SoundTree, MENC, And Finale Related Resources

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Pulling in to MENC HQ today!

I’m having a great time teaching teachers at the SoundTree Institute that is being held in Reston, VA at MENC Headquarters.    At the Institute,  I have the distinct pleasure of sharing my knowledge of Finale with a number of fantastic and highly motivated music educators from across the country.    It has been great experience for all involved.

SoundTree has partnered with the University of the Arts and is providing graduate level credit (and continuing ed. credit) for the courses being offered.   In addition, the courses being taught here are satisfying the TI:ME 1A certification requirements – it’s a WIN ALL AROUND!

Be sure to check at the SoundTree site for more opportunities this year (both online/webinars and at various locations).  I’ve decided to post some of my favorite Finale Resources in this post -I hope that you find them as useful as I do:

  1. Finale main website
  2. Compare features of the various Finale family products
  3. Finale Version Comparison (Pre 2007-2011 -what’s new in the product for each new version…)
  4. Download a free finale demo (Mac or Windows)
  5. Buy Finale (Academic Price Discount)  
  6. Find FREE finale music files from the Finale Showcase
  7. Finale Music Blog (official)
  8. Finale Support Forums (official)
  9. Finale Online User Manuals
  10. Finale Quick Reference Guide (Cheat Sheets)
  11. Free Finale reader (open and print .mus files)
  12. Dr. Tom Rudolph’s “Making the Most of Notation Software” Blog
  13. Free Instrumental Scores from IMSLP
  14. Free Choral Scores from the Choral Public Domain Library
  15. Get FREE classical MIDI files from (download 5 per day)
  16. Dr. Frank’s Finale Keyboard Shortcuts (PDF)
  17. Tom Carruth’s Finale Quick Start Guide (From SoundTree)
  18. Finale Keyboard Stickers
I did a quick super-quick Web 2.0 survey on multiple Social Networks asking for the “best Finale Features since 2009”, here are the responses from various people (as taken from G+, Twitter, FaceBook, and the
  1. Instead of making Smart Music files, which my students don’t have, I make audio files to give my students to practice with. I find myself inputting almost all my choruses’ music because I always want to tweak something, or create a part for an instrument.
  2.  Linked score+parts (coolest)
  3.  new Expression Tool’s rehearsal marks (auto number)
  4. XML export/import for Noteflight
  5. Setting up a score for boomwhackers in the boomwhacker font!
  6. New Garritan Sounds!
  7. I love the Music Education worksheets!
  8. Finally, some Pickup measures work like they should!
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Joseph M. Pisano, Ph.D. is an industry innovator, education clinician and lecturer, trumpeter and conductor, and the creator of many education websites. He is currently the Vice President of Innovation and Engagement at Keystone Ridge Designs, Inc. After twenty-three years as a professor and administrator at Grove City College, he made the move into industry in 2018.  As one of the youngest full professors in Grove City’s history, he served in various roles over his tenure including the Technical Director of the Pew Fine Arts Center, Assistant and Associate Chairs of Music and Music and Fine Arts, Director of Music and Fine Arts Technology, Director of Jazz Studies, Stage Manager, and he finished his tenure as the Director of Bands where he directed the college’s Symphonic Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Pep Bands, and various small ensembles.

He been named a TI:ME Teacher of the Year, received the JEN Jazz Educator Award, the PA Citation of Excellence, and named a “member for life” of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association. He is a past Vice President of the Technology Institute for Music Educators, an associate member of the American Bandmasters Association,  a past President of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association, and a member of various education and music honoraries. He has written for numerous publications including DCI Magazine, Teaching Music Magazine, and was the Educational Editor for In-Tune Monthly Magazine for eight years; he has contributed hundreds of articles to various publications. He is an active conductor, trumpeter, clinician, and educator. Find out more at his website

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