About Katie

I love to simplify technology for music teachers. I help teachers from all around the world through the Midnight Music Community - an online professional development community where teachers can take online courses, ask questions and receive personalised help for the music tech goals.

Making Simple Playalong Videos With Google Slides and Loom

By |2021-02-19T10:23:40+11:00February 18th, 2021|Teacher Tech Tips|

Background: For the past few weeks, a number of the members of my Midnight Music Community have been working through the various modules of the new Video Creation For Music Teachers course.  The course has 5 modules - each covering a different aspect of creating teaching videos: Module 1: effective tutorial videosModule 2: simple playalong

How To Find Legal Music For Video Projects

By |2021-02-11T06:14:02+11:00February 12th, 2021|Teacher Tech Tips|

If you are creating videos which include music and intending to share them online, you will need to find audio tracks that you are legally permitted to use. There are lots of great copyright-free, royalty-free and Creative Commons licensed tracks available for use by creators.  Terminology It’s useful to have an understanding of some of

How to Record Your Screen & Make It Sound Good

By |2021-01-22T06:58:40+11:00January 22nd, 2021|Macs and PCs, Teacher Tech Tips|

Introducing Video Creation for Music Teachers Course To learn more about this course specifically for music teachers which covers in-depth training on creating professional tutorial videos, rehearsal/play-along videos, virtual ensemble performance videos and SO much more, click here! Recording Your Screen: Two Types of Audio There are two types of audio that you

Introducing: Video Creation for Music Teachers & Loom Shortcuts

By |2021-01-15T09:34:52+11:00January 15th, 2021|Macs and PCs, Teacher Tech Tips|

About Video Creation for Music Teachers: About Video Creation for Music Teachers: Visit the Official Video Creation for Music Teachers Page Loom: Favorite Shortcuts Desktop App: If you would like to override or double-check what shortcuts you have set, you can do this by opening your Loom app, clicking Preferences, then selecting the Shortcuts tab.  Chrome Extension: If you would like

Counting Down Midnight Music’s Top 10 Podcast Episodes of 2020

By |2021-01-07T10:33:07+11:00January 8th, 2021|Elementary Ideas, Middle and High School Ideas, Teacher Tech Tips|

2020 was quite the year, but I am so incredibly proud of all of the progress teachers across the globe made towards integrating technology into their music teaching. It is incredibly humbling for me to see how lucky the students of the world are to learn from all of you. Thank you for your determination

Counting Down Midnight Music’s Top 10 Posts of 2020

By |2021-01-01T08:28:46+11:00January 1st, 2021|Chromebooks, Elementary Ideas, Free and Low-Cost Tech, iPads, Macs and PCs, Middle and High School Ideas, Teacher Tech Tips|

A note to teachers:  Wow! 2020 was a crazy year. I know most of us would like to move forward and never look back, but I think it’s important to remember all of the incredible things teachers did together. There were more than several times that I know many of you wanted to throw in

Midnight Music’s Digital Badge Library

By |2020-12-24T05:28:25+11:00December 24th, 2020|Free and Low-Cost Tech|

About The Midnight Music Digital Badge Library Digital badges! Here's a big collection of digital badges that you can use with your students. Today's download includes badges for recorder, ukulele, guitar, drumming, and musical elements and each badge has a transparent background. If you'd like to know more about the ways you can use digital

Midnight Music’s Boomwhacker Sound and Image Library

By |2020-12-19T08:55:51+11:00December 19th, 2020|Free and Low-Cost Tech|

Recently, a number of you have been creating virtual instruments using Google Slides - interactive images that play a pitch when a student clicks or taps on them. My friend and Midnight Music Coordinator, Amy Burns, created a fantastic xylophone and Boomwhacker songbook using Slides and inspired me to put together a set of individual

MTT124: Creating Playalong Videos with Cameron Moten of Elementary Groove Tracks

By |2020-12-15T06:31:09+11:00December 15th, 2020|Elementary Ideas, Podcast, Teacher Tech Tips|

Today I’m excited to bring you an interview with Cameron Moten of Elementary Groove Tracks. Cameron makes excellent, high quality playalong videos for elementary students and they have become VERY popular with teachers, especially over the past few months while many have been working remotely, in a hybrid situation, on a cart or

Custom Cursors For Your Play-Along Videos, Remote Learning Lessons and More

By |2020-12-11T08:27:43+11:00December 11th, 2020|Free and Low-Cost Tech, Teacher Tech Tips|

Custom Cursor is a Chrome extension that allows you to change your mouse pointer into a little picture. This makes your cursor more prominent when sharing your screen with students in class or while teaching remotely. Custom Cursor can also work well as a conducting pointer for singalong or play-along activities. In this music tech

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