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How To Set Up Your MIDI Keyboard [printable visual guide]

How To Set Up Your MIDI Keyboard [printable visual guide]

Posted on September 16th, 2014 in Music Tech Tips.

How To Set Up Your MIDI Keyboard – Detailed Instructions These are the basic steps for setting up a MIDI keyboard with almost any software program – whether it’s a digital audio workstation (known as a “DAW”) or notation software. Once you (or your students) have an understanding of these basic steps you’ll be able [...]

Using Incredibox To Introduce Remixing

Using Incredibox To Introduce Remixing

Posted on September 10th, 2014 in Free, Music Tech Tips.

Please note: this post was originally published in August 2012. I’m not sure how or why, but the original post disappeared completely (!). Thanks to the magic of the Wayback Machine I was able to grab a copy of the text and re-do the whole thing. I took the opportunity to revise it a little [...]

Pop Songs for School Ensembles (with 3 or 4 chords)

Pop Songs for School Ensembles (with 3 or 4 chords)

Posted on September 4th, 2014 in Music Tech Tips, Pinterest.

My “pop songs for school ensembles” collection Pinterest Are you looking for some new songs for your students to play or sing? I mentioned my popular Clever Music Videos Pinterest board in an earlier post and today I thought I’d share my Pop Songs for School Ensembles collection. I started this collection because whenever I [...]

5 Free Fun Music Fonts For Your Worksheets and Resources

5 Free Fun Music Fonts For Your Worksheets and Resources

Posted on August 26th, 2014 in Free, Music Tech Tips.

Add some character to your resources! Music dingbat fonts (picture fonts) are an easy way to add some character to your music education resources: worksheets, posters, interactive whiteboard files and anything else you might be creating. Here are a few of my favourites. Links to each font are beneath the image. You can download them [...]

30+ Fun Ways To Teach The Notes of The Staff Using Technology

30+ Fun Ways To Teach The Notes of The Staff Using Technology

Posted on August 20th, 2014 in Interactive Whiteboards, iPads, Music Tech Tips.

What’s your favourite way to teach the notes of the staff? I’m a member of a number of “music teacher groups” – email discussion lists and Facebook groups which are a great way to connect with others and get answers to questions that are music-ed related. “What are your favourite ways to teach the notes [...]

Make Your Own Follow the Bouncing Ball Lyrics Videos with Explain Everything

Make Your Own Follow the Bouncing Ball Lyrics Videos with Explain Everything

Posted on August 13th, 2014 in iPads, Music Tech Tips, Tutorials.

My accidental discovery I was using the Explain Everything iPad app a couple of weeks ago (Explain Everything allows you to make “explainer” videos quickly and easily on your iPad) and it occurred to me that the red laser pointer which can be used to point out things when you’re recording your video looked just [...]

How To Beatbox – Boots ‘n Cats and Other Simple Sentences

How To Beatbox – Boots ‘n Cats and Other Simple Sentences

Posted on August 5th, 2014 in iPads, Music Tech Tips.

Beatboxing sentences **Free downloadable beatboxing sentences below** Lately I’ve been working hard to finish my iPad Projects in the Music Classroom ebook and one of the projects in the collection involves recording a beatbox backing track with the live looping app Loopy HD. I’ve been fascinated with the art of live looping my voice for [...]

Flipped Music Video Lessons On Any Device, Super-Fast

Flipped Music Video Lessons On Any Device, Super-Fast

Posted on July 24th, 2014 in Music Tech Tips.

Meaningful Video Responses A couple of weeks ago I shared my collection of Clever Music videos on Pinterest which had a great response. This week I wanted to share an easy way to make viewing those videos – or other Youtube videos – more meaningful for your students. By using the free online TED-ED lesson [...]

Best Music Notation Apps for iPad

Best Music Notation Apps for iPad

Posted on July 16th, 2014 in iPads, Music Tech Tips.

One of the most common questions I have from teachers with iPads is: “what is the best notation app for me and my students?”. There isn’t a straightforward answer because the three main notation options each have different benefits and features. And one of the three isn’t even really an app. So my answer to [...]

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