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I also agree with Jessica and Chris. SmartMusic is a wonderful resource for students, as it incorporates something they like (technology) with something they don’t (practicing).

I would also recommend teaching students how to practice smart. Practicing for hours won’t do students any good if they aren’t practicing correctly. I was never taught how to practice in school, so I figured playing a song over and over again would help improve my playing. It wasn’t until high school that I discovered how to practice. When teaching in the classroom and you stumble across a difficult part for students, ask them how they would practice that part on their instruments. Then give suggestions on how you would practice that part. In today’s society, time is everything. Students don’t want to have to use their time unless they absolutely have to. Teaching them ways to practice smart will be an invaluable tool for their musical development.