Your request to Ecolab Giving
Dear John, We are pleased to inform you that the following request, Visions for Learning : HUNTINGTON NORTH HIGH SCHOOL : John Gardner : has been approved for the amount of $3,000.00.
This grant will provide 3 YEARS ACCESS for our instrumental teachers and 125 students to the NEW online “SmartMusic Teach” Platform.
Smartmusic is an interactive practicing and training tool that allows students to practice, with accompaniment, and see instant feedback on accuracy.
It tracks practice time, what was practiced, and can record and grade assignments for teacher review. This may not be students’ favorite feature, but for those wanting to increase practice efficiency, this will be a great help.
In addition to fundamentals; scales (major, minor, whole, pentatonic, blues), rhythms, sight-reading, ear-training exercises from beginner to professional — students can also play along with recordings of music the band ensemble is playing; while seeing computer feedback concerning mistakes. Smartmusic also provides entertaining background music to “boring” things like scales — making them fun.
Students participating in solo festival can play along with an accompaniment at any speed.
Jazz Band Class students can practice improvisation with jazz exercises and blues scales within Smartmusic.
The only part of the Smartmusic program we were not able to include in this grant was giving students full access to the system. That costs extra. Our instrumental teachers will have full access and students will have access to anything assigned. So if a student wants to practice a particular solo, exercise or piece of music, we can ‘assign’ it.
This is going to be a great help to our program and our musicians.