Finale vs. Sibelius: Creating SmartMusic Accompaniments


This blog series highlights Finale’s many unique advantages. If you own Finale, I hope these posts will inspire you to try new things, and to share the news with your friends who still use something else.

Round 3: Creating Smart Music Accompaniments

If you work with students in band, orchestra, or choir, you know about SmartMusic, the interactive music education software. One of SmartMusic’s many benefits is to provide students with assessment, or instant feedback on their performance, showing green and red notes indicating correct and incorrect notes, both in terms of rhythm and pitch.

While SmartMusic offers educators and students with unlimited access to the world’s largest accompaniment library for all ages and skill levels, there are times when you’ll want to use SmartMusic to learn a piece of music not in that library.

And this is where Finale comes in.

Only Finale can create SmartMusic accompaniments, and these accompaniments can support SmartMusic’s assessment feature, and much more. What’s more, Finale’s SmartMusic Accompaniment creation processes also leverages Finale’s Linked Parts feature, so you only have to perform one action on your score to create accompaniments for the entire associated ensemble.

Here’s the best part: creating these files takes less time and effort than reading this already long-winded blog post.

Now, for a limited time, owners of Sibelius (and other pro-level notation software) can own Finale 2012 too, for as little as $99.95! Learn more here.

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