New SmartMusic Tips: A Music Educator Panel Discussion

New SmartMusic Tips: A Music Educator Panel Discussion

Leigh Kallestad and Giovanna Cruz are both experienced music educators. As part of  MakeMusic’s Education Services team, they recently led a webinar panel discussion, along with guests  Dr. Glenn Pohland, professor at Loras College, IA and Mike Gibson, Director of Bands at Ridgeview Middle School, in Sandy Springs, GA.

Both Glenn and Mike have currently switched from the classic SmartMusic to the new web-based SmartMusic.

Why Switch to the New SmartMusic?

Why Switch to the New SmartMusic?

By now you’ve probably heard there is a new web-based version of SmartMusic available. If you are a classic SmartMusic user you are likely wondering why you should switch to the new version. We recently hosted a webinar titled “Why Switch to the New SmartMusic?” so you could see exactly why.

SmartMusic Microphones

Do you need a SmartMusic microphone? It depends; many devices no longer require one. Check out the specifics below – you may already own everything you need!

New SmartMusic

If you’re using the new SmartMusic, an external microphone is generally not needed. In some instances, an external microphone may be helpful for positioning on select instruments.

Update on the New SmartMusic

Update on the New SmartMusic

We introduced the new SmartMusic last September, and it was officially launched in December. Over these first 6 months, our top priority has been to improve the new SmartMusic to meet and exceed the expectations of all music educators. In this process, our focus has been to:

Gather, listen to and answer user feedback on a daily basis, and to Be as agile and quick as possible to implement new features and solutions.

The New SmartMusic Is Here!

The New SmartMusic Is Here!

In September we first made the new SmartMusic available in a limited release. Since then it has continued to evolve thanks to the hundreds of music educators who have provided valuable feedback. Today we are formally launching it with a new website that supports both the new SmartMusic and the the classic version of the acclaimed music practice platform.

Using Formative Assessment in the Music Classroom

It’s a common scenario — you’re stuck in a professional development session that doesn’t apply to you because your ensemble classroom isn’t like a math or language arts class. You want to work with these great teaching techniques, but the presenter just doesn’t understand the limitations and circumstances involved in the music classroom.

Update on the New SmartMusic Beta Test: May 31, 2016

Update on the new SmartMusic beta test

As we did on April 14 and May 2, today’s post is a progress update on the collaboration between the SmartMusic development team and the hundreds of music educators who are participating in the beta test of the new SmartMusic. While we are no longer adding new testers to the SmartMusic beta program, these posts make public some of the accomplishments that have been made in the last few weeks.

Frank Ticheli Music Now in SmartMusic

Frank Ticheli Music Now in SmartMusic

Back in February MakeMusic announced a new partnership with Manhattan Beach Music, publishers of the music of Timothy Broege, Bob Margolis, Michael Markowski, Steve Rouse, Frank Ticheli, and many other fine concert band composers and arrangers.

Today we’re excited to announce that the first batch of Manhattan Beach titles is now available in SmartMusic.

Update on the New SmartMusic Beta Test: May 2, 2016

Update on the new SmartMusic beta testLast month we offered our first peek into the beta testing currently under way with the new SmartMusic. Since then great progress has been made thanks to the hundreds of music educators who’ve provided us with input.

Here are just some of the accomplishments we’ve made together in the last few weeks:

13 Bugs Identified & Fixed

Again, these were primarily small bugs, mostly related to the assignment and grading loop, but we’re grateful to put them behind us.

Alfred Music Joins the Peaksware Family

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Earlier today, SmartMusic’s parent company Peaksware, announced that Alfred Music, the world’s largest educational music publisher, will be joining its portfolio of companies. This is very exciting news for us at MakeMusic. But what does it mean for our products and our customers?

Both Alfred Music and MakeMusic will continue to operate independently.