June 10, 2022—Louisville, CO
MakeMusic, makers of SmartMusic, and Alfred Music, in conjunction with The International Suzuki Association, are proud to have come together to provide access to popular Suzuki titles to teachers and students who are displaced due to the war in Ukraine.
One way to access these Suzuki titles will be via SmartMusic’s online platform. This platform transforms the way students practice by offering professionally recorded accompaniments and the ability to receive immediate feedback on their performance. Teachers leverage SmartMusic to individualize instruction and document the progress of every student.
Most Suzuki titles will be available via assessment and/or digital sheet music.
The Ukrainian Suzuki Association said, “From the beginning of the war in Ukraine, many of our families and teachers had to leave our country to protect themselves and their families. We thought first of all about our lives and safety; sometimes we had the possibility to bring our instruments and music books but sometimes not. We were very happy to hear that Alfred Music was ready to help our families and provide online Suzuki books. It would be a great help for us in teaching to have the possibility to use them. And in future, it will help us to spread the Suzuki method in Ukraine.”
Additionally, from Alfred Music and MakeMusic, “We are deeply shocked and saddened by the current invasion of Ukraine. We share the universal concern for the safety and freedom for all people impacted by the war, including those in the Ukrainian Suzuki Community. Recognizing the extraordinary power of music and its ability to uplift and inspire people during such difficult times, Alfred Music has partnered with the Ukrainian Suzuki Association to ensure that all Suzuki teachers, parents, and students continue to have access to Suzuki publications. We stand with Ukraine and believe in the resilience of its people.”
ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL SUZUKI ASSOCIATION
The International Suzuki Association (ISA) was founded in 1983, as a non-profit organization, to serve as a coalition of Suzuki Associations throughout the world. Designated by Dr Suzuki as the sole authorized organization, its primary purpose is to serve as a coordination center and to protect the “Suzuki” name and rights. The International Suzuki Association strives to encourage, promote, enlarge, and coordinate the Suzuki Method™ throughout the world.
ABOUT ALFRED MUSIC
Alfred Music, the leader in music education for over 100 years, produces educational, reference, pop, and performance materials for teachers, students, professionals, and hobbyists spanning every musical instrument, style, and difficulty level. In addition to the United States, Alfred Music has offices around the world, including Germany, Singapore, and the United Kingdom.
Since 1922, Alfred Music has been dedicated to helping people learn, teach, and play music. Alfred Music currently has over 150,000 active titles and represents a wide range of well-known publications—from methods like Alfred’s Basic Guitar, Alfred’s Basic Piano Library, Premier Piano Course, Sound Innovations, and Suzuki, to artists like Bruce Springsteen, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, and The Who, to brands like Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, The Wizard of Oz, Rolling Stone magazine, and Billboard.
In addition to its own titles, Alfred Music distributes products from over 150 companies, including advance music, Belwin, Dover Publications, Drum Channel, Faber Music, Highland/Etling, Jamey Aebersold Jazz, Kalmus, Penguin, and WEA.
Alfred Music is now also paired with MakeMusic, which is part of Peaksware Holdings, LLC portfolio of companies, to transform how music is composed, published, taught, learned, and performed by bringing together the leaders in educational music publishing and music technology.
MakeMusic®, Inc. is a world leader in music technology whose mission is to develop and market solutions that transform how music is composed, taught, learned, and performed.
MakeMusic’s SmartMusic® interactive music learning software transforms the way students practice. With an online library of thousands of band, orchestra, and vocal pieces, students practice with background accompaniment and receive immediate feedback on their performance. Teachers leverage SmartMusic to individualize instruction and document the progress of every student.
For more than 25 years, Finale® has been the industry standard in music notation software, enabling musicians worldwide to create, edit, audition, print, and publish musical scores.
MakeMusic is also the creator of Garritan® sound libraries, providing state-of-the-art virtual instruments with the playback quality of a live performance, and MusicXML™, the internet-friendly way to publish musical scores, distribute interactive sheet music, and share music notation with a wide variety of software programs. Additional information can be found at makemusic.com.