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

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

MTT107: Using Choice Boards in Music Education

By |2020-05-15T02:12:39+10:00May 15th, 2020|Elementary Ideas, Free and Low-Cost Tech, Middle and High School Ideas, Podcast|

In this episode, we'll discuss how to use choice boards in music education. We'll cover what they are, the benefits of using them, how students complete them, and some choice board topic ideas you can use right away. Links mentioned How To Use Choice Boards In The Music Classroom 30 Ideas for Elementary Choice

How To Make A Singalong Video In Flipgrid

By |2020-05-15T01:31:56+10:00May 15th, 2020|Elementary Ideas, Free and Low-Cost Tech, Middle and High School Ideas, Teacher Tech Tips|

The Flipgrid Shorts Camera is a stand-alone camera that you can use to create quick videos for your students. In this video, you'll learn how to use the Shorts Camera to make your own singalong videos showing the teacher alongside the lyrics in Flipgrid. Looking for More Resources for Music Teachers? Hello! I’m Katie Wardrobe

How To Make Follow The Bouncing Ball Videos Using Flipgrid

By |2020-05-07T05:47:16+10:00May 7th, 2020|Elementary Ideas, Free and Low-Cost Tech, Macs and PCs, Middle and High School Ideas, Teacher Tech Tips|

In this video, you'll learn how to make your own "follow the bouncing ball" style singalong videos using Flipgrid. I take you step-by-step through the process, and by the end of this walk-through, you'll be able to make your own videos. You may even consider assigning this activity to your students. Enjoy! Flipgrid's

MTT106: 3 ways you can create a Music Video to Celebrate Your Student Ensembles

By |2020-05-06T04:35:53+10:00May 6th, 2020|Elementary Ideas, Free and Low-Cost Tech, Middle and High School Ideas, Podcast, Teacher Tech Tips|

Have you had your school concerts cancelled? All those rehearsals and nothing to show for it :( So what can you do?  There are a few different ways you can capture all the hard work that your ensembles have put in over the past months. In this episode, I’m going to discuss three

Star Wars Lessons using the Chrome Music Lab Songmaker

By |2020-04-30T05:07:11+10:00April 30th, 2020|Chromebooks, Elementary Ideas, Free and Low-Cost Tech, Middle and High School Ideas|

Introduction May The Fourth be with you!  Here’s a free Star Wars music tech lesson you can use with your students.  This lesson uses the free Songmaker which is part of the Chrome Music Lab.  The Songmaker allows students to click on a grid to add melodic or rhythmic sounds.  Press the play button to

Interactive Manipulatives in Google Slides: Make Custom Learning Tools For Your Music Students

By |2020-03-21T04:04:49+11:00March 21st, 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. There are so many uses for Google Slides in the classroom. I wrote about some of them in a previous Midnight Music blog post, and Katie wrote about using Google Slides to create teaching resources here. Today we’ll look at how to

MTT105: Tips for creating effective teaching videos that your students will WANT to watch

By |2020-03-18T03:40:07+11:00March 18th, 2020|Chromebooks, Elementary Ideas, Free and Low-Cost Tech, Macs and PCs, Middle and High School Ideas, Podcast, Teacher Tech Tips|

This episode is a follow-on from episode 104 where I shared 5 important tech tools to consider for teaching remotely.  Today I want to share some specific tips for creating teaching videos. Being able to create short, effective teaching videos is an important skill to have and it’s become even more important now

MTT104: Teaching online due to school closures? Here are the 5 Tech Tools you Should Consider

By |2020-03-12T05:45:36+11:00March 12th, 2020|Chromebooks, Elementary Ideas, Free and Low-Cost Tech, Macs and PCs, Middle and High School Ideas, Podcast, Teacher Tech Tips|

This episode of the Music Tech Teacher Podcast is going to be a little different and we’re going to take an unscheduled break from our theme of the month. With the outbreak of the Coronavirus, there are a number of schools that have closed indefinitely and many other schools are preparing for possible

5 Ways to Use Google Forms in the Music Classroom

By |2020-03-06T22:46:47+11:00March 6th, 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. Google Forms is a fantastic tool for teachers to use. There are so many ways to use Google Forms in the classroom with students of all ages. Whether it’s an automatically graded quiz, sign-ups for a club, a self-reflection, or a survey,