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.

How to Create a “Spotlight the Rhythm” Activity In Seesaw & Google Slides

By |2021-05-20T04:45:38+10:00May 20th, 2021|Elementary Ideas, Teacher Tech Tips|

Are you looking for an easy and fun way to assess your students’ understanding of basic rhythm patterns? Our community coordinator for Midnight Music, Amy Burns, inspired by Kris Szajner’s Youtube Channel, has the perfect activity for your students that works in either Seesaw or Google Slides. Follow these simple steps to create your very

MTT127: Listener Questions Part 1

By |2021-04-14T03:51:26+10:00April 14th, 2021|Podcast, Teacher Tech Tips|

Today's episode is a little different - it's a collection of frequently asked questions from music teachers around the world.  The teachers that you’ll hear from actually recorded their questions late last year when I put a call out in preparation for an end of year webinar I ran in December. Amy Burns,

TikTok Lesson Ideas You Should Steal For Your Music Classes Part 2

By |2021-04-09T07:26:44+10:00April 9th, 2021|Teacher Tech Tips|

I recently shared a collection of TikTok music challenges you could adapt for your music classroom and today I’m going to share some more ideas around composing, arranging and collaboration. I really think TikTok is one of the most creative platforms right now and it’s largely due to The Duet.  It may not be quite

5 More Cool Canva Tricks For Designing Teaching Resources

By |2021-04-02T11:38:16+11:00April 2nd, 2021|Teacher Tech Tips|

If you haven’t already discovered Canva, it’s an excellent free online graphic design tool that you can use to easily create beautiful teaching resources.  We’ve shared many Canva tips before (such as the preceding post to this one, “9 Cool Canva Tricks for Designing Teaching Resources”) and last year I even created an entire online

How to Make Automated Personalized Certificates

By |2021-03-27T05:42:26+11:00March 27th, 2021|Teacher Tech Tips|

Please watch this video for a detailed walkthrough of these steps.  They are written out below to save you from taking notes! Step 1. Set up certificate template in Google Slides or Docs In Google Docs or Google slides, edit your certificate to fit your needs. Use the <<tag>> format for areas that will be

MTT126: How to make simple playalong videos with Google Slides and Loom

By |2021-04-07T09:08:10+10:00March 19th, 2021|Free and Low-Cost Tech, Podcast, Teacher Tech Tips|

Back in January I launched a new course inside my Midnight Music Community called Video Creation for Music Teachers. In the 5-module course, two of the modules cover methods for creating playalong videos. The first technique is a simple one - using Google Slides (or Powerpoint) and the screenrecording tool Loom - and

TikTok Lesson Ideas You Should Steal For Your Music Classes Part 1

By |2021-03-12T08:19:40+11:00March 12th, 2021|Elementary Ideas, Free and Low-Cost Tech, Middle and High School Ideas, Teacher Tech Tips|

This is a two-part series covering creative TikTok ideas you can adapt for your music classes. These will not involve actually using the TikTok app in class with your students, but rather using some of the challenges and trends as inspiration for creative lessons. TikTok - really? OK I admit it. I’m fascinated by -

MTT125: Music Tech Tips and Tools Shared By Listeners

By |2021-04-12T11:33:16+10:00March 10th, 2021|Podcast, Teacher Tech Tips|

Intro/Description Today’s episode is a special one - because it includes music tech tips and recommendations from you - the listeners of the podcast!  Music teachers were invited to record a short video on a Flipgrid topic that I set up late last year.  There are around 19 tips altogether and if you

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

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