Topic: Smart Music: discussion, accompaniments needed
I use the Smart Music program as one component of my teaching studio. I mostly use it for accompaniments to solos. For example, if I have a student working on a solo piece, I will have them prepare the work, then study the score, and then play their part with the Smart Music playing the piano parts so they understand how the different voices fit together. This makes it much easier for a student to play well once they sit down with a professional accompanist. (I never use Smart Music in lieu of a live pianist for performances).
Smart Music has several of the main oboe solo books in their files, and a few of our major solos. However, they are missing many key solos that I use in my studio. In particular, I'm looking for the Corelli-Barbirolli Concerto in F major (published by B&H). I'm wondering if anyone has a copy of this in Finale, or as an audio file. These can be imported into Smart Music easily.
I know I could scan the part into Finale and fix it up myself... but that would take hours. I'm hoping someone else may have done this already, so I don't have to re-invent the wheel!
If you have any other Smart Music files to share, I'd love to check them out.
I'd also love to hear from other teachers who use Smart Music. What features to you use? What do you find most helpful?
I'm starting to use the program for exercises and drills in lessons, and realize there is a lot of interesting features I could be using. It seems that a lot of students really take to the idea of playing their exercises into a computer, having it rate their accuracy, and then emailing the teacher a progress report... I haven't tried this yet. This makes some "boring" scale assignments seem a little more like a video game, I guess I've been a little hesitant to use this a lot, as I don't want kids playing with the computer instead of playing their arpeggios! Any advice and suggestions is much appreciated.
Lynne Marie Flegg