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.

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

5 Awesome Sites That Can Help Music Teachers Learn the Basics of Google Classroom

By |2019-12-02T23:32:35+11:00September 14th, 2019|Chromebooks, Macs and PCs, Teacher Tech Tips|

Many schools are “going Google” and using the Google suite of educational tools for educators and students. Google Classroom is a great tool to use for communication and collaboration, but learning its full potential can take some time. If you feel like you have some holes in your knowledge, it can be useful to look

MTT88: Best Microphone Options for Music Teachers

By |2019-09-11T04:40:06+11:00September 11th, 2019|Chromebooks, Elementary Ideas, Interactive Whiteboards, iPads, Macs and PCs, Middle and High School Ideas, Podcast, Teacher Tech Tips|

In this episode of the Music Tech Teacher Podcast, I talk about the best microphones for simple classroom recordings, mics for students to use, and mics for your own teaching purposes. Further reading and listening MTT09: Recording school kids – why, how, where and what to useRecording Rock Band Rehearsals – 3 Simple

Which Microphones Should I Buy For My Music Classroom?

By |2019-09-06T03:56:59+11:00September 6th, 2019|Teacher Tech Tips|

Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links which will earn me a very small commission (at no extra cost to you!). These are all quality products that I recommend and any commissions earned go back into supporting the upkeep of this site. Have you ever been curious about purchasing microphones for

MTT87: What’s the Difference Between Audio and MIDI Files? Everything You Need to Know

By |2019-09-04T23:39:53+11:00September 4th, 2019|Elementary Ideas, Middle and High School Ideas, Podcast, Teacher Tech Tips|

Our theme for this month on the blog and podcast is Back to Basics and today we’re kicking off back to basics month with an episode about the differences between audio and MIDI files. In this episode I cover what are they, the differences between them, when to use them and the unique

MTT86: My Favorite 3 Free Non-Music Tech Resources

By |2019-08-20T06:21:58+11:00August 20th, 2019|Elementary Ideas, Free and Low-Cost Tech, Middle and High School Ideas, Podcast|

There are many free tech resources that are useful in the music classroom, but not all of them are music-specific. Here are 3 of my favourite non-music free tech tools that are perfect for ALL teachers across all subject areas. For each one, I’ll cover: What it isHow it worksExamples of use 1.

Free Lesson Plan – Meter Mapping in Isle of Tune

By |2019-08-10T05:09:14+11:00August 10th, 2019|Free and Low-Cost Tech|

What is Isle of Tune? Isle of Tune is a fun, free interactive music website that allows you to compose melodies and percussive patterns in a visual format by using roads, cars, trees and buildings. Visit the Isle of Tune website to get started. iPad users please note: Isle of Tune is a flash-based website