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Has anyone seen the new Smartmusic App for iPad Yet? 3 Replies

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Smart Music Assessment Recording Stops too Soon 1 Reply

Started by Pamela A Rezach. Last reply by Russ Weaver Nov 12, 2012.

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Comment by Mark White on Thursday

Any of the teachers are using the new Smartmusic?

Comment by Mike Doll on September 18, 2012 at 10:55pm

This is a doct I created several years ago and have updated through the years.  I was asked to share with our state association about how they could use SM to prepare for the various events that we have each year: marching band, region/all-state auditions, concert festival, jazz festival, solo and ensemble, etc.  I simply listed some of the ways that SM could be used to prep for these events.  hopefully it might be of use to some of you!  Help%20with%20event%20prep.pdf

Comment by Mike Doll on September 18, 2012 at 10:52pm

This is a document I created to share with some local directors.  It outlines some of the ways that I use SM during my large group instruction time.  It is still in the "rough" format.  I do plan to clean it up a bit and add a few more things, but I wanted to share it with those who might be interested.  If you have suggestions for improvement or additional ideas that I can add to the doct about how you use the software during class, please email me at miked@ecbconline.com .  I'd love to get your feedback.

Often directors are concerned about using SM because they don't think their kids will purchase it for home (this is obviously the most effective way to use the program to it's fullest potential)!  This doct will give you some ideas of how to use SM during classroom instruction.  It does not address Gradebook or many at home functions.  Hopefully you might find something worthwhile.  Check out the section on using the Play By Ear exercises to get the kids in their seats.  Works like a charm.  I do plan to create something similar for the band karate "Pass Offs" that I have my kids do as well.  When I have it done, I will post it as well.SmartMusc%20in%20class.pdf

Comment by Larry Klabunde on September 9, 2012 at 1:56pm

I encourage everyone to read, reflect, then apply the principles in Intelligent Music Teaching by Robert A. Duke.  Your teaching and assessment will be transformed!  ...and your kids will thank you!  Trust me.

Comment by Marc Whitlock on September 9, 2012 at 10:51am

Agreed with James. However, you may wish to look at quantity vs. quality. If I am reading correctly, you are performing seven charts for each concert, and they are approximately 9-10 weeks apart? Perhaps I am incorrect. However, if this is correct, that may be a lot of literature for some students to perform/be assessed at a high level from one quarter to the next. 

Comment by James K Cochran on September 7, 2012 at 4:47pm

It's stressful when they procrastinate. If they are doing what they are suppose to...practicing each day over time...it works great. The differentiation is fantastic. I use it to assess scales, lines from the method books (some call these pass-offs) etudes as well as band music. I give assignments every 2 weeks. I set specific tempos...which gives them a goal.  

 

I teach 6-8...beginners (3 concerts per year), Int. (4 concerts...grade 2 or 3 music), Wind Ensemble did 10 concerts (different music at each usually 5 pieces...grade 3 to 5 music)

Comment by Mark White on September 7, 2012 at 2:00pm

Dear band directors,

I'm just curious how do you assess smartmusic assignments? Last year I assigned smartmusic assignments and I had a few parents complain that it was too stressful. I need to know from the professional music community if anyone has experienced these situations. Some kids would get close to a B+ for their grade, but they were not satisfied with the grade. Do you add points to assignments for things like behavior or just overall effort? I usually don't but am I being too hard?

I'll give you an insight on how I did things last year.(Middle 6-8)

1. Gave students no default tempo settings on all of the music.

2. Approximately played 4 concert band songs and 3 jazz band songs for each concert winter and spring.

3. All students given adequate notice on all assignments.

4. Did not assign many etudes. (I should have assigned more)

Am I using smartmusic assessment wrong? I could use some positive feedback if applicable. Thanks

Comment by Pamela A Rezach on September 3, 2012 at 10:29pm

I figured out how to successfully change the calendar dates!  I think the problem was I didn't give the computer enough time to make the change. When I left my SmartMusic page and returned, the dates were changed.

But, it still doesn't show the assignments on my home page.

Comment by James K Cochran on September 3, 2012 at 9:16pm

My experience has been that once you establish the calendar dates they connot be changed.

Comment by Pamela A Rezach on September 3, 2012 at 7:45pm

Greetings: I am trying to add assignments to my classes. It seems they are added; I see them in the gradebook, but they are not listed under the Assignments section of my Home page for the specific classes. Any suggestions as to what I am failing to do? Pam

 

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