sig_ringtones_iPad_400Signature Ringtones

Are you teaching with iPads in the Music Classroom? Signature Ringtones contains 4 sequential iPad projects (each taking 1-2 lessons) using Explain Everything and GarageBand.

This ebook includes downloadable clipart images, charts, handouts and printables to print and or project, audio files to play and simple step-by-step visual instructions to teach an exciting and interesting unit of inquiry using iPad classroom music apps.

Assessment and planning documents are included for Australian Curriculum, AusVels and IB PYP, International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program.

The 4 projects include:

▪ Pitch Maps – drawing and recording in Explain Everything.
▪ Melodic Rhythms – composing and then recording untuned and tuned percussion instruments in Explain Everything.
▪ Ringtones – playing, recording, arranging and producing in GarageBand.
▪ Digital Portfolios – Putting it all together in Explain Everything.

Music Room Tech is a new series created by Cheryl Burgemeister (The Interactive Music Room).
These projects are easy, fun and engaging ways for your students to explore and manipulate educational music apps and achieve genuine technology and iPad’s in music education outcomes.
Illustrated by the inimitable Bradfield Dumpleton.

digport_cover_400Digital Portfolios

As presented at DAYTiME, Maryborough and ASME conferences in 2015 and EdTech SA in 2016.

Have you ever been asked to explain or justify a portfolio assessment or report grade to a parent?
Then this Virtual PD Tutorial is for you!

Join author and presenter Cheryl Burgemeister as she steps you through the process of recording, collating and sharing evidence for Assessment in a digital form, allowing you to view and listen to your student’s work in the one document. Access can be provided to teacher, student, school and parent as required.

By the end of this tutorial you will be able to:

  • Work with the apps dropbox/Google Drive, i-nigma, Book Creator and Explain Everything
  • Create QR codes
  • Create templates for your students to access
  • Document a unit of work from start to finish in one app

Your students will:

  • Be engaged directly in their learning and assessment in a brain-based, multi-disciplinary way
  • Increase their ICT skills
  • Take an active role in their assessment

Inc. tutorial videos, audio, notes, charts, proformas, outcomes checklists

  • Clipart
  • Australian Curriculum outcomes tracking
  • AUSVELS outcomes tracking
  • International Baccalaureate outcomes tracking
  • Professional Development accreditation

Scratch Coding for the Music Room


Scratch Coding for the Music Room: Makey Makey Edition

Scratch Coding for the Music Room- comparision guideEver thought – Gee – I’d like to grab my students’ interest by using exciting new technologies in my music class – but never really knew how?
Let Cheryl Burgemeister show you loads of easy and exciting ways to do it.

Use this 10 week unit of work to teach your students to code their own virtual music instruments in Scratch. Scratch is an online/offline, computer based, coding program used to teach the basics of coding. More

With the Makey Makey Edition, turn them into an electronic instrument with the Makey Makey INVENTION kit!

Here’s an easy way to introduce it with step by step tutorials, videos, audio and image files, notes, charts, proformas and outcomes checklists.
Coding has become a skill which all students need to learn in the primary school years. It provides opportunities for cross-curricular learning in mathematics, the sciences and the arts.

Coding_music_instrument_apps_Hopscotch.jpgCoding Music Apps in Hopscotch

for middle primary-lower secondary

Here’s an easy easy way to use coding in your music class – using the Hopscotch app!



This 4-6 week unit of work contains:

  • lesson plans
  • tep-by-step instructions
  • charts
  • scores
  • proformas
  • worksheets
  • Australian curriculum links

By the end of the journey, your students will be able to:

  • create & play virtual instruments
  • assign sounds to abstract images
  • code instruments
  • arrange a simple composition
  • play together in a virtual band

MR_boomwhacker_notation_cover Boomwhacker Notation

Full set of colour coded Boomwhacker notes & symbols

Notes, rests, time signatures, bar lines

Print, photocopy, laminate

Available for immediate download from the
Bushfire Press Download Store


Student Activities
Reproducible BLM masters

A companion resource for the award-winning classroom music program Music Room (by Rob Fairbairn, Mark Leehy & Kevin O’Mara)

Created and designed by Cheryl Burgemeister, Creator of The Interactive Music Room and Digital Portfolios

Time-saving, reproducible Black Line Masters for:

  • Engagement
  • Reinforcement
  • Extension
  • Revision
  • Assessment/Evaluation
  • Reward
  • Early finishers

Includes cutting & pasting, simple puppet making, drawing and colouring.
Ideal for student portfolios!

View and download a copy of
the Table of Contents (pdf).

The Interactive Music Room

A real and dynamic brain-based learning environment – and an exciting new tool for teaching music in the classroom!

This new classroom music series has been adapted by Cheryl Burgemeister and developed using Easiteach®. It is compatible with all interactive whiteboards (IWBs).

Students can:

  • touch the screen to animate characters
  • touch and reveal
  • drag and drop notes, characters and icons
  • start and stop music
  • play virtual sounds and notes and perform a host of other Interactive functions.

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