Uploading music to CommunityBand
CommunityBand gets better as more people use it and contribute to its music library. Because CommunityBand
accepts MusicXML files, the standard interchange format for music notation software, you are free to use virtually any notation
software you like to add your own song content. For playback, you can either rely on CommunityBand's built-in sounds, or you can
upload an mp3 and synchronize it with the score. This means accompaniments can sound as good as you want them to.
The process for uploading music is straightforward. First open a MusicXML file exported from your favorite
notation editor. Choose your mp3 file, if applicable, and add tempo markers at each point that the tempo changes in your score.
Next, pick the instruments that should be matched to each part in your score - if you have a trombone staff that you want your trombone
and euphonium players to play, assign both of those instruments to that staff. Finally, give the song a title and difficulty level and
upload it. You're then ready to play the song or use it to create assignments.
Composing music with CommunityBand
CommunityBand also includes its own basic level notation editor, allowing for composition right
in the software. Not just for teachers, writing music with this tool is a great way for students to reinforce pitch, rhythm
and other valuable music skills. Creating songs for your classmates to play and record is both highly educational and
a lot of fun!