Free and Low-Cost Tech

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

MTT12: Where To Find Free Sheet Music

By |2018-09-06T01:03:37+10:00April 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 |2019-05-18T00:28:47+10:00August 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+10:00April 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+10:00November 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+10:00October 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+10:00September 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

Rap My Name [Free Music Tech Lesson Plan]

By |2018-09-07T01:15:16+10:00August 20th, 2015|Elementary Ideas, Free and Low-Cost Tech, Middle and High School Ideas|

[Updated July 2018 - bonus walkthrough video added below] Free Music Technology Lesson Plans This is the first of a new ongoing series of more "formal" lesson plans that suggest simple ways to incorporate technology into music lessons.  I'm aiming to map each lesson to the US and Australian national standards for music education (UK coming

Staff Wars Game: Free Printable Score Cards

By |2018-09-18T14:32:36+10:00May 22nd, 2015|Elementary Ideas, Free and Low-Cost Tech, Interactive Whiteboards, Middle and High School Ideas|

  Free note identification game for all platforms and devices With its Star Wars-style space theme, Staff Wars has long been a favourite note identification game of music teachers around the world. Even though I’ve been using it in workshops and conference presentations - since 2009 I think (!!) - there are still teachers who

Instruments of the Orchestra: A Monster Collection of Links for Music Teachers

By |2018-09-18T14:32:44+10:00December 12th, 2014|Elementary Ideas, Free and Low-Cost Tech, Interactive Whiteboards|

Unit: Instruments of the Orchestra A unit about the instruments of the orchestra is frequently included in music education curricula around the world and there are lots of free resources online to help you introduce or expand upon the topic. Here are some of the links that I have found over the years. How orchestral