MakeMusic Deal Brings Pop Music to Students

A deal with Hal Leonard will expand MakeMusic's library of songs for students to practice; the library will now include everything from Adele to Elvis.

Music software company MakeMusic, Inc., said Tuesday it has inked a deal with Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based print music publisher Hal Leonard Corporation.

Eden Prairie-based MakeMusic, the developer of interactive music learning software SmartMusic, said the agreement will dramatically expand its library to include some of the most popular music from the 20th century through today. SmartMusic is used by more than 10,000 schools, colleges, and university music programs in North America.

MakeMusic described Hal Leonard as “the world's largest music print publisher.” The company represents Adele, Aerosmith, The Beatles, Justin Bieber, Mariah Carey, Eric Clapton, Kelly Clarkson, Coldplay, Jimi Hendrix, Elton John, Christina Perri, Tom Petty, Pink Floyd, Elvis Presley, Queen, Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake, U2, The Who, Stevie Wonder, and “hundreds of others.”

It publishes songbooks, sheet music, reference books, and digital products, including DVDs and e-books.

“This agreement represents a new era of joint development between the Hal Leonard Corporation and MakeMusic,” Karen van Lith, CEO of MakeMusic, said in a statement.”This new, pay-per-title business model will enable current SmartMusic subscribers and future music-makers to practice and perform their favorite pop compositions within SmartMusic.”

In December, MakeMusic announced plans to acquire Orcas, Washington-based Garritan Corporation, whose software creates sounds that mimic real instruments.