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

50+ Lesson Ideas for The Chrome Music Lab

By |2018-09-18T14:25:55+00:00September 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 [...]

Ultimate Free Music Tech Resources Guide 2018-19

By |2018-09-18T14:25:58+00:00July 18th, 2018|Free and Low-Cost Tech, Interactive Whiteboards|

  Free Ebook: Ultimate Free Music Tech Resources Guide 2018-19 Each year I put together a list of free music tech resources - websites, software and more - that you can use in your music classroom. It all began with a workshop I ran in 2009 titled Music Technology On A Shoestring.  In 2012 I [...]

MTT33 Interactive music posters, word walls and brainstorming with Padlet

By |2018-09-18T14:26:26+00:00September 27th, 2017|Elementary Ideas, Free and Low-Cost Tech, Interactive Whiteboards, Middle and High School Ideas, Podcast|

In this episode   Listen to the episode here (or on your favourite podcast app):   Resources and links mentioned About Padlet Padlet website Introduction to Padlet video 30 creative ways to use Padlet for teachers and students 5 Ideas For Using Padlet in the Classroom Padlet in the Classroom Example Padlets: Ways [...]

MTT12: Where To Find Free Sheet Music

By |2018-09-06T01:03:37+00:00April 5th, 2017|Free and Low-Cost Tech, Podcast, Teacher Tech Tips|

Where to find free sheet music If you’re a music teacher on a tight budget it can be difficult to find the money to purchase sheet music for the myriad of music ensembles, instrumental and vocal students you may have at your school. It’s good to know that these days there are LOTS of websites [...]

Free online training: Chromebooks and Mixed Devices in Music Education

By |2018-09-07T00:58:33+00:00August 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 [...]

Explore rhythm and meter with the Chrome Music Lab [Free Lesson Plan]

By |2018-09-18T14:31:22+00:00April 19th, 2016|Elementary Ideas, Free and Low-Cost Tech, General, Interactive Whiteboards|

Lesson: Compose and play rhythms in different meters with Chrome Music Lab In March, Google launched the free Chrome Music Lab Experiments site to celebrate Music In Our Schools month and to allow users to explore the way in which music works.  Peter Kirn of Create Digital Music wrote about the browser-based music tools in [...]

Transforming The Blues Free iPad GarageBand Project

By |2018-09-07T01:10:03+00:00November 26th, 2015|Elementary Ideas, Free and Low-Cost Tech, iPads, Middle and High School Ideas|

The 12 Bar Blues in a Tango Style? If you’re looking for a blues activity that’s a little different - and you have some iPads you can use during class - you might like to ask students to “transform the blues” using the GarageBand app. This lesson invites students to come up with their own [...]

Music Technology for Special Needs Students

By |2018-09-07T01:13:30+00:00October 9th, 2015|Elementary Ideas, Free and Low-Cost Tech, Middle and High School Ideas|

Access For All I’ve just finished up at the ASME (Australian Society for Music Education) 2015 conference which was held in Adelaide last week.  I delivered a keynote speech and 3 other workshops, but I also managed to attend a few other sessions. I always enjoy learning from other presenters - both from a “content” [...]

Clapping Music [Free Music Tech Lesson Plan]

By |2018-09-07T01:14:30+00:00September 9th, 2015|Elementary Ideas, Free and Low-Cost Tech, iPads, Middle and High School Ideas|

Introduction In today’s post, technology and performance combine in a lesson plan based on one of the most simple (yet effective) pieces: Steve Reich’s Clapping Music. In 1972, composer Steve Reich (born 1936) decided to compose a piece that - in his words - “needs no instruments beyond the human body”. The result was Clapping [...]