Productivity tips for music teachers – part A

Technology is a big part of my everyday life and has helped me improve my productivity in many ways. Over the next two episodes I’ll discuss some of the tech tools that I use on a daily basis to make me more efficient and organised (well, most of the time!).

In part A we’ll look at how to save ALL your passwords without having to remember a single one, how to keep track of your to-do list and how to be kind to your future self by using templates and procedures.  

Resources and links mentioned in this episode

1. Manage your passwords


2. Task and project management and to-do lists


3. Templates and procedures

Set up templates and procedures as a kindness to your “future self”. Useful resources:

  • Google Docs
  • Microsoft Word or Excel
  • Evernote
  • Email templates (“canned responses” in Gmail or Templates in Outlook)
  • Text Expander


Part B

In part B, I’ll cover:

  • How to backup your stuff
  • What to do when you have problems with a website that won’t load
  • How to retrieve old websites or webpages
  • How to save and share links
  • How to speed up the student assessment process
  • How to learn songs quickly

UPDATE: Part B has been published and you can listen to it here.

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During the episode I mentioned that I presented this information in a one-day conference.  You can download a copy of the slides from that conference by clicking on the button below.  It will be sent straight to your email inbox.

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Midnight Music Community: special rate for MTT podcast listeners

The Midnight Music Community (MMC) is an online space for music teachers interested in learning more about music technology.  There are online courses, lesson plans and lots of other resources for Chromebooks, iPads, Macs and PCs. Professional development certificates are available for all training undertaken by MMC members and I am in the Community everyday, personally answering questions and offering advice to members.

Access the special rate for podcast listeners here.

Music technology courses for teachers

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