The growth and popularity of SmartMusic as a music education tool shows that the program definitely has it's benefits. Until now though most people would assume that it was primarily being used in school settings or in concert with private lessons. Now it appears that MakeMusic is pushing hard to broaden the appeal of SmartMusic to other musicians as well with the announcement of a newly expanded partnership with Hal Leonard publishing. SmartMusic has always carried the more popular lesson books and solo material but now they are set to expand to a whole new range of current pop music from big names like Kelly Clarkson, Aerosmith, the Beatles, and dozens more including titles from the Rogers and Hammerstein music library and Disney.
Chad Criswell is a career music educator working in the Iowa public schools. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications both online and in print. He currently serves as the national music technology writer for NAfME's Teaching Music Magazine and has presented sessions at numerous music education conferences including the 2012 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic.
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