Category Archives: Technology

Teaching Music with Technology

Look at this great resource for ideas for teaching music with technology!



Smartboard Tips and Tricks for the Music Teacher

If you have a smartboard and are looking for creative ways to use it, you need to head over to the smarttech website. There are so many great tools for learning how to use your smartboard and templates for lessons that you may already teach!

Do you have a smartboard? How do you use it? Have you used this website for ideas or lessons?

Lego Rhythms

I was so excited to see this blog post from a music teacher who uses Legos as building blocks for rhythm!

Use these Smartboard files to compose rhythm patterns with students using Lego blocks! The number of beats each block is worth corresponds with the length of the lego block. For example, a quarter note uses a "one-lump" block, while a half note uses a "two-lump" block, and so on. Templates are made in 2/4, 3/4 and 4/4.

Each Lego has a different symbol. She even created pages of downloads with different meters that you can download at her site (it appears to be free).  She has them broken down with suggested grades and meters! It’s all done on with a smartboard.

Amazing!  This is  a wonderful way to give your students practice with notation and composition!

Pumpkin Patch Solfege

Check out this website for a Halloween themed solfege activity!

Just a Little More: Pumpkin Patch Solfege

How fun! 

Music Notation Software

Are you in desperate need of  basic music notation software but lacking the funds to purchase a major package?  Search no more…enter Noteflight!

Noteflight is a web-based music notation program, and it’s free.  You can get it at  You will need to register, but you can access your scores from any computer that has internet access.  Even your students can use this to notate their own pieces (so much easier than pencil and paper, and more fun)!  They will be able to “play-back” their melodies and see if it’s accurate.  I also have used similar programs for ear training exercises with my chorus.

Have any of you used this before? What are your favorite features?

Must Watch Ted Talk- Classical Music

Here is a link to a MUST-WATCH Ted talk.  This was a valuable way to spend 20 minutes.  This speaker discusses Classical music.

This is from the website: About the talk:  “Benjamin Zander has two infectious passions: classical music, and helping us all realize our untapped love for it — and by extension, our untapped love for all new possibilities, new experiences, new connections.”

Worth your time!!

School Tube

One of our members writes:

I wanted to share this site with you. You might already know about it but it’s pretty cool. It’s just like YouTube but for schools and I found some Orff videos. The great thing about it is the site is not blocked so everyone has access to it from school.

Have you used schooltube? What are some good videos?