I have been putting this post “off” for a while, as MakeMusic has been in the process of defining how the “New” SmartMusic is going to work.
Since my previous post about the pricing of the “New” SmartMusic, MakeMusic has revised the plan–basically simplifing things. Where there were going to be two levels, they have simplified the plan to one. To see the details, check out their website at: http://www.smartmusic.com/new/
They are constantly revising and improving the “New” SmartMusic and how they talk about–even terminology is shifting. Therefore, if you have feedback about the coming product, please contact them. As has always been true of MakeMusic, they are listening because they want to provide a product that you want to use.
Finally, just some scattered thoughts:
- Some colleagues were worried about the “set of 50” pricing. The latest plan addresses this in groups of 5 additional students.
- If you are an individual user of SmartMusic (e.g. A home-schooled student), the “old” SmartMusic is going to be your option for 16-17. There will eventually be solutions with the “New” SmartMusic for you, too.
- I asked some questions to MakeMusic which they are going to include in a FAQ. Watch for that document (They can speak for themselves on those questions).
- Be aware that you have to make the choice between “Old” and “New” as you cannot do both. I would also advise that in time, the “New” will become the “only” SmartMusic, so it probably makes sense to get on board in the fall of 2016.
Again, if you were the teacher using SmartMusic in 4 practice rooms for 200 students (about $300 a year)–the “New” SmartMusic represents a price increase. I understand that. At the same time, if that was you, you have to acknowledge that your past use didn’t cover the annual cost of improvements, server space, or literature licensing (Note: this comes from my perspective, and does NOT come from MakeMusic). The new pricing of $399 for 50 students (plus 3 teachers) guarantees the sustainability of the product (in this era of new competition) for $8 a student; plus you will find that your students won’t be locked into the practice room (although they can do so) and will be able to use SmartMusic with any device. Think about it…students can get SmartMusic for the price of less than 2 beverages at Starbucks. Or less than the cost of a lesson book (Yes…I said that).
We know SmartMusic can significantly improve the playing ability of a student–can you imagine any other activity where an $8 investment could yield so much potential growth?
And of course, the full subscription (all literature, not just assignments from the teacher) is available for $20 per student.
Which is still a bargain.
Again, visit SmartMusic for the latest details (which continue to change) for this exciting new product.