Elementary Ideas

Lesson ideas, apps and websites for elementary school music students

15 Youtube Play-Along Channels & Playlists for Music Teachers

By |2019-05-22T02:38:24+10:00May 17th, 2019|Elementary Ideas, Free and Low-Cost Tech, Middle and High School Ideas|

YouTube Play-Along Channels & Playlists for music teachers What to consider There are lots of play-along channels out there that are great for using in a classroom with students. Whether it’s playing a ukulele, recorder, boomwhackers, body percussion or even just for a bit of fun, we’ve got something for you in this list of

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,

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

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

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 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

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

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

By |2018-10-03T10:02:51+10:00October 3rd, 2018|Elementary Ideas, Free and Low-Cost Tech, iPads, Middle and High School Ideas, Teacher Tech Tips|

So, I have this iPad Where do I start? So, you’ve been given some iPads to use in your music classroom...where do you start? Music teachers have been utilising iPads since they were first released in 2010. While many purchased their first iPad with a view to using it as a digital sheet music reading

50+ Lesson Ideas for The Chrome Music Lab

By |2019-09-07T02:04:14+10:00September 14th, 2018|Chromebooks, Elementary Ideas, Free and Low-Cost Tech, Interactive Whiteboards, iPads, Macs and PCs, Middle and High School Ideas|

What is the Chrome Music Lab? About the Chrome Music Lab The Chrome Music Lab (CML) - created by Google in 2016 - is a fantastic online resource for music teachers and students.  It’s simple to use and its main aim is to allow visitors to explore sound and create with sound. The Chrome Music