Elementary Ideas

Lesson ideas, apps and websites for elementary school music students

Emoji Quiz: Holiday Songs [New Update!]

By |2019-12-04T08:00:08+11:00December 4th, 2019|Elementary Ideas, Middle and High School Ideas|

Updated November 2019 During a past holiday season, I noticed that a post in the Music Teachers Facebook group was getting a lot of attention. Teacher Krista Reeder invited everyone to take part in a game of “guess the holiday song” by using only emojis to depict the title. A couple of hundred comments later,

MTT97: Inclusive Music Making with Phil Heeley

By |2019-12-03T06:59:03+11:00December 3rd, 2019|Elementary Ideas, Middle and High School Ideas, Podcast|

Continuing with our accessibility theme, I’ve invited Phil Heeley on to the podcast to talk about his work with his business Inclusive Music.  Phil has worked with students of all abilities over his 30 year career including the elderly, those with special needs and disabilities, and he also works in mainstream UK education

How You Can Use In-Built iPad Accessibility Settings In Your Music Classroom

By |2019-11-22T08:01:15+11:00November 22nd, 2019|Elementary Ideas, iPads, Middle and High School Ideas|

This is a guest post by one of our blog writers, Sarah Joncas. iPads are a powerful tool for music learning, and they can be a very accessible tool for the music classroom with the right apps and settings. I wrote about iPad apps for music making with students who have special needs here, but

MTT96: Creating Sound Stories with Special Needs Students feat. Alex Rees from Visible Music

By |2019-12-05T05:28:32+11:00November 20th, 2019|Elementary Ideas, Middle and High School Ideas, Podcast|

Our current theme on the blog and podcast is accessibility and today I have a guest on - a music educator named Alex Rees from the UK - to talk about what he has been doing with special needs students.  Alex is a freelance music and sound technologist, a music producer and education

How to Use Keezy Classic: Accessible Music Making App

By |2019-11-19T02:40:17+11:00November 16th, 2019|Elementary Ideas, iPads, Middle and High School Ideas|

This is a guest post by one of our blog writers, Sarah Joncas. Sometimes, the motor skills required to play a specific instrument aren’t attainable for a student. Whether it’s a temporary injury or a permanent disability, students can be disappointed if they have to play a different instrument than their classmates. With Keezy Classic,

MTT95: Music Tech Apps for Special Needs Students

By |2019-11-13T05:00:24+11:00November 13th, 2019|Chromebooks, Elementary Ideas, iPads, Macs and PCs, Middle and High School Ideas, Podcast|

The next few podcast episodes and blog posts on Midnight Music fall into our Accessibility theme. In addition to sharing apps, software and other tech gear, I’ll be talking to a couple of music educators about their experiences working with special needs students and students with learning difficulties. I know many of you

MTT94: How to Use Templates to Stay Productive as a Music Teacher

By |2019-11-06T00:20:50+11:00November 6th, 2019|Elementary Ideas, Middle and High School Ideas, Teacher Tech Tips|

Today’s episode is the final one in our productivity series and it’s all about templates. I love templates for many reasons and they can truly increase your productivity! I share the benefits of using templates, some ideas for places you can incorporate templates into your everyday life and give some tips on how

Google Creatability Experiments: Creative Music Sites for Special Needs Students

By |2019-11-09T15:17:34+11:00November 5th, 2019|Chromebooks, Elementary Ideas, Macs and PCs, Middle and High School Ideas, Teacher Tech Tips|

This is a guest post by one of our blog writers, Katherine Miller, and her colleague, Jennifer Theisen. Introduction In 2017, the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) in the United States officially changed their position statement regarding equity and access in music education. Their position states “All students deserve access to and equity in

MTT93: How to Find and Use Productive Pockets Of Time in Your Day

By |2019-10-29T23:23:39+11:00October 29th, 2019|Elementary Ideas, Middle and High School Ideas, Podcast, Teacher Tech Tips|

Over the past few years I’ve tried very hard to be more productive.  We all have the same amount of time in a day, a week, a year - but it comes down to how you use that time.  Today’s episode is another productivity-related one and it’s all about making use of unexpected

Wakelet: How to Curate Practical Resource Collections and Show the Story of Student Learning

By |2019-12-07T02:35:27+11:00October 19th, 2019|Chromebooks, Elementary Ideas, Macs and PCs, Middle and High School Ideas, Teacher Tech Tips|

This is a guest post by one of our blog writers, Kathryn McGreal This post is part of Productivity month in the Midnight music community Blog. When thinking about what productivity looks like in the classroom, I envisage a picture where students are being imaginative and autonomous in their goal setting, creative in the way