster” of the group, his use of SmartMusic in the past four years allows him to offer sage SmartMusic tips in this Midwest Panel Discussion. Mike uses SmartMusic to give his students more exposure to pieces before they play as an ensemble.

Feature Friday: Tuner and Metronome

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Successful implementation of SmartMusic can improve and streamline so many of the tasks a music teacher does on a daily basis, both inside and outside your classroom. That being said, it’s human nature to fall into a routine that may not be using all of SmartMusic’s capabilities.