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.

Free NASA sound effects and how to use them in music education

By |February 16th, 2017|

NASA collection of samples: use in remixing and “found sound” creative projects
NASA has made a huge collection of audio recordings available under a Creative Commons licence and they are perfect for using in music tech projects with students. The recordings are from historic space flights and from current missions.

I LOVE this collection of sound effects, […]

MTT06: 15 ways to use a single computer in the music classroom

By |February 14th, 2017|

15 ways to use a single computer in the music classroom
In episode 4 I talked about 19 different ways you can use just one iPad in music education, and I wanted to follow that up today with some ideas for using a single computer with your students.  I know that some of you don’t have […]

MTT05: How to scan sheet music

By |February 7th, 2017|


How to scan sheet music
Scanning music can turn your paper music library into a portable digital library that’s with you at all times. It can also help you get notes into a notation software program like Sibelius, Finale, Noteflight or MuseScore super-fast. But what exactly is the process? I’ll share the step-by-step process, my tips […]

MTT04: 19 Ways To Use A Single iPad in the Music Classroom

By |January 31st, 2017|

19 Ways To Use A Single iPad in the Music Classroom
What if you don’t have access to multiple iPads in the music classroom? What can you do with just a single iPad?

As it turns out – quite a lot! I’ll discuss some of the ways you can use your own iPad with your students, […]

MTT03: 4 Fun formative assessment tools for music educators

By |January 20th, 2017|

4 Fun formative assessment tools for music educators

There are many times during the school year where you need to assess the progress or understanding of students in your classes, but with the technology tools available these days that process can be fun for both you and your students.

I talk about 4 different formative assessment tools […]

MTT02: How I arranged a song using only my iPhone

By |January 20th, 2017|

How I arranged a song using only my iPhone
I recently arranged a song sitting at my keyboard and realised afterwards that I had only used the resources available to me on my iPhone (which I was holding at the time!).

Using a small number of apps on my phone, I worked out lyrics, chords, song […]

MTT01: Learning on-the-go – why I love podcasts

By |January 19th, 2017|

Learning on-the-go: why I love podcasts for free professional development and inspiration
In this episode of the MTT podcast, I talk about why podcasts have been one of the best sources of education and inspiration for me over the past 8 years and why I think they are an effective and convenient way to learn.

I […]

MTT00: Introducing the Music Tech Teacher Podcast

By |January 11th, 2017|

Introducing the Music Tech Teacher Podcast!
I’m happy to announce that I’ve been working on a new project lately – a new podcast, especially for music teachers who would like to learn more about using technology in music education.

Podcasts are one of my favourite ways to consume information and I’ve been listening to them for around 8 […]

10 Most Popular Music Tech in Education Posts of 2016

By |January 4th, 2017|

Happy holiday season!
As the year comes to a close, I’ve been reviewing what went on here at Midnight Music in 2016. It was an exciting year for me and I’ve celebrated a few milestones along the way.  Some of my favourites:

Launching the Midnight Music Community – my online professional learning community for all things […]

Christmas Songs Emoji Quiz [Free download]

By |December 19th, 2016|

The Christmas Song Emoji Quiz!
Last night I noticed that one of the posts in the Music Teachers Facebook group was getting a lot of attention.  Teacher Krista Reeder invited everyone to take part in a game of “guess the Christmas song” by using only emojis to depict the title.  A couple of hundred comments later, […]