At the core of this partnership is MakeMusic’s SmartMusic® — learning software for students of all levels in band, orchestra and choir. Equipped with more than 30,000 accompaniments, 50,000 skill-building exercises and recording capabilities, students play or sing their part with accompaniment and receive, in real-time on the computer, detailed feedback on their performance. Musicians can control tempo, key, practice loops and tuner, and they can even record their performances and assessments and e-mail or burn assignments onto a CD.
Beginning in spring 2007, student musicians auditioning for MFA’s honor ensembles will use SmartMusic as an audition tool and receive a 90-day trial subscription and a SmartMusic microphone. Those students placing in the ensembles will receive a one-year subscription to the program. Additionally, students participating in the MFA Summer Symposium concert, jazz and orchestral tracks will also receive a 90-day trial and microphone.
“MakeMusic is dedicated to truly making music available to all, as well as improving the tools available to teach and learn music, so it was natural for us to align ourselves with Music for All,” states Ron Raup, president and chief operating officer, MakeMusic. “The use of SmartMusic as an auditioning tool will standardize the audition process and provide equal opportunity for development to all musicians.
“Music for All and MakeMusic connect both philosophically and practically,” states Scott McCormick, president and CEO of Music for All. “MakeMusic provides state-of-the-art tools that engage more children in active music-making. The feedback kids enrolled in our programs get from their audition program helps get them involved, keeps them interested and increases retention rates.”
Both organizations feel a successful music course depends on the convergence of technology and programs. The use of technology in auditioning, feedback and teaching will greatly streamline and enhance the quality of the experience students have while making music.
Music for All is unique in that it combines programming at a national level through its Bands of America and Orchestra America divisions with awareness campaigns, research and advocacy. Its programming provides ready-made research and advocacy tools, as well as performance platforms to promote access to music and music education for all, and provides the preeminent showcases for those results. The organization reaches a vast number of people; each year, more than 300,000 people attend their events, 100,000 teens participate, 100,000 people subscribe to online services and one million are impacted by their research and public affairs initiative.
Music For All, Inc.: www.musicforall.org
About MakeMusic, Inc.
MakeMusic, Inc. is a world leader in music-education technology whose mission is to enhance and transform the experience of making, teaching and learning music. Among its leading products are Finale®, the world’s best-selling music notation software, and SmartMusic®, the complete music practice system that features Intelligent Accompaniment® and the world’s largest interactive accompaniment library. MakeMusic maintains its corporate headquarters in Minneapolis.