Use SmartMusic to play, practice, and perform a diverse range of titles. SmartMusic's assessment feature provides instant feedback to help you improve your skills as a musician.


To get started, open a title. If you want to open titles not assigned by your teacher, you will need a PLAY Plus account. Otherwise, you can only open titles assigned to you by your teacher. This article will cover the different options available for playing and practicing music after opening a title. For information on how to complete an assignment, see this article instead.  


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Play and pause music.


Once the title is open, click the play button to hear the music played back.




Click the pause button to pause playback.  





Adjust the tempo and count-off.


Adjust the tempo and number of metronome count-off beats by clicking on the + or - buttons next to Tempo and Count-off, respectively. 





Adjust the volume.


You can adjust the playback volume of the accompaniment, written part, and metronome at any time using the sliders under Tracks. To mute a track, select the speaker icon next to that track's slider. Select Subdivisions to hear the subdivisions of the metronome. 





Play or loop a specific region.


Click within a measure and select the playback button to start playback from that measure. If you'd like to loop a region, choose Loop and click Set. The Start and Stop points appear on the barlines of the currently selected measure. Select and drag the start and stop points to adjust the region you are looping. Click the playback button to playback your looped region. By default, Use Count-Off Between Loops is selected. Deselect this option if you would like the loop to start automatically, without interruption. Click Clear to deselect the looped region and disable looping. 





Control how the music is displayed.


Choose Display to see your display options for the music. Select or deselect Highlight Current Measure to control whether the currently selected measure is highlighted or not. Use the Cursor drop-down menu to change whether the playback cursor moves along each beat, flows evenly across a measure, moves by note, or is off.




Next to Zoom, use the or buttons to zoom in or out. Select the full-screen button to enable full-screen mode.





Tune your instrument.


To tune your instrument before playing, select the Tuner button. 




The Tune Your Instrument dialog box appears. The tuner, your instrument, the Concert Pitch of the note being played, the Transposed note (if you are playing a transposing instrument), and cents of the tuning pitch are displayed. Play your instrument or sing a pitch. The dial reacts to the pitch you are playing and shows if you are flat, in tune, or sharp. When you are finished, click Done





Calibrate your microphone and record.


When you're ready to record a take, click record.png. The Prepare to record dialog box appears. Follow the onscreen instructions. Make sure your speakers' volume is loud enough so that your microphone picks up the test tone. Click Test your microphone




If SmartMusic encounters a problem, follow the onscreen instructions to troubleshoot the issue or contact our Customer Success Team. 




When your microphone has been successfully calibrated, click Start practicing




Once the calibration has finished, you will automatically hear a countoff and can begin recording. The playback cursor shows where you are in the music. If at any point you want to stop the recording, click the stop button. Practice time is logged as soon as SmartMusic begins to record. You can view the amount of time you've spent on a given piece by viewing the Practice Analytics





See and listen to your performance.


Green noteheads indicate that the correct pitch was played at the correct time. Red noteheads indicate incorrect timing or pitch. The vertical placement of a red notehead on the staff indicates the pitch that was played. If you'd like to playback your recording, click the playback recording button.




If you want to hide your assessment, deselect Show Assessment under the Assessment menu. If you want SmartMusic to only assess rhythm in your next recording, select Percussion Mode.  





Review, save, or delete previous takes.


You can review your recorded takes under My Takes. Select the take under the Takes drop-down menu to see your assessment for that take. Click the Save button to download the selected take as a WAV audio file. Click the Delete button to delete the selected take.