Music Students Assignment

  • Open an assignment. The required music opens, and the Assignment Details appear.
  • The Assignment Details give you important information about the assignment, including the number of points the assignment is worth, the required tempo, and any instructions from your teacher. If you're teacher is using a rubric, you'll see it in the Assignment Details.

  • Review the Assignment Details. When you're ready, click OK.
  • Or, click Mic Check to let SmartMusic set your microphone volume for best results, and then click OK.

    The assignment appears on screen. If you need to review the assignment again, click the Assignment Details button in the lower left corner of the controls.

    Sight singing instructions appear. For sight singing assignments, your first take is submitted to your teacher, so you won't be able to practice or change settings before you submit the take.

  • Click Start Take. Listen for the prep notes. Your Study Time displays above the music, and begins to count down.
  • Study the music, and get ready to sing.
  • Click skip ahead if you're ready before the study time is up.

  • Once your study time is up, listen again for the prep notes, and then perform the assignment. When you finish, the take is submitted to your teacher automatically.
  • If your teacher chooses, they can let SmartMusic show you your results.

    Review your assessment score, or click Listen to hear your performance. Click OK when you're finished.

    Create assignments

    Assignments are typically created from repertoire that comes from either the SmartMusic catalog, or your imported Finale-created files and MP3 files. However, Gradebook provides the flexibility to grade and manage all of your classroom activity, by offering more options like practice reports, Gradebook entries, response assignments, and automated assignments. You must be logged in to an account with an educator subscription to create assignments.

    If you are creating assignments for students using the iPad, please note that response assignments are not available on the iPad.

    Create assignments from SmartMusic titles, MP3 files, or Finale-created files

    There are three main types of assignments that you can create from SmartMusic titles:

    • A Custom assignment, the standard assignment type, gives you complete control over assignment requirements.
    • The Pre-defined assignment is a unique feature available only to band, orchestra, choir, and jazz ensemble titles within SmartMusic, consisting of assignments created by music educators for every part in the piece, already made to address its unique challenges.
    • A Sight Reading or Sight Singing assignment, where you decide how long a student can study the music before they must play or sing and submit the results, can be created from any repertoire that shows music on screen.

    An assignment is the best way to get Finale-created files or MP3 Audio Files to your students. When a student receives an assignment created from an SMP/SMPX or MP3 file, they are automatically added to your student's library.

    To create a Custom assignment
    1. Open a SmartMusic title, an SMP/SMPX file, or an MP3 file.
    2. Click the Assignment button.
    3. The Assignment button is only available when you are logged into an account with an educator subscription.

      The Create an assignment window appears.

      If you opened a full ensemble title, a Pre-defined assignment type will be selected for you. Select Custom and continue.

    4. Set up your assignment requirements using the controls at the top of the screen, and the settings under Assignment details.
      • The values of the settings under Assignment details are determined by the controls at the top of the screen.
      • Change the Cursor and Music On Screen settings from the View menu. Click More settings to see additional assignment requirements. Available settings are determined by the features of the title. For example, only the Rhythms exercises use the Clap setting.

      • To require a setting, select the corresponding check box. To remove a requirement, clear the corresponding check box.
      • In the example above, students are required to perform the assignment at a tempo of at least 100 BPM. In addition, students receive the assignment with the Click off, but because it's not required, can submit the assignment with the Click on or off.

        Use the drop-down next to Tempo to specify Exactly or At Least the required tempo.

    5. Under Location, choose the length of your assignment.
    6. Name your assignment, and provide instructions for your students.
    7. Select a grading style and assign points.
      • For the standard grading style, assign points for your evaluation of the student's recording, SmartMusic's assessment results (if the title has Assessment), or both.
      • Select the not scored check box to include a recording of the student submission that you do not grade.
      • This is useful for teachers who want SmartMusic to calculate assessment scores automatically, but would still like to use a recording to find out why students performed poorly, or to assess other aspects of playing, like tone and musicality. The assessment only assignments are graded automatically, and are immediately added to Gradebook.

