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Body Percussion, The Digital Way Part 2: Telling a Story Through Body Percussion and Found Objects

By |2021-06-11T14:59:32+10:00June 11th, 2021|Middle and High School Ideas, Teacher Tech Tips|

This is a guest article written by Elisabeth (Lisi) Bottoms Telling a story If you have watched any of the STOMP performances, you will probably not only be impressed by the performance excellence but also notice that several of them tell a story. My all time favorite is this one.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NhFmARAgu0 When teaching body percussion,

Body Percussion, The Digital Way, Part 1

By |2021-05-08T00:24:03+10:00May 8th, 2021|Middle and High School Ideas|

This is a guest post written by Elisabeth (Lisi) Bottoms.  Why teach body percussion? Body percussion is found in almost every musical culture - from the Austrian/Bavarian Schuhplattler to Palmas in Spain, a Saman dance from the Gayo ethnic group in Indonesia and Hambone in the USA, no matter what background your students have, the

Using Chrome Music Lab’s Kandinsky Experiment In the Elementary Music Room

By |2021-04-23T10:54:52+10:00April 23rd, 2021|Elementary Ideas, Teacher Tech Tips|

This is a guest post by one of our blog writers, Sarah Joncas. My students love Chrome Music Lab! They always look forward to days when their iPads and computers become their instruments.  One of the most user-friendly Chrome Music Lab experiments is Kandinsky. Just draw a shape on screen to hear corresponding sounds. Students

Exploring Sound with Chrome Music Lab’s Oscillator and Strings

By |2021-04-16T08:58:25+10:00April 16th, 2021|Elementary Ideas, Free and Low-Cost Tech, Middle and High School Ideas, Teacher Tech Tips|

This is a guest lesson plan by Katherine Miller. About This Lesson Technology can provide an opportunity for students to dig deeper in ways that may not have been possible without it! This is my favorite thing about incorporating technology into my classroom. One example of this is using technology to further student understanding of

Using Technology to Run Center-Based Activities

By |2021-03-05T10:10:13+11:00March 5th, 2021|Elementary Ideas, Middle and High School Ideas, Teacher Tech Tips|

This is a guest post by Katherine Miller. Both literacy and math instruction in my building utilize the workshop model.  This is an instructional practice that includes a mini lesson, a workshop time and a debriefing at the end of the class.  Katie Wardrobe, the creator of Midnight Music, describes this workshop, or center, time

Blooket: A New Take on Trivia and Review Games

By |2021-02-26T07:26:21+11:00February 26th, 2021|Elementary Ideas, Teacher Tech Tips|

This is a guest post by Katherine Miller. If you are like me, you are always looking for new ways to increase student engagement! In my elementary music room, I love to include many ways to experience music at the higher levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy. Creating, performing, composing, that is a music teacher’s jam. Plus,

4 Ways to Add Notation in Your Presentation Slides

By |2021-02-04T06:24:14+11:00February 5th, 2021|Elementary Ideas, Free and Low-Cost Tech, Middle and High School Ideas, Teacher Tech Tips|

This is a guest post by Katherine Miller. It was not until I was teaching completely online that I realized how important digital content design was to my students’ success.  When I was not with them to help complete work I noticed students asking a lot of questions about the way I was presenting and

QR Codes in the Music Classroom

By |2021-01-29T00:53:29+11:00January 29th, 2021|Elementary Ideas, Free and Low-Cost Tech, Middle and High School Ideas, Teacher Tech Tips|

This is a guest post by Katherine Miller. QR codes have so many different purposes in our lives. This type of matrix barcode can hold any type of information from grocery sales to recorded performances. It literally means, “quick response” which makes them a perfect fit for any classroom. I first came across activities that

Tech Games in the Music Classroom

By |2020-11-26T06:18:51+11:00November 27th, 2020|Free and Low-Cost Tech, Teacher Tech Tips|

This is a guest post by one of our blog writers, Sarah Joncas. Students love learning through games! There are many technology-based games which can be used in the music classroom to engage students in learning about and making music. Games are an engaging activity for students, whether they’re learning at school or at home.

Learning Management System (LMS) Considerations for Music Teachers

By |2020-11-14T07:04:30+11:00November 14th, 2020|Teacher Tech Tips|

This is a guest post by one of our blog writers, Sarah Joncas. As we get back to school, many of us will be teaching with online tools, at least some of the time. Learning Management Systems (LMS) are tools that allow teachers to provide content, collect student work, and give feedback online.  There are

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