SmartMusic Helps 600 Orchestra Students Prepare


Richard Meyer rehearsing for the Robbinsdale (MN) School District’s Spring Orchestra Festival

On Saturday, March 12, 2011, 600 orchestra students, in grades 4-12, performed together under the direction of composer Richard Meyer.

As someone who finds it challenging getting his two preschoolers into their respective car seats, the above photo fills me with a sense of awe.

SmartMusic Blog: “I had a bunch of kids failing at mid-quarter…”

Do you ever feel like you’re not communicating with your students?

Chris Porter, director of bands at Brooklyn Center High School, instructed her students to play their concert pieces with SmartMusic and submit the assessments. She indicated that the quality of their performances would not affect their grade, only whether or not they were submitted.

Meet SmartMusic Teacher Leigh Kallestad


Leigh Kallestad and Paul Copenhaver, past president MMEA. Photo by Ric Wilborn

As a senior account manager at MakeMusic, Leigh Kallestad helps educators implement SmartMusic and Finale into their music programs. With 29 years of music education experience, Leigh’s expertise does not end with MakeMusic products, and countless teachers and students have benefitted from the resources and solutions Leigh has brought to their attention.

Meet SmartMusic Teacher Windy Fullagar


Windy Fullagar and her sons, Jack (baritone) and Wilson (trumpet). I love Wilson’s shirt (although it looks pretty clean to me)!

I met Windy Fullagar at a SmartMusic workshop held in Lexington, South Carolina, last summer. Windy is a SmartMusic Advocate and strong supporter of SmartMusic.

Meet SmartMusic Teacher John Kuehn


John Kuehn and his wife enjoying a lakeside Pennsylvanian sunset

This week we feature John Kuehn, the grand prize winner in the “Share Your SmartMusic Story” contest.

John attended the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he received both his B.M. and M.M.

SmartMusic Helps Make Connections


Mark D’Angelo and Bob Grifa pictured at the 2010 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago

I think many educators occasionally question whether the long hours and paperwork are worth it. Sometimes we just need a little reminder.

While manning the SmartMusic booth at the 2010 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic I recognized a familiar face in the crowd; Mark D’Angelo, a former student I hadn’t seen in 13 years!

Meet SmartMusic Teacher Eric Wilson

This week we feature Eric Wilson, the second-place winner in the “Share Your SmartMusic Story” contest.

Eric is a graduate of Slippery Rock University (B.M.Ed.) and Arcadia University (M.M.E.). This is Eric’s 10th year teaching and his seventh year teaching at the Colonial Elementary School in Plymouth Meeting, Pa.

Meet SmartMusic Teacher Karen Froehlich


Karen and her husband (a math teacher) love to travel. Here they’re pictured at Machu Picchu on a recent trip to Peru.

This week we feature Karen Froehlich, the third-place winner in the “Share Your SmartMusic Story” contest.

Karen is a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University (B.M.Ed.) and Yale University School of Music (M.M.).

Meet SmartMusic Teacher Ron Sikes

We recently received a great email from band director Ron Sikes. Here’s an excerpt:

My high school band was selected to perform at the Missouri Music Educators Association Convention this year. We are pretty excited. It’s a crazy story. Last year was the first year of our high school, so we only had a freshman band of 20.

Meet SmartMusic Teacher Lertkiat Chongjirajitra

Lertkiat Chongjirajitra is the principal trumpet of the Bangkok Symphony, a trumpet/brass lecturer for the Silpakorn University Faculty of Music, the director of the Bangkok Silpakorn Wind Orchestra, and a Yamaha Artist.

He’s also a fervent SmartMusic advocate who recently demonstrated SmartMusic on Thailand’s national television.