      • For the rubric grading style, select a rubric, and a total number of points.
    8. Under Standards, click Add or Remove to associate the assignment with State Standards.
    9. Click the box under Assign to students on to select the date your students receive the assignment.
    10. Select the Send Email Notification check box to inform students via email that the assignment is available. If you anticipate that students will need a reminder, select a date under Send email reminder.

    11. Select a due date for the assignment.
    12. By default, a late assignment is set up to be accepted until the end of the current grading period. Click end of grading period to select an earlier date. Assignments that students can no longer submit can be graded using Gradebook.

    13. Click Schedule.
    14. Alternatively, click Add to unit. Units enable you to save, organize, assign, and share your most effective assignments. If you click Schedule, you will not be able to add the assignment to a unit.

      The Select Classes/Students dialog box appears.

    15. Select the classes and students that will receive the assignment.
    16. Keep the Also assign to students who enroll later check box selected to make sure that students who still have to enroll in your class receive the assignment once they enroll.

    17. When you're finished, click Done. The Assignment Scheduled dialog box appears.
      • Click Schedule Another to keep the title open and create another assignment.
      • SmartMusic retains the following settings when you open another title from the same exercise or method book: Click, My Part, Cursor, Accompaniment, Voice CountOff, Click: Accent Downbeats, Click: Play Subdivisions, and Countoff.

      • Click View Gradebook to see your assignments in Gradebook.
      • Click Done to close the title.

      Click here to see how students complete an assignment.

    To create a Pre-defined assignment
    1. Open a band, orchestra, choir, or jazz ensemble title.
    2. Pre-defined assignments are only available for full ensemble titles found in the SmartMusic catalog.

    3. Click the Assignment button.
    4. The Create an assignment window appears.

    5. On the Pre-defined list, select one of the pre-defined assignments. Part details describing the assignment for each part appear.
    6. If you want students to be able to alter the tempo of the accompaniment when performing the assignment, clear the Require default tempo check box.

    7. Name your assignment, and provide instructions for your students.
    8. Students will see both the pre-defined assignment instructions and the ones you provide under Instructions to students.

    9. Select a grading style and assign points.
      • For the standard grading style, assign points for your evaluation of the student's recording, SmartMusic's assessment results (if the title has Assessment), or both.
      • Select the not scored check box to include a recording of the student submission that you do not grade.
      • This is useful for teachers who want SmartMusic to calculate assessment scores automatically, but would still like to use a recording to find out why students performed poorly, or to assess other aspects of playing, like tone and musicality. The assessment only assignments are graded automatically, and are immediately added to Gradebook.

      • For the rubric grading style, select a rubric, and a total number of points.
    10. Under Standards, click Add or Remove to associate the assignment with State Standards.
    11. Click the box under Assign to students on to select the date your students receive the assignment.
    12. Select the Send Email Notification check box to inform students via email that the assignment is available. If you anticipate that students will need a reminder, select a date under Send email reminder.

    13. Select a due date for the assignment.
    14. By default, a late assignment is set up to be accepted until the end of the current grading period. Click end of grading period to select an earlier date. Assignments that students can no longer submit can be graded using Gradebook.

    15. Click Schedule.
    16. Alternatively, click Add to unit. Units enable you to save, organize, assign, and share your most effective assignments. If you click Schedule, you will not be able to add the assignment to a unit.

      The Select Classes/Students dialog box appears.

    17. Select the classes and students that will receive the assignment.
    18. Keep the Also assign to students who enroll later check box selected to make sure that students who still have to enroll in your class receive the assignment once they enroll.

    19. When you're finished, click Done. The Assignment Scheduled dialog box appears.
      • Click Schedule Another to keep the title open and create another assignment.
      • Click View Gradebook to see your assignments in Gradebook.
      • Click Done to close the title.

      Click here to see how students complete an assignment.

    To create a Sight Reading assignment
    1. Open any title or SMP/SMPX file with music on screen.
    2. From the Controls menu, select Provide sight reading options. Sight Reading instructions and a Sight Reading button appear.
    3. Sight Reading is on by default when you open a SmartMusic Sight-Reading Exercise.

