Easy and Quick Bibliographies with Easybib and NoodleTools

17 10 2012

If you or your students find creating accurate bibliographies complicated try using Easybib or NoodleTools.  Both make creating a bibliography a snap.Both come recommended and use several accepted bibliography formatting.





Online Drum Lessons & Education Resources

30 01 2012



Vic Firth Online Drum Lessons and Resources for Education
If you are an educator or a drum student and need some incredible resources try this wonderful online resource that is extremely well put together. Great teachers, techniques, video, audio, backing tracks, rudimental lessons, etc. You name it, it you need something to teach a drum lesson you will probably find it at the Vic Firth Education Resource Center





Sharing Class Notes and Project Ideas Online with Catch

19 11 2011

My students and I have found it very convenient and practical to create Google docs online with others and work as a team to build study resources. I have seen other online web 2.0 apps that do something similar but Catch has delivered that same sharing flexibility yet has a much better appearance.

Catch lets you keep your notes private or invite friends and fellow students and/or teachers to contribute.

In the classroom it is great for getting students to prepare study notes and prepare for a test.  Catch makes a wonderful review module.

And as a music teacher being able to include audio files is a wonderful and welcome addition.  Catch





Online Music Lessons – ZipLesson

5 11 2011

Zip Lesson
Online music lessons have never been easier
ZipLesson provides teachers and students the ability to connect through live, real-time videoconferencing with zero hassle. Simply find a teacher, select a time, and reserve a lesson. It’s as simple as that.
Effortless scheduling

ZipLesson’s unique scheduling and payment system allows you to find a teacher whose schedule fits yours. All lesson times are displayed in your time zone, so even if your teacher is halfway around the world, you’ll know exactly when to meet.
How does it work?
Find a time on your teacher’s calendar that works for you. Once your teacher confirms she’s still available, you can pay for your lesson with a credit card or PayPal account. Then, when it’s time for your lesson, just click the Skype button associated with your lesson to call your teacher.
How much does ZipLesson cost?
Student accounts on ZipLesson are free. All you pay is your teacher’s lesson fee. It’s also free for teachers to sign up and start teaching. Teachers pay a small service charge for each lesson they teach.





Online Group Study – Share Flashcards, Notes, and more

5 11 2011


StudyBlue is an online app that lets the your students and yourself work together as a team. Students can create and share StudyBlue notes and even create digital StudyBlue flashcards.


Another similar app is called OpenStudy. This one is very insteresting as it allows students to join other students they don’t know to work together is study groups. Students can search by subject and find other OpenStudy students online.





WONDERFUL Elementary Music Resources for FREE

23 10 2011


Making Music Fun is a great set of free downloadable resources for Elementary music teachers. Worksheets, Classical composers, Listening, Lesson ideas, Resources, find a word, Youtubes, and printable theory and certificates. All for FREE. No strings. GREAT stuff!





Tools for Building Custom Resources, Games, and more

23 10 2011


Tools for Educators is a Great collection of applications that can be used by educators to build custom resources for their classrooms. Game creators, images, and more.

Free tools for teaching: worksheets, worksheet templates, printables and on-line teaching materials makers with images
from Tools for Educators.com . Use these
free worksheets to print, game makers, and programs for teachers
to make and print teaching resources with pictures or classroom materials for kids. They are simple, but beautiful, versatile and powerful. I hope your students (and you) enjoy the resources.





Great Music Resources for the Classroom

18 09 2011


I have been making my own resources for a while now because I had a hard time finding published materials I was happy with. I finally found a great site called FUN Music Company. They have so many great resources and they fit the way I work because I can download them as digital files and print off whenever I want. Fun Music Company has a wide variety of materials to choose from. Everything from great printable theory books of all levels. Great for grades 6 through 12. They also have course materials for Rock & Roll, Instruments of the Orchestra, Jazz & Blues, Composers, World Music and more.

And, they are very reasonable priced for the quality and quantity of worksheets, assessments, lessons, workbooks, listening suggestions, log books, etc. etc.
Check out Fun Music Company and see what you think.





Hal Leonard – World Music Drumming, Africian Djembe

3 07 2011

If you are looking for a great resource for teaching African drumming using djembe your should check out this resource published by Hal Leonard. It is really well put together and gives lots of ideas on how to use it but still allows for lots of personal ideas. You can check it out here.





Mindmapping Collaborative Applications for Lesson Plans and Presentations

23 04 2011

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I am amazed I haven’t heard of these apps before. I attended a Try It On Monday tech seminar in Tokyo and one of the presenters was introducing two different apps that I found so interesting and ultimately useful for education. The first is great for creating collaborative mindmapping clouds and is called “Text 2 Mindmap”. You can create a beautiful mindmap and save as a pic file. The best thing is that it can be collaborative.

The second app is called Mind42. This one I found particularly intriguing. It is an elegant way to create a lesson that is multi media oriented. It is also great if you would like to post your lesson afterwards on a web site. The visual mapping display can link: docs, youtubes, and sound files. The end result is a beautiful and clean display of pods that you can enter as you see fit. You can start a lesson with them all closed and open them one at a time. You could assign different students to make a pod of their own that is added to the whole. I like posting a lot of sites and info that are related to a topic as I find them. I like mind42 for this purpose as I can link everything there and then open them only when and if I need the info during a lecture. I think I will be using this app a lot in the future.

Yet another app for mind mapping is MindMeister. It is similar to the other. With this one you can collaborate as well as share and connect with your iPad or iPhone.