Finale/SmartMusic combo means no cheese for Darien HS Orchestra

Last month the Finale Blog featured Jane Minnis. Jane had approached the MakeMusic booth at an MENC conference with questions about using Finale to scan music in order to create a SmartMusic accompaniment. Why? Jane’s students found that SmartMusic made a big difference in their practice, and they needed SmartMusic accompaniments for all their pieces.

For today’s post we’d like to offer a short follow-up from Jane:

“I wanted to let you know that the Darien High School Orchestra earned a Gold rating and an Adjudicator’s Award trophy at the Heritage Festival in New York City on Saturday, April 30th. We received a score of 93 from all three judges. All of the students agree that it was the use of SmartMusic that helped them receive that score. In fact, instead of saying “Cheese!” for their post-performance photo, they said “SmartMusic!”

Thank you for all of your help teaching me how to scan a score into Finale and create a SmartMusic file. It has been an amazing addition to my teaching bag of tricks!”

Congratulations to Jane and the Darien High School Orchestra!

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