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.
“We believe that deliberate practice, with a strong connection between student and teacher, can transform skill development,” said Fred Flowerday, MakeMusic’s senior vice president of product strategy. “SmartMusic provides a platform for teaching and learning music that empowers this connection. The new SmartMusic makes this experience as inclusive and affordable as possible.”
The new SmartMusic was designed to facilitate the participation of every student.
What makes the new SmartMusic different from the classic version?
- Because the new version is web-based it also supports Chromebooks and iPads.
- The new SmartMusic is priced to make full classroom coverage a reality. For $399/year, up to 3 teachers can connect with up to 50 students. Plus it’s easy to add more teachers (just $40/year per teacher) and students ($40/year in increments of 5 students).
- There is also a free version, which makes SmartMusic’s power available to every student and teacher, but with limited access to the SmartMusic repertoire library.
- Additional feature differences can be seen in this comparison chart.
How are the two versions similar?
Both versions of SmartMusic let you:
- Assign any content from the entire new SmartMusic catalog to all your students. This includes 18,500+ solo titles, 5,000+ ensemble titles and 100+ method books for band, jazz, orchestra, voice and general education. Best of all, the catalog is continuously updated.
- Receive submitted student recordings and assessment scores directly to your gradebook, allowing you to complete the practice cycle with individual guidance.
As mentioned above, the new SmartMusic is web-based. In addition to bringing SmartMusic to Chromebooks and iPads, this also means that SmartMusic can be continually improved and refined, without downloads or other disruptions to students or teachers. We encourage you to view the product roadmap to view our future plans, and to add additional features to the feature request list.
You can see how your requests and our roadmap have been implemented (and what’s coming up) in this update post.
One final difference between the two versions of SmartMusic is that they are separate programs using discrete log-ins, classes and gradebooks. Thinking about switching from the classic to the new SmartMusic? Our sales and account management team is ready to answer any questions and help with the transition.
With support for today’s most popular devices, and accessible pricing, the new SmartMusic can help you take every student to the next level.