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  • Wakelet Community Leader

    Wakelet Community Leader

    I am delighted to have qualified as a Wakelet Community Leader! In addition to teaching students directly, as part of the computing and edtech work I am involved in I deliver a great deal of formal and informal professional development for educators. I use Wakelet every day. I often incorporate Wakelet into this work, in…

  • A Common Approach – a curriculum for vocal and instrumental teaching

    A Common Approach – a curriculum for vocal and instrumental teaching

    I am delighted that I can finally share the revised ‘A Common Approach’ music teaching resource for instrumental and vocal teachers. I have been working as part of the Music Mark steering group for the last six months and as part of this work to both update the content for current educational needs and also…

  • Website Rebuild 2021

    Website Rebuild 2021

    Well, if it’s not obvious, the website has undergone a massive redesign and refresh. I’m really pleased with how its come together, and how it now allows me to add on new projects, resource areas and ideas in a much more scalable and inclusive way. It’s still WordPress underneath (I love Joomla if I’m honest,…

  • 10 Music Educator Channels to Check Out – Spring ’21

    10 Music Educator Channels to Check Out – Spring ’21

    This week’s video is a roundup of ten music educator channels worth looking at. There are so many educators working hard to give value back. In what is likely to become a quarterly series, here is my first batch. As well as all their free content, lots of the channels have websites, social groups that…

  • Setup and Manage Your Class in BandLab

    Setup and Manage Your Class in BandLab

    ✅ VIDEO NOTES In this week’s video I am talking about how to setup BandLab right so your students or pupils in your school, trust or district can all continue to access their compositions and assignments as them move up the school. And the correct people in your organisation have the correct roles to manage…

  • Intro to Teaching Music With BandLab

    Intro to Teaching Music With BandLab

    ✅ VIDEO NOTES Today’s video begins a new series about using BandLab in blended learning. It’s a long one as I am introducing the site and tools, and first composition using the loops library. As well as that, this week’s ‘Teacher Read’ is my first look at ‘Digital Minimalism’ by Cal Newport. 00:00​ intro 00:28​…

  • Ableton’s Online Music Tools

    Ableton’s Online Music Tools

    ✅ VIDEO NOTES Today’s video shines a light on the great web tools and learning resources made by Ableton, and provided freely on their website. I drive around the different areas available with a few quick demos of what is available to you. If you’ve never been to ableton.com it’s worth the couple of minutes…

  • 14 Ways to Teach Music Using Audacity | Part 2

    14 Ways to Teach Music Using Audacity | Part 2

    ✅ VIDEO NOTES Today’s video is the second in my series about how to use and teach with Audacity. It covers 14 more examples of ways to use the app. This includes rounds and ostinato, found sounds and sound walks, making backing tracks, recording podcasts and stories, and editing speed, tempo, key and pitch of…

  • Teaching Music Using Audacity | Part 1 – Recording and Editing

    Teaching Music Using Audacity | Part 1 – Recording and Editing

    ✅ VIDEO NOTES Today’s video is the first in my series about how to use and teach with Audacity. It covers the basics of the app as well as then my first batch of examples about how to use it in teaching music. This includes recording performances and compositions, how to add backing tracks and…