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Learn SmartMusic and Finale

Our self-paced courses, available online 24/7 via the Bridge platform, include short videos with step-by-step instructions as well as review quizzes to give you immediate feedback on what you learned. Successful completion of each course will earn a product certification and either three (Classic SmartMusic & Finale) or two (New SmartMusic) clock hours each.

This on-demand eLearning curriculum is powered by a third party vendor, Bridge. Participants will need to create a free Bridge account to complete their course(s), details for which will be sent via email immediately upon purchase. Personal information will not be shared or used by anyone other than MakeMusic.

SmartMusic Classic

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SmartMusic New

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Finale

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Level I

Exploring SmartMusic and the World's Largest Digital Repertoire Library

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Level I

Exploring the New SmartMusic and Repertoire for Instrumentalists
 

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Level I

Beginning Finale Notation
 
 

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Level II

Guiding Student Practice with the SmartMusic Gradebook
 
 

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Level II

New SmartMusic: Guiding Student Practice with the Gradebook
 
 

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Level II

Creating an Instrumental Score with Finale
 
 

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Level III

Simple Steps to Create SmartMusic Content with Finale
 

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Level III

Simple Steps to Create SmartMusic Content with Finale
 

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Level III

Creating a Choral Score with Finale
 
 

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In-Person Training and Webinars

In-Person Training

A certified MakeMusic clinician will travel to you and provide a full day of training on classic SmartMusic. Each training is customized to the needs of your specific program, school or district. Topics can cover setup (including installation and mic check), assignment creation, management, scheduling, and more. Every clinician is a veteran music educator with experience using classic SmartMusic in the classroom.

Up to 25 trainees$2,000 26-50 trainees$4,000
51-75 trainees$6,00076+ trainees$8,000

 

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Virtual Training

Not sure where to get started with classic SmartMusic? These virtual trainings offer a great introduction. You’ll get an overview of the program and its benefits, and learn about its features in a 2 hour session. Each virtual training is facilitated by a certified MakeMusic clinician.

2 hours: $200

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

All MakeMusic e-learning courses are powered by a third-party vendor called Bridge. Participants will need to create a free Bridge account to complete the course, details for which will be sent via email immediately upon purchase.

Each course should take 3-5 hours to complete.

The lessons are primarily taught via video and text with quizzes throughout to test understanding.

An electronic version of your certificate is available immediately after course completion. An official PDF version will be emailed to you within 5-10 business days after you complete all the courses you have registered for.

Giovanna Cruz, MakeMusic Education Services Specialist, is a cellist and educator with extensive experience as an orchestral and chamber musician, college and private studio teacher, and public school teacher. Since joining MakeMusic in July of 2014, Giovanna has presented SmartMusic clinics and training workshops in Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Texas and Wisconsin.

Leigh Kallestad is a Music Education Manager at MakeMusic. He works with K-12 and college music education programs as they implement Finale and SmartMusic in their curriculum. He develops training for school in-services, regional workshops and online events. Leigh has presented clinics at over 20 state music educator conventions plus Midwest and NAfME regional and national conferences.

Windows XP SP3 and newer
Mac OSX 10.6 and newer
Linux - chromeOS
iOS 7 and newer
Android 2.3 and newer

1GB of RAM
2GHz processor

Minimum of 512kbps internet download speed

Yes, the course saves your progress so you can leave and come back as many times as you need to.

Very soon! We’re hard at work putting together the same high-quality e-learning courses for the new SmartMusic platform and hope to release it in the 4th quarter of 2016.

You will have access to the course content for three months from the date of enrollment.

You have three months from the date of enrollment.

Level I: Exploring SmartMusic and the World's Largest Digital Repertoire Library - FREE

This introductory course focuses on how to navigate and use the basic features of the classic SmartMusic. You will become familiar with the content available for band, orchestra, choir, and general music, and discover how to expand this content by importing MP3 audio and Finale-created files.

