Educator Spotlight at T.M.E.A. Pt. 5

Rene Lira
Director of Bands, Coyle Middle School

Rene uses SmartMusic extensively both inside and outside the classroom. He uses the standard Gradebook functions such as sight-reading, rhythm, and automated assignments as well as picking concert music from the built-in repertoire. This video shows how Rene:

  • Uses SmartMusic in the classroom
  • Picks random etudes from a method book to sight-read
  • Grades for submission only on sight-reading
  • Uses the tuner daily
  • Uses the recording feature to archive progress of the full ensemble when preparing for a concert
  • Uses camtasia to explain assignments for over the summer


Rene Lira is currently in his 19th year as a music educator.  A native of San Antonio, TX, he attended John Jay HS (’89) and then received his Bachelors degree from the University of North Texas (‘94) Rene began his career in New Braunfels, with stops at Greenville middle school and North Garland HS.  Rene is currently the Director of Bands at Coyle Middle School in Rowlett, TX. 

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