Band Achievement Reward Levels
PASSING ACHIEVEMENT PIECES: Set a goal of passing 1-2 songs a week. Since I only see students once a week, I cannot listen to students individually. Using Smart Music is the only way to achieve these long-term goals. Once you earn a 90% score on Smart Music, submit it to Mrs. Haeger. Then make sure you put a sticker on the chart for that achievement piece.

PASSING LEVELS:
For each level passed, students will receive a certificate and a postcard in the mail. Upon completion of the last level, they will be awarded a medal at the Spring Concert!



BONUS INCENTIVE:

The first person to finish either book 1 or book 2 each year gets to throw a pie in Mrs. Haeger's face. VIDEO COMING SOON!



BOOK 1
Finish these exercises and…
#7, #12, #14, #17, #22, #23, #29, #31, #35, #39, #41, #43, #46, #49, #53
Congratulations, you’ve reached the FIRST CLASS LEVEL!!!


Finish these exercises and…
#55, #57, #61, #63, #67, #70, #73, #78, #79, #82, #84, #87, #91, #95, #98
Congratulations, you’ve reached MASTER LEVEL!!!


Finish these exercises and…
#104, #106, #111, #115, #117#122, , #126, #128, #131, #134, #136, #139, #141, #142, #143, #146, #148, #151, #153, #155

Congratulations, you’ve reached ARTIST LEVEL!!!


BOOK 2
Finish these exercises and…
#2, #5, #6, #7, #12, #16, #21, #24, #28, #29, #33, #35
Concert Bb Major ScaleConcert G Harm. MinorConcert Eb Major Scale Congratulations, you’ve reached the SENIOR ARTIST LEVEL!!!


Finish these exercises and…
#36, #39, #42, #45, #47, #51, #53, #57, #62, #65, #67, #69Concert C Harmonic MinorConcert F Major ScaleConcert Ab Major Scale
Congratulations, you’ve reached VIVACE LEVEL!!!


Finish these exercises and…
#72, #76, #77, #81, #87, #88, #91, #92, #96, #100, #101, #106, #111, #115, #116, #118 Concert C Major Scale Chromatic Scale Solo p. 38-39
Congratulations, you’ve reached FINE LEVEL!!!


SMART MUSIC:

What is it?


Watch a video here





Why do I need it?

1. Your child will grow faster as a musician

2. There are many students and only 1 of me

3. In band class we want to focus on group pieces.
4. Your child should focus on instrumental growth at home.

5. The program listens to your student and helps fix mistakes


How do I get help?


Click the ? Help Button



SMART MUSIC INSTRUCTIONS

SMART MUSIC INSTRUCTIONS
2017-2018


TO JOIN YOUR CLASS/SET-UP YOUR ACCOUNT

  1. 1. Go to https://admin.smartmusic.com/join
  2. 2. Bay View students, it’s all under one Westlake account (it was cheaper to lump it together).
  3. 3. Enter your class code:
BEGINNING BAND: C6EQF-3VV2U
INTERMEDIATE BAND: KNFR2-CM3M6
  1. 4. Click Next​
  2. 5. If you don't have a New Smart Music account (unfortunately Classic Smart Music users have to start over), click Join & Create Account
  3. 6. Follow the instructions on-screen.
  4. 7. Please use the student’s first and last name when creating the account so it shows up in my gradebook. Otherwise I have to decode parents names and other user names, which is difficult with over 100 students, some of which I don’t know well to begin with.
  5. 8. Please note that our clarinets are “Bb Clarinet”; saxophones are “Eb Alto Saxophone”; trumpets are “Bb trumpet”; trombones are just trombone, NOT trombone TC; baritones are “Baritone BC”, Percussion is either “Percussion” or “Drums”, and keyboard percussion is “Mallet Percussion”.
  6. 9. If you already have a New Smart Music account and are not logged in, click Join & Log In.
10.When creating an account or editing your user profile, you have the option to add a Recovery Email. If you forget you password and do not have access to the primary email address on your account, you can send a password reset email to their Recovery Email address. When you reset your password on the login page, the password reset email is sent to both your primary email address and your Recovery Email address.

TO PRACTICE AN ASSIGNMENT
  1. 1. Log in to your account
  2. 2. On your home page, scroll down to “My Classes”
  3. 3. Hover over your class and click on “See All Assignments”
  4. 4. Using the second page of your Practice Journal, look for the number of the assignment you need to practice, starting with #7 “Band On Parade”
  5. 5. Find the assignment in the assignments list. Unfortunately, they are not always in numerical order and you may need to scroll through to find the number you’re looking for.
  6. 6. Click on your assignment. Within the assignment page click “Complete Assignment”.
  7. 7. Choose your instrument part. Please note that our clarinets are “Bb Clarinet”; saxophones are “Eb Alto Saxophone”; trumpets are “Bb trumpet”; trombones are just trombone, NOT trombone TC; baritones are “Baritone BC”, Percussion is either “Percussion” or “Drums”, and keyboard percussion is “Mallet Percussion”.
  8. 8. Slide the “Accompaniment” down to about 1/3 of the way.
  9. 9. Click the speaker next to “My part” to make sure it’s not on mute and slide the volume to maximum.
  10. 10. Turn the metronome up to at least half way.
11.As the music starts getting more difficult in the book, you will want to be able to slow it down to a speed (tempo) that is easier to practice with. To do this, click the minus “-“ button next to “Tempo” to slow it down. It will turn red and a red “!” will show up where the record button was as you cannot test at a slower tempo than the default.
12.As you get better with the piece, just speed it up a few notches each time until you are able to play it at the default tempo given. Click the round arrow button to go back to the default tempo.
13.Push the “Play” button. The metronome will give you a 4 beat count off (unless the piece is in ¾ time).
14.Follow the “Recipe For Success” each time you push the “Play” button:
  1. a. Sing the piece, if it has words (or listen to it/hum along)
  2. b. Clap and count the rhythm.
  3. c. Point and sing the note names.
  4. d. Finger the notes while saying the note names.
  5. e. Play the piece slowly at first, then speed up later.

