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Cordova Student Wins A MakeMusic Announces SmartMusic “Share Your Story” Contest Winners

Educators describe how SmartMusic interactive software enhances student learning

MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--MakeMusic, Inc., a world leader in music technology, announced the latest winners in the second annual SmartMusic "Share Your Story" Contest. The contest encourages SmartMusic educators to describe how SmartMusic has changed their music programs and enhanced student learning. On Aug.24, the top eight finalists (selected by an internal panel of judges) were announced and their stories were posted on the SmartMusic Contest website. All website visitors were then encouraged to vote for their favorite story until voting closed on Sept. 30.

"We were truly impressed with the volume of submissions and the thousands of votes cast"

John Kuehn, Indiana University, Pennsylvania was the grand prize winner. His winning essay begins, "Smart teachers plus SmartMusic equals smart students. Through the use of SmartMusic my classes have achieved results far beyond what I have witnessed in my previous 40 years of teaching. Even more amazing is that these results were accomplished without sacrificing any class time."

Eric Wilson, Colonial Elementary School, Plymouth Meeting, Pa., won second place and Karen Froehlich, Harrison Central School District, Harrison, N.Y., won third place. In addition, five Honorable Mention awards went to: Maggie Oates, Calamus-Wheatland Elementary, Wheatland, Iowa; Laura Davison, Tupper Lake Middle-High School, Tupper Lake, N.Y.; Thomas West, Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School, West Chester, Pa.; Gregory Mueller, Mehlville School District, St. Louis, Mo.; and Thane Thomas, Cordova Junior/Senior High School, Cordova, Alaska.

The eight winning SmartMusic stories and additional information about the contest and each of the finalists are available on the SmartMusic Contest website.

"We were truly impressed with the volume of submissions and the thousands of votes cast," said Diane Hummon, Senior Vice President of Marketing. "I'd like to thank everyone who participated in this contest. All of us here at MakeMusic have been moved and inspired to read how SmartMusic is helping to make a difference in music programs and in student learning."

The SmartMusic library, the largest accompaniment library in the world, contains 29 method books, more than 7,700 solos (including popular music), thousands of practice exercises, more than 2,400 band and orchestra titles and 18 jazz improvisation collections.

Follow SmartMusic activities from our Community page, which offers access to the SmartMusic Blog, Newsletter, Forum and links to SmartMusic presence on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and more.

About MakeMusic, Inc.

MakeMusic®, Inc. is a world leader in music technology whose mission is to develop and market solutions that transform how music is composed, taught, learned and performed. For more than 20 years, Finale® has been the industry standard in music notation software, enabling composers, arrangers, musicians, teachers, students and publishers to create, edit, audition, print and publish musical scores. MakeMusic is also the creator of SmartMusic® interactive software that is transforming the way students practice. With SmartMusic, students and teachers have access to thousands of band, orchestra and vocal pieces allowing students to practice with background accompaniment and get immediate feedback on their performance. SmartMusic allows teachers to individualize instruction and document the progress of every student. Additional information about this Minnesota company can be found at www.makemusic.com.

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