Posted 23 January 2007 - 11:14 PM
However, if you can get your students to get it for use at HOME, you will have an amazing band. I suggest that you do a demonstration in your class (once you've learned how to use it REALLY well) using your computer, big speakers, and a projector. Get them really turned on to the program, then set up a "School Sponsored Subscription" where they can get the program for $25, and a microphone for $10. The school has to buy at least one program at $100 or so.
There are soooo many amazing things on that program... if your students use it regularly, I'll bet you'll see a VAST difference between the kids who use it and those who don't. The website is really good to tell you more about it: www.smartmusic.com
Posted 24 January 2007 - 10:12 PM
Here's something to think about: playing tests. Smart Music has the ability to tell a student how many correct notes they played. You can set up a system where they record their test, whether it's an exercise, or song out of a method book, and save the file to a folder on the computer that you specify. It will save the audio recording, the picture of the red and green notes, and a text message saying "you played 80 out of 88 notes correctly for a score of 90 percent at a tempo of 90 beats per minute...". All those things equal one thing = concrete evidence. Music is very much mathmatical (sp?). Just like 1+1=2, a half note equals 2 beats, and a note is either in tune or out of tune (or just the wrong note). Those things have a right or wrong answer, and smart music will give you your score. It's a great way to hand out grades for playing tests. I recommend having a teacher's aid in the room with the student to make sure they are using the program properly, and not cheating.
Posted 25 January 2007 - 12:31 PM
It really sounds like a program that has SO many bells and whistles! Seems like a very reasonable investment, a great motivator, and a pretty amazing assessment opportunity.
It is really helpful to hear how another teacher uses it.
Posted 09 January 2012 - 02:29 PM