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Below are all of the feature requests I have made to Smart Music over the past few days. Although I have an ongoing dialogue with Make Music support (which I genuinely appreciate) I wanted to share here what I have requested so others are aware of some of these suggestions that have been made.

 

- Way for Teachers to sign up students for them in an "automated" way (ID/password are created automatically based off name)

- Teacher can reset password for students
- Teacher can change students instrument (EX. I have a student who chose C trumpet instead of Bb Trumpet)
- Ability to pin method book (Put it right in place of the "Back to School" scroll menu is located for easy/quick access)
- Ability to sort grade book by type of assignment
- Headers for assignments 'freezes' so when you scroll down you can still see the assignment
- Ability to hover over student assignment and see assignment name (delayed by 1-2 seconds)
- Ability to assign or unassign student by clicking on dark or light gray box (click and it asks "are you sure you want to unassign? Y or N without leaving gradebook or opening new tab, if assigning open normal assigner) 
- Ability to see how long a student worked on assignment
- Ability to submit multiple takes until due date. Student selects which one to keep. Teacher can pre-grade so student sees score but it doesn't go in book till window closes. 
- Ability to see individual students' grades on one page to share with student (like a report card or progress report). Can also do this in gradebook by only seeing grades of a selected student quick way for teacher to share without printing)
- Ability to change point value of assignments after assignment is completed (grades automatically adjust to new value based off percent)
- Grade book currently has a column between percent and student name, this has no value (both in vertical and horizontal unless you elect to do letter grades
- Sight reading should have a more defined start so students know the timer is beginning. One of my students had a window appear and the timer had started and was unable to know this till he X'ed the window and didn't have time to see sight reading. I only know this because he completed it in class and I was able to witness this circumstance.
-Having a better way to organize Units. For example If there was a way to have folders that you could put all assignments into for each 'unit' that would be easier to see. As I imagine most teachers are assigning things weekly these folders would be beneficial to organizing weekly assignments while familiar in formatting to that of Windows or Google Drive. Regardless of if you implement this idea or another the current formatting is overwhelming to see in such a long list. 
- After assignment is auto graded if not turned in adding button to 'reassign' which allows you to select new due date.
- When looping a recording have the ability to include a count in every time
- Ability to have co-teachers for a class.
- Better ability to detect trills (currently they are wrong unless you perform them incorrectly at almost a 16th note speed)
- Ability to connect via bluetooth to external speaker system on Ipad (currently unable to detect my bluetooth receiver since I can't select output device)
- In new Analytics section when looking at "week" data it should read dates instead of the week of the year (example: proposed: 1/1/17-1/7/17 current: 1)
- Option to turn on e-mail notification when assignments are received as teacher AND option for students to receive notification of assignments being graded.
 - Ability to customize which instruments are automatically "copied" when customizing parts. In particular it would be nice to be able to "copy parts for a specific class"
- When grading assignments be able to go from one assignment to the next till all are graded regardless of what assignment it is using the 'next' arrow.
- Left/Right Scroll bar locks while accessing grade book so you don't have to scroll all the way down to bottom to use.
- When playing back student recordings it would be nice to have a way to pick if you're listening to the 1st or second time of an excerpt. In particular in exercise books where students are repeating an entire excerpt for a repeat sign.
- When a student is reassigned something it should go back into their pending assignments. Currently unless you click on "Open ALL" they won't show. This is a HUGE problem and should be near the top of this list for needs to be fixed as students shouldn't have to hunt down their reassigned assignments.
- Triple digit tempos (100+) on ipads are currently only showing the tens and hundreds digits.
- E-mail reminders for late assignments or soon to be late assignments.
- Faster refresh rate when making changes to assignments.
- When assigning an assignment previously assigned, if a student has completed the assignment or been auto graded a 0 they both show as a green button reading "Is Already Graded". It would be nice to either show the actual grade the student received and/or show which have been auto-graded a 0.
- Ability to hide/archive grading periods. Example: I have mine set up by Quarter and am looking to hide Q1 to only view Q2 assignments. Would be nice to have a drop down or tab option for each period so assignments aren't overwhelming to view.
- When creating an assignment and copying parameters, If you select an instrument, click "Apply to None" then select an instrument it doesn't let you Copy and Close. You have to first select "Apply to All". This is an flaw in design that should be fixed. (although there is a workaround as I mentioned here)
- Currently you can't see minutes practiced for the current day. It would be nice to be able to see the current amount of minutes up until the moment you last refreshed.
- It would be nice to be able to pick between hearing the high or low notes in method books where two notes are played (Ex. Essential Elements for Book 1 for Horn #144). This way students can hear only the pitch they need not both.
- Ability to save SM performance settings (cursor type, volume settings, etc.)
- First instrument when student opens assignment is automatically selected as primary instrument (to be effective, as previously suggested teacher needs ability to automatically select primary instrument OR...
- Addition of Class Specific Primary Instrument (set by Teacher)
- Categories on the left when students are in their assignments should include: REASSIGNED.
- After a period ends a student should no longer be able to see a song. Currently they see it but can't submit it.
- Under "My Recently Uploaded Content" there should be an assign button (similar to "My Assignment Templates") for quick assigning
- When you click on the "Uploaded Content" tile there should be an option (example: + sign bottom right corner?) to add/upload new content
- After uploading content it should prompt you to assign it
 
