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 Do I Get Started With Technology In The Elementary Music Classroom? [Free Guide]

By |2018-11-16T03:14:12+10:00November 14th, 2018|Elementary Ideas, Teacher Tech Tips|

Introduction and important tips This is a dessert buffet - don’t get sick! My friend and fellow educator Amy Burns - an elementary music teacher in New Jersey - frequently starts a workshop by saying “We’re going to cover a lot of things here today. Please think of this as a dessert buffet:  if you

MTT73: Create Music on Any Device for Free with Bandlab

By |2018-11-13T05:47:59+10:00November 13th, 2018|Free and Low-Cost Tech, Podcast, Teacher Tech Tips|

Listen to the episode here (or on your favourite podcast app):   Discover the free, “works-on-any-device” online digital audio workstation Bandlab. Lauren Hendry Parsons is the Associate Vice President of Communications and Partnerships for Bandlab Technologies and she comes on the show to talk all things Bandlab.   Links mentioned in this episode

11 Must-Know Spotify Tips for Music Teachers

By |2018-11-07T04:29:10+10:00November 8th, 2018|Teacher Tech Tips|

Get started with Spotify Spotify is one tech tool that I use everyday without fail.  If you don’t currently use a streaming music service, I can highly recommend Spotify.  It’s permanently changed the way I access music.   To get started: Go to the Spotify website (or app) and set up a Spotify account Download

MTT72: Arrange and Sell Sheet Music Legally with Noteflight Marketplace

By |2018-11-06T10:55:41+10:00November 6th, 2018|Podcast, Teacher Tech Tips|

Listen to the episode here (or on your favourite podcast app): John Mlynczak - the Managing Director of Noteflight - is a passionate advocate for music education and technology.  John and I discuss Noteflight Learn and the new Noteflight Marketplace - where teachers can purchase sheet music in a notation file format that

Would you like me to answer YOUR music tech question?

By |2018-11-03T05:10:58+10:00November 5th, 2018|Teacher Tech Tips|

Record your listener question for a Music Tech Teacher podcast episode In an upcoming episode of the Music Tech Teacher podcast I'm going to feature questions from listeners. Would you like to contribute a question for me to answer on the podcast? Your question can be about ANYTHING to do with music technology/education, like.... What's

How Do I Get Started With Interactive Whiteboards In The Music Classroom? [Free Guide]

By |2018-11-03T03:10:52+10:00November 3rd, 2018|Interactive Whiteboards, Teacher Tech Tips|

What exactly does an IWB do? What’s so special? It’s a fancy presentation tool At its heart, an interactive whiteboard (IWB) is simply a fancy presentation tool. Great things: It allows you to get out from behind a desk when teaching your class It usually comes with interactive presentation software which you can use to

MTT71: Supercharge Your Practice Sessions with Modacity

By |2018-11-04T03:28:48+10:00October 30th, 2018|Podcast, Teacher Tech Tips|

Listen to the episode here (or on your favourite podcast app):   Marc Gelfo is the Co-Founder & CEO of Modacity - an app that aims to help musicians use their practice time efficiently and effectively.   In this episode of The Music Tech Teacher Podcast, Marc and I discuss how Modacity works, what

MTT70: Book Reviews and Collaborative Composing with Katie Miller

By |2018-11-04T03:27:57+10:00October 23rd, 2018|iPads, Podcast, Teacher Tech Tips|

Listen to the episode here (or on your favourite podcast app):   Katie Miller, a K-5 music teacher at Hadfield School in Wisconsin, has had some great success running tech-based projects with her elementary students. Recent favourites include digital book reviews in which she showed students how to create soundtracks using GarageBand and

MTT69: How to Make Lyric Videos Using Powerpoint or Keynote

By |2018-12-13T15:46:38+10:00October 18th, 2018|Macs and PCs, Podcast, Teacher Tech Tips|

Listen to the episode here (or on your favourite podcast app): Lyric videos Teaching songs with lyric videos Lyric videos that have lyrics that show up line-by-line in time to an audio track can be a useful tool in teaching students songs and helping them to learn lyrics by heart.  They are not

How Do I Get Started With Chromebooks In Music Education? [Free Guide]

By |2018-10-23T09:04:12+10:00October 4th, 2018|Chromebooks, Elementary Ideas, Middle and High School Ideas, Teacher Tech Tips|

What’s the deal with Chromebooks? What makes Chromebooks different? So, you’ve discovered that your school has decided to roll out Chromebooks to students. How can they be used in your music classroom? What exactly can you do on a Chromebook anyway? Chromebooks are laptops that are a little...well...different. They are inexpensive to purchase, they are