Middle and High School Ideas

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

60+ of the Most Popular Graduation Songs for Schools

By |2019-04-02T07:52:29+10:00April 2nd, 2019|Elementary Ideas, Middle and High School Ideas|

Once again, it’s that time of year! “Does anyone have a great graduation song suggestions??” Towards the end of March (USA/Europe) and beginning of November (Australia/New Zealand) I start to see teachers ask for graduation song suggestions on Facebook and other social media channels. Although new fresh ones appear each year, some songs are perennial

How Do I Get Started with Macs & PCs in the Music Classroom? [Free Guide]

By |2019-03-21T08:00:06+10:00March 21st, 2019|Elementary Ideas, Free and Low-Cost Tech, Macs and PCs, Middle and High School Ideas, Teacher Tech Tips|

How can I best utilise my Mac or PC? Where do I start? So, you’ve had your own Mac or PC desktop or laptop computer for some time and you’d like to utilise it more effectively in your teaching. Perhaps your students also have their own Macs or PCs, or you have access to a

20 Ways to Use Flipgrid in Music Education

By |2019-03-15T08:48:32+10:00March 14th, 2019|Free and Low-Cost Tech, Middle and High School Ideas|

WHAT IS FLIPGRID & HOW CAN I USE IT? What is Flipgrid? Flipgrid is a video platform that allows students to quickly and easily record a video response to a question or topic that you pose. Flipgrid is totally free to use and works on any device. The step-by-step process is: Start by setting up

The Most Important Things to Teach Students About Music Production

By |2019-03-01T11:48:54+10:00January 12th, 2019|Middle and High School Ideas|

Guest author: Tracy Plunkett 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, you would know just how advanced music technology has become. In fact, you may

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How to Make Your Own Soundwave Art

By |2018-12-04T02:50:42+10:00December 1st, 2018|Chromebooks, Elementary Ideas, Free and Low-Cost Tech, Macs and PCs, Middle and High School Ideas|

What is Soundwave Art? Visualising and “printing” sound Soundwave art is a sound recording that has been printed and made into an artwork. [photo credits: image 1 and 2 created by Katie Wardrobe. Image 3 by music teacher Linda Horne of Tafelmusik] Before you get the students to create artwork, you can teach:

Apps For Music Teachers: What can I use instead of MadPad? Introducing Samplebot!

By |2018-12-05T17:58:00+10:00November 29th, 2018|Elementary Ideas, iPads, Middle and High School Ideas|

Apps for Music Teachers: new video series Welcome to the first video in a new series called Apps for Music Teachers.  The Apps for Music Teachers series will introduce you to a range of "apps" - be they iPad or tablet apps OR apps that work in your browser, or even on your laptop and desktop

How Do I Get Started with Technology in the Middle or High School Music Classroom? [Free Guide]

By |2018-11-27T03:00:18+10:00November 24th, 2018|Middle and High School Ideas, Teacher Tech Tips|

Introduction and important tips This is a dessert buffet - don’t get sick! My friend and fellow educator Amy Burns - an elementary music teacher in New Jersey - frequently starts a workshop by saying “We’re going to cover a lot of things here today. Please think of this as a dessert buffet:  if you

How Do I Get Started With Chromebooks In Music Education? [Free Guide]

By |2018-10-23T09:04:12+10:00October 4th, 2018|Chromebooks, Elementary Ideas, Middle and High School Ideas, Teacher Tech Tips|

What’s the deal with Chromebooks? What makes Chromebooks different? So, you’ve discovered that your school has decided to roll out Chromebooks to students. How can they be used in your music classroom? What exactly can you do on a Chromebook anyway? Chromebooks are laptops that are a little...well...different. They are inexpensive to purchase, they are

How Do I Get Started With iPads In Music Education? [Free Guide]

By |2018-10-03T10:02:51+10:00October 3rd, 2018|Elementary Ideas, Free and Low-Cost Tech, iPads, Middle and High School Ideas, Teacher Tech Tips|

So, I have this iPad Where do I start? So, you’ve been given some iPads to use in your music classroom...where do you start? Music teachers have been utilising iPads since they were first released in 2010. While many purchased their first iPad with a view to using it as a digital sheet music reading

MTT67: Create your own teaching resources with Christopher Russell part 2

By |2018-10-23T09:05:18+10:00September 18th, 2018|iPads, Middle and High School Ideas, Podcast, Teacher Tech Tips|

Listen to the episode here (or on your favourite podcast app): This is part 2 of my interview with middle school choir director Christopher Russell, from Oltman Middle School in Minnesota, who describes himself as a traditional-style music teacher who uses technology to support his program.   If you haven’t already listened to part