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Free (and low-cost) lesson plans, resources, apps and websites for music teachers

Expert Tips for Sharing Your Google Docs With Other Music Teachers

By |2020-07-04T03:01:25+10:00July 4th, 2020|Chromebooks, Free and Low-Cost Tech, Macs and PCs, Teacher Tech Tips|

This is a guest post by one of our blog writers, Sarah Joncas. With so much teaching and learning being online right now, Google Docs has become an even more useful tool for music teachers. Google Docs is a web-based word processing tool. Google Docs are shared in a user’s Google Drive, which allows for

Choice Board Templates For Music Teachers

By |2020-06-27T05:31:26+10:00June 27th, 2020|Chromebooks, Elementary Ideas, Free and Low-Cost Tech, Macs and PCs, Teacher Tech Tips|

This is a guest post by one of our blog writers, Katherine Miller.  It is easy to see why choice boards have gained popularity in music education. Besides all of the benefits choice boards have for student learning, there are also so many ideas out there from other music educators to help ease the strain

6 Reasons for Caution with all Those Free Music Apps and Websites

By |2020-06-12T05:49:28+10:00June 12th, 2020|Free and Low-Cost Tech, Teacher Tech Tips|

This is a guest post by one of our blog writers, Sarah Joncas. Most music teachers are teaching online right now. Many music educational technology companies are offering their apps, paid subscriptions, and other features to educators for free right now.  This can be a great thing, as it allows teachers to see the variety

MTT111: DIY Music Puzzles and Games Part 3: Word Search

By |2020-06-10T05:27:06+10:00June 10th, 2020|Chromebooks, Elementary Ideas, Free and Low-Cost Tech, Macs and PCs, Middle and High School Ideas, Podcast, Teacher Tech Tips|

Today’s episode continues on with our series about do-it-yourself music puzzles or games that you can use to reinforce musical concepts in a fun way. In this third episode of the series I walk you through how to make your own word search puzzles that can be completed digitally, or printed out. Links

Closing Time: Virtual End of the Year Activities for the Music Room

By |2020-06-05T02:10:50+10:00June 5th, 2020|Elementary Ideas, Free and Low-Cost Tech, Middle and High School Ideas|

This is a guest post by one of our blog writers, Katherine Miller.  Although the end of the school year is not what we might have anticipated, it is here nonetheless.  For 180+ days, you have worked hard to create a musical community within your classroom. You have built relationships with students to foster a

MTT110: DIY Music Puzzles and Games Part 2: Crosswords

By |2020-06-03T05:43:19+10:00June 3rd, 2020|Free and Low-Cost Tech, Podcast, Teacher Tech Tips|

Today’s episode continues on with our series about do-it-yourself music puzzles or games that you can use to reinforce musical concepts in a fun way. In this second episode of the series, I walk you through how to make your own digital and printable crossword puzzles. Links and resources: 8 Awesome Reasons to

Social Media is the New Concert Hall: Get You (And Your Students) Out To Play

By |2020-05-30T07:16:13+10:00May 30th, 2020|Free and Low-Cost Tech, Teacher Tech Tips|

This is a guest post by one of our blog writers, Sarah Joncas. For many of us, performing in a traditional concert hall just isn’t possible right now. Whether it’s a lockdown, stay-home order, or simply a request that we practice social distancing, worldwide pandemics are not conducive to the traditional concert experience. But music

MTT109: DIY Music Puzzles and Games Part 1: Bingo

By |2020-05-27T05:12:13+10:00May 27th, 2020|Free and Low-Cost Tech, Middle and High School Ideas, Podcast, Teacher Tech Tips|

Looking for music puzzles or games that you can use to reinforce musical concepts in a fun way? There are a number of free websites that let you create your own puzzles super-fast. In the next few podcast episodes, I’ll introduce you to a few of my favourites, starting today with the flexible

7 Choice Board Examples for Elementary Music Teachers

By |2020-05-23T04:46:54+10:00May 23rd, 2020|Elementary Ideas, Free and Low-Cost Tech, Teacher Tech Tips|

This is a guest post by one of our blog writers, Katherine Miller.  I have been lucky enough to have a job where I worked closely with other music specialists which changed my teaching practice. With colleagues, I was able to grow and learn to the benefit of the students in my classroom.  When I

MTT108: Making Teaching Videos with the Flipgrid Camera

By |2020-05-20T01:03:06+10:00May 20th, 2020|Free and Low-Cost Tech, Podcast, Teacher Tech Tips|

Flipgrid is a fantastic free tool for teachers - it’s a video response platform that allows you to set an assignment for students where they will respond with a video. One of the great things about Flipgrid is the camera that you use to make videos. In this episode of the Music Tech