One of my favorite programs for use in the studio and for my own practice is MakeMusic’s SmartMusic. During the fall semester I use it in my brass methods course to motivate my student’s to practice their “non-major” instrument. I will have to write another post on that integration process in the future. As for the private studio, it’s Bordogni time, providing students an aural structure for those etudes to realize they are not just “another exercise” but actual musical works.
But for this month it has been Grøndahl time for me. It has really aided in memorizing the work and for practicing at various tempos in preparation for my upcoming concert with the American Chamber Orchestra. SmartMusic is also a patient rehearsal assistant, allowing my to run sections eight, ten, or even twenty times in a row!
I’ll have the pleasure of showing this software at the Mid-South Low Brass Festival later this month. I’m looking forward to hopefully introducing it to band director in the Memphis area.