About MacGAMUT Music Software

MacGAMUT (software) and MacGAMUT Music Software (the company) timeline

  • 1988:   Mayfield Publishing releases MacGAMUT: Intervals, Scales, and Chords (though Ann Blombach’s students at The Ohio State University had  been  using her  ear-training software for several years as it went through various incarnations and  permutations in the  course of development). This  first  published version of MacGAMUT ran only on Macintosh computers (hence, the  “Mac” in the  title).
  • 1991:   Mayfield publishes MacGAMUT: Melodic Dictation as a separate title.
  • 1995:   In order to serve both  instructors and  their students more  effectively, Ann and  her husband, David, form their own company—MacGAMUT Music  Software International—to publish MacGAMUT. She  combines the  two titles Mayfield had  marketed separately into  a single product (and  offers  it at a lower  price!).
  • 1996:   Ann adds Harmonic Dictation to the  list  of MacGAMUT software components.
  • 1998:   Ann introduces student-defined Make  My Own  drills for Written and  Keyboard Theory, modeled on the  Make  My Own aural-training drills.
  • 2000:   Ann releases MacGAMUT 2000  for Mac  and  Windows, the  first  cross-platform version of her  software, with installers for both  computer platforms on the  same CD.  Students can now work  on their MacGAMUT assignments on both  Macintosh and  Windows computers, switching from one platform to the  other seamlessly.
  • 2001:   Ann retires early from teaching at OSU to devote her  energies full-time to software development and  maintenance.
  • 2003:   Ann adds Rhythmic Dictation to her  software package, releasing MacGAMUT 2003.
  • 2006:   Ann completes reprogramming the  Macintosh version to make it run natively in OS X (a more  difficult task than porting the  software from Mac to Windows!).
  • 2008:   MacGAMUT 6 introduces mastery-based Written Theory and  Keyboard Theory drills.
    Instructors can  now assign MacGAMUT drills to bring their students quickly up to speed in essential notation and  keyboard skills for the basic  pitch relationships of Intervals, Scales, and Chords.
  • 2009:   A new on-screen Virtual Keyboard permits students to enter piano keyboard responses without a MIDI  keyboard, making the  new Keyboard Theory drills truly portable.
  • 2011:   A new Enter/Edit Libraries (for Windows) gives  instructors the  tools to edit,  augment, or even  replace MacGAMUT’s extensive Rhythmic, Melodic,  and  Harmonic Dictation libraries.
  • 2012:   MacGAMUT Music  Software, Inc.,  doubles its “catalog,” releasing a second title—MFun: Music Fundamentals by Elizabeth Sayrs.
  • 2016: MacGAMUT changes the default presets to provide a gentler introduction to Harmonic Dictation. MacGAMUT Music Software, Inc. switches to all "download only" software/eText delivery, saving CD replication, packaging, and shipping costs.

The people who are MacGAMUT Music Software

We are a small company, and we all pitch in, as needed, so our job descriptions are not cast in stone. But we each have our areas of primary responsibility:

  • Ann Blombach, Co-owner: MacGAMUT software Designer and Programmer; maintains the website; handles day-to-day operations; manages tech support; official "Head Honcho."
  • David Blombach, Co-owner: Design and Marketing; assists the Head Honcho as needed and makes her take occasional breaks from the computer.
  • Elizabeth Sayrs, MFun: Music Fundamentals eText author; responsible (single-handedly) for doubling the size of our "catalog" of published titles.