This news was released a couple of days before TMEA, but MakeMusic has just announced a whole new pricing plan for SmartMusic. The cost is $40 per educator, giving the educator access to all of SmartMusic’s tools, and then there are three new tiers for student accounts for SmartMusic.
Basic ($4 per student per year) allows student access to all method books and any materials that you create as a teacher.
Standard ($8 per student per year) allows student access to method books assigned by the teacher and teacher-created materials, as well as solo and ensemble, as well as “group” literature assigned by the teacher (i.e. if you want to assign your concert literature to students, this is the plan they will need).
Premium ($12 per student per year) allows students to accesss all content on SmartMusic on their own. They can still access assigned lesson books, literature, and teacher-created materials.
The old plans required a set starting fee ($399 per year) plus a 50 student minimum. The new pricing allows for a program of any size to use SmartMusic. The Premium model used to cost $40, or $20 through the school. That’s a major savings for the student on that plan…at either price point!
Many programs will want to look at the $8 pricing level, which would give students access to method books and the scores they are working on in class (provided that the scores are a part of the existing SmartMusic library—and many directors choose literature that is a part of the library). You can create your own resources…but that takes a greater commitment of your time and energy, and you would not have access to the recordings that are a part of SmartMusic as well. Choral music educators are used to creating their own materials, but we generally have two to four voices plus piano, unlike a band score with a much wider range of instruments/parts.
With the $8 model, think of the cost as $1 per month per student. That’s an incredible deal. Add $0.50 per month ($1.50 per student per month) and students have access to everything on SmartMusic. That is a great deal, too!
If you haven’t been using SmartMusic and price or the previous structure didn’t work for you…it might be time to check out SmartMusic again, and to see what the “New” SmartMusic is all about!