Unit 1: Home Page and Basic Navigation

Easily navigate the classic SmartMusic interface
Explain the difference between My Library and Find Music
Find music by either browsing the catalog or searching by instrument, category, skill level, genre, state list, and/or state skill level.
List the steps for creating playlist
List 3 things that can be modified in "settings"
List 3 of the practice tools

Unit 2: SmartMusic Content divided in Four Tracks (Band, Orchestra, Choir, General Music)

Download music for your specific teaching area and/or need
Understand the different ways in which repertoire behaves inside of classic SmartMusic

Unit 3: Additional Content

Add their own content to classic SmartMusic by importing MP3 recordings
Add their own content to classic SmartMusic by importing Finale-created files

NOTE: This eLearning course is for the classic version of SmartMusic, not the new web-based SmartMusic. Course must be completed within 90 days.

Guiding Student Practice with the SmartMusic Gradebook

Building on the basic familiarity with the classic SmartMusic content and navigation, this course leverages the classic SmartMusic Gradebook to reinforce deliberate practice with your students. You will learn to create a class, enroll students, and send them assignments. Also included is a section on grading and sharing data with parents and administrators.

FREE

Unit 4: Class Setup, Student Enrollment, Assignment Creation

Create at least one class with a set calendar and grading scale in classic SmartMusic
Enroll students in a class by using the enrollment link
Schedule a variety of assignments
Add or remove State Standards to assignments for the purpose of documentation

Unit 5: Gradebook Management

Access and review student assignments from within the SmartMusic client
Listen to and grade assignments
Re-assign work that does not meet teacher standards
Email parents/guardians after an assignment has been submitted and attach student work
Export data to enter in school’s designated gradebook software
Export progress reports to share with parents and students during parent/teacher conferences
Find help and resources to troubleshoot problems

Unit 6: Additional Tools

Create additional types of assignments including: gradebook entry, automated assignments and response assignments
Create and store units of content and assignments in the Assignment Library for future use
Create and manage rubrics as well as attach rubrics to assignments for criteria-based grading

NOTE: This eLearning course is for the classic version of SmartMusic, not the new web-based SmartMusic. Course must be completed within 90 days.

Simple Steps to Create SmartMusic Content with Finale

This advanced course will guide the creation of your own content for use in the classic SmartMusic. An introduction to Finale music notation software is provided, with sections on setting up a score, entering notes and markings, formatting your music, creating SmartMusic files, scanning as well as Finale tips and shortcuts.

FREE

Unit 7: Finale for Classic SmartMusic Educators

Set up a score in Finale using the Launch Window
Enter notes using one of the following methods: simple entry, speedy entry, MIDI keyboard or scanning

Unit 8: Editing your Score

Enter articulations and using at least 4 metatools
Enter expressions using at least 4 metatools
Enter SmartShapes using at least 2 metatools
Transpose music
Format parts to look and feel right

Unit 9: Creating Classic SmartMusic Files with Finale

Export Finale files into classic SmartMusic by creating Assessment, Ensemble and Solo files

NOTE: This eLearning course is for the classic version of SmartMusic, not the new web-based SmartMusic. Course must be completed within 90 days.

Beginning Finale Notation

This introductory course focuses on how to navigate and use the basic Finale features. You will become familiar with the software interface, Launch Window, sound libraries, Windows vs. Mac commands, playback controls, viewing modes, tools, menus, score setup, Simple Entry note methods, adding markings and articulations, as well as Page Layout and printing. The tutorials in this course correspond to chapters 1-5 of Mavis Kallestad’s Building Successful Finale ‘Chops’ book for Finale 2014.

$25.00

NOTE: Course must be completed within 90 days of purchase.

Creating an Instrumental Score with Finale

In this course you will apply the knowledge acquired in the Beginning Finale Notation course specifically to recreate an instrumental score. You will learn how to set up the score, enter notes and rests using a MIDI keyboard, copy music, use Metatools to enter dynamic markings and articulations such as accents, staccatos, fermatas, slurs, and rehearsal letters. You will also learn how to fit measures, and lay out your page correctly, and view and print parts, which are linked in Finale. The tutorials in this course correspond with chapter 6 of Mavis Kallestad’s Building Successful Finale ‘Chops’ book for Finale 2014.

