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Techsavvyteacher

I am a music teacher passionate about technology, original content creation and online teaching and learning. I am a registered secondary teacher with the teaching council Ireland and I also teach guitar and ukulele online on my website.

I am a music teacher passionate about technology, original content creation and online teaching and learning. I am a registered secondary teacher with the teaching council Ireland and I also teach guitar and ukulele online on my website.
An introduction to the ukulele
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An introduction to the ukulele

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This PowerPoint is for primary school students. Includes audio files with listening exercises on different techniques (strumming, plucking), as well as a video I created myself on the history of the instrument (it comes from the island of Madeira non Hawaii!). Works well in a music lesson but can also be part of an interdisciplinary unit that includes geography and learning about different cultures. The children do not necessarily need a ukulele to complete this activity.
Rhythmic exercise primary music clapping
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Rhythmic exercise primary music clapping

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For children aged 5-7. Slides with images and spelling of the names of different vegetables presented using music notation (crotchets and quavers). Each slide also includes an audio clip where I clap and spell out the words myself. At the end of the presentation I included a quiz where students here an audio track where I clap the names of different vegetables without spelling them out and they have to guess what they are. Useful resource to develop both literacy and musical skills.
Music industry- Today and in the past
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Music industry- Today and in the past

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3 Pages PDF. The first 2 pages include text and images on music streaming services and the history of sound recording (cassette, walkman). The last page is a group activity. How could you use this resource? In a lesson where students reflect on how we access music today and how we used to access it in the past In a music technology lesson focusing on the history and context of sound recording In a lesson where you want your students to reflect upon their music listening experiences
Musical passport
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Musical passport

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A 2 pages PDF file for students to express their musical preferences and then share them with their classmates. Ask them to answer the questions on the 1st page and then give the page to another classmate who can learn about the other student’s musical taste and comment on it.
Music Tech- Introduction to the tools
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Music Tech- Introduction to the tools

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For secondary school music students. Includes a 4 minutes long audio explanation, an introduction to music notation software, music notation and recording on the cloud and computer generated music. The guiding principle of this lesson is that we can use technology to replicate existing practices such as notating melodies or to create something new using computer generated music.
Video game music - The Nintendo Gameboy
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Video game music - The Nintendo Gameboy

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Interdisciplinary lesson that combines music tech knowledge on how the Nintendo Gameboy sound system works with rhythmic notation and listening exercises. Audio file I recorded myself with information on how the 4 channels gameboy sound system works and the different types of soundwaves gameboy composers could use Questions to test the students’ comprehension of the audio file Performing activity where the students use crotchets and quavers to replicate the 4 channels sound system
The waltz - Historical & musical features
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The waltz - Historical & musical features

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This Powerpoint includes a 7 minutes long podcast episode I recorded myself + 10 question to test the students’ understanding of the podcast and therefore also their ability to listen and concentrate. The topic in question is the waltz. In the podcast, I talk about both the history and the musical characteristics of this dance. For example, I mention the Landler and the Viennese ballrooms, as well as explaining the rhythmic and melodic features of the waltz.