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 Dashboard and on your Units page. Read the steps below to learn how to create assignments.
To create assignments you will need to create a class first.
- Step 1: find and select the music.
- Step 2: select an assignment type.
- Step 3: setup general parameters for the assignment.
- Step 4: setup the location, tempo, and part instructions for all parts.
- Step 5: (optional) custom setup for the location, tempo, and part instructions.
- Step 6: create a grading rubric for the assignment.
- Step 7: choose whether to assign now, or save it for later.
- Step 8: select a class and the assignment dates.
- Step 9: (optional) assign to some students.
- 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. For more information see Finding and opening music.
Choose the title from our library and select Assign. The Movement drop-down menu appears. Choose the movement you would like to assign, and select Assign.
Step 2: select an assignment type.
The Let's set up your assignment page of the Assigner appears. Use 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. Select to skip the Customize Your Parts page and continue the assignment creation process in Step 6: create a grading rubric for the assignment.
Choose Edit Parameters and select to adjust any of the current parameters of the predefined assignment in Step 4: setup the location, tempo, and part instructions for all parts.
Or, to set up your own unique assignment parameters choose Custom Assignment from the Select An Assignment Type drop-down. Then define the instructions, locations, and tempo for yourself.
Step 3: setup general parameters for the assignment.
Once the assignment type has been chosen, select the parameters for the tracks, cursor, highlighted measure, and sight reading. These parameters will apply to all parts included in the assignment.
Allow your students the option to use the Metronome, Accompaniment, and My Part tracks when recording their submissions. Select Metronome, Accompaniment, and My Part, or any combination of the three. If any track is deselected your students will not be able to submit a recording where that track is in use. Students will be able to Play or Record with any track not used for submission.
In the Cursor type drop-down menu, select Any, Beat, Note, Flow, or No cursor for the playback cursor.
In the Measure Highlight section, use the On and Off buttons to enforce whether the current measure is highlighted or not.
In the Assessment mode section, select Allow Both Melodic And Percussion/Clapping to assess pitch and rhythmic input or select Allow Percussion/Clapping Only to assess rhythmic input only.
In the Assessment tolerance dropdown menu, select either Lenient, Average, or Strict to set the tolerance level for the pitch and rhythmic assessment. Choose Lenient to allow a forgiving assessment. Choose Average to allow a medium assessment. Choose Strict to make the assessment very fine.
The tolerance levels correctly assess students in three categories; pitch, onset and duration. These areas with adjustable settings are measured with pitch in cents, onset in milliseconds, and duration as a percentage.
See Creating a sight-reading or sight-singing assignment to make any title in SmartMusic a sight-reading assignment.
Once you have setup all the parameters on the Let's set up your assignment page, select .
Step 4: setup the location, tempo, and part instructions for all parts.
The Customize Your Parts page appears. Here you can set up the Location and Tempo parameters and include Part Instructions. You can also zoom, change pages, and playback your selection. The default for this page is Same Setup For All Parts, meaning all parts will have the same Location, Tempo, and Part Instructions. To setup different Location and Tempo parameters for certain parts select Custom Setup.
To define the assignment Location, you can drag the starting and ending points in the score. Alternatively, you can enter the starting and ending bars and beats.
To define the Tempo (BPM), choose Exactly or At Least and enter 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.
Step 5: (optional) custom setup for the location, tempo, and part instructions.
To setup specific parameter for different parts select Custom Setup. The part list appears with the current Location and Tempo for each part. Select each part from the list if you want to set up a unique Location, Tempo, and Part Instructions for each part. If you want to copy instructional elements from a part to one or more other parts, select Copy parameters from current part at the bottom of the part list.
The Copy parameters to the following parts page appears. Select Cancel to return to the score and part list. Select the parameters you want to copy in the left column. Individually select the parts you'd like to copy these instructional elements to or select Select All to copy to all parts. Select Copy And Close to copy your selected instructional elements from this part to your selected parts.
The updated part list appears. When you are satisfied with your parts, select .
Step 6: create a grading rubric for the assignment.
The Create Your Rubric page appears. Build the grading rubric for your assignment. If you want SmartMusic to automatically provide an assessment grade for each student, mouse over the Assessment Grade criterion and select 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 and requires no grading on your part. 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 created to grade an assignment, like Recording, Dynamics, and Articulations. New criteria are not automatically assessed, but the grading criteria are customizable.
To create new criteria that can be added to the rubric for this and future assignments, select . A blank criterion appears. Enter 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. Select 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, select Add New Level to add another.
Once you are satisfied with your criterion's description, select Save Criterion. If you need more information on an existing criterion or need to edit its description, mouse over the criterion under the My Criteria column and select .
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. Select when finished.
Step 7: choose whether to assign now, or save it for later.
The Template created window appears. Select Not Now to save the template for later and return to the Dashboard. If you chose to assign later, you can do so from the Dashboard by mousing over the Assignment Template and selecting Assign.
Select Yes, Assign Now if you want to assign it to your students now.
Step 8: select a class and the assignment dates.
The Assign To Your Students page appears. Choose a class from the Select a Class drop-down menu. Classes without defined grading calendars appear with a icon. If you are connected to more than one SmartMusic platform, make sure to select the desired platform in the first drop-down menu.
If you have selected a class without a defined grading calendar, select Define now to open the Class Tools and define a grading calendar. Select Refresh once the grading calendar has been defined.
If you would like to assign the same assignment and parameters to multiple classes, use the Select a Class drop-down menu to choose another class.
Choose the Assign On and Due On dates. The default for Assign On is to Assign Now.
Deselect Assign Now to assign to students in the future. Manually choose the dates and times either by selecting the calendar icons or by entering information into the fields. A message appears below the fields, telling you which 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. See Creating or using an existing 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. The Allow Late Submission date must be after the due date.
If you'd like students that enroll late to automatically receive this assignment as well, leave Include Late Enrolled Students selected. This feature is only available for current assignments. If a student enrolls in your class after the assignment's due date they will not automatically receive this assignment. To assign this task to all students, select Assign To All Students.
Select when you are finished.
A window appears letting you know the task was successfully assigned to your students. Select I'm done to return to your Dashboard.
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 Dashboard by following these steps.
Step 9: (optional) assign to some students
Chose Assign To Some Students. A list of students for your selected class or classes appears. Select individual students to assign the task to or select Assigned to choose all students in a class. Select Add students to confirm your student selection.
A confirmation message appears. Select Ok.
The Assign To Your Students screen reflects your new changes. If you would like to select additional students or deselect students, select (_ Selected / _ Total). Select when you are finished.
A confirmation message appears. Select I'm done to finish the assignment process.
Learn how to grade any assignments your students submit by following the instructions in our Grading article.