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I get several additions to my middle school bands each year on various instruments including violin and guitar, who don’t read music. I’m fortunate enough to have a separate office and 1 practice room. I put an experienced band member in with the non-music-reader and the experienced student guides them through their method book (we use Standard of Excellence) in SmartMusic. If I have more inexperienced students than I can accommodate with the two rooms, I send the rest outside (in good weather) with the method book to work with an experienced partner. After a few rehearsals, when the new students become familiar with SmartMusic, they continue with it on their own. I’m considering requiring each student to have a subscription next year.