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

Transforming The Blues Free iPad GarageBand Project

By |2018-09-07T01:10:03+00:00November 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+00:00October 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+00:00September 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+00:00August 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+00:00May 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+00:00December 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

Quick Music Games Using GarageBand For iPad

By |2018-09-07T01:23:40+00:00October 24th, 2014|Elementary Ideas, Free and Low-Cost Tech, iPads|

All you need are the Smart Drums I was running an iPad workshop last week and it occurred to me that the Dice "randomiser" function in the Smart Drums could make a good listening exercise tool for students. And why not turn it into a game? The Smart Drums instrument in GarageBand allows you to

Using Incredibox To Introduce Remixing

By |2018-09-18T14:32:48+00:00September 10th, 2014|Elementary Ideas, Free and Low-Cost Tech, Interactive Whiteboards, Middle and High School Ideas|

Please note: this post was originally published in August 2012. I'm not sure how or why, but the original post disappeared completely (!). Thanks to the magic of the Wayback Machine I was able to grab a copy of the text and re-do the whole thing. I took the opportunity to revise it a little

30+ Fun Ways To Teach The Notes of The Staff Using Technology

By |2018-11-10T05:10:44+00:00August 20th, 2014|Elementary Ideas, Free and Low-Cost Tech, Interactive Whiteboards, Middle and High School Ideas|

What's your favourite way to teach the notes of the staff? I'm a member of a number of "music teacher groups" - email discussion lists and Facebook groups which are a great way to connect with others and get answers to questions that are music-ed related. "What are your favourite ways to teach the notes

Free Ukulele Chord Image Library

By |2018-09-07T01:32:40+00:00May 28th, 2014|Chromebooks, Free and Low-Cost Tech, iPads, Macs and PCs|

More free music teacher resources This collection of ukulele chord diagrams is the third set of free images I've shared. Last year I created the Big Notation Library and the Free Guitar Chord Image Library for music teachers to use when creating their own resources from scratch and both proved very popular. I've been meaning