Smart Music ?

said: Oct 15, 2008
 145 posts

What is “Smart Music” ?

Jennifer Visick said: Oct 15, 2008
Jennifer VisickForum Moderator
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Suzuki in the Schools, Violin
998 posts

SmartMusic is basically a computer substitute for an accompanist. It is a subscription service, and a computer program. You download the program onto your computer (no charge for the download) and you choose what to play from the scales, songs, etudes or repertoire pieces in the SmartMusic library. (You have to subscribe—for SAA members, it’s $25.00/year—in order to access all of the repertoire, though you can access a small “demo” library to try it out before you subscribe).

There’s some discussion of it on this thread:
https://suzukiassociation.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=2101

And here’s the link to the SmartMusic website:
http://www.smartmusic.com/Default.aspx

said: Oct 15, 2008
 5 posts

SmartMusic is a very powerful program: much more that just an accompaniment program. The libraries contain all of the Suzuki repertoire and you can specify whether you want it to play just the accompaniment, just the melody line, or both. It can also transpose, among other things. You specify the tempo you want, and it can be customized to wait for you at certain points, or to change tempo when you want. It will follow you somewhat with rit’s, but it takes some practice to get it to follow you well.

I have recorded some supplemental material on a digital recorder, then input that into SmartMusic. Then the students can practice with my recording, setting their tempo to one that’s comfortable. I’ve also sent my students Finale files of supplemental materials, which they then import into their SmartMusic program. For orchestra music, you can rip a track off a CD, import it into SmartMusic and slow it down for practice purposes. You can also record your own playing along with the SmartMusic file, then play it back to hear where you are out of tune or using incorrect rhythms.

The price for the annual subscription to the program has recently been increased to $30, but it’s worth it. There is a much more expensive teacher’s edition, but it’s mainly designed for public school music teachers.

Jennifer Visick said: Oct 15, 2008
Jennifer VisickForum Moderator
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Suzuki in the Schools, Violin
998 posts

The SmartMusic website still lists the price for SAA members as $25.00/year.

http://www.smartmusic.com/suzuki.aspx

Is this incorrect?

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