the midnight music community
An online community where music tech professional development, lesson ideas, and accountability come together.
Trust me, you're not alone!
Almost EVERY teacher has felt frustrated with technology at one time or another whether it's new software or iPads, Chromebooks and laptops.
Many music teachers have told me they are stuck and don't know where to turn for help.
But what if I told you:
save time & cut to the chase!
Avoid sifting through countless Youtube videos and online tutorials to find the information you need.
This all-in-one membership community and program will save you time by cutting to the chase. Training is designed especially for music educators working with students.
access innovative lesson ideas
In addition to online music tech training courses, the Midnight Music Community includes innovative teaching ideas, lesson plans and other resources that help you incorporate technology into your classes.
learn at your own pace
All of the courses and training materials are available ALL of the time. Learn at your own pace, at a time that suits you - whenever and wherever you'd like.
Explanations are in plain English (no "tech-speak!) and no prior knowledge is assumed.
Does this sound like it could make a difference in your classroom?
More than 220+ hours of Online Music Tech Courses
More than standard how-tos, these courses teach you about software from an education-specific angle.
Courses and training materials for: iPads, Chromebooks, Macs/PCs. Includes GarageBand, film scoring, video game composition, songwriting, beginner tech ideas, simple lessons using free resources and more
The Music Tech Resource Bank
A growing collection of resources that you can use for your lessons. Includes video clips for film scoring, notation images for worksheets, guitar and ukulele chord images, audio samples, remix stems, worksheets, listening response sheet, handouts, guides and more.
Rest assured - all content is appropriate for student use.
Private Members-Only Forum
Connect with other music teachers just like you! Ask questions, share ideas, and collaborate on solutions to problems. I am in the forums daily to personally answer questions, offer advice, and give step-by-step assistance
Monthly Live Trainings and Q&A's with Katie
Each month, we run a live training for members which includes a Q&A session. Ask any music tech questions you like!
Personalised PD Certificates
Receive personalized professional development certificates of attendance on completion of online training. Perfect for professional development record-keeping!
Music Tech Lesson Ideas
Discover engaging lesson ideas for iPads, laptops, Chromebooks, and BYOD. Includes walkthrough videos and extra resources like printable guides, worksheets and checklists.
#1: MUSIC TECH TRAINING VIDEOS
For Music Tech
For Middle & High
For the Teacher:
For Chromebooks, Macs/PCs:
#2: MUSIC TECH LESSON PLANS
A collection of music tech lesson plans with step-by-step videos that show you and your students exactly what to do.
Each lesson has a teacher video which explains the aims of the lesson, a brief outline and provide tips, PLUS a separate student video which you can show your class.
Here is a small taster of the lesson plans in the Midnight Music Community!
What’s in a Name?
A quick and easy lesson in which students sample their name, compose a rhythm and add a drum backing.
Rap My Name
This lesson is a great "getting-to-know" activity for the beginning of the school year. Write and record a rap using the provided structure and compose a rhythmic backing.
Transforming the Blues
Take the standard blues progression, transform it into a non-blues style and improvise a solo using one, two or many notes!
Boom Snap Clap!
Learn the Boom Snap Clap clapping game and then use tech to record the pattern, notate the pattern and video-record performances
Video Game Themes with Beepbox
Learn about retro chiptune video game music and then have students compose their own soundtracks using the free Beepbox website.
Superhero Themes (an easy film scoring project!)
Explore the compositional techniques that go into a superhero theme, compose your own version and synchronise it to a short movie clip (clip is provided).
And many, many more!
#3: Get answers to your music tech questions (big or small!)
Our Private Community Forum is available for you 24/7!
Having questions about an app, some software you're using or need advice on distributing and collecting student assignments?
The Midnight Music Community forum is your safe space for asking anything you like.
There are no "dumb" or "silly" questions!
We also host Monthly Live Training and Q&A Sessions!
Each month we hold a live music tech training session for our MMC members.
These are mini-training sessions on a music technology education topic that was voted for by members of the MMC.
This also comes with an open Q&A time where you can ask me anything music tech-related!
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"The Music Teachers’ Guide to Garageband is absolutely brilliant. Katie takes you through many topics in a step-by-step format. I have learned many shortcuts that I never knew existed. Even my pupils were unaware of most of them!
Like all Katie’s training, nothing is left unturned. It is always my go-to resource for anything involving music tech and, if I cannot find the answer myself, I know Katie and her team are only an email away. I am a subscriber to lots of communities but, I can honestly say, this is my favourite. Worth every penny (as we say in the UK!). Long may it continue."
