Katie

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.

Halloween Activity: Live Film Scoring With Elementary Students

By |October 10th, 2016|

Group composition: film scoring
Recently one of the members of the Midnight Music Community (MMC) – teacher Brigitte Louise Lessard from Québec, Canada – shared a halloween music technology lesson she has had much success with in her elementary classes.  It’s a film scoring activity, but rather than have the students compose a score and […]

Member Spotlight – Janice Cook

By |October 5th, 2016|

Midnight Music Community Member Spotlight
The Midnight Music Community “member spotlights” let you take a sneak peek into the music tech journey (so far!) of one of our members.

The first Spotlight article features one of my most enthusiastic action-taking members Janice Cook from Vernon Center Middle School, Vernon, CT in the USA.

Janice has discovered that incorporating […]

How To Import Audio Files Into GarageBand for iPad

By |October 4th, 2016|

Importing audio files in GarageBand: why do that?
Let’s say you or your students have created an audio file in another app or software program – maybe on a laptop even – and now you want to import that audio file into GarageBand because you’d like to use the Smart Drums to add a backing.
Or perhaps […]

Free online training: Chromebooks and Mixed Devices in Music Education

By |August 18th, 2016|

What can I do with Chromebooks or mixed devices in music education?
Many of you have been asking me how you can effectively use Chromebooks or a combination of technology like iPads, Android devices and laptops (sometimes BOTH Mac and PC!) in music education.

I thought I’d put together an online training session that shows you some […]

Get Started Fast With Sibelius for Educators Part 5

By |August 8th, 2016|

Sibelius tutorials for educators (continued)
This is the fifth part in a series of posts that feature Sibelius tutorial videos that I created especially for educators.  You can links to the other parts at the bottom of this post.
Part 5: The Digital Notation Scrapbook
The fifth episode covers the Sibelius Ideas feature in which there are over […]

9 Musically Creative Youtube Channels To Inspire Your Students

By |August 5th, 2016|

So many videos, so little time
I have a few go-to Youtube channels that I visit when I’m seeking a little inspiration and a few days ago I wondered whether other music teachers had their own favourites too.  So I asked Facebook-land.  It turns out many of us love the same ones!

There were too many to […]

Get Started Fast With Sibelius for Educators Part 4

By |August 1st, 2016|

Sibelius tutorials for educators (continued)
This is the fourth part in a series of posts that feature Sibelius tutorial videos that I created especially for educators.  You can links to the other parts at the bottom of this post.
Part 4: All About Graphics
In this fourth episode, we focus on how to create musical graphics from your […]

Get Started Fast With Sibelius for Educators Part 3

By |July 25th, 2016|

Sibelius tutorials for educators (continued)
This is the third part in a series of posts that feature Sibelius tutorial videos that I created especially for educators.  You can links to the other parts at the bottom of this post.
Part 3: Creating Quality Audio Files and Backing Tracks
In this third episode, we focus on creating audio files […]

Get Started Fast With Sibelius for Educators Part 2

By |July 20th, 2016|

Sibelius tutorials for educators (continued)
This is the second part in a series of posts that feature Sibelius tutorial videos that I created especially for educators.  You can links to the other parts at the bottom of this post.
Part 2: The Automatic Compositional Diary
The second video in the series looks at how you can use the […]

How to programme your own drum patterns – a beginner’s guide for students (part 1)

By |July 15th, 2016|

Encourage students creativity: record drum patterns from scratch
When using music software to put a song together, it’s easy for students to head straight to the loop library to find a drum pattern.  It’s a quick solution, but once you become familiar with the loop library of your school’s chosen software package, you start to hear […]