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

Musical Me – An Easy Back-To-School Tech Lesson

By |2019-07-15T22:40:45+10:00July 13th, 2019|Free and Low-Cost Tech, Macs and PCs, Middle and High School Ideas|

Getting to know your students Discover their “musical me” Whether you’re starting a new school year, or would just like to get to know your students better, this Musical Me lesson is an effective and easy option with lots of flexibility. In this lesson, students will tell you more about their musical background, interests, likes,

35 Free iPad Apps for Music Teachers

By |2019-07-11T11:13:47+10:00June 29th, 2019|Free and Low-Cost Tech, iPads|

Anyone else get completely overwhelmed by the amount of iPad apps available in the App Store? It is just an endless list and it’s so hard to know where to even begin. I’ve collected a number of free iPad apps for music teachers over the past few years and today I’m super excited to share

10 Ways Google Slides Helps My Students Build Music Literacy

By |2019-05-31T02:50:14+10:00May 22nd, 2019|Elementary Ideas, Free and Low-Cost Tech, Interactive Whiteboards, Middle and High School Ideas|

This is a guest post by one of our blog writers, Sarah Joncas! It is not always strictly musical technology that helps students learn effectively in music class! One of the most powerful technology tools I use in my classroom is the versatile Google Slides. Google Slides is an online slide deck creation tool that

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

9 More Things You Didn’t Know About GarageBand for iPad

By |2019-05-05T20:32:50+10:00May 5th, 2019|Free and Low-Cost Tech, iPads|

9 More “Hidden” GarageBand Tips Back in the early days of the GarageBand iPad app, I wrote an article sharing some “hidden” tips  - 9 of them to be exact.  Surprisingly, they are all still relevant today! Lately, I’ve been immersed in the GarageBand app once again, while preparing my new Music Teacher’s Guide To

MTT76: Quick Free Screen Recordings with Loom

By |2019-04-03T02:45:54+10:00April 3rd, 2019|Free and Low-Cost Tech, Podcast, Teacher Tech Tips|

Listen to the episode here (or on your favourite podcast app): For a number of years now I’ve been using screencasting software to record my computer screen so that I can make tutorial videos, show someone how to fix something technical, provide feedback and assessment, answer a music tech question quickly, or capture

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

20 Ways to Use Flipgrid in Music Education

By |2019-03-15T08:48:32+10:00March 14th, 2019|Free and Low-Cost Tech, Middle and High School Ideas|

WHAT IS FLIPGRID & HOW CAN I USE IT? What is Flipgrid? Flipgrid is a video platform that allows students to quickly and easily record a video response to a question or topic that you pose. Flipgrid is totally free to use and works on any device. The step-by-step process is: Start by setting up

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:

MTT73: Create Music on Any Device for Free with Bandlab

By |2018-11-13T05:47:59+10:00November 13th, 2018|Free and Low-Cost Tech, Podcast, Teacher Tech Tips|

Listen to the episode here (or on your favourite podcast app):   Discover the free, “works-on-any-device” online digital audio workstation Bandlab. Lauren Hendry Parsons is the Associate Vice President of Communications and Partnerships for Bandlab Technologies and she comes on the show to talk all things Bandlab.   Links mentioned in this episode