Lesson plans and ideas

Teaching ideas for using music technology in education

10 Music Tech Ideas for the Middle School

By | 2017-02-23T15:19:32+00:00 March 28th, 2016|Lesson plans and ideas, Music Tech Tips|

  Question: What type of music technology activities can I do with my middle school students? This question has been popping up a bit lately on Facebook and in my emails.  Here are a few engaging, fun and creative music tech projects that are perfect for middle school students in years 5-9. 1. Funny Voices Students [...]

Digital Portfolios in Music Education: Publishing Options [Part 3]

By | 2017-02-23T15:19:33+00:00 December 10th, 2015|Lesson plans and ideas, Music Tech Tips|

Welcome to the second part of a 3-part series about digital portfolios in music. So far we have covered: Digital portfolios Part 1: what, why and how? Digital portfolios Part 2A: software, tools and resources Digital portfolios Part 2B: software, tools and resources (continued) A Place To Put The Artefacts Once your students have gathered [...]

Digital Portfolios in Music Education: Software, Tools and Resources [Part 2B]

By | 2017-02-23T15:19:34+00:00 December 7th, 2015|Lesson plans and ideas, Music Tech Tips|

Welcome to part 2B of the series about digital portfolios in music. In part 1 I covered the “what” and “why” of digital portfolios and gave an overview of the “how”.  We looked at the different types of digital artefacts  (video, audio, text and images) that might make up a portfolio and I went into [...]

Digital Portfolios in Music Education: Software, Tools and Resources [Part 2A]

By | 2017-02-23T15:19:34+00:00 December 1st, 2015|Lesson plans and ideas, Music Tech Tips|

Welcome to the second part of a 3-part series about digital portfolios in music. In part 1  I covered the “what” and “why” of digital portfolios and gave an overview of the “how”. We looked at the different types of digital artefacts that might make up a portfolio, which were: Video Audio Text Images In [...]

Transforming The Blues Free iPad GarageBand Project

By | 2017-02-23T15:19:35+00:00 November 26th, 2015|Lesson plans and ideas, Music Tech Tips|

The 12 Bar Blues in a Tango Style? If you’re looking for a blues activity that’s a little different - and you have some iPads you can use during class - you might like to ask students to “transform the blues” using the GarageBand app. This lesson invites students to come up with their own [...]

Digital Portfolios in Music Education: What, Why and How? [Part 1]

By | 2017-03-20T14:54:13+00:00 November 16th, 2015|Lesson plans and ideas, Music Tech Tips|

Digital Portfolios in Music Education In this three-part series we’ll look at digital portfolios in music education: what they are why you and your students will benefit from using them which software, tools and resources are required to make a great music digital portfolio how to put one together Part 1 will cover the “what” [...]

Rap My Name [Free Music Tech Lesson Plan]

By | 2017-02-23T15:19:35+00:00 August 20th, 2015|Lesson plans and ideas, Music Tech Tips|

Free Music Technology Lesson Plans This is the first of a new ongoing series of more "formal" lesson plans that suggest simple ways to incorporate technology into music lessons.  I'm aiming to map each lesson to the US and Australian national standards for music education (UK coming soon too!). I'd love to know what you think [...]

How to make a funky beat in 30 seconds

By | 2017-02-23T15:19:35+00:00 July 30th, 2015|Lesson plans and ideas, Music Tech Tips|

Want to spice up your 3-note recorder melodies? Add a little excitement to your Orff-style arrangement of Merrily We Roll Along? Make the playing of scales and other drills - dare we say - exciting? Even the most boring musical piece can sound a lot more funky if it's accompanied by a cool beat. The [...]

Staff Wars Game: Free Printable Score Cards

By | 2017-02-23T15:19:35+00:00 May 22nd, 2015|Lesson plans and ideas, Music Tech Tips|

  Free note identification game for all platforms and devices With its Star Wars-style space theme, Staff Wars has long been a favourite note identification game of music teachers around the world. Even though I’ve been using it in workshops and conference presentations - since 2009 I think (!!) - there are still teachers who [...]

18 Ways To Use A Single iPad In The Music Classroom

By | 2017-02-23T15:19:35+00:00 April 15th, 2015|Lesson plans and ideas, Music Tech Tips|

18 Ways To Use A Single iPad In The Music Classroom Even if you have only one iPad (your own!) there are still lots of ways you can use it with your students, especially if you can plug it into a data projector and speakers. Here are 18 ideas: 1. Practice note names Use an [...]