MINNEAPOLIS, APRIL 11, 2007 — MakeMusic, Inc. (Nasdaq: MMUS) announced today the release of SmartMusic® 10.0, a major update to the acclaimed music learning software. Also released is SmartMusic Impact™, a web-based student grading and records management system that saves music educators time by computerizing the posting, grading, submitting and managing of student assignments and their automatically assessed grades. Together they provide music educators the means to guide, motivate and inspire student practice time as well as a practical, realistic way to document individual student progress and comply with current assessment standards.
Most importantly, SmartMusic 10.0 and Impact transform the teaching of the core curriculum of bands, orchestras and choirs: the preparation of music for public performances, on which music teachers spend 95% of their class time. In the past, SmartMusic has won awards for fostering student achievement related to solo literature for contests. This activity, however, is peripheral to the fundamental challenges of preparing large ensembles for concerts. SmartMusic 10.0 and Impact address these large ensemble needs and, for the first time, SmartMusic is central to the primary objectives of school bands, orchestras and choirs.
“We believe these releases present exciting new growth opportunities for SmartMusic,” stated John Paulson, chief executive officer. “Both teachers and students will appreciate how much more fun and productive their rehearsals are once they are supported with SmartMusic assignments. We believe these SmartMusic assignments will dramatically increase home subscriptions.”
“Teacher reaction to SmartMusic and Impact is very encouraging,” added Ron Raup, president and chief operating officer. “It suggests that we are providing teachers with a solution to improve their bands, orchestras and choirs while being accountable to parents, administrators and school boards.”