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When I received my copy of Finale 2009 last week I was anxious to get started on doing an in depth review of it. Now that I have had few days to kick it around I am confident I can give you preliminary review of the newest music notation software product from MakeMusic. One that is not without its ups and downs.
I am a big fan of both Sibelius and Finale and have done reviews on them here at MusicEdMagic in the past. I recently received word that the newest version of Finale, Finale 2009 , is being released tomorrow, July 17th, 2008. According to the press releases there are some nice sounding improvements to MakeMusic's flagship music notation software package, namely things like easier entry of expressions by simply dragging and dropping them into the score,several different playback enhancements to the sound library, and my personal favorite, easier creation of SmartMusic accompaniment files from ensemble scores!
Those of us who have spent many long semi-sleepless nights on band trips corraling hormonally challenged teenagers into their hotel rooms can take heart with this story. Good old duct tape. A million uses, several of which might get you sued...
Thanks to newsletter subscriber Rich Nicklay for bringing this one to my attention!
Those that say that MP3 recordings of music have no soul may be more correct than they realize. One of the things that makes music memorable is the emotional impact that it can have on a human being. It turns out that compressing audio into MP3 format can actually strip out the pieces of the musical recording that help to initiate that emotional reaction in our brains turning a feast for the senses into little more than a metophorical hamburger and fries.
Imagine a preparatory teacher classroom where a beginning teacher could actively learn how to deal with classroom discipline problems without the risk of "damaging" a student's academic or emotional abilities. Every teacher has made a mistake in the classroom where they say something they shouldn't have by responding to a student sarcastically or by losing their self control and yelling. The problem for beginning teachers is that until now there has been no real way to practice such classroom management techniques without putting themselves directly into a classroom. Now, thanks to a research project between Lockheed Martin and the University of Central Florida teachers may one day be able to learn how to deal with classroom discipline problems without ever coming within earshot of a real student.