Tech tips for music teachers

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

MTT126: How to make simple playalong videos with Google Slides and Loom

By |2021-04-07T09:08:10+10:00March 19th, 2021|Free and Low-Cost Tech, Podcast, Teacher Tech Tips|

Back in January I launched a new course inside my Midnight Music Community called Video Creation for Music Teachers. In the 5-module course, two of the modules cover methods for creating playalong videos. The first technique is a simple one - using Google Slides (or Powerpoint) and the screenrecording tool Loom - and

TikTok Lesson Ideas You Should Steal For Your Music Classes Part 1

By |2021-03-12T08:19:40+11:00March 12th, 2021|Elementary Ideas, Free and Low-Cost Tech, Middle and High School Ideas, Teacher Tech Tips|

This is a two-part series covering creative TikTok ideas you can adapt for your music classes. These will not involve actually using the TikTok app in class with your students, but rather using some of the challenges and trends as inspiration for creative lessons. TikTok - really? OK I admit it. I’m fascinated by -

MTT125: Music Tech Tips and Tools Shared By Listeners

By |2021-04-12T11:33:16+10:00March 10th, 2021|Podcast, Teacher Tech Tips|

Intro/Description Today’s episode is a special one - because it includes music tech tips and recommendations from you - the listeners of the podcast!  Music teachers were invited to record a short video on a Flipgrid topic that I set up late last year.  There are around 19 tips altogether and if you

Using Technology to Run Center-Based Activities

By |2021-03-05T10:10:13+11:00March 5th, 2021|Elementary Ideas, Middle and High School Ideas, Teacher Tech Tips|

This is a guest post by Katherine Miller. Both literacy and math instruction in my building utilize the workshop model.  This is an instructional practice that includes a mini lesson, a workshop time and a debriefing at the end of the class.  Katie Wardrobe, the creator of Midnight Music, describes this workshop, or center, time

Blooket: A New Take on Trivia and Review Games

By |2021-02-26T07:26:21+11:00February 26th, 2021|Elementary Ideas, Teacher Tech Tips|

This is a guest post by Katherine Miller. If you are like me, you are always looking for new ways to increase student engagement! In my elementary music room, I love to include many ways to experience music at the higher levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy. Creating, performing, composing, that is a music teacher’s jam. Plus,

Making Simple Playalong Videos With Google Slides and Loom

By |2021-02-19T10:23:40+11:00February 18th, 2021|Teacher Tech Tips|

Background: For the past few weeks, a number of the members of my Midnight Music Community have been working through the various modules of the new Video Creation For Music Teachers course.  The course has 5 modules - each covering a different aspect of creating teaching videos: Module 1: effective tutorial videosModule 2: simple playalong

How To Find Legal Music For Video Projects

By |2021-02-11T06:14:02+11:00February 12th, 2021|Teacher Tech Tips|

If you are creating videos which include music and intending to share them online, you will need to find audio tracks that you are legally permitted to use. There are lots of great copyright-free, royalty-free and Creative Commons licensed tracks available for use by creators.  Terminology It’s useful to have an understanding of some of

4 Ways to Add Notation in Your Presentation Slides

By |2021-02-04T06:24:14+11:00February 5th, 2021|Elementary Ideas, Free and Low-Cost Tech, Middle and High School Ideas, Teacher Tech Tips|

This is a guest post by Katherine Miller. It was not until I was teaching completely online that I realized how important digital content design was to my students’ success.  When I was not with them to help complete work I noticed students asking a lot of questions about the way I was presenting and

QR Codes in the Music Classroom

By |2021-01-29T00:53:29+11:00January 29th, 2021|Elementary Ideas, Free and Low-Cost Tech, Middle and High School Ideas, Teacher Tech Tips|

This is a guest post by Katherine Miller. QR codes have so many different purposes in our lives. This type of matrix barcode can hold any type of information from grocery sales to recorded performances. It literally means, “quick response” which makes them a perfect fit for any classroom. I first came across activities that

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