In my search for music teachers that use technology, I found a few Ph. D.’s with websites and even articles that they have written on how they have used technology to teach music and also some ideas that they have on what you can do to make the most of the technology you may have in your class. There are also a lot of different ways to search for them.
Dr. William Bauer at the University of Florida wrote an article “Music Learning and Technology” that talks about the different sides of teaching music with technology. His article is focused around TPACK, taking into consideration the outcomes, pedagogy, and context of using any technology to enhance the learning of music in classrooms.
Peter Perry is a “Teacher, Trumpeter, Conductor, Author, & Music Technology Specialist” with his own website. He has links on his website that cover many different topics and are helpful resources for free music programs that musicians and teachers can use. He also has an article on using Google Classroom with large ensembles and his article on technology strategies with ensemble classrooms on NAfME. He also has a couple of other articles on the site about teaching and technology.
Midnight Music by Katie Wardrobe is a website where she shows teachers how to simply integrate technology into their classrooms. The Midnight Music Community is offered on the website as a form of tech professional development. There is some payment required to have full access, but there are some free things that are available.
It is important to be aware of the resources that are available on the internet and how to find them. The Midnight Music website is probably one of the most helpful ones that I have found because it offers a way of finding professional development opportunities. When trying to find people to either work with, contact, or just get ideas from it is important to know what you’re looking for. Just simply entering “music teachers and technology” sometimes isn’t enough because you’ll get all sorts of things that might not be helpful. You could enter “music teachers and technology articles” or “music teachers and technology iPads” or “music teachers and technology professional development” or just anything to narrow the search. Searching these things on a website like Feedly can also lead you to specific things or things you might not have thought about. When you’re a teacher that is looking for ideas it is important to keep an open mind and keep your eyes open for things that might be helpful. I found the 2 Ph. D’s through Googling “music teachers and technology articles” that led me to the NAfME website that has bios and links for teachers in just about anything that you need help with.