How-To and Tips

Music software tutorials, advice and tips for music teachers

Bringing Recorder Instruction To Life With Technology

By | 2017-02-23T15:19:32+00:00 November 21st, 2016|How-To and Tips, Music Tech Tips|

How I use technology to impact recorder class This article has been written by a guest author.  If you’re an educator or music industry professional who is interested in contributing an article to the Midnight Music blog, you can apply here. The author of today’s article is Joshua Manfroni - a general music teacher at [...]

Recording Rock Band Rehearsals – 3 Simple Options For Music Teachers

By | 2017-02-23T15:19:32+00:00 November 15th, 2016|How-To and Tips, Music Tech Tips|

Increase the effectiveness of your rehearsals This article has been written by a guest author.  If you’re an educator or music industry professional who is interested in contributing an article to the Midnight Music blog, you can apply here. Welcome to another blog post written by a guest author.  The author of today’s article is [...]

Presenting engaging music lessons: swag your slideshows with Sway

By | 2017-02-23T15:19:32+00:00 November 7th, 2016|How-To and Tips, Music Tech Tips|

Swag your slideshows with Sway This article has been written by a guest author.  If you’re an educator or music industry professional who is interested in contributing an article to the Midnight Music blog, you can apply here. The author of today’s article is Jacob Garcia.  In his role as the Education Manager for the [...]

How To Import Audio Files Into GarageBand for iPad

By | 2017-02-23T15:19:32+00:00 October 4th, 2016|How-To and Tips, Music Tech Tips|

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. [...]

Get Started Fast With Sibelius for Educators Part 3

By | 2017-02-23T15:19:32+00:00 July 25th, 2016|How-To and Tips, Music Tech Tips|

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 [...]

Get Started Fast With Sibelius for Educators Part 2

By | 2017-02-23T15:19:32+00:00 July 20th, 2016|How-To and Tips, Music Tech Tips|

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 [...]

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

By | 2017-02-23T15:19:32+00:00 July 15th, 2016|How-To and Tips, Music Tech Tips|

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 [...]

Get Started Fast With Sibelius for Educators Part 1

By | 2017-02-23T15:19:32+00:00 July 11th, 2016|How-To and Tips, Music Tech Tips|

“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 [...]

The Guide To Composing Music For Video Games

By | 2017-02-23T15:19:32+00:00 June 9th, 2016|How-To and Tips, Music Tech Tips|

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 [...]

Why Won’t That Music Website Load?

By | 2017-02-23T15:19:32+00:00 April 21st, 2016|How-To and Tips, Music Tech Tips|

  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 [...]