This past week, MakeMusic released an update to the SmartMusic iPad app. They are working hard to make the iPad app as functional as possible with the limitations of the iPad and iOS. The limitations will continue to decrease as new versions of iOS are released along with new hardware; but there are limitations they have to deal with.
The updated app allows students to do assignments on the iPad, unless you are using a self-created SmartMusic file or a sight-reading exercise. MakeMusic is planning on including these features in the future. The app also allows for “pinning.” With the iPad app, this gives a SmartMusic practice room subscription much greater flexibility than in the past.
I would remind all music educators that MakeMusic is a company–now privately owned–that is in the business of making money. Even though music education is at the heart of everything they do, they…
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