SmartMusic Repertoire Update: February 2018

SmartMusic Repertoire Update: February 2018

Our Valentine’s Day gift to you is an assorted box of new repertoire!

Ensemble Titles

This month we’ve added 22 new ensemble titles to the SmartMusic Repertoire Library. Included are pieces for choir, concert band, jazz ensemble, string orchestra, and full orchestra. View the complete list.

Solos

As we mentioned last month, we also continue to add solos to new SmartMusic.

3 Science-Backed Tips to Keep Your Students Motivated

3 Science-Backed Tips to Keep Your Students Motivated

As a music educator, the way in which you manage your classroom can have a major impact on students’ success. Here are three important lessons that science teaches us about keeping students motivated, challenged, and continually improving.  

Beware of the “OK Plateau”

There are three stages to learning any skill: cognitive, associative, and autonomous.

Making Music Any Way: Encouraging Students to Create

Making Music Any Way: Encouraging Students to Create

Imagine a world where schools require students to study literature only by rewriting the words of great authors—verbatim. Teachers dive into texts, analyze sentences, share tools of expression, and tell students why these texts are so beautiful; the students, however, are never asked to write their own words.

Creating a Music Technology Curriculum

Creating a Music Technology Curriculum

Like more and more states around the country, my state is experiencing growth in music technology programs in our schools. A major challenge for many of these teachers is that they were not trained to teach music technology. My music education degree included classes in brass, woodwind, string, and vocal methods – and I had to pass a piano proficiency exam – but I had no classes in music technology.

Music Ed Mentor Podcast #016: Retention Tips

Music Ed Mentor Podcast #016: Retention Tips

A great recruitment strategy is key to keeping your program healthy and maintaining or increasing enrollment. Equally important is to retain the students you already have. Making sure that kids don’t run off for a shiny new elective is just as important as getting them in your door in the first place.

Featured Content: Frank Ticheli’s Amazing Grace

Featured Content: Frank Ticheli’s "Amazing Grace"

This month we feature Frank Ticheli’s classic arrangement of Amazing Grace. This powerful grade 3 band piece is suitable for middle school through college bands, and community bands.

To view the score and hear the recording simultaneously, first click the play button:


 
Then follow along in the score by clicking the fullscreen icon in the bottom right corner of the score window below.

What Is a Music Technology Class
(and Why Should I Teach It)?

What Is a Music Technology Class (and Why Should I Teach It)?

I teach in Gwinnett County, Georgia, one of the largest urban school systems in the country, serving approximately 187,000 students. Our high school music programs had an established music technology curriculum in place and access to the equipment, hardware, and software needed to have a music technology class. I came up with the idea of creating a music technology course at my middle school.