    4. Click the Assignment button. The Create an assignment window appears.
    5. Set up your assignment requirements using the controls at the top of the screen in the same way you set up a Custom assignment.
    6. Students won't get a chance to change the assignment set up. If you don't want students to view their results, clear the Allow students to view results check box. Click More settings to see the assignment details you would normally see when creating a Custom assignment.

    7. Select a Study Time for your students from the Sight Reading drop-down.
    8. Or, select a Study Time from Controls > Sight Reading options.

    9. Under Location, choose the length of your assignment.
    10. Name your assignment, and provide instructions for your students.
    11. All SmartMusic titles are available to any subscriber. If you're creating the assignment from a title within the SmartMusic catalog, make sure you change the name.

    12. Select a grading style and assign points.
      • For the standard grading style, assign points for your evaluation of the student's recording, SmartMusic's assessment results (if the title has Assessment), or both.
      • Select the not scored check box to include a recording of the student submission that you do not grade.
      • This is useful for teachers who want SmartMusic to calculate assessment scores automatically, but would still like to use a recording to find out why students performed poorly, or to assess other aspects of playing, like tone and musicality. The assessment only assignments are graded automatically, and are immediately added to Gradebook.

      • For the rubric grading style, select a rubric, and a total number of points.
    13. Under Standards, click Add or Remove to associate the assignment with State Standards.
    14. Click the box under Assign to students on to select the date your students receive the assignment.
    15. Select the Send Email Notification check box to inform students via email that the assignment is available. If you anticipate that students will need a reminder, select a date under Send email reminder.

    16. Select a due date for the assignment.
    17. By default, a late assignment is set up to be accepted until the end of the current grading period. Click end of grading period to select an earlier date. Assignments that students can no longer submit can be graded using Gradebook.

    18. Click Schedule.
    19. Alternatively, click Add to unit. Units enable you to save, organize, assign, and share your most effective assignments. If you click Schedule, you will not be able to add the assignment to a unit.

      The Select Classes/Students dialog box appears.

    20. Select the classes and students that will receive the assignment.
    21. Keep the Also assign to students who enroll later check box selected to make sure that students who still have to enroll in your class receive the assignment once they enroll.

    22. When you're finished, click Done. The Assignment Scheduled dialog box appears.
      • Click Schedule Another to keep the title open and create another assignment.
      • Click View Gradebook to see your assignments in Gradebook.
      • Click Done to close the title.

      Click here to see how students complete a Sight Reading assignment.

    To create a Sight Singing assignment
    1. Open any vocal title with music on screen.
    2. From the Controls menu, select Provide sight reading options. Sight singing instructions and a Sight Singing button appear.
    3. Click the Assignment button. The Create an assignment window appears.
    4. Set up your assignment requirements using the controls at the top of the screen in the same way you set up a Custom assignment.
    5. Students won't get a chance to change the assignment set up. If you don't want students to view their results, clear the Allow students to view results check box. Click More settings to see the assignment details you would normally see when creating a Custom assignment.

    6. Select a Study Time for your students from the Sight Singing drop-down.
    7. Or, select a Study Time from Controls > Sight Reading options.

    8. Select the Prep Notes style from the Click drop-down.
    9. Under Location, choose the length of your assignment.
    10. Name your assignment, and provide instructions for your students.
    11. All SmartMusic titles are available to any subscriber. If you're creating the assignment from a title within the SmartMusic catalog, make sure you change the name.

    12. Select a grading style and assign points.
      • For the standard grading style, assign points for your evaluation of the student's recording, SmartMusic's assessment results (if the title has Assessment), or both.
      • Select the not scored check box to include a recording of the student submission that you do not grade.
      • This is useful for teachers who want SmartMusic to calculate assessment scores automatically, but would still like to use a recording to find out why students performed poorly, or to assess other aspects of playing, like tone and musicality. The assessment only assignments are graded automatically, and are immediately added to Gradebook.

      • For the rubric grading style, select a rubric, and a total number of points.
    13. Under Standards, click Add or Remove to associate the assignment with State Standards.
    14. Click the box under Assign to students on to select the date your students receive the assignment.
    15. Select the Send Email Notification check box to inform students via email that the assignment is available. If you anticipate that students will need a reminder, select a date under Send email reminder.

