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.