Middle and High School Ideas

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

25 Reasons To Thank a Music Teacher

By |2019-12-21T02:57:38+11:00December 21st, 2019|Elementary Ideas, Middle and High School Ideas|

This is a guest post by one of our blog writers, Sarah Joncas. There are many reasons to be thankful for all that music teachers do! Here are just a few: 1. For teaching all students In many schools, music teachers teach literally every student in the entire school. I have over 400 students each

MTT99: How to Create Escape Rooms in Music Education

By |2019-12-18T04:44:50+11:00December 18th, 2019|Chromebooks, Elementary Ideas, iPads, Macs and PCs, Middle and High School Ideas, Podcast|

The basic concept of an escape room is that students work in teams to solve puzzles or answer questions to discover a secret code - or series of codes - which will allow them to “escape” the room or solve a mystery. And they only have 30 minutes to do it! If you’ve

Top 10 Music-Related and Holiday-Themed Movies to Show Your Students

By |2019-12-14T05:30:24+11:00December 14th, 2019|Elementary Ideas, Middle and High School Ideas|

This is a guest post by one of our blog writers, Katherine Miller. The holidays can feel like a merry marathon because when the weather gets frightful, so does a music teacher’s calendar! With all the special events, performances and changes to normal school schedules, it can be nice to find some easy musical ways

MTT98: How To Make Soundwave Art

By |2019-12-18T04:46:37+11:00December 11th, 2019|Elementary Ideas, Middle and High School Ideas, Podcast|

At this time of year, I often see an increase in student art projects shared on social media. Creating artwork that represents student learning can be a great project in any subject. Something I saw a music teacher share years ago was soundwave art - a visual representation of a soundwave that had

Clever Holiday Season Videos for the Music Classroom

By |2019-12-27T22:48:50+11:00December 7th, 2019|Elementary Ideas, Middle and High School Ideas|

This is an updated list of holiday videos to share with your music classroom. From heartfelt to hilarious, there's something for everyone. Reminder: it's always a good idea to review the videos before you share them with your students. If you're looking for more holiday videos, you'll find them here: 15 Fun Holiday Season Videos

Emoji Quiz: Holiday Songs [New Update!]

By |2019-12-04T08:00:08+11:00December 4th, 2019|Elementary Ideas, Middle and High School Ideas|

Updated November 2019 During a past holiday season, I noticed that a post in the Music Teachers Facebook group was getting a lot of attention. Teacher Krista Reeder invited everyone to take part in a game of “guess the holiday song” by using only emojis to depict the title. A couple of hundred comments later,

MTT97: Inclusive Music Making with Phil Heeley

By |2019-12-03T06:59:03+11:00December 3rd, 2019|Elementary Ideas, Middle and High School Ideas, Podcast|

Continuing with our accessibility theme, I’ve invited Phil Heeley on to the podcast to talk about his work with his business Inclusive Music.  Phil has worked with students of all abilities over his 30 year career including the elderly, those with special needs and disabilities, and he also works in mainstream UK education

How You Can Use In-Built iPad Accessibility Settings In Your Music Classroom

By |2019-11-22T08:01:15+11:00November 22nd, 2019|Elementary Ideas, iPads, Middle and High School Ideas|

This is a guest post by one of our blog writers, Sarah Joncas. iPads are a powerful tool for music learning, and they can be a very accessible tool for the music classroom with the right apps and settings. I wrote about iPad apps for music making with students who have special needs here, but

MTT96: Creating Sound Stories with Special Needs Students feat. Alex Rees from Visible Music

By |2019-12-05T05:28:32+11:00November 20th, 2019|Elementary Ideas, Middle and High School Ideas, Podcast|

Our current theme on the blog and podcast is accessibility and today I have a guest on - a music educator named Alex Rees from the UK - to talk about what he has been doing with special needs students.  Alex is a freelance music and sound technologist, a music producer and education

How to Use Keezy Classic: Accessible Music Making App

By |2019-11-19T02:40:17+11:00November 16th, 2019|Elementary Ideas, iPads, Middle and High School Ideas|

This is a guest post by one of our blog writers, Sarah Joncas. Sometimes, the motor skills required to play a specific instrument aren’t attainable for a student. Whether it’s a temporary injury or a permanent disability, students can be disappointed if they have to play a different instrument than their classmates. With Keezy Classic,