Middle and High School Ideas

Lesson ideas, apps and websites for middle and high school music students

MTT117: MusicEDU Programs for Middle and High School Students with Kate Hargreaves

By |2020-09-16T02:13:58+10:00September 16th, 2020|Middle and High School Ideas, Podcast, Teacher Tech Tips|

Kate Hargreaves runs MusicEDU - an Australian education tech business that focuses on creating e-learning curriculum for students in years 6 - 10 both in and out of the music classroom. Kate and I discuss the four programs she has on offer: Keyboard Evolution, Studio Sessions, Trackformers and Game Composer.  We also talk

Is this virtual choir app you’ve been waiting for?

By |2020-08-30T11:35:28+10:00August 30th, 2020|Elementary Ideas, Middle and High School Ideas|

Ah...the virtual choir video! One of the most frequently asked questions by music teachers over the past few months has been: “How do I create a virtual choir or ensemble video?”  Or “Which app do I use to make a virtual choir video?” When the pandemic shut down schools around the world in March 2020,

“Leveling Up” Your Lesson Plans – Composing/Improvising

By |2020-08-29T06:06:34+10:00August 29th, 2020|Elementary Ideas, Middle and High School Ideas, Teacher Tech Tips|

This is a guest post by Katherine Miller and Alison Capelle. As you begin to think about how to incorporate technology into your lesson plans in an authentic and meaningful way, there are certain projects or benchmarks that you will find that lend themselves more naturally to technology inclusion. For us, that has definitely been

MTT114: Adapting The Band And Orchestra Program To A Blended Learning Modelling with Thomas West

By |2020-08-26T06:43:06+10:00August 26th, 2020|Elementary Ideas, Middle and High School Ideas, Podcast, Teacher Tech Tips|

I’m very pleased to talk to Thomas J. West on the podcast today. Tom is the blended learning coordinator, instrumental music teacher and a teacher of jazz studies at Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School's Center for Performing and Fine Arts and he has been teaching music online since 2008 (yes, well before COVID-19 hit).

“Leveling Up” Your Lesson Plans – Performing

By |2020-08-22T07:06:40+10:00August 22nd, 2020|Elementary Ideas, Middle and High School Ideas, Teacher Tech Tips|

This is a guest post by Katherine Miller and Alison Capelle. Technology integration is not about using the newest app or creating impressive student products every day. It can happen on so many different levels as shown by the SAMR model!  The SAMR model is a framework created by Dr. Ruben Puentedura that separates classroom

Laptop on a Cart: Using Digital Resources to Save Space and Time

By |2020-08-07T06:39:19+10:00August 7th, 2020|Chromebooks, Elementary Ideas, Free and Low-Cost Tech, Macs and PCs, Middle and High School Ideas|

This is a guest post by one of our blog writers, Sarah Joncas. Many music teachers will be teaching on a cart for the first time this fall. I spent my first year teaching on a cart, so I have figured out a few tips and tricks to help you save space and time while

10 Virtual Musical Instruments for Your Virtual Classroom

By |2020-07-25T04:28:32+10:00July 25th, 2020|Chromebooks, Elementary Ideas, Free and Low-Cost Tech, iPads, Macs and PCs, Middle and High School Ideas|

Whether it’s for virtual learning or just to let kids have experience with new instruments, virtual instruments come in handy. The internet is full of free instruments that students can play with. Some common music apps also have built-in free virtual instruments that students can use. All of these are free, and most of them

Ultimate Free Music Tech Resources Guide 2020/21

By |2020-07-18T05:01:37+10:00July 18th, 2020|Elementary Ideas, Free and Low-Cost Tech, Middle and High School Ideas, Teacher Tech Tips|

NEW EDITION 2020/21 Each year I put together a list of free music tech resources – websites, software, and more – that you can use in your music classroom. The latest version of the Ultimate Free Music Technology Resources Guide is out now! So what’s new? There are over 50 new listings in this year’s

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