Music Technology Resources

General music technology in education articles, advice, news and resources

MTT29: Soundtrap: The Online Studio with Vanja Steinholz

By | 2017-08-23T15:09:46+00:00 August 23rd, 2017|Music Tech Tips, Music Technology Resources, Podcast|

In this episode Vanja Steinholz is a freelance musician, a songwriting and music production teacher and the Business Developer at Soundtrap in Stockholm. She chats to me about audio recording collaboration using the online studio Soundtrap.   Listen to the episode here (or on your favourite podcast app):   Resources and links mentioned [...]

9 Interactive Google Doodles You Can Use In Your Music Classes

By | 2017-08-16T11:54:02+00:00 August 16th, 2017|Lesson plans and ideas, Music Tech Tips, Music Technology Resources|

  Since 1998, Google has periodically decorated the company logo to celebrate notable events, anniversaries and historical figures and over the years more than 2000 Google Doodles have been created.   Early Google Doodles were simple illustrations, but over the years have become more complex, more frequent and best of all - more interactive.   In [...]

MTT 28: Teaching Music In An Exclusively Digital School with Matt Ferrante

By | 2017-08-09T10:06:40+00:00 August 9th, 2017|Music Tech Tips, Music Technology Resources, Podcast|

In this episode My guest today is Matt Ferrante - a music tech teacher from the Pittsburgh Science and Technology Academy - a STEM school where the motto is "Dream. Discover. Design." They have a relatively unique digital-only arts program which means there is no band or chorus or even a stage. Listen to the episode [...]

MTT26: Student-Centered Learning in Choir using Chromebooks and iPads with Karla McClain

By | 2017-08-04T06:22:05+00:00 July 27th, 2017|Lesson plans and ideas, Music Tech Tips, Music Technology Resources, Podcast|

In this episode: Karla McClain uses technology - in particular iPads and Chromebooks - with her choir students to encourage creativity and to improve music literacy skills in her student-centered classes.   Listen to the episode here (or on your favourite podcast app):   Resources and links mentioned Tenuto app for iPad and [...]

MTT25 – Helping teens find identity through musical creativity with Richard McCready

By | 2017-07-19T15:26:12+00:00 July 19th, 2017|Music Tech Tips, Music Technology Resources, Podcast|

In this episode I'm joined by Richard McCready, who runs a popular music tech course for senior students at River Hill High School. He talks about his students' composition-based projects and the online publishing process they use to share work.   Listen to the episode here (or on your favourite podcast app): Resources and [...]

Ultimate Free Music Tech Resources Guide 2017

By | 2017-07-18T22:03:31+00:00 July 18th, 2017|Announcements, Music Technology Resources|

  Free Ebook: Ultimate Free Music Tech Resources Guide 2017 Each year I put together a list of free music tech resources - websites, software and more - that you can use in your music classroom. It all began with a workshop I ran in 2009 titled Music Technology On A Shoestring.  In 2012 I [...]

MTT24: Composing Movie Soundtracks – Your Questions Answered

By | 2017-07-11T14:27:01+00:00 July 11th, 2017|Music Tech Tips, Music Technology Resources, Podcast|

  Composing movie soundtracks - or film scoring - has always been a hugely popular topic with students and teachers alike, but there are always questions around where to find movies, what to do if there is a soundtrack already, which software to use and how to approach the topic with students. I answer those [...]

MTT23: Coding in the Music Classroom with Josh Emanuel

By | 2017-07-05T13:54:12+00:00 July 5th, 2017|Music Tech Tips, Music Technology Resources, Podcast|

In this episode: Middle school teacher Josh Emanuel from New York has been running engaging music and coding classes using Scratch software and the MaKey MaKey invention kit. Josh shares his lessons, student responses and some tips.   Listen to the episode here (or on your favourite podcast app): Resources and links mentioned [...]

Best Music Technology Books for Teachers

By | 2017-06-28T16:40:20+00:00 June 28th, 2017|Music Tech Tips, Music Technology Resources|

Music Technology in Education Books Note: This is an updated version of an earlier post: 15 Of The Best Music Technology in Education Books.  I've kept the original list of 15, but added some more recently-published editions.  I love buying books - both digital and paper - especially when they are relevant and useful. Here [...]

What In The World?? Unusual Musical Instruments [Free Music Lesson Plan]

By | 2017-06-19T13:09:12+00:00 June 15th, 2017|How-To and Tips, Lesson plans and ideas, Music Tech Tips, Music Technology Resources|

A listening and observation lesson - using Youtube videos There are some truly amazing videos of crazy, weird, unusual and wacky instruments on Youtube that are perfect for showing students in class. This lesson is adaptable - there are a set of questions for students to answer (individually or as a group) and you can [...]