Free and Low-Cost Tech

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

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

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 |2018-09-18T14:25:55+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

Ultimate Free Music Tech Resources Guide 2018-19

By |2018-09-18T14:25:58+10:00July 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+10:00September 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