Exporting files for web-based SmartMusic®

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Using Finale files in web-based SmartMusic

SmartMusic is a web-based music education platform that connects teachers and students. Teachers have access to an unrivaled library of music from which to create individualized assignments for every student. Students receive immediate feedback as they practice each assignment. Their best performances are sent back to the teacher for grading and additional guidance. Plus, built-in notation tools allow teachers to import, edit, and create music, producing custom content for their students.

You can create your own SmartMusic assessment files by saving any Finale Notation file, or files from various third-party notation programs, as a MIDI, MXL, XML, or MusicXML file. If you have existing classic SmartMusic files (SMPX files), you can learn how to convert these to files for use with web-based SmartMusic (SMZ files) with Finale in the next lesson.

In this lesson you’ll learn how to:

  1. Export MIDI files
  2. Adjust preferences to export MXL, XML, or MusicXML files

Exporting MIDI files

MIDI, or Musical Instrument Digital Interface, is the computer language that computers and MIDI instruments use to speak to each other. MIDI files can also be used to import your Finale files to web-based SmartMusic.

To export a MIDI file in Finale

  1. Prepare your Finale Notation file. To export a specific region, in the Playback Controls, select Observe Playback Region when saving to MIDI or audio file and specify the region you would like to export and other important playback options.
  2. Make sure that you have assigned instruments correctly (one for each resultant sequencer track).

    When Finale creates a MIDI sequencer file, it places the music assigned to each instrument in the ScoreManager in a separate sequencer track. Therefore, make sure the instrument configuration is set up the same way you want the resultant tracks set up. See MIDI channels for further instructions.

  3. Choose File > Export > MIDI File. The Save MIDI File dialog box appears.
  4. Enter a title in the text box.
  5. Click Save (or press RETURN).
  6. Select a MIDI file format by clicking the appropriate button.
    • Select Format 1 for multiple tracks. This is by far the most common format.
    • Select Format 0 for a single multichannel track.
    • Select Tempo map to export a separate tempo map file which certain advanced sequencer programs can import to read the ritardandi, accelerandi, and other tempo fluctuations in your document.

    Also, choose whether you want to save any ClosedbookmarksA particular position on the Page (Page View), or a measure (Scroll View) that can be saved and recalled. you created in Finale as sequencer marks in your MIDI file.

  7. Click OK. You can now open SmartMusic and import the MIDI file you've just saved.

Adjusting preferences to export MXL, XML, or MusicXML files

A MusicXML file is a standard open format for exchanging digital sheet music. MusicXML provides a solution for tasks such as publishing interactive musical scores on the Internet and collaborating with other musicians who use different music applications. An MXL file is a compressed MusicXML file, and an XML file is an older, uncompressed MusicXML file. Many third party notation software programs have the ability to export MXL, XML, and MusicXML files. See Finale file extensions and icons.

To export a MusicXML file in Finale

  1. Open your Finale file.
  2. Choose File > Export > MusicXML Preference. The MusicXML Preference dialog box appears.
  3. Under the Translate Folder to MusicXML section, select either Export compressed (.mxl) or Export uncompressed (.musicxml).
  4. Click OK to exit the dialog box.
  5. Choose File > Export > Linked Parts to MusicXML, MusicXML, or Translate Folder to MusicXML.
    • Select Linked Parts to MusicXML if you would like each linked part in your document to be exported as an individual MXL, XML, or MusicXML document. An Open dialog box appears. Select a location or create a new folder for the exported linked parts and click Open.
    • Select MusicXML to create a single MXL, XML, or MusicXML file of the currently opened score or part. A Save dialog box appears. Select a MusicXML Format and click Save.
    • Select Translate Folder to MusicXML to select a folder of Finale Notation files and batch convert them to MusicXML files. An Open dialog box appears. Select a folder of existing Finale files and click Open.
  6. The MusicXML files appear in your selected destination. You can now open SmartMusic and import the MusicXML files you've just saved.

If you have used classic SmartMusic in the past and would like to upload your previously made SMP and SMPX files to web-based SmartMusic, click Next.

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