July 2, 2014 at 7:31 PM
RANDOLPH, NJ– Randolph Township music students involved in band, choir, and orchestra will soon be able to improve their skills and have fun doing so using a music education software program called SmartMusic. The program, currently in use in a handful of classrooms, will now be implemented district-wide, thanks to a donation of nearly $15,000 from the Randolph Education Foundation (REF).
Using the program, students can expand their skills through the hundreds of technical exercises
in SmartMusic, practice sight-reading skills, play their concert music along with a professional recording, record themselves and engage in self-critique and analysis, practice method book assignments and much more. This implementation will benefit the more than 1,700 students enrolled in the Randolph Township bands, choirs, and orchestras – which comprise about 34% of the total student population in the township.
“Getting students to practice is a challenge for teachers and parents alike,” said David Imhof, Randolph Township supervisor of visual and performing arts. “SmartMusic has proven to be an effective motivation tool for students, helping them to actually want to practice. In addition, SmartMusic provides the opportunity for students to receive performance feedback during their home practice, thereby increasing information retention and engagement.”
“The SmartMusic program clearly supports the district’s goals of adding rigor to the curriculum, enhancing the relevance of learning for today’s students and building relationships among teachers, students, and parents in our school district,” said REF President Margaret Clark. “This is a perfect example of the type of ‘Next Practices’ program the REF seeks to support and fund. This is the largest donation the REF has made to date and we couldn’t ask for a better program to mark this milestone.”
The program will be rolled out in stages and all music students will be using SmartMusic by a soon to be determined date. “With SmartMusic, we will be able to reach more students of varying learning styles dur to the adaptability of the interface, which results in a higher success rate for all learners,” added Imhof. “Student performance will increase each year that we use this program and there is no limit to how far we can go relative to student achivement in the world of music education.”
The Donation will Fund District-Wide Music Education Program
The Randolph Education Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable trust that provides alternative funding to support education and innovation in Randolph Township Public Schools. Launched in 2010, the REF relies on donations from individuals, corporations, and foundations. These donations are directly applied to vital educational programming for Randolph children.