SmartMusic is a web-based music education platform that allows teachers to create individualized assignments for every student. Students receive immediate feedback as they practice each assignment. Their best performances are then sent back to the teacher for grading and additional guidance. SmartMusic transforms student practice from passive repetition to active learning.
Your Student’s Account
Each of our students will be signed up in class for SmartMusic ‘Play’ account provided by our program. This gives them access to all class assignments plus content in the free library including: Skill building, Sight reading tools, a selection of state scales, and a sample of ensemble titles. Once your student is signed up, they may optionally upgrade their account to a ‘Play PLUS’ account giving expanding their access to including thousands of orchestra ensemble titles and thousands of solos.
SmartMusic Assignments & Grading
SmartMusic assessments will be regularly assigned to the students including scales, method book exercises, and excerpts from pieces we are working on in class. The students SmartMusic grade will represent 50% of their overall grade in orchestra. It is very important that the student complete all of their assignments. Failing to submit assignments or low scores may significantly impact the students orchestra grade.
The students can complete the assignments anywhere and anytime they have access to the basic computer requirements or an iPad (see below). SmartMusic uses the built in device microphone to assess the students. It’s important that the student work on their assignments somewhere quiet and free of background noise. All students in the program will be given extensive tutorials in class on how to utilize the software and complete assignments.
For those with limited access to a computer/iPad, we have three BEC Orchestra program iPads that the students may use before school, after school, or at lunch.
If you’re having trouble using the SmartMusic software, online help is available and can be found at the following link. There are several articles covering a wide range of help topics. https://smartmusic.zendesk.com/hc/en-us
Upgrade Accounts to PLAY Plus
Students can upgrade their free PLAY accounts to PLAY Plus on their own by paying for an individual subscription. This enables the student to have full access to entire SmartMusic library. This is highly recommended, though not required to complete assignments for class.
Basic computer requirements
Supported Web Browsers
- Designed for Google Chrome
- General computer and Chromebook requirements
- High-speed internet access, speakers, a microphone (external microphone recommended)
- 4gb RAM
- iPad requirements
- SmartMusic requires a dedicated app for iPads. You can download the app at the Apple app store.
- A7 processor models and later - iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 4, 12.9-inch iPad Pro, or 9.7-inch iPad Pro
- iOS 9.0 or later required
- We recommend using headphones with a built in microphone for higher quality recordings and better assessment when using the iPad.
- SmartPhones and Android Tablets NOT supported.
The quality of the microphone makes all the difference. While built-in laptop and iPad microphones work okay, the quality of the recording is not very good and sometimes notes are not assessed correctly. In extreme cases, I am happy to review the assignment submitted and change the student’s score if it is clear that SmartMusic’s assessment missed several correctly played notes.
A higher quality external microphone for your computer placed closely to the instrument or using iPhone headphones with a speaking mic with your iPad should yield much better results.