This month’s featured title is Michael Markowski’s Shadow Rituals, a wonderful piece for young band that’s available today in SmartMusic. Markowski describes this rhythmic and energetic piece as a dark and mystical dance – a reflection of something primitive or ancient.
Click the play button below to hear a recording of Shadow Rituals.
This month we added 24 new ensemble titles to the SmartMusic Repertoire Library. Included are 14 choir titles as well as new pieces for concert band and string orchestra. View the complete list.TMEA Clinic/Convention
This week many music educators (and MakeMusic employees) are in San Antonio, Texas for the 2017 TMEA Clinic/Convention.
Recently, our repertoire development team conducted an informal survey of MakeMusic employees regarding their favorite SmartMusic pieces. We’ll share their replies as “Staff Picks” in the next few months within SmartMusic, on this blog, and on our Instagram account (@smartmusicofficial).
Our social media manager, Ryan Sargent, chose “The Battle Pavane” as one of his favorites because it was, “One of the very last pieces I conducted with my middle schoolers before coming to work for MakeMusic; I’ll always remember that final concert!”
Click the play button below to hear a recording of “The Battle Pavane” and click on the cover to follow along in the score.
This month we added 12 new ensemble titles to the SmartMusic Repertoire Library. Included are new pieces for concert band, string orchestra, and choir. View the complete list here.
Also added was an excellent jazz method book titled “The Articulate Jazz Musician.” This medium-difficulty level method supports standard jazz band instruments as well as flute, clarinet, and tuba.
2016 is nearly over. Some of us are saying good riddance, some of us are cherishing memories of this year, and some of us are just enjoying winter break before it’s over. As part of our year-end reflection, we took a look at which pieces in the SmartMusic library were performed most in 2016 and compiled the top 10 most played SmartMusic titles in this blog post.
This month we added 31 new ensemble titles to the SmartMusic Repertoire Library. Included are new pieces for concert band, jazz band, and string orchestra. View the complete list.Midwest Clinic
Many of the new titles added this month will be performed at the Midwest Clinic, the international band and orchestra conference that happens in Chicago every December.
Today we’re featuring Frank Ticheli’s wonderful setting of the traditional tune: Loch Lomond, which was recently added to SmartMusic. This is a powerful concert band piece at a medium-easy difficulty level.
Click the play button below to hear a recording of Loch Lomond.
As we approach the upcoming holiday season, you may wish to encourage your students to perform holiday-themed music at home. This can create some wonderful memories, especially when done as families gather for celebrations. We did this with our kids, and it was especially enjoyed by their visiting grandparents.