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Music Education Resources

Save The Music is committed to sharing high quality educational resources with music teachers and schools.

Click on one of the sections below to start exploring. 

 

Last updated Friday, May 29 at 12:00PM EDT. Check back regularly for new resources and updates! 

DISTANCE LEARNING

These websites and free online platforms are especially tailored for remote teaching and student engagement. 

Ableton

Ableton Live, Push, and Link – unique software and hardware for music creation and performance, used by musicians, producers, and DJs. Learn and have fun making basic electronic music HERE. Get started by making sounds with a synthesizer HERE

UPDATE: Ableton is extending their free trial to 90 days! Click to get started with Ableton Live here

Alfred Music

Alfred Music Publishing has made some of their resources and curricular music books available for free for educational purposes. 

Art Ed Guru 

Amongst many topics, learn about remote teaching options and making long distance education work for your and your students. 

BandLab for Education

BandLab for Education is an easy-to-use, free cloud-based platform where teachers and students can collaborate to assign and fulfill coursework in an online classroom space. The platform features an online music studio and virtual instruments to help students create their own music.

BrainPOP

Fun, engaging, and accessible learning experiences for all age.

UPDATE: BrainPOP is offering free access to its suite of resources for all schools who are experiencing a closure. Click below to get your free access today! 

Chrome Music Lab

Hands-on experiments make music learning more fun! A totally free website where you can compose your own melodies and rhythms as well as discover chords and sounds.

Check out 50+ Lesson Ideas for Chrome Music Lab here! 

Edpuzzle

An easy-to-use platform where a teacher can make any video a lesson. 

Education Through Music

At Education Through Music (ETM), every child, at every school, deserves access to high-quality music education. For many students, classroom learning has moved into their homes, but music education should be a part of everyone’s school day.

Check out free distance learning resources created by incredible educators. The site will be updated regularly with new great lessons and games. These activities can be done in almost any home and only require a few everyday household items, two hands for clapping, and a big smile.

Flat

Use the cloud-based software on any device to create and access your musical compositions or music education activities.

Flipgrid

Flipgrid is a free, simple way to foster short video-based discussions on classroom topics. Check out a special curated collection of free resources to get started with Flipgrid in a remote learning environment here

KHS America & IMES

Save The Music partner KHS America and the International Music Education Summit have teamed up to present weekly educational clinics for you and your students. Learn from some of the best in the business!

Lincoln Center at Home

Join #LincolnCenteratHome to enjoy daily pop-up classrooms for families and regularly update videos of performances—archival, home-made, documentary, or previously broadcast—by organizations across the Lincoln Center campus.

Little Kids Rock

Resources to bring modern band curriculum to the classroom and professional development courses 

UPDATE: Little Kids Rock hosts Live Lessons on for anyone to join, whether you want to increase your skills as a students or gain inspiration as a teacher. Check out the schedule and join a lesson HERE

Midnight Music

Midnight Music is a friendly and easy-to-use professional development website that helps music teachers use technology to foster creativity, increase productivity and enhance learning outcomes.

NEW: Free training webinars about teaching and learning online, including virtual band, orchestra, and choir and elementary/middle school general music. Also learn how to make the best video lessons for you students. Watch here

Music Play Online

Music Play is an online collection of music games and activities for PreK-6th grade. 

UPDATE: Music Play Online is offering free access for students!

MusicFirst 

Easy-to-use, cloud-based solutions that enable music teachers and their students to connect, create, share, assess, and explore music education on any device, any time, anywhere.

Noteflight

Create, teach, and share music through the online music notation platform. Noteflight, a Hal Leonard company, gives you your own private website designed specifically for music education.

UPDATE: Noteflight is offering free access to Noteflight Learn through June 30, 2020 for all school closures to aid music teachers in long distance learning solutions.

Quaver Music 

Music curriculum maps, materials, songs, and worksheets for Grades PreK-8

UPDATE: Quaver is offering free resources and materials for teachers and students experiencing a school closure. Click below to start accessing your free materials today! 

MORE: Quaver is also equipping PreK-5 teachers with techniques to supercharge the development of social and emotional skills in their students, starting with just 5 minutes a day. Check out QuaverSEL here.

The Shed

Videos and worksheets for teaching and learning music fundamentals and advanced theory for Grades K-12

UPDATE: The Shed is offering free passes to turnkey music production curriculum to any school closed due to Covid-19. Click below to get your free access today! 