    16. Select a due date for the assignment.
    17. By default, a late assignment is set up to be accepted until the end of the current grading period. Click end of grading period to select an earlier date. Assignments that students can no longer submit can be graded using Gradebook.

    18. Click Schedule.
    19. Alternatively, click Add to unit. Units enable you to save, organize, assign, and share your most effective assignments. If you click Schedule, you will not be able to add the assignment to a unit.

      The Select Classes/Students dialog box appears.

    20. Select the classes and students that will receive the assignment.
    21. Keep the Also assign to students who enroll later check box selected to make sure that students who still have to enroll in your class receive the assignment once they enroll.

    22. When you're finished, click Done. The Assignment Scheduled dialog box appears.
      • Click Schedule Another to keep the title open and create another assignment.
      • Click View Gradebook to see your assignments in Gradebook.
      • Click Done to close the title.

      Click here to see how students complete a sight singing assignments.

    Response assignments

    Use a response assignment anytime you require a written response from your students. You can attach a file, and require that students submit a file attachment back to you. Send, receive, and grade response assignments within Gradebook, so you can keep all of your classroom grades in one place. It is entirely up to you how you use a response assignment, but here are some of the many possibilities:

    • Attach a permission slip, and require that students send the signed copy back to you.
    • Attach an audio file, and ask for a musical analysis.
    • Send your students a written assignment or quiz.

    Currently, response assignments are not available to students using the iPad app.

    To create a response assignment
    1. Open the class screen.
    2. Under Additional Tools, click Response Assignment.
    3. The Response Assignment screen appears.

    4. Name your assignment, and provide instructions for your students.
    5. If you're sending a file to your students, click Choose File, and then select a file from your computer.
    6. There is a file size limit of 5 MB for educators, and 1 MB for students.

    7. To require your students to send a file attachment with their response, select the Required check box next to Student Attachment.
    8. Select a grading style and assign points.
    9. If you're using a rubric, make sure you select one from the Rubric list.

    10. Click the box under Assign to students on to select the date your students receive the assignment.
    11. Select the Send Email Notification check box to inform students via email that the assignment is available. If you anticipate that students will need a reminder, select a date under Send email reminder.

    12. Select a due date for the assignment.
    13. By default, a late assignment is set up to be accepted until the end of the current grading period. Click end of grading period to select an earlier date. Assignments that students can no longer submit can be graded using Gradebook.

    14. To associate State Standards with the assignment, click the Choose button next to the State Standards list.
    15. Click Assign To. The Select Classes/Students dialog box appears.
    16. Select the classes and students that will receive the assignment.
    17. Keep the Also assign to students who enroll later check box selected to make sure that students who still have to enroll in your class receive the assignment once they enroll.

    18. Click Done.

    Automated assignments

    Using automated assignments, you can easily schedule recurring scale and rhythm assignments for your students. Automated scale assignments include pre-assembled collections of scales in both the major mode and the minor modes, and automated rhythm assignments include pre-assembled collections of 30 rhythm exercises of differing difficulties.

    To set up automated assignments
    1. Open the class screen.
    2. Under Additional Tools, click Automated Assignment.
    3. A list of automated assignment collections appear.

    4. Under Description, click an assignment collection.
    5. To review the assignments within the collection, download the PDF.

      Automated assignment settings appear.

    6. In the Instructions box, provide instructions for your students.
    7. Click Preview to download a PDF list of all of the assignments in the selected collection with corresponding sheet music. All of the automated scaled and rhythm assignments are collected from SmartMusic's Scales and Rhythms exercises.

    8. Under Settings, assign points, and select a tempo.
      • Select the not scored check box to include a recording of the student submission that you do not grade.
      • This is useful for teachers who want SmartMusic to calculate assessment scores automatically, but would still like to use a recording to find out why students performed poorly, or to assess other aspects of playing, like tone and musicality. The assessment only assignments are graded automatically, and are immediately added to Gradebook.

      • To select a new tempo, click Change, and then type a new tempo in the Tempo box.
      • To return to using the default tempo, click Default

      Students receive automated rhythm assignments with Clap turned on, but can submit them either way.

