Technology-Related Sessions at the 2011 Wisconsin State Music Conference
David Johnson, WMEA State Chair, Technology
Finale 101 and Getting the Most Out of Your Finale
Presented by Tom Johnson, Eden Prairie, MN.
Two sessions, both presented by Tom Johnson from MakeMusic, Inc., demonstrated the power and versatility of Finale notation software. Finale is arguably the most powerful and feature-rich music notation program in existence. But with incredible power comes a significant learning curve. After showing his audience the many places where Finale users can go to for quick tutorials and help that are built into the program, Tom guided us through the various ways a Finale user can enter notes, expressions and articulations. He also gave everyone a quick tour of some of useful shortcuts, plugins and hot keys. After the second of the two sessions, Rio band director Jesus Valencia and I both left shaking our fists in the air in anger, reflecting on the many hours we could have saved ourselves had we only been aware of Tom Johnson’s very useful tips, as we each had flashbacks of the many hours it took us to transpose flute parts and vocal accompaniments. Seeing the heads nodding and shaking throughout the audience as each nugget of knowledge passing over his lips affirmed that Mr. Valencia and I were not alone.
Contact WSMA to enroll in a Finale workshop.
SmartMusic in Your Band, Choir & Orchestra Program and SmartMusic 2012 Sight-Singing and Sight-Reading Assessment Tools
Presented by Robert Grifa, Eden Prairie, MN.
Robert Grifa from MakeMusic, Inc. presented two sessions on SmartMusic intelligent accompaniment software. The first provided a broad overview of the main features of SmartMusic, its assessment tools, and online grading features. Texas and Florida music teachers are geared to start using SmartMusic as a primary means to document student growth in the very near future. SmartMusic 2012 has a new set of sight-reading and sight-reading assessment tools built into the update. Grifa’s second session was focused primarily on those new features.
Contact WSMA to enroll in a SmartMusic workshop.
David Johnson is the grades 5-12 band teacher for Williams Bay School District. He is also a member of Wisconsin Youth Band Directors Association and Wisconsin Advocates for Music Education. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org