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| Posted 9/2/2006 2:48 PM (GMT -5) |
I teach band gr 5-7 in an economically diverse district, in which finances are an issues for all families, and even computer ownership is not a given. My understanding of the program leads me to believe that it would be a valuable tool for increasing student achievement, but I had several questions. Does the program download 30,000 titles (at approx 500MB in size) upon installation; my students may use a method book and several solos at most, is there an alternative, or am I misunderstanding something?
Is there an effective way to use the program in a band room with several computers (networked and/or free-standing)?
First, you can download SmartMusic 9.1 to try it out without purchasing a subscription. You can only open the Sample files and some of the exercises, but it should give you a little idea about it.
The installation is fairly large, as it does install the entire library, though it comes on CD, so your students wouldn't have to download 500MB from the internet. I think you'll find that having the entire collection installed will be useful though. The exercises are great (particularly the rhythm and ear training ones), and I find students enjoy exploring and sight-reading the other things.
SmartMusic must be "activated" once a year through an internet connection. So you'd need to have your computer(s) in a place to connect to the internet at least once each year. Using SmartMusic in a band room can work, though if you're using the assessment or anything else with the microphone, loud instruments could interfere with much quieter ones, since the mic level needs to be set higher for quiet instruments.
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