Assignments can be created from repertoire found in the SmartMusic catalog under Find Music. Every assignment you create is saved as a template, which you can either assign right away or assign later. Your assignment templates are saved under My Assignment Templates on the Home page. Read the steps below to learn how to create assignments.
- Step 1: find and select the music.
- Step 2: add the general information for the assignment.
- Step 3: setup the assignment parameters for the various parts.
- Step 4: create a grading rubric for the assignment.
- Step 5: choose whether to assign now, or save it for later.
- Step 6: select a class and the assignment dates.
- Next: learn how to grade assignments.
Step 1: find and select the music.
To create an assignment from repertoire found in the SmartMusic catalog, find the title under Find Music. More information on finding music can be found in this article. Select the title and click Assign. The Movement drop-down menu appears. Select the movement you would like to assign, and click Assign.
Step 2: add the general information for the assignment.
The Let's Set Up Your Assignment page of the Assigner appears, where you can name your assignment, select an assignment type, and enter general instructions for the assignment. Click on the Select An Assignment Type drop-down menu to choose either a Predefined Assignment (if available for that title) or a Custom Assignment.
- Predefined assignments already include instructions, locations, and tempo (created by music educators) for each part in the title. When a predefined assignment is selected, the assignment details are displayed on the right.
- Choose Use Current Parameters to use the locations, tempos, and instructions listed under the Predefined Assignment section. Click to skip the Customize Your Parts page and continue to Step 4: create a grading rubric for the assignment.
- Choose Edit Parameters and click to adjust any of the current parameters of the predefined assignment in Step 3: setup the assignment parameters for the various parts.
- Choose Custom Assignment from the Select An Assignment Type drop-down instead if you want to define the instructions, locations, and tempo for each part yourself. Once you have specified any instructions, click .
Step 3: setup the assignment parameters for the various parts.
On the Customize Your Parts page, select an instrument from the left panel. The instructional elements and music for that part appear. In the music, you can drag the starting and ending points to define the assignment location. Alternatively, you can enter the starting and ending bars and beats under Location. You can also zoom, change pages, and playback your selection.
Click Tempo. The Tempo (BPM) drop-down menu appears, where you can select Exactly or At Least the required tempo for the assignment. Choose Any if you do not want to set a required tempo.
If you'd like to provide any instructions to students that are assigned that part, you can enter them into the text box below.
If you want to copy instructional elements from this part to one or more other parts, click on Copy underneath the currently selected instrument's name in the Instrument Panel. Select the parameters you want to copy in the Elements drop-down menu (choose All to automatically select all instructional elements for copying). Select the parts you'd like to copy these instructional elements to in the Part drop-down menu. Select Copy And Close to copy your selected instructional elements from this part to your selected other parts.
Click Save Part when you are finished with the selected part. All saved parts have a green circle next to them in the Instrument Panel. All parts that need to be reviewed or that you have skipped have an orange circle next to them in the Instrument Panel. When you are finished with the parts, click .
Step 4: create a grading rubric for the assignment.
Build the grading rubric for your assignment in the Create Your Rubric page. If you want SmartMusic to automatically provide an assessment grade for each student, mouse over the Assessment Grade criterion and click Add To Rubric.
Once the Assessment Grade criterion has been added, the Grade This Assignment Automatically checkbox appears. This option is available when an assignment is only being graded on the Assessment Grade criterion. When Grade This Assignment Automatically is selected, the assignment is automatically graded according to the computer-based assignment score. This grade appears immediately in the Gradebook. When an assignment is past due, it is automatically graded as a zero. You can modify the grade at any time in the Gradebook. When Grade This Assignment Automatically is deselected, an assessment grade is still automatically generated but you'll need to follow the steps in the Grading article to confirm the grade.
Additional criteria can be added to grade an assignment like Recording, Dynamics, and Articulations. New criteria is not automatically assessed but the grading criteria is customizable. To create new criteria that can be added to the rubric for this assignment and future assignments, click . A description appears. Here, you can add the criterion title and the description of what the student is being rated on for that criterion.
You can also add multiple levels to a criterion. Click Multiple to create a multi-level criterion. Each level awards a percentage of the total points for that criterion. After you fill out the information for one level, click Add New Level to add another.
Once you are satisfied with your criterion's description, click Save Criterion to save your changes. If you need more information on an existing criterion, or need to make an edit to its description, mouse over the criterion under the My Criteria column and click Edit. When you are finished building your grading rubric, enter the number of points possible for each criterion you've added to your rubric. The points are automatically totaled up. Click when finished.
Step 5: choose whether to assign now, or save it for later.
The Template Created window appears. Click Yes, Assign Now if you want to assign it to your students now, or click Not Now to save the template for later and return to the Home page. If you chose to assign later, you can do so from the Home page by mousing over the Assignment Template and selecting Assign.
Step 6: select a class and the assignment dates.
Click Yes, Assign Now. The Assign To Your Students page appears. Select a class from the Class drop-down menu. Classes without defined grading calendars appear with a icon.
If you have selected a class without a defined grading calendar, click Define Now to open the Class Details and define a grading calendar. Click Refresh when finished.
If you would like to assign the same assignment and parameters to multiple classes, use the Class drop-down menu to select another class.
Choose the Assign To Students On and Due On dates and times either by selecting the calendar icons or by typing into the fields. A message appears below the fields, telling you what grading period the assignment will be included in. If you have not yet created a Grading Calendar that establishes the grading periods for your class, you need to do so before you can assign anything. Click here to learn how to create a Grading Calendar.
If a due date is outside the defined grading calendar, a message appears. Adjust the date or edit the grading calendar.
If you'd like to allow your students to submit the assignment past the due date, select Allow Late Submissions and choose the date and time you'd like to allow late submissions until. If you'd like students that enroll late to automatically receive this assignment as well, leave Include Late Enrolled Students selected. To assign this task to all students, select Assign To All Students.
Click when you are finished.
A window appears letting you know the task was successfully assigned to your students. Click I'm Done to go back to your Home page.
Once it is the date and time you chose for the Assign To Students On field, your students will be able to access your assignment from their Home page by following these steps.
Optional: If you chose Assign To Some Students instead, a list of students for your selected class or classes appears. Select the students you want to assign the task to and click the Save button to finish assigning the task to those students.
A confirmation message appears. Click Ok.
The Assign To Your Students screen reflects your new changes. If you would like to select additional students or deselect students, click (_ Selected / _ Total). Click when you are finished.
Learn how to grade any assignments your students submit by following the instructions in our Grading article.