    9. To accept late assignments, select the Accept late submissions check box.
    10. You can accept late submissions until the end of the grading period, or between 1 and 14 days after the original due date.

    11. Under Scheduling, select a recurring due date. The calendar updates, placing a due button on the specified day of the week.
    12. Drag the start button to your starting week.
    13. Drag the end button to your ending week.
    14. On the right side of the calendar, select the scale or rhythm assignment for each week.
    15. Automated assignments must be scheduled in ascending order. To skip a week, select the Skip check box.

      Additional options for sending the assignment are below the calendar.

    16. On the Send list, select the number of days before the due date that your students will receive the assignment. The send button updates on the calendar.
    17. Select the Send Email Notification check box to inform students via email that the assignment is available. If you anticipate that students will need a reminder, select day(s) before due, and then use the drop-down to select the number of days before the due date your students receive the reminder.

    18. Click Schedule. The Select Classes/Students dialog box appears.
    19. Select the classes and students that will receive the assignment.
    20. Keep the Also assign to students who enroll later check box selected to make sure that students who still have to enroll in your class receive the assignments once they enroll.

    21. When you're finished, click Done. The Assignment Scheduled dialog box appears.
      • Click Schedule Another to pick set up another series of automated assignments.
      • Click View Gradebook to see your assignments in Gradebook.
      • You can see all scheduled automated assignments in Gradebook, but students will only see an assignment once the specific send day is reached.

      • Click Done to return to My Home.

    Practice reports

    With a practice report, assign practice minutes to your students. Once a student logs in, SmartMusic tracks the titles they practice, and the time spent on each title. Practice time is accumulated from when the student clicks Start Take, to the moment they finish or stop the take.

    View the current status of a practice report in Gradebook, including titles practiced and time spent. Once the due dates arrives, SmartMusic grades the assignment automatically based on the number of minutes the student practiced. Student do not need to manually submit their practice minutes.

    To create a practice report
    1. Open the class screen.
    2. On Practice Reports, click Add.
    3. The Practice Report screen appears.

    4. Name your practice report, and provide instructions for your students.
    5. Assign the amount of practice time in minutes, and the number of points for the practice report.
    6. Select the Allow additional practice time check box to allow students to submit practice time accumulated outside of SmartMusic towards the practice report.

    7. Click the box under Assign to students on to select or type the date your students receive the assignment.
    8. Select the Send Email Notification check box to inform students via email that the assignment is available.

    9. Select a due date for the practice report.
    10. To associate State Standards with the assignment, click the Choose button next to the State Standards list.
    11. Click Assign To. The Select Classes/Students dialog box appears.
    12. Select the classes and students that will receive the assignment.
    13. Keep the Also assign to students who enroll later check box selected to make sure that students who still have to enroll in your class receive the assignment once they enroll.

    14. Click Done.
    15. Click here to see how a student checks the status of their practice reports.

    Gradebook entries

    A Gradebook entry is added immediately to Gradebook, where you can add or change the points received. A Gradebook entry requires no action from your students, and is great for recording classroom activity like attendance, participation, and extra credit.

    To create a Gradebook entry
    1. Open the class screen.
    2. Under Additional Tools, click Gradebook Entry.
    3. The Gradebook Entry screen appears.

    4. Name your entry, and provide a description of the assignment.
    5. A description is not required. You may want to skip it for repetitive tasks like attendance or participation.

    6. On the Points list, choose the number of points for the entry, and if you'd like, enter a starting point value.
    7. Students automatically receive the number of points in the Starting point value box. This is helpful for entries where students typically receive all the points.

    8. On the Entry date box, select or type a date.
    9. In Gradebook, assignments and Gradebook entries are ordered by due date and entry date.

    10. Click Assign To. The Select Classes/Students dialog box appears.
    11. Select the classes and students that the entry will be added to.
    12. Keep the Also assign to students who enroll later check box selected to make sure that students who still have to enroll in your class receive the Gradebook entry once they enroll.

    13. Click Done.
    14. Gradebook entries with a Starting point value appear immediately in your student's submitted assignments list. Students won't see Gradebook entries with no Starting point value until you grade them.

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