Gone are the days when Orchestra Director Bill Myers needs a tape recorder to listen to a student’s pitch. In his classes at Hough High School, Myers uses a new form of technology – the SmartMusic App which changes the way students practice and learn their instruments.
The interactive tool allows students to play along with the music onscreen and provides immediate feedback on their performance. Myers uses the app to grade 50 percent of the student’s assignment while his trained ear provides the other half.
The House of Education Committee is working to pass House Bill 127 that students have arts education credit for graduation beginning with the freshmen class of 2016.