Katie

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.

MTT96: Creating Sound Stories with Special Needs Students feat. Alex Rees from Visible Music

By |2019-11-20T06:44:47+11:00November 20th, 2019|Elementary Ideas, Middle and High School Ideas, Podcast|

Our current theme on the blog and podcast is accessibility and today I have a guest on - a music educator named Alex Rees from the UK - to talk about what he has been doing with special needs students.  Alex is a freelance music and sound technologist, a music producer and education

MTT95: Music Tech Apps for Special Needs Students

By |2019-11-13T05:00:24+11:00November 13th, 2019|Chromebooks, Elementary Ideas, iPads, Macs and PCs, Middle and High School Ideas, Podcast|

The next few podcast episodes and blog posts on Midnight Music fall into our Accessibility theme. In addition to sharing apps, software and other tech gear, I’ll be talking to a couple of music educators about their experiences working with special needs students and students with learning difficulties. I know many of you

MTT94: How to Use Templates to Stay Productive as a Music Teacher

By |2019-11-06T00:20:50+11:00November 6th, 2019|Elementary Ideas, Middle and High School Ideas, Teacher Tech Tips|

Today’s episode is the final one in our productivity series and it’s all about templates. I love templates for many reasons and they can truly increase your productivity! I share the benefits of using templates, some ideas for places you can incorporate templates into your everyday life and give some tips on how

MTT93: How to Find and Use Productive Pockets Of Time in Your Day

By |2019-10-29T23:23:39+11:00October 29th, 2019|Elementary Ideas, Middle and High School Ideas, Podcast, Teacher Tech Tips|

Over the past few years I’ve tried very hard to be more productive.  We all have the same amount of time in a day, a week, a year - but it comes down to how you use that time.  Today’s episode is another productivity-related one and it’s all about making use of unexpected

MTT92: How To Organise All Your Digital Resources

By |2019-10-09T01:12:54+11:00October 9th, 2019|Elementary Ideas, Middle and High School Ideas, Podcast, Teacher Tech Tips|

A member of the Midnight Music Community recently asked - how can I manage ALL of my links, resources, ideas, and videos so I can find them easily? I ended up running a live training session to explain some of the ways that I manage to organise my digital “stuff” and I thought

MTT91: 5 Google Calendar Tips That Will Make You More Productive

By |2019-11-06T00:22:23+11:00October 3rd, 2019|Elementary Ideas, Middle and High School Ideas, Podcast, Teacher Tech Tips|

Google Calendar is one of my most frequently-used tech tools. Do you want to learn some tips for using calendar more efficiently and effectively? In the first podcast episode for our Productivity themed month, I share some of the Google Calendar shortcuts and hidden features that you might not have yet discovered. I

Free eBook: The Complete Guide to Digital Portfolios in Music Education

By |2019-09-28T03:59:04+11:00September 28th, 2019|Teacher Tech Tips|

A few years ago, I wrote a series of blog posts about digital portfolios, and how best to use them in music education. Since then, the available tools and technology have changed a bit, and digital portfolios are more accessible and useful in the classroom setting than they've ever been. You'll find links to the

MTT90: 3 Effective Digital Portfolio Options For Your Music Students

By |2019-09-26T01:37:24+11:00September 26th, 2019|Chromebooks, Elementary Ideas, iPads, Macs and PCs, Middle and High School Ideas, Podcast|

For the final episode in Back to Basics month I share 3 apps that your students can use to create digital portfolios. Links and resources mentioned: Midnight Music Monthly Live Training (register here)Wakelet for Educators (includes Educator’s Guide)Seesaw Google Sites Examples of Google Sites Weebly Wix Wordpress The Midnight Music Guide to Digital Portfolios in Music Education (coming soon) 

Everything You Need to Know About Audio Tracks and MIDI Tracks (with Infographics!)

By |2019-09-21T00:58:29+11:00September 21st, 2019|Teacher Tech Tips|

When using a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) like GarageBand, Soundtrap or Bandlab you can record two types of tracks: A software instrument track (MIDI)A live musician playing or singing (audio) If you’re thinking to yourself that Audio vs MIDI is a dry topic, I would strongly beg to differ. Understanding these two file types is

MTT89: The 2 Software Applications All Music Teachers Should Know

By |2019-09-18T03:48:44+11:00September 18th, 2019|Chromebooks, Elementary Ideas, Free and Low-Cost Tech, Interactive Whiteboards, iPads, Macs and PCs, Middle and High School Ideas, Podcast, Teacher Tech Tips|

Welcome to another episode in our Back to Basics month. Today I’ll be talking about the two software applications that I think every music teacher should know how to use. The ones I’m referring to are music apps and they are both SO useful in many, many ways: for you to use as