Technology in the classroom is more than just a fad. It has the potential to transform the way teachers do their jobs and helps students learn effectively in their “native” environment. In yesterday’s post, Katie Wardrobe shared seven ways you can “level up” your use of music technology, whether you’re a beginner just getting started with classroom technology or a veteran who’s been using tech tools for years.
UPDATE 10/20/17: Today we updated this post to include the latest details about SmartMusic and High Sierra. Feel free to skip this post if you’re using SmartMusic on Windows or a previous Mac operating system.
On Monday, September 25, 2017, Apple released High Sierra, the latest Macintosh operating system.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.