I think most of the readers at MusTech.Net know that I’m an avid SmartMusic and Finale fan. I have performed many clinics and training sessions focused on the software (some on behalf of MakeMusic). I’ve also written about the various MakeMusic products (I have a number of related MakeMusic-resource posts on MusTech.Net including here and here) and use them in my college courses with my students at Grove City.
It looks as though SmartMusic is having a “back to school” (un-announced on their main website pages yet?) special for Educators and Students with savings through a bundled deal that contains SmartMusic (with access to the SmartMusic Gradebook for Educators), Finale (Full-Academic Version), and a Free USB instrumental mic. The total, “bundled”, sale price for students or teachers is listed at $299.00. This is a savings of over 40% for teachers and 25% for students!
I’m not sure how long the sale is going to go for and frankly, there isn’t much information about it posted on their site(s); however, if you ‘ve been wanting to get these products -it seems like now would be a great time. The link to the “back to school” special can be found directly here:
The following is a comparison of the typical pricing for finale compared with listed bundled pricing:
- Academic Pricing for Finale: $350.00 – Bundled Price: $201.00
- SmartMusic Educator Subscription: $141.00 – Bundled Price: $81.00
- USB Mic: $29.95 – Bundled Price: $17.00
TOTAL Price: $299.00 (40% Discount)
- Academic Pricing for Finale: $350.00 – Bundled Price: $252.00
- Smart Music Regular Subscription: $36.00 – Bundled Price: $25.00
- USB Mic: $29.95 – Bundled Price: $22.00
TOTAL Price: $299.00 (25% Discount)
Joseph M. Pisano, Ph.D., is an industry innovator, educator, clinician and lecturer, trumpeter and conductor, and the creator of many music and 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 in higher education, he made the move into industry in 2018.
As one of the youngest full professors in Grove City’s history, he served in many capacities during his tenure including Professor of music, Director of Music and Fine Arts Technology, Technical Director of the Pew Fine Arts Center, Associate/Assistant Chair of Music and Fine Arts, Director of Jazz Studies.
He finished his tenure at the college as the Director of Bands, where he directed the college’s Symphonic Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Pep Band, and various smaller ensembles. He continues to guest direct bands, consult with music programs, and adjudicate ensembles and programs today.
He has 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, SBO, 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: jpisano.com.