TROUBLESHOOTING TIPS:
This is a new platform and I’m still figuring it out myself. If you have other troubleshooting tips, please share them with me.

  1. 1. If you are using an ipad, I’ve read there is an app in the works to help with the display being too small. This is disappointing as the new Smart Music was supposed to support MORE tablets, not take away from what already worked L
  2. 2. Some students have mentioned that they had to use the Chrome browser in order for Smart Music to work on their computer. If you already have Chrome, update it.

TO RECORD AND SUBMIT AN ASSIGNMENT
  1. 1. Make sure you have practiced the piece with the “Recipe For Success” first.
  2. 2. Click on “Assessment” up in the grey area.
  3. 3. Click “Calibrate Mic” to make sure your microphone is working properly (if you get scores that don’t seem correct in the future, sometimes the mic is the problem. Try using headphones with a built in microphone or a different computer. Sometimes, rarely, a separate microphone is needed and can be purchased directly from Smart Music).
  4. 4. Personal story: Even though I had calibrated my mic a few times, for some reason it wasn’t picking up when I tried to tune. So I clicked on “Calibrate Mic” again and it said it wasn’t set properly. It walked me through the settings I have for my computer and the internet. This is always a place to reset, especially if you’ve switched computers between practice sessions. Also, one day it kept telling me my microphone was not calibrated and even though I went through all the chrome settings, it still didn’t work. Only after closing down Chrome and/or resetting my computer did it work. I know, frustrating but good to know.
  5. 5. If your instrument is not in tune, you will not get a good score. Go to mrshaeger.wikispaces.com, click on your instrument page and click on “Tuning Your Instrument”.
  6. 6. Learn how to tune your specific instrument from the video.
  7. 7. If the video tells you to purchase a tuner, DON’T. There is a tuner on Smart Music.
  8. 8. Go back to the Smart Music assessment page and click on “Tuner”.
  9. 9. Use the information you learned in the tuning video to tune your individual instrument.
  10. 10. In band we use “Concert Pitch” to describe the note we want everyone to play. Usually we use the concert pitch “Bb”, which is what flutes, trombones, baritones, and mallet percussion will play (though you don’t need to tune mallet instruments). Clarinets and trumpets will play an open C and saxophones will play G, but the tuner will read “Concert Pitch Bb”.
11.Read the needle on the tuner and figure out which way to adjust your instrument.
12.After you’re all tuned and have practiced the piece several times, you’re ready to try testing.
  1. 13. Mute “My Part” so the computer doesn’t test itself. Remember, you’re trying to get better at your instrument, not just learn how to “beat the system” J
14.Mute “Accompaniment” so it’s not hearing itself and giving you bad scores.
15.Press the “Record” button and play the piece.
  1. 16. Look at your score and see if you’ve reached 90% or above. If you didn’t reach 90% or above, DO NOT SUBMIT the song. You haven’t reached a performance ready level and probably need to go back to your “Recipe For Success” to figure out what is wrong.
17.IF YOU DIDN’T REACH 90%:
  1. a. Click on the notes that turned up red. Click the bottom left of the note to make sure you have the fingering correct. Click the bottom right of the note to make sure the note coming out of your instrument is the note you hear.
  2. b. Click the “Playback” button (blue arrow with red dot) to hear a recording of yourself. Can you identify what is wrong?
  3. c. Are you playing the rhythm correctly? Are you playing each note EXACTLY when the blue line reaches it? Do you know your note names? How about fingerings? What about your embouchure (mouth position…are your cheeks puffed out, reed broken, etc.)?
  4. d. If you continue recording and having difficulty getting a score above 90%, submit your best recording, leave a comment in the comment section how many times you practiced it AND EMAIL ME at khaeger@sccs.net to let me know you need me to listen and give you feedback. If you do not email me, I will not know to listen to it.
18.IF YOU DID REACH 90% OR ABOVE:
  1. a. Click “Save” to save your score.
  2. b. If you didn’t get 100%, try a few more times to see if you can perfect your performance a bit.
  3. c. When you are satisfied with your score (above 90%), click on the arrow in the box of scores and select the one you want to submit.
  4. d. Mark off in your PRACTICE JOURNAL with a star, circle, or check mark the song you submitted and remember to put a sticker on it next time you are in class. This will enter it in my gradebook but you will be responsible for keeping track of the pieces you have passed and putting stickers on the chart. This is ON YOUR HONOR. Please don’t put stickers up for pieces you haven’t passed with 90%.
  5. e. CONGRATULATIONS!