Lesson plans and ideas

Teaching ideas for using music technology in education

Transforming The Blues Free iPad GarageBand Project

By | 2017-02-23T15:19:35+00:00 November 26th, 2015|Lesson plans and ideas, Music Tech Tips|

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 [...]

Digital Portfolios in Music Education: What, Why and How? [Part 1]

By | 2017-03-20T14:54:13+00:00 November 16th, 2015|Lesson plans and ideas, Music Tech Tips|

Digital Portfolios in Music Education In this three-part series we’ll look at digital portfolios in music education: what they are why you and your students will benefit from using them which software, tools and resources are required to make a great music digital portfolio how to put one together Part 1 will cover the “what” [...]

Rap My Name [Free Music Tech Lesson Plan]

By | 2017-08-09T21:20:29+00:00 August 20th, 2015|Lesson plans and ideas, Music Tech Tips|

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 soon too!). I'd love to know what you think [...]

How to make a funky beat in 30 seconds

By | 2017-02-23T15:19:35+00:00 July 30th, 2015|Lesson plans and ideas, Music Tech Tips|

Want to spice up your 3-note recorder melodies? Add a little excitement to your Orff-style arrangement of Merrily We Roll Along? Make the playing of scales and other drills - dare we say - exciting? Even the most boring musical piece can sound a lot more funky if it's accompanied by a cool beat. The [...]

Staff Wars Game: Free Printable Score Cards

By | 2017-08-28T14:37:46+00:00 May 22nd, 2015|Lesson plans and ideas, Music Tech Tips|

  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 [...]

18 Ways To Use A Single iPad In The Music Classroom

By | 2017-02-23T15:19:35+00:00 April 15th, 2015|Lesson plans and ideas, Music Tech Tips|

18 Ways To Use A Single iPad In The Music Classroom Even if you have only one iPad (your own!) there are still lots of ways you can use it with your students, especially if you can plug it into a data projector and speakers. Here are 18 ideas: 1. Practice note names Use an [...]

Quick Music Games Using GarageBand For iPad

By | 2017-02-23T15:19:35+00:00 October 24th, 2014|Lesson plans and ideas, Music Tech Tips|

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 | 2017-08-11T11:50:52+00:00 September 10th, 2014|Lesson plans and ideas, Music Tech Tips|

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 [...]

How To Beatbox – Boots ‘n Cats and Other Simple Sentences

By | 2017-02-23T15:19:35+00:00 August 5th, 2014|Lesson plans and ideas, Music Tech Tips|

Beatboxing sentences **Free downloadable beatboxing sentences below** Lately I've been working hard to finish my iPad Projects in the Music Classroom ebook and one of the projects in the collection involves recording a beatbox backing track with the live looping app Loopy HD. I've been fascinated with the art of live looping my voice for [...]

Flipped Music Video Lessons On Any Device, Super-Fast

By | 2017-02-23T15:19:35+00:00 July 24th, 2014|Lesson plans and ideas, Music Tech Tips|

Meaningful Video Responses A couple of weeks ago I shared my collection of Clever Music videos on Pinterest which had a great response. This week I wanted to share an easy way to make viewing those videos - or other Youtube videos - more meaningful for your students. By using the free online TED-ED lesson [...]