Music Tech Tips

Member Spotlight – Neil Gracey

By | 2017-02-23T15:19:32+00:00 October 19th, 2016|Member Spotlight, Music Tech Tips|

Midnight Music Community Member Spotlight The Midnight Music Community "member spotlights" let you take a sneak peek into the music tech journey (so far!) of one of our members. This second Spotlight article features Neil Gracey from Westbourne Grammar, Victoria Australia.  Neil's school is in Melbourne where I live and I've enjoyed working with Neil and [...]

Halloween Activity: Live Film Scoring With Elementary Students

By | 2017-02-23T15:19:32+00:00 October 10th, 2016|Lesson plans and ideas, Music Tech Tips|

Group composition: film scoring Recently one of the members of the Midnight Music Community (MMC) - teacher Brigitte Louise Lessard from Québec, Canada - shared a halloween music technology lesson she has had much success with in her elementary classes.  It’s a film scoring activity, but rather than have the students compose a score and [...]

Member Spotlight – Janice Cook

By | 2017-02-23T15:19:32+00:00 October 5th, 2016|Member Spotlight, Music Tech Tips|

Midnight Music Community Member Spotlight The Midnight Music Community "member spotlights" let you take a sneak peek into the music tech journey (so far!) of one of our members. The first Spotlight article features one of my most enthusiastic action-taking members Janice Cook from Vernon Center Middle School, Vernon, CT in the USA. Janice has discovered [...]

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 5

By | 2017-02-23T15:19:32+00:00 August 8th, 2016|Music Tech Tips|

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 [...]

9 Musically Creative Youtube Channels To Inspire Your Students

By | 2017-02-23T15:19:32+00:00 August 5th, 2016|Music Tech Tips|

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 [...]

Get Started Fast With Sibelius for Educators Part 4

By | 2017-02-23T15:19:32+00:00 August 1st, 2016|Music Tech Tips|

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 [...]

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 [...]