 

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    Michael DePauw
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    Fantastic list.  

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    Asa Burk
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    Many good ideas here.  Thanks

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    Tom Shuman
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    Updated with a few more additions.

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    Tom Shuman
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    Updated.

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    Anmitchell
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    This is a wonderful and potentially life changing list!

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    Tom Shuman
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    Thanks I genuinely believe in the product and am hoping to make it better which is why I plan to continue to update this list as I think of new ideas/suggestions.

     

    That said, if anybody from MakeMusic or specifically the Smart Music team wants to chat in person I'll be at Midwest Band and Orchestra clinic this year and would be happy to dedicate some of that time to formally speaking in person about any/all of the above suggestions.

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    Tom Shuman
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    Updated.

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    Mark White
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    It is a great list. I agree.

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    Tom Shuman
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    Updated with several more additions.

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    Angie Knechtel
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    Incredible!  Thank you for taking the time to intelligently think through these things and continually update the list!  

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    Tom Shuman
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    Updated. Might have to reorganize list by over-arching categories in near future since I'm even having trouble remembering if I've previously added something to the list...

     

    Just a quick update to those following this thread...My previously mentioned communication with Smart Music has turned into me calling customer service to ask if anybody has seen this twice. The second SM customer support rep 'thumbed up' this thread and said he'd give my personal contact info to the developers. That said, to date I have not heard from anybody about the likeliness of them implementing anything mentioned above (shy of what is already in development) which is a bit frustrating. Hoping either a SM rep responds here with feedback or something as I'd hate to feel this list was all for nothing. I'll keep everybody posted if I hear anything.

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    Jon Cielinski
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    Hi Tom. This is a great list. I've made sure to send it along to our developers. Thanks for taking the time to put it together. The requests and amount of votes we receive for features here on the forum greatly help us to put weight behind how they are prioritized when we bring them to our developers. To help make sure we get a feel for how many users would be impacted by each feature, I've added links to posts for individual feature requests, where available. (I certainly may have missed some.) I definitely encourage everyone to vote for any of the items they would like to see from Tom's list. 

     