Sight Reading Factory®

Make sight reading easy, effective and fun with this cloud-based service. Customize and generate sight reading examples for any instrument on demand and share with students to practice, practice, practice.

SmartMusic

Software that enhances music practice and provides user-friendly assessments for band, orchestra and choir students. See SmartMusic’s free materials including accompaniment tracks and assessments for Sound Innovations (all Book 1 instruments).

UPDATE: SmartMusic is offering totally free access through June 30, 2020 to schools impacted by closures who do not already have a SmartMusic subscription. Click below to get your free access today! 

REMOTE TEACHING TRAINING: To accommodate this overwhelming need to navigate teaching music remotely, SmartMusic will be holding webinars which are free and open to all. Free online courses created by SmartMusic teachers are also available. Click here! 

Solfeg.io

An app for teachers and students of all ages that makes it easy to practice instruments and understand how music works by playing well known songs together in school and at home.

Soundtrap

Explore creative sound recording and producing at any ability level with Soundtrap, an online music creation platform. 

Watch the Little Kids Rock free and engaging LIVE LESSON – Introduction to Soundtrap – HERE!

WURRLYedu

Teaching platform with creation tools for student learning, including standards-aligned lesson plans for K-12, an extensive popular music catalogue for schools, a personal recording studio, and a suite of mobile music games.

Get started with a free 30-day trial to WURRLYedu today! 

Yousician

Learn how to play the guitar, bass, ukulele, piano and voice on this interactive and engaging online platform. 

UPDATE: Yousician is providing free premium subscription access to music teachers for the remainder of the school year. Click here for your free access now! 

ONLINE RESOURCES

Lesson platforms and apps, music-making ideas for students and families, learning opportunities, and more! 

8notes

Sheet music and classroom lessons with accompanying audio tracks for all ages.

American Orff-Schulwerk Association 

Resources for elementary music in the Orff-Schulwerk pedagogy. Join your local AOSA chapter to access more resources, content, and advocacy tools.

Amped Guitar + Gibson

In a new collaboration between Gibson’s charitable foundation Gibson Gives, Amped Guitar and instrument seller Sweetwater, budding guitar players can now get premium access to the Amped Guitar app for three months when they sign up. Check out Amped Guitar’s method of learning and playing the guitar by watching a brief video here

Beth’s Notes

Songs, classroom lessons, and worksheets for Grades PreK-6

Carnegie Hall

Programs include lesson plans, teaching videos, and full concert videos for teachers and K-5 students that focus on music from around the world and introduce the symphony orchestra to young learners.

INCLUDES: Musical Explorers, Link Up, Music Educators Toolbox, and The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra Listening Adventure 

Classics for Kids

For younger learners, listen, play and learn all about music theory, composers, and composition. Check out the Classics for Kids podcast or programs on the radio! 

Conn-Selmer

View the latest videos of Conn-Selmer artists, events, music education tips, and much more on the Conn-Selmer video page.

Essential Elements Interactive

Published by Hal Leonard, Essential Elements instrumental method books are supplemented by interactive, online content that is free and easy to use for Essential Elements band, jazz and orchestra students. 

F-flat Books

Your source for music e-books and supplemental resources

UPDATE: F-flat Books has put together a collection of free resources (lesson plans, ideas, packets, etc.) for teaching music at home. Click below to get started! 

Fender Play

Fender is offering 3 months of free online guitar, bass and ukulele lessons to the first 500,000 who sign up for Fender Play. 

Jazz Academy

The Jazz Academy is the home of the educational initiatives of Jazz at Lincoln Center. Jazz at Lincoln Center’s (JALC) jazz education programs drive our organization’s efforts to advance the appreciation, understanding, and performance of jazz. Check out classes, the video library, and more! 

Listening to Waves

Sponsored by the National Science Foundation, learn how to inspire students to develop a deeper appreciation of both science and sound. 

Making Music Fun

Sheet music for various instruments and voice, ranging from beginner solos to Orff scores, for all ages.

The Monster Musician

An interactive music game targets and builds the skills necessary for successful music reading by using an easy-to-use app. 

Music and the Brain

Music and the Brain brings music literacy curriculum, teacher support and whole-class keyboard instruction to K-12 students as part of their school day. Due to the increased need of learning online, elements of Music and the Brain lessons are now available for everyone.

