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.

5 Note Naming Apps That Students Love!

By |2019-05-03T19:11:50+10:00April 11th, 2019|Elementary Ideas, iPads, Middle and High School Ideas|

5 of the best note naming apps What to consider There are lots of apps out there that will help students learn the notes of the staff, but I find myself coming back to the same ones over and over again. The best note reading apps have a range of options: you can choose levels,

MTT76: Quick Free Screen Recordings with Loom

By |2019-04-03T02:45:54+10:00April 3rd, 2019|Free and Low-Cost Tech, Podcast, Teacher Tech Tips|

Listen to the episode here (or on your favourite podcast app): For a number of years now I’ve been using screencasting software to record my computer screen so that I can make tutorial videos, show someone how to fix something technical, provide feedback and assessment, answer a music tech question quickly, or capture

60+ of the Most Popular Graduation Songs for Schools

By |2019-04-02T07:52:29+10:00April 2nd, 2019|Elementary Ideas, Middle and High School Ideas|

Once again, it’s that time of year! “Does anyone have a great graduation song suggestions??” Towards the end of March (USA/Europe) and beginning of November (Australia/New Zealand) I start to see teachers ask for graduation song suggestions on Facebook and other social media channels. Although new fresh ones appear each year, some songs are perennial

MTT75: How to Record Your iPad Screen

By |2019-03-27T01:58:00+10:00March 27th, 2019|iPads, Podcast, Teacher Tech Tips|

Listen to the episode here (or on your favourite podcast app): Learn how you can make your own iPad video tutorials for students by using the inbuilt screen record function in this episode of the Music Tech Teacher Podcast. Links mentioned Submit your listener question! Do you have a music tech question you’d

How Do I Get Started with Macs & PCs in the Music Classroom? [Free Guide]

By |2019-03-21T08:00:06+10:00March 21st, 2019|Elementary Ideas, Free and Low-Cost Tech, Macs and PCs, Middle and High School Ideas, Teacher Tech Tips|

How can I best utilise my Mac or PC? Where do I start? So, you’ve had your own Mac or PC desktop or laptop computer for some time and you’d like to utilise it more effectively in your teaching. Perhaps your students also have their own Macs or PCs, or you have access to a

MTT74: Ninja Shortcuts for YouTube

By |2019-03-23T03:12:15+10:00March 19th, 2019|Podcast, Teacher Tech Tips|

Listen to the episode here (or on your favourite podcast app): YouTube - it’s a tech tool that’s used almost daily by most music teachers.   Today I’ll share some simple keyboard shortcuts that will make your YouTube use a breeze (and make you look like a total tech ninja). There are 9

20 Ways to Use Flipgrid in Music Education

By |2019-03-15T08:48:32+10:00March 14th, 2019|Free and Low-Cost Tech, Middle and High School Ideas|

WHAT IS FLIPGRID & HOW CAN I USE IT? What is Flipgrid? Flipgrid is a video platform that allows students to quickly and easily record a video response to a question or topic that you pose. Flipgrid is totally free to use and works on any device. The step-by-step process is: Start by setting up

How to Make Your Own Soundwave Art

By |2018-12-04T02:50:42+10:00December 1st, 2018|Chromebooks, Elementary Ideas, Free and Low-Cost Tech, Macs and PCs, Middle and High School Ideas|

What is Soundwave Art? Visualising and “printing” sound Soundwave art is a sound recording that has been printed and made into an artwork. [photo credits: image 1 and 2 created by Katie Wardrobe. Image 3 by music teacher Linda Horne of Tafelmusik] Before you get the students to create artwork, you can teach:

Apps For Music Teachers: What can I use instead of MadPad? Introducing Samplebot!

By |2018-12-05T17:58:00+10:00November 29th, 2018|Elementary Ideas, iPads, Middle and High School Ideas|

Apps for Music Teachers: new video series Welcome to the first video in a new series called Apps for Music Teachers.  The Apps for Music Teachers series will introduce you to a range of "apps" - be they iPad or tablet apps OR apps that work in your browser, or even on your laptop and desktop

How Do I Get Started with Technology in the Middle or High School Music Classroom? [Free Guide]

By |2018-11-27T03:00:18+10:00November 24th, 2018|Middle and High School 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