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.

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 […]

Get Started Fast With Sibelius for Educators Part 1

By |July 11th, 2016|

“Hidden” features and ninja tricks
Last year I was asked by Avid – the company behind Sibelius notation – to create a series of videos for educators.  Educators and their students have specific needs which are at times different to those of the composers and arrangers that use the software.  The video series delves into some […]

Inspiring and Fascinating TED Talks for music educators (part 2)

By |June 17th, 2016|

So it seems like you love TED too
A couple of weeks ago I shared 8 of my favourite TED talks.  Lots of you let me know how much you love TED talks in general, many of you let me know I had chosen one of your favourite talks and you also let me know of […]

The Guide To Composing Music For Video Games

By |June 9th, 2016|

Exploring the art of video game scoring
One of my favourite workshops to run over the years is on the topic of film scoring. Lately I’ve had an interest in adding video game music composing into my workshop “repertoire” so I’ve been doing some research into how to break it down and make it work effectively […]