education

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 | 2017-06-14T15:39:55+00:00 July 15th, 2016|How-To and Tips, Lesson plans and ideas, 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 [...]

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 [...]

10 Most Popular Music Technology in Education Posts 2015

By | 2017-02-23T15:19:32+00:00 December 23rd, 2015|Music Tech Tips, Music Technology Resources|

Happy holiday season! It’s that time when I look back through my website stats to see which were the most popular posts of the year. This year, iPad-related posts continued to feature in the top 10 and step-by-step music technology lesson plans were also well-represented in the list. Thank you all for your support, positive [...]