Featured Content: Frank Ticheli’s Simple Gifts

Featured Content: Frank Ticheli’s Simple Gifts

This month’s featured title is Frank Ticheli’s Simple Gifts: Four Shaker Songs, based on four traditional Shaker pieces. This beautiful, mature work is suitable for middle school through college bands, as well as community bands. Best of all, this grade 3 piece is available today in SmartMusic. Click the play buttons below to hear recordings of each of the four movements.

Repertoire Spotlight on Jazz for Jazz Appreciation Month

Repertoire Spotlight on Jazz Band for Jazz Appreciation Month

This month we added 25 new ensemble titles to the SmartMusic Repertoire Library. Included are new pieces for choir, concert band, string orchestra, and seven pieces for jazz band. View the complete list here.  

As part of our celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month we’ll focus on one of those pieces, Vince Gassi’s arrangement of Louis Prima’s classic Sing, Sing, Sing, which was immortalized by Benny Goodman’s 1938 Carnegie Hall performance.

Featured Content: Frank Ticheli’s Vesuvius

Featured Content: Frank Ticheli's Vesuvius

This month’s featured title is Frank Ticheli’s Vesuvius, a powerful showpiece for strong concert bands. This exciting grade 4 piece is available today in SmartMusic. Click the play button below to hear a recording of Vesuvius. Click on the cover to follow along in the score.

Repertoire Spotlight on: Vince Gassi’s “Bang Zoom!”

Repertoire Spotlight on: Vince Gassi’s “Bang Zoom!”

This month we added 25 new ensemble titles to the SmartMusic Repertoire Library. Included are new pieces for choir, jazz ensemble, concert band, and string orchestra. View the complete list here.  

Today we’re featuring Vince Gassi’s “Bang Zoom!” which was recently added to the SmartMusic Repertoire Library. This is a very popular, fun, and easy concert band piece.

Featured Content: Michael Markowski’s Shadow Rituals

Featured Content: Michael Markowski’s Shadow Rituals

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.

New Repertoire Plus Music Showcased at TMEA

New Repertoire Plus Music Showcased at TMEA

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.

Repertoire Spotlight on Bob Margolis’ Arrangement of “The Battle Pavane”

Spotlight on Bob Margolis’ Arrangement of “The Battle Pavane”

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.

Spotlight on “The Articulate Jazz Musician”

Spotlight on "The Articulate Jazz Musician"

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.

Top 10 Most Played SmartMusic Titles of 2016

top 10 smartmusic titles

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.