Musician’s Toolkit

Video music courses taught by industry professionals, from cello playing posture to advanced guitar technique. 

musictheory.net

Fundamental music lessons, exercises, and tools you can use and share for free 

Music Workshop

Music Workshop creates and delivers a free of charge, inspirational K-8 online music education programming that any school can access and teach regardless of their means, location or musical expertise.

New York Philharmonic

Watch the famous Young People’s Concerts™ in your classroom or home. Explore the library of educational concerts available for on-demand streaming, along with a host of interactive features to help you get even more out of the concert experience.

PBS Kids Music Games

Teach and make music with your youngest learners with their favorite PBS characters

More from PBS Digital Studios: SOUND FIELD –  LA Buckner and Nahre Sol are accomplished musicians and music teachers exploring the music theory, production, history and culture behind our favorite songs and musical styles.

Prodigies

Video library of engaging musical activities and curriculum for kids ages 2-12 

UPDATE: Prodigies is offering a special 21-day free trial to access its entire video curriculum. Get your access by clicking the button below! 

Reverb

Reverb is a leading online marketplace for buying and selling new, used, and vintage musical instruments. Check out their online guide of Tips and How-To’s for all kinds of musicians. 

NEW: Reverb’s Lesson Extravaganza – Videos by professional musicians teaching guitar, keyboard, drums, and audio recording. See the lessons here

Rock Hall EDU

Open and free learning resources powered by rock and roll culture, featuring lesson plans, activities, and materials for students of all ages.

Roland Zenbeats

A free, music creation app that works on any device or platform. With its collection of both modern and legendary sounds, Zenbeats brings Roland’s history of innovation into a dynamic, accessible environment. An easy, all-round music making program! 

MORE FROM ROLAND – Roland is partnering with Skoove to offer FREE PIANO LESSONS

Shure Audio Institute

Shure is a leading manufacturer of professional microphones and headphones. The Shure Audio Institute is an education and network platform for students and pros – system integrators, consultants, music industry retailers, engineers, and musicians. Find a selection of online and instructor-led events, webinars, and more education offerings at the Audio Institute. 

AUDIO SYSTEMS GUIDE FOR MUSIC EDUCATORS – DOWNLOAD HERE

Sound Innovations Online

Published by Alfred Music, Sound Innovations instrumental method books are enriched by free and exclusive supplemental online content, providing differentiated instruction and assessment to meet the unique needs within your band and orchestra classroom. 

Soundfly

Free video courses about producing, playing and writing music taught by industry professionals and educators.

Teachers Pay Teachers

Resource marketplace of classroom worksheets, posters, and lessons for grades K-12. 

TeachRock

Home to 170+ always free arts-integrated lesson plans that are accessible to people everywhere. Featuring artists from The Beatles to Beyonce, the TeachRock curriculum offers media-rich resources for General Music, Social Studies, ELA, STEAM and all grade-bands.

TrueFire Studios

Between TrueFire and JamPlay, there are over 45,000 video guitar lessons to choose from, covering every style, skill level, and topic. There’s truly something for everyone! 

UPDATE: TrueFire Studios is extending complimentary access to the TrueFire and JamPlay platforms for 90 days for any student unable to attend regular classes.

West Music

Our partner for elementary musical instruments and world-class retailer, West Music hosts a community blog full of resources and ideas for making music at home, setting up the classroom for success, improving remote lessons, and more! 

VIRTUAL CONCERTS & TOURS

Cultural institutions around the world have opened their doors for performances and tours to be accessed for free in your home. 

11 Dramatic Virtual Tours of Stages Around The World

Step inside some of the most beautiful theatres, concert halls and opera houses in the world and experience the grandeur and drama of these iconic venues.

92Y

New York City’s 92nd Street Y offers a diverse collection of live-streamed concerts and events, highlights from the archives, and family activities.

Chamber Music Society

Watch, listen, and interact with CMS. Learn about their recordings, enjoy music videos, and watch livestreams here. 

Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Live from Orchestra Hall, visit DSO’s home for live performances, hundreds of on-demand works available anytime, and more!

GRAMMY MUSEUM 

The GRAMMY Museum is a nonprofit organization dedicated to cultivating a greater understanding of the history and significance of music through exhibits, education, grants, preservation initiatives, and public programming. 

