Elementary Ideas

Lesson ideas, apps and websites for elementary school music students

Blooket: A New Take on Trivia and Review Games

By |2021-02-26T07:26:21+11:00February 26th, 2021|Elementary Ideas, Teacher Tech Tips|

This is a guest post by Katherine Miller. If you are like me, you are always looking for new ways to increase student engagement! In my elementary music room, I love to include many ways to experience music at the higher levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy. Creating, performing, composing, that is a music teacher’s jam. Plus,

4 Ways to Add Notation in Your Presentation Slides

By |2021-02-04T06:24:14+11:00February 5th, 2021|Elementary Ideas, Free and Low-Cost Tech, Middle and High School Ideas, Teacher Tech Tips|

This is a guest post by Katherine Miller. It was not until I was teaching completely online that I realized how important digital content design was to my students’ success.  When I was not with them to help complete work I noticed students asking a lot of questions about the way I was presenting and

QR Codes in the Music Classroom

By |2021-01-29T00:53:29+11:00January 29th, 2021|Elementary Ideas, Free and Low-Cost Tech, Middle and High School Ideas, Teacher Tech Tips|

This is a guest post by Katherine Miller. QR codes have so many different purposes in our lives. This type of matrix barcode can hold any type of information from grocery sales to recorded performances. It literally means, “quick response” which makes them a perfect fit for any classroom. I first came across activities that

Counting Down Midnight Music’s Top 10 Podcast Episodes of 2020

By |2021-01-07T10:33:07+11:00January 8th, 2021|Elementary Ideas, Middle and High School Ideas, Teacher Tech Tips|

2020 was quite the year, but I am so incredibly proud of all of the progress teachers across the globe made towards integrating technology into their music teaching. It is incredibly humbling for me to see how lucky the students of the world are to learn from all of you. Thank you for your determination

Counting Down Midnight Music’s Top 10 Posts of 2020

By |2021-01-01T08:28:46+11:00January 1st, 2021|Chromebooks, Elementary Ideas, Free and Low-Cost Tech, iPads, Macs and PCs, Middle and High School Ideas, Teacher Tech Tips|

A note to teachers:  Wow! 2020 was a crazy year. I know most of us would like to move forward and never look back, but I think it’s important to remember all of the incredible things teachers did together. There were more than several times that I know many of you wanted to throw in

MTT124: Creating Playalong Videos with Cameron Moten of Elementary Groove Tracks

By |2020-12-15T06:31:09+11:00December 15th, 2020|Elementary Ideas, Podcast, Teacher Tech Tips|

Today I’m excited to bring you an interview with Cameron Moten of Elementary Groove Tracks. Cameron makes excellent, high quality playalong videos for elementary students and they have become VERY popular with teachers, especially over the past few months while many have been working remotely, in a hybrid situation, on a cart or

MTT119: Using Technology With Elementary Approaches with Amy Burns

By |2020-10-12T00:59:11+11:00October 12th, 2020|Elementary Ideas, Podcast, Teacher Tech Tips|

In this episode of the Music Tech Teacher Podcast, I chat to Amy Burns - an elementary music teacher from New Jersey who also happens to be a well-known music tech expert. In the last episode I also announced that Amy has just come on board as the Midnight Music Community Coordinator and

MTT116: Teaching Remotely The Second Time Around With Aileen Miracle

By |2020-09-09T06:48:17+10:00September 9th, 2020|Elementary Ideas, Podcast, Teacher Tech Tips|

This episode of the Music Tech Teacher Podcast features Aileen Miracle of Mrs. Miracle’s Music Room.  Aileen talks about teaching elementary music remotely - what worked and what didn’t work the first time around and what her plans are for the 2020-2021 school year.  She also shares some of her favourite tech tools

Is this virtual choir app you’ve been waiting for?

By |2020-10-04T12:57:51+11:00August 30th, 2020|Elementary Ideas, Middle and High School Ideas|

Ah...the virtual choir video! One of the most frequently asked questions by music teachers over the past few months has been: “How do I create a virtual choir or ensemble video?”  Or “Which app do I use to make a virtual choir video?” When the pandemic shut down schools around the world in March 2020,

“Leveling Up” Your Lesson Plans – Composing/Improvising

By |2020-08-29T06:06:34+10:00August 29th, 2020|Elementary Ideas, Middle and High School Ideas, Teacher Tech Tips|

This is a guest post by Katherine Miller and Alison Capelle. As you begin to think about how to incorporate technology into your lesson plans in an authentic and meaningful way, there are certain projects or benchmarks that you will find that lend themselves more naturally to technology inclusion. For us, that has definitely been

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