    • Way for Teachers to sign up students for them in an "automated" way (ID/password are created automatically based off name)
    • Teacher can reset password for students
    • Teacher can change students instrument (EX. I have a student who chose C trumpet instead of Bb Trumpet)
    • Ability to pin method book (Put it right in place of the "Back to School" scroll menu is located for easy/quick access)
    • Ability to sort grade book by type of assignment
    • Headers for assignments 'freezes' so when you scroll down you can still see the assignment
    • Ability to hover over student assignment and see assignment name (delayed by 1-2 seconds)
    • Ability to assign or unassign student by clicking on dark or light gray box (click and it asks "are you sure you want to unassign? Y or N without leaving gradebook or opening new tab, if assigning open normal assigner)
    • Ability to see how long a student worked on assignment
    • Ability to submit multiple takes until due date. Student selects which one to keep. Teacher can pre-grade so student sees score but it doesn't go in book till window closes.
    • Ability to see individual students' grades on one page to share with student (like a report card or progress report). Can also do this in gradebook by only seeing grades of a selected student quick way for teacher to share without printing)
    • Ability to change point value of assignments after assignment is completed (grades automatically adjust to new value based off percent)
    • Grade book currently has a column between percent and student name, this has no value (both in vertical and horizontal unless you elect to do letter grades
    • Sight reading should have a more defined start so students know the timer is beginning. One of my students had a window appear and the timer had started and was unable to know this till he X'ed the window and didn't have time to see sight reading. I only know this because he completed it in class and I was able to witness this circumstance.
    • Having a better way to organize Units. For example If there was a way to have folders that you could put all assignments into for each 'unit' that would be easier to see. As I imagine most teachers are assigning things weekly these folders would be beneficial to organizing weekly assignments while familiar in formatting to that of Windows or Google Drive. Regardless of if you implement this idea or another the current formatting is overwhelming to see in such a long list.
    • After assignment is auto graded if not turned in adding button to 'reassign' which allows you to select new due date.
    • When looping a recording have the ability to include a count in every time - Completed
    • Ability to have co-teachers for a class.
    • Better ability to detect trills (currently they are wrong unless you perform them incorrectly at almost a 16th note speed)
    • Ability to connect via bluetooth to external speaker system on Ipad (currently unable to detect my bluetooth receiver since I can't select output device)
    • In new Analytics section when looking at "week" data it should read dates instead of the week of the year (example: proposed: 1/1/17-1/7/17 current: 1)
    • Option to turn on e-mail notification when assignments are received as teacher AND option for students to receive notification of assignments being graded.
    • Ability to customize which instruments are automatically "copied" when customizing parts. In particular it would be nice to be able to "copy parts for a specific class"
    • When grading assignments be able to go from one assignment to the next till all are graded regardless of what assignment it is using the 'next' arrow.
    • Left/Right Scroll bar locks while accessing grade book so you don't have to scroll all the way down to bottom to use.
    • When playing back student recordings it would be nice to have a way to pick if you're listening to the 1st or second time of an excerpt. In particular in exercise books where students are repeating an entire excerpt for a repeat sign.
    • When a student is reassigned something it should go back into their pending assignments. Currently unless you click on "Open ALL" they won't show. This is a HUGE problem and should be near the top of this list for needs to be fixed as students shouldn't have to hunt down their reassigned assignments.
    • Triple digit tempos (100+) on ipads are currently only showing the tens and hundreds digits.
    • E-mail reminders for late assignments or soon to be late assignments.
    • Faster refresh rate when making changes to assignments.
    • When assigning an assignment previously assigned, if a student has completed the assignment or been auto graded a 0 they both show as a green button reading "Is Already Graded". It would be nice to either show the actual grade the student received and/or show which have been auto-graded a 0.
    • Ability to hide/archive grading periods. Example: I have mine set up by Quarter and am looking to hide Q1 to only view Q2 assignments. Would be nice to have a drop down or tab option for each period so assignments aren't overwhelming to view.
    • When creating an assignment and copying parameters, If you select an instrument, click "Apply to None" then select an instrument it doesn't let you Copy and Close. You have to first select "Apply to All". This is an flaw in design that should be fixed. (although there is a workaround as I mentioned here)
    • Currently you can't see minutes practiced for the current day. It would be nice to be able to see the current amount of minutes up until the moment you last refreshed.
    • It would be nice to be able to pick between hearing the high or low notes in method books where two notes are played (Ex. Essential Elements for Book 1 for Horn #144). This way students can hear only the pitch they need not both.
    • Ability to save SM performance settings (cursor type, volume settings, etc.)
    • First instrument when student opens assignment is automatically selected as primary instrument (to be effective, as previously suggested teacher needs ability to automatically select primary instrument OR...
    • Addition of Class Specific Primary Instrument (set by Teacher)
    • Categories on the left when students are in their assignments should include: REASSIGNED.
    • After a period ends a student should no longer be able to see a song. Currently they see it but can't submit it.
    • Under "My Recently Uploaded Content" there should be an assign button (similar to "My Assignment Templates") for quick assigning
    • When you click on the "Uploaded Content" tile there should be an option (example: + sign bottom right corner?) to add/upload new content
    • After uploading content it should prompt you to assign it

     

     

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    Mark White
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    Hey Tom,

     

    Can you add to this list. If a teacher creates a rubric the created points such as 25 points should reflect in gradebook instead of grade. So if I enter 25 out of 25 it shows up as 100 instead of just 25 points. 

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    Tom Shuman
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    Thanks for the official response and connection to the other threads. 

    Since you've attached the links I'll make sure to create separate posts for all future items. Sorry in advance if I flood the forums but I think I've gotten most of my ideas on paper by this point so it shouldn't be too bad. lol

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