Check out the museum’s extensive collection of free #MUSEUMATHOME content – Exhibits, Programs, and Education

Joe’s Pub 

Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater offers access to Joe’s Pub Live! – a free series of live-streamed and archived performances from the iconic stage in New York City featuring contemporary and up-and-coming artists. 

Lincoln Center

Join #LincolnCenteratHome to enjoy regularly updated videos of performances by organizations across the Lincoln Center campus.

London Symphony Orchestra

Join the LSO online for a program of full-length concerts twice a week, artist interviews, playlists to keep you motivated at home and more activities. 

The Metropolitan Opera

Daily encore presentation from the company’s Live in HD series is being made available for free streaming. 

Want to teach opera in your classroom or learn more about opera for students? CLICK HERE for the Met’s education page with free resources. 

Musical Instrument Museum 

Located in Phoenix, the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) enriches our world by collecting, preserving, and making accessible an astonishing variety of musical instruments and diverse performance videos from every country in the world. 

The museum will be sharing more behind-the-scenes tours with MIM’s curators in the coming weeks. Follow @MIMphx on social media to see more. Visit the main website here

New Jersey Performing Arts Center

Enjoy ‘NJPAC In Your Living Room’ every day as the Arts Center will be posting its eclectic collection of performances to their website for you to watch while at home. 

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra 

Our friends at NJSO would love all who play an orchestral instrument to take part in a very special virtual #OrchestraYou, celebrating Beethoven’s 250th birthday with a performance of the Scherzo from the composer’s Third Symphony. “Find your flute, tune up your trombone or dust off your double bass and join forces with NJSO musicians in this annual NJSO classic!” Learn more and get started here.

Check out NJSO AT HOME for free recordings, concerts, and more!

The Social Distancing Festival

The online artist’s community made to celebrate and showcase the work of the many artists around the world who have been affected by the need for social distancing. Live stream performances and free archived recordings of diverse music, visual arts, dance, and theatre. 

U.S. Army Field Band

The band will play live daily online performances on their YouTube channel. Concerts will include the Concert Band, Soldiers’ Chorus, Jazz Ambassadors, and Six-String Soldiers.

Wigmore Hall

One of the world’s great concert halls, Wigmore Hall specializes in chamber and instrumental music, early music and song. Past live streams of concerts are now available on demand. 

ADVOCACY & FUNDRAISING

Increase access to music education for students in your community and learn more about advocating for your music program.

Adopt a Classroom.org

Funding available for classroom materials such as instruments, books, and equipment as well as opportunities and field trips for students

Arts Education Partnership 

A national network of more than 100 organizations dedicated to advancing arts education. 

UPDATE: AEP has collected a list of resources for serving the arts education field in the time of COVID-19. Click here to learn more. 

Change.org

Take action by creating a virtual petition to advocate for your cause. 

Chaotic Harmony Classroom

Music educators talk about the joys and challenges of teaching music in the elementary school classroom in this podcast and YouTube series. 

DonorsChoose.org

Request donations for much-needed materials and experiences for your students 

The Mockingbird Foundation

Apply for grants to increase access to music education for your students

The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation

Apply for instrument grants and learn about other support services

NAMM Foundation

The NAMM Foundation promotes and supports music education and music making for people of all ages and abilities, actively supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving and public service programs. 

Explore NAMM’s COVID-19 Resources 

Attention Music Teachers! Create community and expand your network by joining the Facebook group Music Educators Creating Online Learning here

National Association for Music Education

The association known as NAfME has been advocating for music education for over 100 years and offers memberships, lesson plans, and various ways to engage in music education in your community.

THIS JUST IN: NAfME is working on advocacy tools and communications you may use to promote music education for students. Music Education and Social Emotional Learning and Music and Arts Education: Heart of our School Community

A Practical Guide for Recruitment & Retention

NAMM Foundation’s manual for student recruitment and retention in beginning instrumental music; a collection of best practices and materials including check lists, surveys, and progress reports 

Professional Music Educator Blog

Veteran music teacher Elisa J. Jones talks about her time in the classroom and offers advice and tips for music educators.

Talking Up Music Education Podcast

Mary Luehrsen of the NAMM Foundation chats with arts advocates, teachers, parents, and community leaders who are creating learning opportunities for students across the country

Title IV, Part A

Learn about how to apply for government funding for music education programs

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