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David B
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   Posted 3/23/2009 9:07 AM (GMT -5)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Has anyone worked with Smart Music to conduct auditions on a large scale? 
 
Have any of these auditions included sight-reading examples?
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Jim Jolley
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   Posted 3/23/2009 6:19 PM (GMT -5)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.

Hi,

Have not used it as such...yet.

You can have the players play an audition piece using smartmusic as well as playing scales.

I have asked for a feature request where you could set a piece in which you could play it one time Like for sightreading.  I don't know where they are on this. Another program like this one does have that capability and it works pretty well.  I am sure there is some flaws with sightreading and getting the students to be honest.

A thought. You could give the students the sightreading piece at the end of school and give them until a set time to turn the selection in, say 10 p.m.  They could look at it and you could give them points for playing it the least amount of time.  You can set that in the assignments.

Hope this helps. I am sure someone else has some other ideas.
 
Jim


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James Lund
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   Posted 3/24/2009 12:48 PM (GMT -5)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
David B,

We've had some very positive responses at MakeMusic since the release of the Impact Gradebook service - many reports of successful auditioning through SmartMusic. We see it used increasingly in All-State situations (especially in larger states where travel can be prohibitive for some students). Many states now accept SmartMusic recordings for auditions as well, reducing the need and expenses to find an accompanist.

Our most successful collaboration to date is with the Music for All organization (www.musicforall.org/). They've been using SmartMusic and the Gradebook for their Symposium auditions, Tournament of Roses and some other uses. It's great for auditioning for summer marching band, for example, when it's tough to get students to practice, let alone show up at school to audition ...

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James H. Anderson


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Samuel Fritz
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   Posted 3/30/2009 2:01 PM (GMT -5)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.

I have used this myself to run a district-wide honor band audition for Junior High students.  I have also helped to administer 6 nation-wide auditions using SmartMusic and Impact, including those listed below for Music For All.  Moreover, I have been helping two different drum and bugle corps use SmartMusic and Impact for testing, placements, and assignments (with feedback) prior to on-site camps. 

I personally think this is the way all auditions that require taped or recorded entries should be done.  I feel that submitting auditions using SmartMusic and Impact really levels the playing field as you know every auditioning student is using the same technology to submit recordings.  Audition adjudicators can provide feedback to students through Impact.  I find this component is huge, as I know of no other audition that actually tells students how they could improve for the next time.  Through these auditions, we have tried solos, choices (select from a list and post your choice), custom etudes, SmartMusic exercises and most recently, full band repertoire all as components.  Most recently we did add a sight reading component, but was done for chair / band placement after students were selected and had arrived at the host site.  I have also learned to make sure all the audition material is on-screen so there is no problem of getting the music needed.  This cand make choosing solo literature more challenging unless you are looking in the baroque selections.

I am not sure how you could fairly regulate the sight reading component unless you posted the excerpt the day before auditions were due, and removed it from those not submitted by the deadline.  You could also track the time spent, but this would not stop a student from working on the excerpt outside the assignment loop and then logging on to post his recording.  On all the auditions I have administered, I recommend tracking time for use as a tie-breaker.  In other words two students perform amazingly well and the adjudicator has difficulty separating the two.  The time spent on the material could be used to distinguish one from another. 

One last thought, you could use the play by ear examples, or the rhythm studies as a type of sight reading component.  You could turn the "display music" feature off when making the assignment.  Students would not be able to see the music and you could give them specific details in the instructions regarding starting pitch and so on.  You could use the "track time" function in this case, as hiding the music would not give them information on the actual SmartMusic tree number - I think.  I am talking to myself now and will have to try this to confirm my claims.

Good luck and I hope this helps

Samuel Fritz

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