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.

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 […]

4 Engaging ways to tech-i-fy assessment in music education

By |June 2nd, 2016|

Fun formative assessment?
All music teachers need to gauge student learning at some time or another.  You may test at the beginning of a school year to determine the level of knowledge of a new group of students, or halfway through a class to find out whether students are on track with the lesson.  At the […]

Inspiring and Fascinating TED Talks for music educators (part 1)

By |May 19th, 2016|

Dear TED…I love you
Like many of you I have been intrigued, fascinated, amused and enthralled by countless TED talks over the past few years.  They have opened my mind to new ideas, moved me to tears and inspired me to take action.

I was surprised to read that the first TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) event took […]

Best Music Software for Chromebooks & BYOD Schools

By |May 12th, 2016|

Help! Which software can I use with mixed devices or Chromebooks?
In the past few years, a large number of schools worldwide have decided to adopt a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) approach to technology for students meaning that students can choose to use a Mac laptop, a Windows laptop, an iPad or an Android […]

Why Won’t That Music Website Load?

By |April 21st, 2016|

It’s not you, it’s your browser (usually)
If you are having trouble loading an interactive music website – such as the Chrome Music Lab, or this 808 Drum Machine – or using cloud-based music software like Soundation, you might just need to change your choice of browser in order to make it work.

Many of these creative music […]

Explore rhythm and meter with the Chrome Music Lab [Free Lesson Plan]

By |April 19th, 2016|

Lesson: Compose and play rhythms in different meters with Chrome Music Lab
In March, Google launched the free Chrome Music Lab Experiments site to celebrate Music In Our Schools month and to allow users to explore the way in which music works.  Peter Kirn of Create Digital Music wrote about the browser-based music tools in his […]

Which iPad model should I buy for my music classes?

By |April 12th, 2016|

iPads for music teachers and their students
“Which iPad model should I purchase?”

This is a question I’m asked quite frequently, so here are my thoughts.
The most recent model when possible
My advice is to purchase the most recent iPad possible with the largest capacity you can afford. I would recommend 64GB as a minimum. Some apps – […]

15 Ways To Use Just ONE Computer in the Music Classroom

By |April 1st, 2016|

Only one computer?
Following on from my 18 Ways To Use A Single iPad In The Music Classroom post, today I wanted to share some ideas for using technology with your students when you only have ONE computer.

Even if you’re low on tech resources in your music classroom there are still lots of things you can […]