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Monday, September 21, 2009

Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band Titles Added to Smartmusic

Virtuosic jazz arrangements and recordings will inspire SmartMusic students

Minneapolis MakeMusic, Inc. (NASDAQ: MMUS) today announced that SmartMusic, the music learning software for band, orchestra and voice, now includes nearly two dozen new jazz ensemble titles from Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band including Hunting Wabbits, The Jazz Police, and Swingin for the Fences. Music is provided on-screen and actual recordings of the Big Phat Band are featured in the audio accompaniments.

In addition, each SmartMusic title will include a link to a video greeting from Gordon Goodwin and acclaimed trumpeter Wayne Bergeron, providing both general and specific comments on each Big Phat Band chart.

Gordon Goodwin is an Emmy- and Grammy-award winning musician, composer, arranger and bandleader. Gordon leads the Big Phat Band, an 18-piece jazz ensemble, which exclusively plays his arrangements and/or compositions, and records for the immergent record label. Despite its traditional big band instrumentation, the Big Phat Band produces a very contemporary sound with a strong emphasis on demonstrating the technical virtuosity of its membership, which includes many of the top instrumentalists of the Los Angeles studio scene.

Gordon Goodwin and the Big Phat Band represent wonderful partners for SmartMusic, stated MakeMusic CEO Ron Raup. Their music and recordings provide incredible inspiration to jazz musicians today, and when combined with SmartMusic they offer an incredible opportunity to learn from some of the world's top jazz performers. This combination allows jazz hobbyists, students and educators to set the bar high and exceed expectations.

immergent is pleased to partner with Gordon Goodwin, the Big Phat Band and MakeMusic on this important endeavor, offered immergent CEO John Trickett. I began my career in music playing trombone at the age of thirteen because my school had a music program. It is one of my strongest passions to support educational programs that provide the same opportunities that were afforded to me. The technology and systems of SmartMusic transcend anything that has been available in the past. Finally there are tools available that can take a chart and put personal practice into the context of performance.

I've not met a single person who wasn't blown away by SmartMusic, added Gordon Goodwin. Students, professionals, educators and even lay people are greatly impressed by this amazing innovation. In these tough times for music education and for our musical culture in general, Smart Music has come along in the nick of time!

A list of recently added SmartMusic titles can be viewed here. Follow MakeMusic activities on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube and meet some of our employees on Flickr.

About MakeMusic, Inc. Į

MakeMusic, Inc., a Minnesota corporation, 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. It has transformed the process by which composers, arrangers, musicians, teachers, students and publishers create, edit, audition, print and publish musical scores. Additionally, MakeMusic is the creator of SmartMusic, the complete practice tool for band, orchestra and voice and SmartMusic GradebookTM, the web-based student grading and records management system. Further information about the company can be found at www.makemusic.com.


About Gordon Goodwin and the Big Phat Band
Gordon Goodwins Big Phat Band, an 18-piece jazz ensemble, celebrates and personifies the best of the big band tradition with a very contemporary and original sound. Through the writing genius of Grammy Award recipient Gordon Goodwin, SRO audiences have enjoyed one of the most craftsman-like, hard-swinging, large jazz ensembles comprised of L.A.s finest musicians. Gordons witty and insightful arrangements propel the listener on a journey through a myriad of styles: Latin, blues, swing, classical, hard-hitting jazz, and much more. www.bigphatband.com

About immergent
immergent is a cutting-edge multimedia entertainment company run by people who love music and know how to make it happen. With exceptional artists and a highly skilled and creative team, immergent is at the forefront of developing content, generating consumer awareness and bringing entertainment to people via any delivery method that consumers want. For more information contact marketing@immergent.com.

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Friday, September 18, 2009

Makemusic updates Songwriter & Printmusic

Popular low-cost music notation software packages

offer unprecedented features

Minneapolis - MakeMusic, Inc. (NASDAQ: MMUS) announced today the simultaneous release of Finale Songwriter 2010 and Finale PrintMusic 2010. Both music notation software packages include new features and provide compatibility with current operating systems and files created with Finale 2010, MakeMusic's flagship software package.

With a list price of $49.95, SongWriter lets songwriters, teachers, band and choir directors, church musicians, students and other musicians create publisher-quality sheet music with instrumentations of up to 8 staves. SongWriter includes tools that inspire creativity including Drum Groove and Band-in-a-Box Auto-Harmonizing. With SongWriter they can hear their music played back using hundreds of built-in sounds, share their music with others using the free downloadable Finale ReaderѢ and create .MP3 files for use on iPods and beyond. A powerful mixer, flexible chord input, easy percussion notation and more control over the printed page are just a few of the features added in this version.

PrintMusic has a list price of $99.95 and remains the world's best-selling music notation software. It includes all the features of SongWriter, and much more, including music scanning, MicNotator the ability to import/export graphics and a new handwritten font. PrintMusic users can arrange pieces of up to 24 staves and extract individual parts from the score. Features new to this version include automated rehearsal marks, flexible chord input, easy percussion notation and support for VST/AU instrument and effects plug-ins (sold separately), unleashing sonic possibilities unheard of in a notation product at this price point.

"SongWriter and PrintMusic represent incredible values in the world of music notation software," stated Ron Raup, MakeMusics CEO, "and these upgrades simply increase their advantage. Furthermore, the simultaneous release of both updates in early September means that retailers will have the latest version on their shelves in plenty of time for the holiday season."

Meet some of our employees on Flickr and follow our activities on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

About MakeMusic, Inc.
MakeMusic, Inc., a Minnesota corporation, 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. It has transformed the process by which composers, arrangers, musicians, teachers, students and publishers create, edit, audition, print and publish musical scores. Additionally, MakeMusic is the creator of SmartMusic, the complete practice tool for band, orchestra and voice and SmartMusic GradebookTM
, the web-based student grading and records management system. Further information about the company can be found at www.makemusic.com.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Music educators have a chance to win an Essex EGP-155C Classic Steinway Piano

Conn-Selmer Inc., the largest manufacturer of band and orchestral instruments in the United States, in cooperation with Steinway Musical Instruments, Inc., is pleased to announce that music educators have a chance to win an Essex EGP-155C Classic Steinway Piano for their school or institution. The contest will start September 2nd and end November 15th.


Grant Johnston
ducation Manager
Conn-Selmer Inc.
(574) 523-0701 Office
(574) 295-5405

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