Music Education Resources
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Last updated Friday, May 29 at 12:00PM EDT. Check back regularly for new resources and updates!
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 Publishing has made some of their resources and curricular music books available for free for educational purposes.
Amongst many topics, learn about remote teaching options and making long distance education work for your and your students.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Use the cloud-based software on any device to create and access your musical compositions or music education activities.
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.
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 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 is an online collection of music games and activities for PreK-6th grade.
UPDATE: Music Play Online is offering free access for students!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
Resources for elementary music in the Orff-Schulwerk pedagogy. Join your local AOSA chapter to access more resources, content, and advocacy tools.
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.
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
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!
View the latest videos of Conn-Selmer artists, events, music education tips, and much more on the Conn-Selmer video page.
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 is offering 3 months of free online guitar, bass and ukulele lessons to the first 500,000 who sign up for Fender Play.
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!
Sponsored by the National Science Foundation, learn how to inspire students to develop a deeper appreciation of both science and sound.
Sheet music for various instruments and voice, ranging from beginner solos to Orff scores, for all ages.
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 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.
Video music courses taught by industry professionals, from cello playing posture to advanced guitar technique.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Open and free learning resources powered by rock and roll culture, featuring lesson plans, activities, and materials for students of all ages.
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 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
Free video courses about producing, playing and writing music taught by industry professionals and educators.
Resource marketplace of classroom worksheets, posters, and lessons for grades K-12.
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.
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.
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!
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.
New York City’s 92nd Street Y offers a diverse collection of live-streamed concerts and events, highlights from the archives, and family activities.
Watch, listen, and interact with CMS. Learn about their recordings, enjoy music videos, and watch livestreams here.
Live from Orchestra Hall, visit DSO’s home for live performances, hundreds of on-demand works available anytime, and more!
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.
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.
Join #LincolnCenteratHome to enjoy regularly updated videos of performances by organizations across the Lincoln Center campus.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Funding available for classroom materials such as instruments, books, and equipment as well as opportunities and field trips for students
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.
Music educators talk about the joys and challenges of teaching music in the elementary school classroom in this podcast and YouTube series.
Apply for instrument grants and learn about other support services
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.
Attention Music Teachers! Create community and expand your network by joining the Facebook group Music Educators Creating Online Learning here.
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
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
Veteran music teacher Elisa J. Jones talks about her time in the classroom and offers advice and tips for music educators.
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