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SmartMusic

SmartMusic is the award winning software used by music educators around the world to enhance their programs and provides a way to dramatically improve their students' skills.

As students play along with music onscreen, SmartMusic gives them immediate feedback on their performance. They are also able to hear their part in context with SmartMusic's background accompaniment of a full ensemble. With SmartMusic, you also have the ability to create and send assignments to each of your students. And since you can easily follow, document and grade their progress, individualized instruction and evidence of student achievement all become a reality.

Instant Feedback - SmartMusic's revolutionary assessment feature gives students feedback on their performance so improvement can be made between rehearsals or lessons. As a student performs an exercise or piece, SmartMusic's assessment feature displays the notes played. Correctly executed notes appear in green; red notes indicate an incorrect pitch or rhythm. This instant feedback gives students the information needed to improve at their own pace.

Assessment - SmartMusic even grades the assessment based upon the percentage of correct (green) notes. This motivates students to keep practicing and earn the highest score possible. Students complete assignments from their teacher by using SmartMusic at home. They choose which performance score is submitted to their teacher, along with an assessment screenshot and recording. This process puts achievement in the student's hands, and can produce dramatic improvement in a short period of time.

Gradebook - SmartMusic's objective and subjective assessments capture massive amounts of data and documents student progress in your Gradebook. Each student has a portfolio of submitted performances stored within Gradebook that can be accessed or exported at any time. Gradebook gives you the ability to individualise instruction and focus on the unique needs of every student.

SmartMusic Library - You can choose from over 4,000 Ensemble titles and 18,000 Solo titles to assign to your students - most with professional background accompaniment. This allows students to practice with a pitch and rhythmic reference at all times, while hearing a model for quality of sound and interpretation. Students come to rehearsals with an understanding of how their part sounds in context, allowing you to focus on deeper musical concepts during full ensemble rehearsals. Access to the repertoire library is purchased on a yearly subscription basis, and also includes:

  • Over 60 of the most popular method books for band, orchestra and choir
  • 600 Sight Reading and Sight Singing exercises
  • Jazz patterns for Wynton Marsalis, Aebersold, or Alfred tunes.
  • The ability to import SmartMusic accompaniments from any Finale file.

Exercises - The SmartMusic Library includes a variety of exercises that will help in the development of technical, rhythm and ear training skills that can be used by beginner to more advanced musicians. Students can practice with accompaniments that provide harmonic context to the exercises and help make "boring" exercises fun! For variety, easily change the key, range and articulation to help develop proficiency.

  • Scales - Includes Major, Natural Minor, Harmonic Minor, Melodic Minor, Chromatic, Whole Tone, Pentatonic, and Diminished
  • Intervals - Interval exercises working from seconds - ninths, including mixed interval training Arpeggios; Major, minor, diminished, and augmented triads and Major, minor, and dominant seventh chords
  • Twisters Triplet and sixteenth note variations of technique building exercises in major, natural minor, harmonic minor, and melodic minor keys
  • Rhythm - All rhythm exercises can be assessed by clapping or playing an instrument and Includes simple and compound time signatures
  • Jazz - Blues, II-V-I Scales, II-V-I Arpeggios, III-VI-II-V-I Scales, III-VI-II-V-I Arpeggios and Quarter note, straight eighth note, swung eighth note, and triplet varieties
  • Blues Licks - Jazz ear training in common chord patterns and can be transposed to any key
  • Play by Ear - Over 140 exercises in seven difficulties
  • Vocal Exercises - Developed by vocalists, for vocalists and numerous warm-ups and options for scales, arpeggio types, and dynamics
SmartMusic Practice Tools - Built in Tuner, Metronome, Digital Recorder and On-Screen Keyboard - Students can use these tools within the repertoire, or in a self-guided practice session. Teachers can also use practice tools in the classroom to tune and warm up the ensemble on a daily basis.

SmartMusic is purchased as an annual subscription, which gives your students access to the largest digital sheet music library with accompaniment in the world. Subscribers sign up for classes designed by their teachers, and receive practice materials tailored to their specific needs. This allows students to receive the individualized instruction necessary to improve at a faster pace.

SmartMusic is available to band, string, and vocal students of all ages and skill levels, and is supported on iPad, PC, and Mac.

There are three types of license available for SmartMusic:

  • Teachers Subscription
  • Practice Room Subscription
  • Student Subscription

All are available from Education Scotland at reduced rates. For details on costs please contact Education Scotland.

Training on SmartMusic

LoNoteMusic are Music ICT Training specialists and provide comprehensive training courses, ensuring that you get the most from your subscription to SmartMusic.

For Classroom Staff & Conductors - training in the use of full-band and Orchestra features including

  • Finding music - Full ensemble and Technical Exercises and Scales
  • Creating and populating classes
  • Setting practice assignments
  • Grading assessments
  • Using SmartMusic during lessons and rehearsals
  • Adding Finale-created scores to SmartMusic

For Instrumental Instructor, in addition to all of the above, LoNoteMusic will train staff in the use of features relevant to individual pupils, to enhance individual players' skills and for exam preparation:

  • Adding MP3 backing tracks to SmartMusic
  • Using the FREE SmartMusic iPad Apps

If you are interested in SmartMusic training please contact martin@lonotemusic.com