$25.00

NOTE: Course must be completed within 90 days of purchase.

Creating a Choral Score with Finale

In this course you will apply the knowledge acquired in the Beginning Finale Notation course specifically to recreate a choral score. You will learn to set up a choral score, enter notes in the first staff, copy them to the other voice parts and use the Repitch Tool to “repitch” the notes. Type in lyrics and copy them to the other voice parts. Additionally, you will add dynamics, rehearsal letters and learn how to create a piano reduction used for rehearsal. The tutorials in this course correspond with chapter 8 of Mavis Kallestad’s Building Successful Finale ‘Chops’ book for Finale 2014.

$25.00

NOTE: Course must be completed within 90 days of purchase.

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Level 1: Exploring the New SmartMusic and Repertoire for Instrumentalists

This introductory course focuses on how to navigate the interface and use the basic features of the new web-based SmartMusic. You will become familiar with the content available for band and orchestra and discover how to expand this content by importing MusicXML files.

FREE

Unit 1: New SmartMusic Basic Navigation

Easily navigate the new SmartMusic interface
Easily navigate the Admin portal
Find music by either browsing the catalog or searching with filters

Unit 2: Finding and Opening Band and Orchestra Content in the New SmartMusic

Find music for their specific teaching area and/or need
Understand the different ways in which repertoire behaves inside of the new SmartMusic
Utilize the available tools to display fingerings (when applicable) and hear first pitch

Unit 3: Adding your Own Content to the New SmartMusic with MusicXML Files

Add your own content to SmartMusic by importing musicXML files created in Finale or other software that exports to that format.

NOTE: This eLearning course is for the new version of SmartMusic, not the classic SmartMusic. Course must be completed within 90 days of purchase.

Level 2: New SmartMusic: Guiding Student Practice with the Gradebook

Building on the basic familiarity with the new SmartMusic content and navigation, this course leverages the new SmartMusic Gradebook to reinforce deliberate practice with your students. You will learn to create a class, enroll students, and send them assignments. Also included is a section on grading and sharing data with parents and administrators.

FREE

Unit 4: Creating Classes, Enrolling Students and Scheduling Assignments in the New SmartMusic

Create at least one class with a set calendar and grading scale
Enroll students in a class by sharing the class code
Schedule a variety of assignments

Unit 5: Managing the Gradebook in the New SmartMusic

Access and review student assignments
Listen to and grade assignments
Re-assign work that does not meet teacher standards
Make changes to parameters of an assignment such as timeline and students
Export data to enter in school’s designated gradebook software

NOTE: This eLearning course is for the new version of SmartMusic, not the classic SmartMusic. Course must be completed within 90 days of purchase. Completion of Level 1 NOT required for this course.

Unit 6: New SmartMusic iPad App

Identify and download the correct iPad app from the App store
Understand that navigating the iPad app is the same as navigating SmartMusic on the web on the computer

Level 3: Simple Steps to Create SmartMusic Content with Finale

This advanced course will guide the creation of your own content for use in the new SmartMusic. A brief overview of Finale music notation software is provided, with sections on setting up a score, entering notes and markings, formatting your music, and exporting MusicXML files.

FREE

Unit7: Score Setup, Note Entry and Score Editing

Set up a score in Finale using the Launch Window
Enter notes using Simple Entry point and click
Enter markings such as articulations, dynamics, and rehearsal letters

Unit 8: Formatting the Score and Parts and Exporting to MusicXML

Format the score using the Selection Tool, Resize Tool and Page Layout Tool
Format parts
Create multi-measure rests
Export their music to MusicXML format
Find and install the Dolet 6 Plugin if they are using Finale 2014.5 version or older

NOTE: This eLearning course is for the new version of SmartMusic, not the classic SmartMusic. Course must be completed within 90 days of purchase. Completion of Levels 1 & 2 NOT required for this course.

Unit 9: Uploading your MusicXML Files into SmartMusic

Upload MusicXML files into the new SmartMusic
Open uploaded MusicXML files in the new SmartMusic