Linda Horne // Midnight Music Community Member
what music teachers are saying
Join me inside the Midnight Music Community and I'll show you how you can effectively integrate technology into your current music curriculum.
I have had the pleasure of training thousands of teachers, speaking at more than 100 conferences, and travelling around the world to inspire others to use technology in their music classrooms.
My biggest aim is to take the fear factor out of using technology in music education. I like to simplify technology and show how you can use it in your current curriculum.
There is no such thing as a silly question!
I’m here for you: I'll help you feel more confident in using tech resources in the classroom and make sure you have a place where you can get easy-to-understand answers when things don’t go as planned.
The Midnight Music Community was created for caring teachers who want to help their students succeed. It was was created for you.
Then you will be amongst friends :) The training courses assume no prior knowledge and everything is explained clearly, without "tech-speak" or jargon.
I can guarantee that as soon as you join, you'll find activities and lessons that you can use in class the very next day.
Yes! There are lesson ideas and software training for all the different platforms. New materials are added regularly.
The courses and training materials are all pre-recorded so you can do your professional learning at a time that suits you - morning, day, night, in your PJs - whatever you like!
You can watch part of a video one day and come back the next day to watch the rest. You can also re-watch each one as many times as you like, so it's great if you need a refresher down the track. As a member you get access to ALL courses and materials for as long as your membership is current.
I tried one-off course payments when I first started running online courses back in 2012. It was ok, but there were a couple of problems. Firstly, teachers wanted ONGOING access to the course materials - longer than the 6 months I was able to grant them with the old setup. Secondly, some teachers also wanted to take 2, 3, 4 or sometimes 5 of my courses (I had 3 teachers do a total of 5 courses each and many other do 3 or 4 courses!) and the cost involved in paying for each one separately was mounting up.
With the Midnight Music Community subscription plan, you choose: you can pay for access for as long as you need it and instead of being forced to select just one single course, you are able to access ALL the courses and resources at once. That way you can choose to study what is important to you at any given time.
In the past, access to just ONE online course was around $200 and if you come along to one of my full-day workshops you’ll pay around $180-$300 per teacher. The annual cost of joining the Midnight Music Community for a FULL 12 MONTHS is less than $500 and if you need a more affordable option you can pay by the month. In addition, you get daily access to me - ask questions and share your frustrations and the I'll do my best to solve them for you.
Once you have joined the Midnight Music Community, you will lock in that membership rate for as long as you stay a continuous member. That means that even if the listed price on the website goes up, you will keep paying the same amount.
I totally agree! My philosophy is that the curriculum comes first and that technology is simply one tool that you can use to teach. That's why the majority of my training courses are project-based.
For instance, if song-writing is the aim, you might start by playing known songs and creating cover versions. You could use your tech resources to record the cover songs and then students could compose their own original song in software like GarageBand, Mixcraft or Soundtrap.
Technology should weave into the things you are already doing and should enhance an activity or help you teach it in a different way. The training inside the Midnight Music Community takes this approach.
The training inside the Midnight Music Community "cuts to the chase". I've done the hard yards learning the software and apps and devising ways they can be used in music lessons.
I love thinking of tech ideas that fit into all those activities that are a normal parts of music education - composing, singing, playing, literacy, history, listening and so on. As a member of the community you will learn just the necessary aspects of the technology to help you run your classes.
There are two payment options. The annual membership is for music teachers that want to save some money by paying the full year up front (purchase order option available or you can pay via credit card). The ongoing monthly membership is for teachers who need a more affordable option (payment by credit card only).
While we would love all of our members to stick around forever, we do understand that can't always happen! If you do need to leave, you are able to cancel your membership very simply with just two clicks of your mouse.
Yes - a discounted rate is available for 3 or more teachers from one school.
You get immediate access to:
The Midnight Music Community is 100% RISK FREE. If you feel like you don't get great value from the training materials and lesson plans, email the Midnight Music support team at (firstname.lastname@example.org) ANYTIME during the first 30 days, show us that you actually did the work and we'll happily refund your full payment.
The best part is this: if you think there is a "slight chance" that Midnight Music Community will work for you, you should enrol today. Because you can try the material... and see if it's right for you over the next 30 days. No guess work needed. Use the material and see for yourself. If you commit to the work and don't feel the value is there, email us and we'll give you a prompt refund. Satisfaction Guaranteed or your money back.
"Thanks Katie. You have been so amazing giving so much of your time, and putting together all of these videos and lessons. I've gone from having "tech-phobia" to being "tech-savvy" 😂😂....thank you!!"
Brielle D'Souza // Music teacher, Melbourne, Australia
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