imgresTimes are changing in the world of educational software, and music software is at the cutting edge. Cloud-based tools are the future of software delivery, allowing students and teachers to use state of the art music software on any machine in any browser at any time. This course will take an in depth view at many of these free and low cost solutions and how they can be integrated into the K-12 music curriculum. From Learning Management Systems to online notation and sequencing, Teaching Music in the Cloud will get you up to speed with this exciting development in music technology.

This course is offered online in four (4)  Topics/Units. Participants will log into a secure Learning Management System, MusicEdTech Moodle Classroom, to receive course materials including readings, lesson plans for teaching with GarageBand, assignments for student use, video instruction on how to use the software, video instruction on how to use the software, pertinent audio, MIDI files and assignments for participants. Assignments simulate student assignments in the lesson plans to demonstrate content and technical proficiency. Participants will share work and comment on other participants work via our online, secure classroom.

THIS COURSE IS CLOSED FOR SUMMER 2015. For more information about future offerings, please contact us by using our Contact Form    

What you’ll learn:
  • gain fluency creating units of instruction, lessons, tasks and assessments in the MusicFirst Learning Management System
  • gain fluency using cloud-based music software including tools for music notation, music recording/production, music instruction and assessment.
  • create units, lessons, tasks and assessments tailored to the courses that they teach in their practice as professional educators.
Teaching Music in the Cloud Includes:
  • 4 session course delivered asynchronously. Learn on your own schedule within the course weeks.
  • All course materials to complete the course.
  • FREE subscription to MusicFirst.com for the duration of the course.
 By the end of this course you will know and be able to:
  • Create (or re-use and modify) a lesson. This lesson must contain tasks and at least one assessment, and be tagged with appropriate standards. Post it to your class calendar and set the due date/time 24 hours prior to start of the next class cycle.
  • Create a performance-based lesson using Sight Reading Factory and/or Weezic.
  • Navigating and creating songs in Groovy, Soundation, O-Generator
  • Troubleshoot recording glitches
  • Access student work for assessment through the MusicFirst Learning Management System
  • Choose and use the software that best fits your teaching situation
  • Include an assessment rubrics
  • Understand tools for music notation, theory and ear training; Noteflight, Musition, Auralia, and Morton Subotnick’s Music Academy
  • Get suggestions for differentiation, lesson extensions and additional resources

This course is also offered for Graduates Credits

Cost and Payment Terms

Cost: US $295.00. An optional one (1) graduate credit is available.

Payment options for the course are:

  • Credit card (via the Paypal website. No Paypal account necessary.)
  • Paypal
  • Invoice option available for schools and businesses in the US. Purchase order number required at time of registration
  • Payment or PO must be received before the first course date. Please also note the course cancellation policy
  • If you wish to sign up for the course, but do not yet have approval (a PO) from your school, please email me.
Music Ed Tech Cancellation Policy

Please review the MusicEdTech Cancellation Policy.

To cancel your registration for a MusicEdTech.com class, please use our Contact Form or send an email to: support(at)musicedtech.com

How to register

Registration for the course is separate from the optional graduate credit registration. Register for this course using the button at the bottom of this page. You will be given the option to pay via PayPal, credit card or a personal check. If you are paying via credit card, click on the PayPal option. You DO NOT need a PayPal account to pay via credit card. PayPal is the vehicle through which we collect and charge your credits card. There are no additional fees to you.

If you would like graduate credit, please register for the course on this registration site before processing the paperwork and fees to the university. For school purchases orders, please use the contact form to make a request.

Graduate Credit:

MusicEdTech has partnered with the Northeast Consortium for Staff Development (NCSD) to make graduate credits available for all MusicEdTech online courses through the Van Loan School at Endicott College. Endicott College is a fully accredited undergraduate and graduate school through the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc., (NEASC).

K-12 educators can use these graduate credits toward

  • salary advancement
  • certification
  • license renewal
  • degree completion

Please check with your district, graduate school or state department of education for their graduate credit requirements.

Each MusicEdTech online course is eligible for one (1) graduate credit for an additional $200 payable to the Northeast Consortium for Staff Development who will process all the paperwork with Endicott College Van Loan School. Please download this Endicott Registration Form Cloud and send to NCSD along wit your payment of $200 for one graduate credit. You may also register by calling NCSD directly at (978) 322-2203.

The Endicott College course number for TEACHING MUSIC IN THE CLOUD is EDPX545

Please note that MusicEdTech does not give, exchange, process or give transcripts for graduate credit. All transactions payments and cancellations for graduate credit are through NCSD. Transcripts can be obtained directly through Endicott College at the completion of the course by contacting the Office of the Registrar. Please allow at least two weeks after the course completion for your grades to be processed.

Instructor: Marjorie LoPresti

LoPresti-colorMarjorie LoPresti has over twenty-five years experience teaching elementary and secondary general/vocal music, piano, music technology, theory and composition. She was a pioneer in the use of technology to support music instruction, assessment and creativity in the nationally recognized East Brunswick Public Schools. A frequent workshop presenter, Marj leads technology sessions for musicians and for the wider educational community. Marjorie has extensive experience in curriculum development and standards-based assessment.

Marjorie serves as President of the NJ chapter of TI:ME, as well as on her school’s Middle States Accreditation Steering Committee. She is a graduate of Rutgers University/Mason Gross School of the Arts and is continuing her studies in Educational Technology through Nova Southeastern University. Marjorie was named 2015 NJMEA Master Music Teacher.

Course Outline (subject to change)

Week 1: Learning Management System orientation

  • Creating users, classes, units, lessons, tasks and assessments
  • Accessing and re-using shared content
  • Embedding audio & video
  • Using Sight Reading Factory and Weezic

Week 2: Sequencing and Recording in the Cloud

Participants will work with elementary and secondary level cloud-based sequencing software.

  • Navigating and creating songs in Groovy
  • Navigating and creating songs in Soundation
  • Navigating and creating songs in the O-Generator
  • Troubleshooting recording glitches
  • Accessing student work for assessment through the LMS

Week 3: Notation, Theory and Ear Training in the Cloud

  • Tools for music notation, theory and ear training
    • Noteflight
    • Musition
    • Auralia
    • Morton Subotnick’s Music Academy

Week 4: Music Instruction Resources & Activities

  • Developing non-performance music lessons with
    • Focus on Sound
    • Music Delta

To learn more about online courses and to determine if it is right for you, go to this page: Online Course FAQ 

Tuition for the course is $295 (graduate credit is optional and separate)