Lesson plans and ideas

Teaching ideas for using music technology in education

MTT56: STEAM Lessons for Music Teachers with Shawna Longo

By | 2018-05-26T03:59:18+00:00 May 26th, 2018|How-To and Tips, Lesson plans and ideas, Music Tech Tips, Music Technology Resources, Podcast|

  Listen to the episode here (or on your favourite podcast app):   Shawna Longo - the Music Educator, STEAM Facilitator and Arts Integration Specialist at Hopatcong Borough Schools in New Jersey - was my guest on episode 53 of the Music Tech Teacher podcast but she’s back to chat about STEAM lessons [...]

Using Class Dojo in Music Classroom Management

By | 2018-05-21T14:36:34+00:00 May 21st, 2018|How-To and Tips, Lesson plans and ideas, Music Technology Resources|

Guest author: Katherine Miller This article has been written by a guest author.  If you’re an educator or music industry professional who is interested in contributing an article to the Midnight Music blog, you can apply here.   As a music teacher, I have always struggled with assessing student performance standards like singing and playing [...]

MTT55: Getting it ALL done with Elisa Janson Jones

By | 2018-05-15T10:36:54+00:00 May 15th, 2018|How-To and Tips, Lesson plans and ideas, Music Tech Tips, Music Technology Resources, Podcast|

In just a few weeks the first International Music Education Summit will take place.  It’s a 3-day conference which is purely online - there’s no travel involved, no hotel accommodation to pay for and you can “attend” in your PJs. Founder of IMES Elisa Janson Jones tells me why she decided to launch the event [...]

MTT52 Adopting New Technology with Jenny Chapman

By | 2018-04-25T00:23:50+00:00 April 24th, 2018|Lesson plans and ideas, Music Tech Tips, Music Technology Resources, Podcast|

Today my guest is Jenny Chapman, who is the Junior School Music Co-ordinator at St John's Grammar in Belair, South Australia, which is in the beautiful Adelaide Hills.  She teaches students from the Early Learning Centre, through to year 6. In 2017, Jenny’s school made the decision to switch from Macs to Surface Pros, so [...]

MTT48 Using Music Technology Centers with Carole Corman

By | 2018-03-16T04:09:57+00:00 March 16th, 2018|How-To and Tips, Lesson plans and ideas, Music Tech Tips, Music Technology Resources, Podcast|

  Listen to the episode here (or on your favourite podcast app):   Back at the end of January on my Midnight Music Facebook page, I posted a question which was: “What music tech projects are you currently working on in the classroom?”   Carole Corman - a teacher from Canada - commented [...]

MTT44 The 5 Essential Skills To Learn To Create Multimedia Worksheets & Presentations

By | 2018-01-17T08:33:35+00:00 January 17th, 2018|How-To and Tips, Lesson plans and ideas, Music Tech Tips, Music Technology Resources, Podcast|

There are lots and lots of ready-made music education worksheets, Powerpoint files and interactive whiteboard resources available for purchase or free download if you look hard enough online. But what about those times when you want to create something from scratch yourself? Maybe you can’t find an existing file that meets your needs. Or perhaps [...]

MTT43 – 22 Ways To Use GarageBand or Soundtrap in Music Education – part 2

By | 2018-06-13T08:30:15+00:00 January 8th, 2018|How-To and Tips, Lesson plans and ideas, Music Tech Tips, Music Technology Resources, Podcast|

Lesson ideas for using GarageBand or Soundtrap - part 2 In part 2 of this series, I share some intermediate and advanced lesson ideas for using GarageBand or Soundtrap with your music students In this podcast episode I cover: How to get started with using GarageBand or Soundtrap with your students How to decide what [...]

MTT 42 – 22 Ways To Use GarageBand or Soundtrap in Music Education – part 1

By | 2018-06-13T08:36:01+00:00 December 14th, 2017|How-To and Tips, Lesson plans and ideas, Music Tech Tips, Music Technology Resources, Podcast|

I need some ideas for using GarageBand or Soundtrap! Almost every day I see a music teacher post on Facebook asking for ideas for using GarageBand or Soundtrap with their students.  Most teachers are keen to use GarageBand or Soundtrap in a meaningful way and want lesson ideas that will teach musical concepts. In this [...]

STEAM Resources and Activities for the Music Classroom

By | 2017-11-15T18:03:33+00:00 November 15th, 2017|How-To and Tips, Lesson plans and ideas, Music Technology Resources|

STEAM learning involves the integration of Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math to solve real-world problems. It is an educational approach that encourages learning for learning’s sake. STEAM lessons incorporate a cross-disciplinary approach and integrate the engineering design process to solve complex problems.  Student teamwork and creativity play an important role.  This article on the [...]

10 Music Lessons and Activities For Thanksgiving

By | 2017-11-08T12:22:46+00:00 November 8th, 2017|How-To and Tips, Lesson plans and ideas, Music Tech Tips|

  For those in the US looking for Thanksgiving activities to share with your classrooms,  here are several great ideas and blog posts from other teachers with many creative and entertaining possibilities.   1. Elizabeth Caldwell shares her favorite Thanksgiving music lessons on her site, Organized Chaos. You’ll find several activities and songs relating to [...]