About SmartMusic

SmartMusic is the award winning software used by music educators around the world to enhance their programs and provides a way to dramatically improve their students’ skills. Student practice is focused because they receive immediate feedback while listening to their performance and seeing the correct and incorrect rhythms and pitches onscreen. It also allows the teacher to provide students with the individual instruction and customized feedback needed to get better faster. Students are also able to hear their part in context with SmartMusic’s professional background accompaniment, giving them a pitch and rhythmic reference when practicing at home.

SmartMusic is purchased as an annual subscription, which gives your student access to the largest digital sheet music library with accompaniment in the world. Subscribers sign up for classes designed by their teachers, and receive practice materials tailored to their specific needs. This allows students to receive the individualized instruction necessary to improve at a faster pace.

SmartMusic is available to band, string, and vocal students of all ages and skill levels, and is supported on iPad, PC, and Mac.



What do I need?

Computer (desktop or laptop); sound card; external speakers; SmartMusic program CD (included w/subscription) and microphone (available from SmartMusic). An optional foot-pedal also be purchased, however, most users find the space-bar on the computer works just as well for practicing. You will also need an internet connection to activate your subscription, however, no internet connection is needed when using SmartMusic. Click here to view the system requirements.

How much will it cost?

$40 for a one year subscription (regular rate is $9.95 month/$90 year) $29.95 for a SmartMusic instrumental microphone for PC users (Mac mics cost slightly more.)

Is there a deadline for signing up?

Since you will manage your own account, you can sign up at any time.

Where can I find more information about SmartMusic?

You can find more information on SmartMusic by following this link.

I see that SmartMusic sells music- do I need to purchase music from them?

No. The music you have in your own library, school library or music you can purchase from any music retailer is exactly the same.

What should my child be doing with SmartMusic?

The teachers of the department suggest the every student, regardless of his/her level, start with Sound Innovations, Book 1 (Open File>Methods>Standard?). Scales can be found by opening Exercises. Remember, the tempo can be changed on any song/exercise to make it easier or harder.

Is this something my child can use on his/her own, or do I need to help?

It is recommend that you be involved in the initial set-up and help your child get started. Most grade-school and middle-school aged students will be fine once they get going, however, elementary students may need a parent to help them. The important thing is to keep this a positive experience and if you are having trouble, feel free to contact me.

Are you sure about this, it looks complicated?

Everything on a computer looks complicated to everyone at first. There are excellent tutorials with the program to help.  If you are still stuck- send Aegina Leidhecker an email.

How do I sign up?

You can order online or over the telephone with a credit card.

Online Instructions

  • Go to SmartMusic
  • On this page, you will see in a place to “Enter Your School Code”.
  • Enter the following code: SCHICK
  • Click on GO
  • From there you can order SmartMusic and a microphone

Telephone Instructions

  • Call 888-874-2144 (M-F, 8:30-5 CST)
  • You will need to give the Service Representative the school code: SCHICK.
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