PRESS RELEASE: Twiggs County Fine Arts Teachers Host Maryland Music Educator For Professional Development

Jeffersonville, GA – Twiggs County Fine Arts Teachers have been hard at work preparing for the new school year. Virtual Learning has presented new challenges for our fine arts department but we are facing those challenges head on! Mr. Ernest Stackhouse, our Fine Arts Director, introduced a new learning platform to the district called Smartmusic which is assisting our teachers and students in meeting that challenge.

SmartMusic is the leading browser-based music education platform used by music educators around the world. It consists of a suite of music education tools that support; instrumental and vocal practice, playing/singing assessments, and music literature for all levels of musicianship.

Krystal Williams,
Technology Chair, MMEA

To ensure a positive experience for our teachers and students, Mr. Stackhouse solicited the help of veteran band director and music educator Mrs. Krystal Williams, Technology Chair of the Maryland Music Educators Association. Mrs. Williams is a veteran user of Smartmusic, with over 10 years of experience, which makes her the perfect vessel to deliver this platform to our teachers at such a critical time.

On Tuesday, September 1st Mrs. Williams conducted a Presentation for our Fine Arts Teachers entitled “Teaching Smarter with Smartmusic”. During this presentation she spoke about all facets of Smartmusic including; practice tools, assessments, gradebook setup & support, rubrics, units, and analytics. She even discussed best practices for using Google Classroom…

Ms. Jessica Wimberly

“She was very helpful and answered all my questions. I think my students will love Smartmusic… Thank you for the training opportunity.”

Ms. Jessica Wimberly, Music Teacher – Jeffersonville Elementary

Through her presentation, Mrs. Williams has helped to ensure that the fine arts teachers of Twiggs County are, more than, prepared to teach our students and move our programs forward during this time of virtual instruction. Smartmusic is a noteworthy investment, and one of the many tools we will use this year to ensure our students receive the best education possible.

We would like to thank Mr. Elgin Dixon – Superintendent of Twiggs County Public Schools, Mrs. Miriam Rearden – Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction – Mrs. Rise Jenkins – Principal of Jeffersonville Elementary School, and Mr. Jamal Harris – Principal of Twiggs County Middle – High School for always supporting the arts in Twiggs County and for helping to make this experience possible.

Published by The Editor-In-Chief

-Fine Arts Program Administrator -Band Director -Adjudicator -Arranger -Writer

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