mac & pc

MTT06: 15 ways to use a single computer in the music classroom

By | 2017-03-10T12:24:19+00:00 February 14th, 2017|Chromebooks and BYOD, Podcast|

15 ways to use a single computer in the music classroom In episode 4 I talked about 19 different ways you can use just one iPad in music education, and I wanted to follow that up today with some ideas for using a single computer with your students.  I know that some of you don’t [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

4 Engaging ways to tech-i-fy assessment in music education

By | 2017-02-23T15:19:32+00:00 June 2nd, 2016|Music Tech Tips, Music Technology Resources|

Fun formative assessment? All music teachers need to gauge student learning at some time or another.  You may test at the beginning of a school year to determine the level of knowledge of a new group of students, or halfway through a class to find out whether students are on track with the lesson.  At [...]

Best Music Software for Chromebooks & BYOD Schools

By | 2017-02-23T15:19:32+00:00 May 12th, 2016|Music Tech Tips, Music Technology Resources|

Help! Which software can I use with mixed devices or Chromebooks? In the past few years, a large number of schools worldwide have decided to adopt a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) approach to technology for students meaning that students can choose to use a Mac laptop, a Windows laptop, an iPad or an Android [...]

Explore rhythm and meter with the Chrome Music Lab [Free Lesson Plan]

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

Lesson: Compose and play rhythms in different meters with Chrome Music Lab In March, Google launched the free Chrome Music Lab Experiments site to celebrate Music In Our Schools month and to allow users to explore the way in which music works.  Peter Kirn of Create Digital Music wrote about the browser-based music tools in [...]