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.

All About Remix Stems

By | 2017-04-24T12:51:48+00:00 April 28th, 2017|How-To and Tips, Music Tech Tips|

What are stems? "Stems" are all the individual isolated tracks from a recording - the drum part by itself, the bass part, the vocals, the keyboard and so on. Stems are highly coveted by DJs and remix artists because when you have the individual tracks from a song you have much more creative flexibility when [...]

Music Teacher Interview Questions and Tips (including: how to answer the tech questions!)

By | 2017-04-21T11:24:41+00:00 April 21st, 2017|How-To and Tips, Music Tech Tips|

Music teacher interview questions and tips (plus - how to answer the music technology-related questions!)   Applying for a music teacher job? Wondering how you should prepare?  Nervous about the possible technology-related questions? When applying for a music teacher job it’s likely that there will be a question or two related to technology.  Some job [...]

MTT14: How technology has revolutionised the way I arrange music

By | 2017-05-01T11:16:41+00:00 April 20th, 2017|Music Tech Tips, Podcast|

How technology has revolutionised the way I arrange music Since the time I began arranging (in my teens!), the advancements in technology have greatly influenced the speed at which I can arrange music. Back then, you couldn't Google song lyrics, you had to buy an entire album for a single song and notating was done by [...]

MTT13: Best notation apps and software for music educators

By | 2017-05-01T11:23:38+00:00 April 11th, 2017|Music Tech Tips, Podcast|

Best notation apps and software for music educators Notation apps for desktop computer, iPads and other tablet devices - what's currently available? Which ones are the best? What should I use if my students have Chromebooks? Or iPads? In this episode I'll talk about the available notation options for music teachers.   Resources [...]

MTT12: Where To Find Free Sheet Music

By | 2017-05-01T11:28:23+00:00 April 5th, 2017|General|

Where to find free sheet music If you’re a music teacher on a tight budget it can be difficult to find the money to purchase sheet music for the myriad of music ensembles, instrumental and vocal students you may have at your school. It’s good to know that these days there are LOTS of websites [...]

Most popular graduation songs [2017 edition]

By | 2017-04-17T12:48:50+00:00 March 30th, 2017|General, Music Tech Tips|

  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 favourites. [...]

MTT11: From Technophobe to Tech “Expert”

By | 2017-05-01T11:28:42+00:00 March 29th, 2017|General, Podcast|

From technophobe to tech "expert" - how I ended up doing what I do I'm often asked how I ended up where I am - as a music technology in education trainer. I share my accidental journey from technophobe (it wasn't that long ago!) to tech "expert" and talk about the things I've learnt along [...]

MTT10: Free NASA sounds and how to use them in music education

By | 2017-05-01T11:29:48+00:00 March 23rd, 2017|Lesson plans and ideas, Podcast|

Free NASA sounds and how to use them in music education Some time ago, NASA released a whole collection of recorded sounds for the public to listen to and use freely. The collection includes sounds from space - stars, planets, satellites - sounds from rocket launch sequences and even iconic dialogue spoken by astronauts, NASA [...]

MTT09: Recording school kids – why, how, where and what to use

By | 2017-05-01T11:29:55+00:00 March 16th, 2017|How-To and Tips, Podcast|

Recording school kids - why, how, where and what to use With the changes to technology in recent years, recording has become incredibly accessible and there are many great ways you can use it in music education. I talk about the "why, how, where and what to use" of recording in the classroom: the types [...]

Case study: Video Game Compositions with Grade 8

By | 2017-03-16T21:41:18+00:00 March 14th, 2017|Lesson plans and ideas, Music Tech Tips|

Video Game Battle Music Composition This article has been written by a guest author.  If you’re an educator or music industry professional who is interested in contributing an article to the Midnight Music blog, you can apply here. Today’s guest post is by Mrs Janice Cook who - for the past 12 months - has [...]