I have been working hard at pulling together a presentation about SmartMusic for the TIES conference next week. I have a laptop full of ideas and I have been filtering them down.
The basic gist of what I am going to say involves the educational soundness of using a program like this in your teaching. There are two themes. There are the James Paul Gee thoughts on video gaming and learning as well as good old Bloom's Taxonomy.
I have to admit this talk could be written by the kids in the practice room hallway. The conversations about SmartMusic assignments give clues as to what they would say: "I had trouble with that too, let me help you..." , "Here's what you are doing wrong..." , "I keep making a mistake right here...".
Are your students analyzing and solving their problems?