Lesson plans and ideas

Teaching ideas for using music technology in education

Quick Music Games Using GarageBand For iPad

By | 2017-02-23T15:19:35+00:00 October 24th, 2014|Lesson plans and ideas, Music Tech Tips|

All you need are the Smart Drums I was running an iPad workshop last week and it occurred to me that the Dice "randomiser" function in the Smart Drums could make a good listening exercise tool for students. And why not turn it into a game? The Smart Drums instrument in GarageBand allows you to [...]

Using Incredibox To Introduce Remixing

By | 2017-02-23T15:19:35+00:00 September 10th, 2014|Lesson plans and ideas, Music Tech Tips|

Please note: this post was originally published in August 2012. I'm not sure how or why, but the original post disappeared completely (!). Thanks to the magic of the Wayback Machine I was able to grab a copy of the text and re-do the whole thing. I took the opportunity to revise it a little [...]

How To Beatbox – Boots ‘n Cats and Other Simple Sentences

By | 2017-02-23T15:19:35+00:00 August 5th, 2014|Lesson plans and ideas, Music Tech Tips|

Beatboxing sentences **Free downloadable beatboxing sentences below** Lately I've been working hard to finish my iPad Projects in the Music Classroom ebook and one of the projects in the collection involves recording a beatbox backing track with the live looping app Loopy HD. I've been fascinated with the art of live looping my voice for [...]

Flipped Music Video Lessons On Any Device, Super-Fast

By | 2017-02-23T15:19:35+00:00 July 24th, 2014|Lesson plans and ideas, Music Tech Tips|

Meaningful Video Responses A couple of weeks ago I shared my collection of Clever Music videos on Pinterest which had a great response. This week I wanted to share an easy way to make viewing those videos - or other Youtube videos - more meaningful for your students. By using the free online TED-ED lesson [...]

How To Create Spooky Music Using GarageBand for iPad

By | 2017-02-23T15:19:36+00:00 October 1st, 2013|Lesson plans and ideas, Music Tech Tips|

8 ways to create spooky music sounds for soundscapes and storytelling I've been working hard on my upcoming ebook iPad Projects for the Music Classroom and wanted to share a little taster project with you. This is a simple project involving the GarageBand app and it's suitable for the music classroom and also for the [...]

Sharing Music Tech Classroom Ideas Part 2: USA – Middle and High School

By | 2017-02-23T15:19:39+00:00 April 4th, 2012|Lesson plans and ideas, Music Tech Tips|

Earlier, I wrote about some Australian teachers who were sharing their music technology classroom projects and observations online. In this second part, we take a look at just some of teachers in the United States who are sharing their middle school and high school music technology projects online. Wayne Splettstoeszer Wayne Splettstoeszer's music technology program [...]

An Intro To Film Scoring: Same Scene 5 Ways

By | 2017-02-23T15:19:39+00:00 June 8th, 2011|Lesson plans and ideas, Music Tech Tips|

  Updated September 2016 to include student worksheet download (see below)   I've been running a number of film scoring workshops lately and have been on the lookout for a video that shows the same scene with different styles of music which I can use as a starting point for discussing the effect of music [...]