Chromebooks

Tech tips, lessons, apps and websites for using Chromebooks in music education

Free NASA sound effects and how to use them in music education

By |2018-09-06T01:06:59+10:00February 16th, 2017|Chromebooks, iPads, Macs and PCs, Middle and High School Ideas|

  NASA collection of samples: use in remixing and "found sound" creative projects NASA has made a huge collection of audio recordings available under a Creative Commons licence and they are perfect for using in music tech projects with students. The recordings are from historic space flights and from current missions. I LOVE this collection

Free online training: Chromebooks and Mixed Devices in Music Education

By |2019-05-18T00:28:47+10:00August 18th, 2016|Chromebooks, Free and Low-Cost Tech, iPads, Macs and PCs|

What can I do with Chromebooks or mixed devices in music education? Many of you have been asking me how you can effectively use Chromebooks or a combination of technology like iPads, Android devices and laptops (sometimes BOTH Mac and PC!) in music education. I thought I’d put together an online training session that shows

How to programme your own drum patterns – a beginner’s guide for students (part 1)

By |2018-09-07T01:01:02+10:00July 15th, 2016|Chromebooks, iPads, Macs and PCs, Middle and High School Ideas|

Encourage students creativity: record drum patterns from scratch When using music software to put a song together, it’s easy for students to head straight to the loop library to find a drum pattern.  It’s a quick solution, but once you become familiar with the loop library of your school’s chosen software package, you start to

The Guide To Composing Music For Video Games

By |2018-09-07T01:02:21+10:00June 9th, 2016|Chromebooks, iPads, Macs and PCs, Middle and High School Ideas|

Exploring the art of video game scoring One of my favourite workshops to run over the years is on the topic of film scoring. Lately I’ve had an interest in adding video game music composing into my workshop “repertoire” so I’ve been doing some research into how to break it down and make it work

Best Music Software for Chromebooks & BYOD Schools

By |2019-04-20T04:35:07+10:00May 12th, 2016|Chromebooks, iPads, Macs and PCs|

Help! Which software can I use with mixed devices or Chromebooks? In the past few years, a large number of schools worldwide have decided to adopt a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) approach to technology for students meaning that students can choose to use a Mac laptop, a Windows laptop, an iPad or an Android

How to make a funky beat in 30 seconds

By |2018-09-18T14:32:31+10:00July 30th, 2015|Chromebooks, Elementary Ideas, Interactive Whiteboards, iPads, Macs and PCs, Middle and High School Ideas|

Want to spice up your 3-note recorder melodies? Add a little excitement to your Orff-style arrangement of Merrily We Roll Along? Make the playing of scales and other drills - dare we say - exciting? Even the most boring musical piece can sound a lot more funky if it's accompanied by a cool beat. The

Free Ukulele Chord Image Library

By |2018-09-07T01:32:40+10:00May 28th, 2014|Chromebooks, Free and Low-Cost Tech, iPads, Macs and PCs|

More free music teacher resources This collection of ukulele chord diagrams is the third set of free images I've shared. Last year I created the Big Notation Library and the Free Guitar Chord Image Library for music teachers to use when creating their own resources from scratch and both proved very popular. I've been meaning

Website of the Week: Hook Theory

By |2018-09-18T14:34:44+10:00January 18th, 2014|Chromebooks, Free and Low-Cost Tech, Interactive Whiteboards, iPads, Macs and PCs, Middle and High School Ideas|

A new series This is the first post in a regular series titled “Website of the week” which will highlight a website that’s useful for music teachers and their students. A variety of websites will be featured – from interactive music sites and teacher-authored blogs, magazine-style music sites and other general education technology websites. This

Free Guitar Chord Image Library

By |2018-09-07T01:43:46+10:00August 19th, 2013|Chromebooks, Free and Low-Cost Tech, iPads, Macs and PCs|

Images again! After I shared a free collection of notation images a couple of months ago, a music teacher at a P-9 school here in Melbourne - suggested that I create a collection of guitar chord diagrams. He spends quite a bit of time creating lead sheets and presentation-style documents that feature guitar chord diagrams

The Big Free Music Notation Image Library

By |2018-09-08T06:49:36+10:00June 22nd, 2013|Chromebooks, Free and Low-Cost Tech, iPads, Macs and PCs|

  Images, Images, Images When creating resources for workshops and online courses I find myself constantly in need of images, images....and more images. First, there's a need for images of music instruments, or composers, or snippets of scores, and there's often a need for notation images. And I can be fussy when it comes to