Music Ed Mentor Podcast #024: Tech Success in the Music Classroom

Music Ed Mentor Podcast #024: Tech Success in the Music Classroom

If you’ve ever wondered about which technology you should be using in your classroom, this episode is for you. Joining me are two of my most tech-savvy contacts, Stephen Keys and Ryan Sargent.

Stephen is a Google certified educator and trainer, an Apple teacher, a Flipgrid Ambassador, and a Soundtrap certified educator. Ryan is vice president of TI:ME (Technology Institute for Music Educators) the leading professional organization for the integration of technology in music education. He’s also the social media manager at MakeMusic. Both guests are also experienced music educators and presenters at this year’s International Music Education Summit.

In addition to sharing tips to help achieve tech success in the music classroom, we’ll discuss how tech can make your job easier, and what great tech is available for free.

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In This Episode, You’ll Learn How To:

  • Make the most of the technology you already have access to
  • Find free tech tools you can use with your students
  • Get started with SmartMusic and other music technology

Free Tech Tools

I’ve included a list of five free tech tools I love that you can try in your classroom. Download it for free!

Three Key Takeaways

“Use a projector every day”

One of the simplest but most useful tech tools for music educators is a simple projector. Projecting a “rehearsal slide” as students enter the room can provide students with a clear introduction. You can outline the lesson of the day, provide reminders, and make announcements without spending valuable rehearsal time. You can also project other apps for the whole class to see.

“SmartMusic is for more than assessing playing tests or for use in private lessons”

There are a wealth of ways that SmartMusic can be used as a multi-purpose tool in the classroom. Reference recordings, visual feedback for players who might be struggling, and a wealth of method book resources are all part of a SmartMusic subscription and can be used during rehearsal.

“As music educators too many times we sit around and let things happen to us”

Too many music educators avoid getting involved with school and district committees. If you need more funding or support for technology implementation, making yourself available is a great first step. Try something new – you may end up as an influential member of the district budget committee.


Elisa Janson Jones specializes in helping music educators build, grow, and manage thriving school music programs. With an MBA alongside her degree in music, she is also a coach and consultant to small businesses and nonprofits around the country, and serves as the conductor of her local community band. She has been teaching music for nearly 20 years and currently holds the prestigious position of elementary music teacher at a private K-8 Catholic School in Grand Junction, Colorado. Elisa was a top presenter at the NAfME National Conference in 2017 and will be presenting at state conferences in 2018. She is the founder of the International Music Education Summit and the author of The Music Educator’s Guide to Thrive.

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