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

6 Reasons for Caution with all Those Free Music Apps and Websites

By |2020-06-12T05:49:28+10:00June 12th, 2020|Free and Low-Cost Tech, Teacher Tech Tips|

This is a guest post by one of our blog writers, Sarah Joncas. Most music teachers are teaching online right now. Many music educational technology companies are offering their apps, paid subscriptions, and other features to educators for free right now.  This can be a great thing, as it allows teachers to see the variety

MTT111: DIY Music Puzzles and Games Part 3: Word Search

By |2020-06-10T05:27:06+10:00June 10th, 2020|Chromebooks, Elementary Ideas, Free and Low-Cost Tech, Macs and PCs, Middle and High School Ideas, Podcast, Teacher Tech Tips|

Today’s episode continues on with our series about do-it-yourself music puzzles or games that you can use to reinforce musical concepts in a fun way. In this third episode of the series I walk you through how to make your own word search puzzles that can be completed digitally, or printed out. Links

Closing Time: Virtual End of the Year Activities for the Music Room

By |2020-06-05T02:10:50+10:00June 5th, 2020|Elementary Ideas, Free and Low-Cost Tech, Middle and High School Ideas|

This is a guest post by one of our blog writers, Katherine Miller.  Although the end of the school year is not what we might have anticipated, it is here nonetheless.  For 180+ days, you have worked hard to create a musical community within your classroom. You have built relationships with students to foster a

MTT110: DIY Music Puzzles and Games Part 2: Crosswords

By |2020-06-03T05:43:19+10:00June 3rd, 2020|Free and Low-Cost Tech, Podcast, Teacher Tech Tips|

Today’s episode continues on with our series about do-it-yourself music puzzles or games that you can use to reinforce musical concepts in a fun way. In this second episode of the series, I walk you through how to make your own digital and printable crossword puzzles. Links and resources: 8 Awesome Reasons to

Social Media is the New Concert Hall: Get You (And Your Students) Out To Play

By |2020-05-30T07:16:13+10:00May 30th, 2020|Free and Low-Cost Tech, Teacher Tech Tips|

This is a guest post by one of our blog writers, Sarah Joncas. For many of us, performing in a traditional concert hall just isn’t possible right now. Whether it’s a lockdown, stay-home order, or simply a request that we practice social distancing, worldwide pandemics are not conducive to the traditional concert experience. But music

MTT109: DIY Music Puzzles and Games Part 1: Bingo

By |2020-05-27T05:12:13+10:00May 27th, 2020|Free and Low-Cost Tech, Middle and High School Ideas, Podcast, Teacher Tech Tips|

Looking for music puzzles or games that you can use to reinforce musical concepts in a fun way? There are a number of free websites that let you create your own puzzles super-fast. In the next few podcast episodes, I’ll introduce you to a few of my favourites, starting today with the flexible

7 Choice Board Examples for Elementary Music Teachers

By |2020-05-23T04:46:54+10:00May 23rd, 2020|Elementary Ideas, Free and Low-Cost Tech, Teacher Tech Tips|

This is a guest post by one of our blog writers, Katherine Miller.  I have been lucky enough to have a job where I worked closely with other music specialists which changed my teaching practice. With colleagues, I was able to grow and learn to the benefit of the students in my classroom.  When I

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

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