Discussing SMART Board use with faculty from the VanderCook College of Music is a very thought provoking experience. VanderCook is the only college in the United States solely dedicated to the preparation of music educators. Alumuni Julie Ann Sawall contacted VanderCook president, Charlie Menghini, to arrange for me to bring in a SMART Board. This was a very free-flowing demonstration, where Charlie grabbed a stylus, went to the board, and scribbled something in green, that looked somewhat like what I've reproduced for you, here. The staff ooohed and aaahed, and out loud, I said, "I don't get it." He explained that you could take a SMART Board stylus and "conduct" on the board, so in electronic ink, faculty could see how the students conducted, and make stylistic suggestions. Then, Charlie said, you could even use the Gallery (or scan in sheet music) so students could read the music and "electronic ink conduct" above the musical score. Later, Charlie exclaimed "that's the got-cha," when I showed the SMART Video Player to replay digital video, annotate over it, and capture images to Notebook software. "We would have students submit their best two minutes of conducting and then we would use Video Player to play it back and critique their efforts. Wow !!!"
Stacey Larson, VanderCook's Director of Music Education saw practical application for SMART Notebook's Gallery. Here, she opened up the Sports Gallery and started diagramming a marching band arrangement for a half-time show. The faculty also discussed using the Music Gallery's staffs, to directly write scores on, to replace work they are currently doing with chalkboards (with the added benefit of saving their work), using Smart Notebook for lectures and calling up scanned sheet music and annotating over the note. They saw the value of creating general lecture notes and converting it to HTML or PDFs for student distribution.