MakeMusic, Inc. (NASDAQ: MMUS), creators of SmartMusic learning software, today announced it has partnered with AMP: The Association of Music Parents, which was formed to ensure that music and the arts remain an integral part of the nation’s core education system.
As a charter sponsor, MakeMusic will support AMP’s mission to mobilize parents of school-aged students, as well as concerned citizens, teachers and music industry supporters. For $12 per year, AMP members receive access to information and resources designed to assist members in keeping their schools’ music and arts programs strong.
“MakeMusic and AMP share the common goal of sustaining music education in schools—and the belief that music is an essential part of human development,” said Barry Brown, MakeMusic senior vice president of marketing and product management. “We know through experience that teachers need parents to act as partners in preserving school music and arts programs.”
After 26 years as CEO and President of Bands of America and Music For All, Inc., AMP founder and CEO L. Scott McCormick took his passion for protecting music and arts education in a new direction with the formation of AMP: The Association of Music Parents.“SmartMusic provides an amazingly efficient way to teach, learn and track the progress of music assignments for teachers and parents,” said McCormick. “But perhaps most importantly, SmartMusic makes practicing fun for our students. MakeMusic helps us prepare our children for the 21st century through technology and by supporting the myriad benefits of music education. AMP is thrilled to partner with MakeMusic.” More details about SmartMusic can be found at http://www.smartmusic.com. Connect with fans via social networks from the Finale and SmartMusic Community pages. 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 ® education 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. The SmartMusic® Inbox™, an Android™ and Apple ® mobile application, provides additional access for teachers to review, grade and comment on student assignments. MusicXML™ is an Internet-friendly way to publish musical scores, enabling musicians to distribute interactive sheet music online and to use sheet music files with a wide variety of musical applications. Garritan™ sound libraries provide musicians with state-of-the-art virtual instruments with the playback quality of a live performance. Additional information about this Minnesota company can be found at www.makemusic.com. About AMP: The Association of Music ParentsThe mission of AMP: The Association of Music Parents is to build a grassroots national movement that brings together all stakeholders of music education to defend the interests of our students and ensure that music and the arts remain an integral discipline within the core education system in America. This grassroots movement is designed to mobilize every parent of school aged students, along with grandparents and concerned citizens throughout country, to unite and, in concert with great teachers and the music industry, “turn up the volume and be heard” in order to produce meaningful results on both the local and national level. AMP also aims to educate legislators on the importance of creativity, innovation and humanity in the development of our young people.