Over the last month, we’ve been making improvements in the new SmartMusic for teachers, students, and administrators. We’ve also introduced some features, added new content, and refined existing titles. Please check out the highlights below.New Features Grading scale and grading calendars can now be shared among classes. This means you only have to create them once, and they’ll become available for all other classes.
Over the summer we made many improvements to the new SmartMusic, including a new tuner, to get it ready for back-to-school. But we didn’t stop once school began. We continue to improve the new SmartMusic every day. In today’s post, we’ll highlight some of our more recent additions to the new SmartMusic, including the all-new Practice Analysis feature (seen above).
Before you know it, students will be auditioning for all-state ensembles. Now is a great time to start putting a system into place to help them. In this archived webinar, we’ll show you some best practices, using the new SmartMusic to help students perfect their audition etudes and excerpts outside of class.
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.