About Katie

I love to simplify technology for music teachers. I help teachers from all around the world through the Midnight Music Community - an online professional development community where teachers can take online courses, ask questions and receive personalised help for the music tech goals.

MTT21: Speed up student learning and assessment with Smartmusic

By | 2017-06-24T07:20:55+00:00 June 22nd, 2017|General, Podcast|

  I chat to Fred Flowerday of MakeMusic and we take a behind-the-scenes look at the new SmartMusic - the widely-used online repertoire and practice tool that speeds up student learning and assessment.   Listen to the episode here (or on your favourite podcast app): Resources and links mentioned   SmartMusic - you [...]

What In The World?? Unusual Musical Instruments [Free Music Lesson Plan]

By | 2017-06-19T13:09:12+00:00 June 15th, 2017|How-To and Tips, Lesson plans and ideas, Music Tech Tips, Music Technology Resources|

A listening and observation lesson - using Youtube videos There are some truly amazing videos of crazy, weird, unusual and wacky instruments on Youtube that are perfect for showing students in class. This lesson is adaptable - there are a set of questions for students to answer (individually or as a group) and you can [...]

MTT20: Using Technology for Creative Collaboration with Meredith Allen

By | 2017-06-14T22:37:38+00:00 June 14th, 2017|How-To and Tips, Music Tech Tips, Music Technology Resources, Podcast|

In this episode: Meredith Allen is a music educator from the States who has been using collaborative learning with her students and in professional development workshops that she runs with teachers. During this episode, Meredith shares the "aha moments" she has experienced with technology and discusses her favourite collaborative music tech resources.   Listen to the [...]

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MTT19: Teaching Music Through Composition with Barbara Freedman

By | 2017-06-07T11:19:24+00:00 June 7th, 2017|Music Tech Tips, Podcast|

In this episode: Barbara Freedman has been teaching electronic music, composition and audio engineering at Greenwich High School since 2001.  She is a leading voice in the music technology in education field and runs professional development courses and has presented at many conferences throughout the world. In 2013 her book - Teaching Music Through Composition [...]

MTT16: Creative composition projects using music technology

By | 2017-05-10T18:49:18+00:00 May 10th, 2017|Chromebooks and BYOD, Lesson plans and ideas, Podcast|

In this episode: What types of creative music tech projects can I do with my middle or senior school students? I share my favourites which include film scoring, video game composition, the science of sound, digital storytelling, song writing, recording covers and more.   Listen to the episode here (or on your favourite podcast app): [...]

MTT15: Tips from a tech-savvy piano teacher with Tim Topham

By | 2017-06-17T05:01:33+00:00 May 2nd, 2017|How-To and Tips, Music Tech Tips, Podcast|

In this episode: I'm super-excited to welcome my first guest to the Music Tech Teacher podcast: Tim Topham, a Melbourne based creative piano teacher, blogger and podcaster who uses technology on a daily basis.  Tim has his own website - timtopham.com - and also heads up the Inner Circle - an exclusive membership community designed [...]

All About Remix Stems

By | 2017-04-24T12:51:48+00:00 April 28th, 2017|How-To and Tips, Music Tech Tips|

What are stems? "Stems" are all the individual isolated tracks from a recording - the drum part by itself, the bass part, the vocals, the keyboard and so on. Stems are highly coveted by DJs and remix artists because when you have the individual tracks from a song you have much more creative flexibility when [...]

Music Teacher Interview Questions and Tips (including: how to answer the tech questions!)

By | 2017-04-21T11:24:41+00:00 April 21st, 2017|How-To and Tips, Music Tech Tips|

Music teacher interview questions and tips (plus - how to answer the music technology-related questions!)   Applying for a music teacher job? Wondering how you should prepare?  Nervous about the possible technology-related questions? When applying for a music teacher job it’s likely that there will be a question or two related to technology.  Some job [...]

MTT14: How technology has revolutionised the way I arrange music

By | 2017-05-01T11:16:41+00:00 April 20th, 2017|Music Tech Tips, Podcast|

How technology has revolutionised the way I arrange music Since the time I began arranging (in my teens!), the advancements in technology have greatly influenced the speed at which I can arrange music. Back then, you couldn't Google song lyrics, you had to buy an entire album for a single song and notating was done by [...]

MTT13: Best notation apps and software for music educators

By | 2017-05-01T11:23:38+00:00 April 11th, 2017|Music Tech Tips, Podcast|

Best notation apps and software for music educators Notation apps for desktop computer, iPads and other tablet devices - what's currently available? Which ones are the best? What should I use if my students have Chromebooks? Or iPads? In this episode I'll talk about the available notation options for music teachers.   Resources [...]