Tech tips for music teachers

Body Percussion, The Digital Way Part 2: Telling a Story Through Body Percussion and Found Objects

By |2021-06-11T14:59:32+10:00June 11th, 2021|Middle and High School Ideas, Teacher Tech Tips|

This is a guest article written by Elisabeth (Lisi) Bottoms Telling a story If you have watched any of the STOMP performances, you will probably not only be impressed by the performance excellence but also notice that several of them tell a story. My all time favorite is this one.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NhFmARAgu0 When teaching body percussion,

5 Fun Ideas to Use The Rhythm Randomizer In Your Music Classroom

By |2021-05-27T04:08:17+10:00May 27th, 2021|Elementary Ideas, Middle and High School Ideas, Teacher Tech Tips|

This is a guest post by one of our teacher authors, Katrina Proctor. She is also the Content Manager at Midnight Music. What is The Rhythm Randomizer?  The Rhythm Randomizer is a free rhythm tool that can help you design endless rhythm practice ideas for your classroom, for your private studio, or even your own

How to Create a “Spotlight the Rhythm” Activity In Seesaw & Google Slides

By |2021-05-20T04:45:38+10:00May 20th, 2021|Elementary Ideas, Teacher Tech Tips|

Are you looking for an easy and fun way to assess your students’ understanding of basic rhythm patterns? Our community coordinator for Midnight Music, Amy Burns, inspired by Kris Szajner’s Youtube Channel, has the perfect activity for your students that works in either Seesaw or Google Slides. Follow these simple steps to create your very

Using Chrome Music Lab’s Kandinsky Experiment In the Elementary Music Room

By |2021-04-23T10:54:52+10:00April 23rd, 2021|Elementary Ideas, Teacher Tech Tips|

This is a guest post by one of our blog writers, Sarah Joncas. My students love Chrome Music Lab! They always look forward to days when their iPads and computers become their instruments.  One of the most user-friendly Chrome Music Lab experiments is Kandinsky. Just draw a shape on screen to hear corresponding sounds. Students

Exploring Sound with Chrome Music Lab’s Oscillator and Strings

By |2021-04-16T08:58:25+10:00April 16th, 2021|Elementary Ideas, Free and Low-Cost Tech, Middle and High School Ideas, Teacher Tech Tips|

This is a guest lesson plan by Katherine Miller. About This Lesson Technology can provide an opportunity for students to dig deeper in ways that may not have been possible without it! This is my favorite thing about incorporating technology into my classroom. One example of this is using technology to further student understanding of

MTT127: Listener Questions Part 1

By |2021-04-14T03:51:26+10:00April 14th, 2021|Podcast, Teacher Tech Tips|

Today's episode is a little different - it's a collection of frequently asked questions from music teachers around the world.  The teachers that you’ll hear from actually recorded their questions late last year when I put a call out in preparation for an end of year webinar I ran in December. Amy Burns,

TikTok Lesson Ideas You Should Steal For Your Music Classes Part 2

By |2021-04-09T07:26:44+10:00April 9th, 2021|Teacher Tech Tips|

I recently shared a collection of TikTok music challenges you could adapt for your music classroom and today I’m going to share some more ideas around composing, arranging and collaboration. I really think TikTok is one of the most creative platforms right now and it’s largely due to The Duet.  It may not be quite

5 More Cool Canva Tricks For Designing Teaching Resources

By |2021-04-02T11:38:16+11:00April 2nd, 2021|Teacher Tech Tips|

If you haven’t already discovered Canva, it’s an excellent free online graphic design tool that you can use to easily create beautiful teaching resources.  We’ve shared many Canva tips before (such as the preceding post to this one, “9 Cool Canva Tricks for Designing Teaching Resources”) and last year I even created an entire online

How to Make Automated Personalized Certificates

By |2021-03-27T05:42:26+11:00March 27th, 2021|Teacher Tech Tips|

Please watch this video for a detailed walkthrough of these steps.  They are written out below to save you from taking notes! Step 1. Set up certificate template in Google Slides or Docs In Google Docs or Google slides, edit your certificate to fit your needs. Use the <<tag>> format for areas that will be

Chrome Music Lab Lesson: C Major Musical Phrases on Shared Piano

By |2021-03-19T10:07:18+11:00March 19th, 2021|Free and Low-Cost Tech, Teacher Tech Tips|

This is a guest lesson by Katrina Proctor, Content Manager at Midnight Music.  Learning basic piano is one of the most important foundational skills for any beginning music student. Understanding basic chords, scales, harmony/melody, and even just simple hand-eye coordination are all things that we want our students to grasp and have practice with. But

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