Macs and PCs

Tech tips, lessons, apps and websites for using Macs and PCs in music education

Case study: Video Game Compositions with Grade 8

By |2018-09-06T01:05:34+10:00March 14th, 2017|Chromebooks, iPads, Macs and PCs, Middle and High School Ideas|

Video Game Battle Music Composition 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. Today’s guest post is by Mrs Janice Cook who - for the past 12 months - has

Music In Our Schools Month – 9 Music Tech Activities for Music Advocacy

By |2018-09-18T14:29:17+10:00March 9th, 2017|Chromebooks, Elementary Ideas, Interactive Whiteboards, iPads, Macs and PCs, Middle and High School Ideas|

Music tech activities for music advocacy March is Music In Our Schools Month in the USA and I wanted to share a few ideas for activities that incorporate technology that you could use to shine a spotlight on what you do.  Some are quick and some are more involved and even if you’re not in

Free NASA sound effects and how to use them in music education

By |2018-09-06T01:06:59+10:00February 16th, 2017|Chromebooks, iPads, Macs and PCs, Middle and High School Ideas|

  NASA collection of samples: use in remixing and "found sound" creative projects NASA has made a huge collection of audio recordings available under a Creative Commons licence and they are perfect for using in music tech projects with students. The recordings are from historic space flights and from current missions. I LOVE this collection

Free online training: Chromebooks and Mixed Devices in Music Education

By |2018-09-07T00:58:33+10:00August 18th, 2016|Chromebooks, Free and Low-Cost Tech, iPads, Macs and PCs|

What can I do with Chromebooks or mixed devices in music education? Many of you have been asking me how you can effectively use Chromebooks or a combination of technology like iPads, Android devices and laptops (sometimes BOTH Mac and PC!) in music education. I thought I’d put together an online training session that shows

Get Started Fast With Sibelius for Educators Part 5

By |2018-09-07T00:59:03+10:00August 8th, 2016|Macs and PCs, Middle and High School Ideas|

Sibelius tutorials for educators (continued) This is the fifth part in a series of posts that feature Sibelius tutorial videos that I created especially for educators.  You can links to the other parts at the bottom of this post. Part 5: The Digital Notation Scrapbook The fifth episode covers the Sibelius Ideas feature in which

Get Started Fast With Sibelius for Educators Part 4

By |2018-09-07T00:59:39+10:00August 1st, 2016|Macs and PCs, Middle and High School Ideas|

Sibelius tutorials for educators (continued) This is the fourth part in a series of posts that feature Sibelius tutorial videos that I created especially for educators.  You can links to the other parts at the bottom of this post. Part 4: All About Graphics In this fourth episode, we focus on how to create musical

Get Started Fast With Sibelius for Educators Part 3

By |2018-09-07T01:00:03+10:00July 25th, 2016|Macs and PCs, Middle and High School Ideas|

Sibelius tutorials for educators (continued) This is the third part in a series of posts that feature Sibelius tutorial videos that I created especially for educators.  You can links to the other parts at the bottom of this post. Part 3: Creating Quality Audio Files and Backing Tracks In this third episode, we focus on

Get Started Fast With Sibelius for Educators Part 2

By |2018-09-07T01:00:26+10:00July 20th, 2016|Macs and PCs, Middle and High School Ideas|

Sibelius tutorials for educators (continued) This is the second part in a series of posts that feature Sibelius tutorial videos that I created especially for educators.  You can links to the other parts at the bottom of this post. Part 2: The Automatic Compositional Diary The second video in the series looks at how you

How to programme your own drum patterns – a beginner’s guide for students (part 1)

By |2018-09-07T01:01:02+10:00July 15th, 2016|Chromebooks, iPads, Macs and PCs, Middle and High School Ideas|

Encourage students creativity: record drum patterns from scratch When using music software to put a song together, it’s easy for students to head straight to the loop library to find a drum pattern.  It’s a quick solution, but once you become familiar with the loop library of your school’s chosen software package, you start to

Get Started Fast With Sibelius for Educators Part 1

By |2018-09-07T01:01:40+10:00July 11th, 2016|Macs and PCs, Middle and High School Ideas|

“Hidden” features and ninja tricks Last year I was asked by Avid - the company behind Sibelius notation - to create a series of videos for educators.  Educators and their students have specific needs which are at times different to those of the composers and arrangers that use the software.  The video series delves into