As more teachers develop teaching resources for using MidiPads in the classroom this page will allow for the sharing of ideas and resources.

One idea is to use the MidiPads as a musical instrument. The music which plays on first starting the MidiPads software is a major scale of C. This is a very commonly used scale which can be used to perform melodies.
A useful way of notating the melody is by graphic notation. As the pads are colour coded a simple table can be made in Microsoft Word for example and by using the drawing facilities in Word the notation can be produced.
You can download an example file in Word format for "Twinkle, twinkle little star" by clicking on the links below.
At the bottom of each Word document there are 8 coloured rectangles which can be copied and pasted into a blank table to create your own melodies.

Songs in Word Format: .......

Word Documents Backing tracks
Twinkle Twinkle Twinkle backing
Frere Jacques  
Kookaburra Sings  
This Old Man  
London Bridge  
Baa Baa Black Sheep  

How they look .....

Another approach to use is with more conventional notation as shown below with "Twinkle Twinkle". Download the 800Kb Word Doc here..

For more lesson plans/Units of Work click here ...

For lesson planning and reflection teachers can use this Word Doc as a template. Download it by clicking here.

Students at Margaret Ives Pre School

As an Art project the MidiPads Notation charts can be made for use in music activities.

The list of sounds and Program numbers found in most sound cards and synthesisers can be found here.