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The discontinuation of Smartmusic Classic

Started by Doug Denniston May 28.

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

Started by Mark White. Last reply by Robert Grifa Jan 3, 2013.

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 August 30, 2012 at 8:09am
Dear Pam,

Do you put out the newsletter every month? If you do that's impressive. You are the most organized music teacher I have ever met. I would love to see your progress throughout your school year. Great job keep it up!
Comment by Pamela A Rezach on August 29, 2012 at 10:31pm

I am attaching the Band Newsletter I sent out concerning students enrolling in SmartMusic. So far, I am happy with the results. Notice pages 1 and 3 of the newsletter. Pam


Comment by Larry Klabunde on August 28, 2012 at 9:14pm

I use the group enrolling process in our computer lab, as well.  The key to successfully using SM in band is generating excitement right up front by showing the kids all the cool things they can do with SM.  When I first used it for assignments and tracking practice minutes, the kids were truly turned off by it.  However, when I use it to award points for belt acquisition, and they get to choose all kinds of music to practice with SM, they get super excited!  Also, by using it daily in the rehearsal room, it becomes a normal tool that kids just expect to use all the time.

Comment by Robert Grifa on August 28, 2012 at 4:39pm

Hi JT, The consent from the parents for students under 13 is needed due to internet protocols. Attached is what is emailed to parents of students under 13 after an account is created. A way that I headed this off was to let parents know ahead of time and get consent before the accounts were created. If parents don't know that much about SmartMusic, having a parent demonstration is extremely beneficial. As Mark mentioned, taking a class to a computer lab and using the to enroll can be very helpful. Some teachers take screenshots of the account creation pages and send them home with the students ahead of time before they go to the lab. Also attached is an example of this. For full disclosure here: I taught for 30 years as a band director and used SmartMusic and Finale in my teaching. I am now Product Management Education Specialist for SmartMusic. Thanks, Bob  Parent%20Notice%20Under%2013.pdf Enrolling%20screenshots.pdf

Comment by Mark White on August 28, 2012 at 3:20pm

Hey JT,

When you are enrolling a lot students,  I let them enroll themselves using the link This link can be used on any computer with internet access which is awesome. I'll also post a message in the school bulletin to let them know about how to sign-up. As an added precaution I also added a link to the school website.

I thought they got rid of the minimum age requirement but I might be wrong. If not then if they create a login with their parents at home using the link that might help. Good luck and let me know how you make out.

Comment by Mark White on August 28, 2012 at 10:54am

Hey Stephen,

Love the rank idea. Very cool. With so many ranks which ones do you select and what military branches do you use?

Comment by Stephen Myers on August 27, 2012 at 12:40pm

I'm glad to see that I'm on the right track with this.  I work on an army base, so instead of "belts", my kids earn ranks.  I tied this in so that students have to be in band for three years to become "General of the Band", but they can get promotions throughout the year by playing tests, honor band selection, solo and ensemble, etc.  It really helps to keep the kids motivated when the going gets a little tougher.

Comment by Pamela A Rezach on August 27, 2012 at 5:20am

Larry: Thanks for your copy of the belt flyer. I know I will be using this idea for my communication of the belt plan I will be introducing. Yes, sharing is fun and music teachers are the best for their willingness to share. Bravo! to music teachers! Happy teaching to all and to all a "Good Morning!" And's off to school for a new and exciting year!  Pam

Comment by Larry Klabunde on August 26, 2012 at 8:14pm

I just downloaded your belt plan, Pam.  GREAT!!  I think I'll take some of your ideas for my own program.....ain't sharing fun?

Comment by Larry Klabunde on August 26, 2012 at 8:11pm

I am attaching the Award Belt system I used last year.  Yes, Pam, it is based on the Karate Belt plan for recorders.  I wondered whether or not 7-8th graders would embrace the belts.  Wow!  Did they ever!!  I use ribbons from local craft stores.  I will be adding several belts this year, because I actually had a number of kids earn Black Belt during 1st semester!  Since, I didn't want any Gold Belt kids until the spring, I added four more colors.  These colors will be included in the ranking system this year prior to a student getting to the black belt.  The students that made it to Gold Belt before our end-of-year Concert, received an "Outstanding Leader" Trophy at that concert.  Even thou


By the way, the reason I give the students lots of ways to earn belt points is based on Robert A. Duke's Intelligent Music Teaching (a must-own book!), wherein he states that assessment opportunities in the performing arts must be extensive, but with very little "weight" on each assessment experience.  Thus, the more the kids play for me, the better, even though each playing experience is a small weight on the grade.  (Risk is minimized and reward is enhanced)


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