What is SmartMusic?
SmartMusic is a computer program designed to help our students practice and receive immediate feedback about their playing. Students can practice with a background accompaniment and get visual and audio feedback on each assignment, which makes practice more meaningful and productive. It motivates students to continue practicing in order to improve their scores, similar to a video game. As directors, we can provide more individualized attention for your child, helping them continue to grow.
You can learn about the program by visiting smartmusic.com but below is a brief overview of some of the key points:
- SmartMusic is a web-based program. This means you will not need to install any software or update any apps. It works through any Google chrome browser as well as on an iPad.
- EVERY student will have a basic subscription to SmartMusic to allow them to take their playing tests. You will have the option of purchasing the full version to give them access to their band book, other music, etc. If you have multiple students in band, they can share a subscription to save you money.
- In addition to being used for playing test, SmartMusic contains their band book as well as thousands of other songs students can play to get better at their instrument!
There are two subscription options/costs. Every student MUST choose one of these options:
- OPTION 1: Basic version (cost: $8 for a 1-year subscription) – This will give your child access to only things we assign (playing tests and extra credit)
- OPTION 2: Full Version (cost: $12 for a 1-year subscription) – This will give your child access to all assignments and the full SmartMusic library, including their band book, our sheet music, additional exercises, etc. We highly recommend this option.
Have multiple children in band?
Students from the same family can share a SmartMusic account. If you already purchased a subscription for an older child, you don't have to buy one for the younger child (unless you want to). The only limitation is students cannot be in the same class/section. For example, a 6th grader and a 12th grader can share. A 6th grader in the 1st period woodwind class and a 6th grader in the 1st period brass class could share. However, two children in the 1st period woodwind class cannot share because they are the same class. If you need help setting up a shared subscription, please let us know.
For some extra info on 6th Grade SmartMusic and help ordering your subscription in Charms, please see the document to the left.
For a step-by-step guide to accessing and using the new SmartMusic program, please click on our Guide to Using New SmartMusic
For help and tips on taking your SmartMusic test, please click on the guide to the left.