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I want to upload my own XML file and then be allowed to choose which staves should be accompaniment.  For example:  I upload a choir song...I want my students to know their part....So the score has all of the parts in separate staves (example S1, S2, A1, A2, T1, T2, B1, B2, Solo, Choir reduction, Piano).  I want to be able to have the option to choose which staves will be played for the accompaniment.  I might want them to only hear the piano part as accompaniment or I might want piano and choir reduction.  But the way it is now, everything is the accompaniment except for "my-part."  Which means if a section of the song is in unison then the balance is WAY off because you now have all of the "my-part" staves (S1, S2, A1, A2, T1, T2, B1, B2) playing the same notes rather then just hearing a simple choir reduction or piano for accompaniment. I hope that I did not over-explain that.  This feature in my opinion is a MUST!  The teacher needs to be able to determine what the accompaniment should be...not just default everything but "my part."  Thank you for all that you guys do.  I think if I had this option it would make it complete for me and blow the competitors out of the water. 

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    Cynthia Gonzales
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    Charlie is exactly right!

    Choral Musicians need the following functionality:

    1. Sing part alone
    2. Sing part with one other part in duet, or with any combination of all other parts
    3. Sing part with accompaniment, but not other voices
    4. Sing part with accompaniment, and any/all other voices

     

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    Exactly!  It was much easier to upload choral music in the original version of SmartMusic, but the new platform has made it much more difficult to upload scores and designate accompaniment parts or practice choices for students.  Lack of these functions is keeping choir directors from using the program.

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    McGill Musicianship
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    I agree, this is a must! We rely on these same features for our sight-singing exercises. We can’t switch to the web version till it can do all of these things. 
     
    Many titles in the library use interesting options such as an accompaniment shown on screen. It seems like a real waste that these options aren't available when importing xml.
     
    I have noticed that similar requests have also been posted in older threads:
     
    I think it's likely that these requests go unnoticed when the votes are spread out/fragmented into different threads.
     
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    Douglas Rose
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    SmartMusic has so much potential for choral directors; but the above requests are vitally important for the system to be choir-friendly.

    The other really important thing that needs to happen:
    - in TTBB music, there is no way to isolate T1 and T2. If there are two voices on the staff, singers cannot hear their own part alone. There is always a second part playing as well.

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    Douglas Rose
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    The same would be true for SSAA, by the way.

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    Roger Henderson
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    Yes, to all above

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    John McLellan
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    Absolutely!  When creating exercises for my students, I need to continue to be able to designate specific parts as accompanying parts and not have them confused with potential parts for assessment.  I deeply hope that the web-based version will allow this very soon.  

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    Cynthia Gonzales
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    I learned the following last week:

    Goal: create a file in which multiple voices can be assessed one-at-a-time, while other parts are accompanimental. No part to be assessed will be heard with the accompaniment.

    1. When formatting the Finale file, open the score manager. Beneath the instrument list, open "Customize View."  Click "Mix."

    2. In the instrument list, locate a column titled "Vol." For all parts to be assessed, set the volume to "0."

    3. Export from Finale as MusicXML and upload into NewSmartMusic. 

    (This is especially useful for creating sight singing assignments; the melody to be read at sight cannot be heard in advance. I have not found, however, that reducing the volume to zero disables sound when individual note heads are clicked on.)

    This doesn't address entirely the needs of choral musicians, but it does differentiate among parts to be assessed and the accompaniment.

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    John McLellan
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    Cynthia Gonzales is my new hero!  This technique seems to be the solution until SmartMusic can make the new form as good as Classic used to be.  Still looking for an "Inbox", however.

     

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