Music Education Resources
Save The Music has collected and curated the best online resources and experiences for students, teachers, and parents – for in-school, out-of-school and at home. Click on a section below to start exploring.
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.
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.
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.
Quaver and its family of programs is a world leader in online curriculum development, equipping PreK-8 teachers, counselors, and administrators with evidence-based resources and professional development to engage today’s students.
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.
Free audio, video, and PDF class resources in music technology, guitar method, band method, and music theory for all grades.
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!
Learn how to play guitar, bass, or ukulele online with a collection of lessons and songs.
The Institute for Composer Diversity, housed at the State University of New York at Fredonia, is dedicated to the celebration, education, and advocacy of music created by composers from historically underrepresented groups through online tools, research-based resources, and sponsored initiatives. You can search the database by composer name, living or deceased, specifically for women or non-binary composers, common large and small ensemble genres, racial, ethnic, or cultural demographics, and by location (city, state, and country).
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!
Save The Music partner KHS America has created a community of retailers, educators, students and parents. Learn more about their artists, membership opportunities, and check out their multitude of free resources.
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.
Reverb’s Lesson Extravaganza – Videos by professional musicians teaching guitar, keyboard, drums, and audio recording.
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!
Teacher training has gone virtual! See the 2020 Summer Workshops & Conversations schedule.
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.
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.
NJSO musicians share performances and insights from their homes in this #NJSOatHome series.
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.
Funding available for classroom materials such as instruments, books, and equipment as well as opportunities and field trips for students
The framework is designed to illuminate the intersection between arts education and social-emotional learning to allow for the intentional application of appropriate teaching and learning strategies, with the overarching goal of enhancing Arts Education.
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.
The Mockingbird Foundation is a non-profit organization founded by Phish fans in 1996 to generate charitable proceeds from the Phish community and beyond. The foundation provides funding for music education for children and schools, through competitive grants, emergency-related grants, and tour-related grants.
The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation donates musical instruments to schools nationwide with a focus on low-income communities. In collaboration with committed school districts, the Foundation’s investments are strategically placed as part of a K–12 district-wide plan.
Music educator and expert Elisa J. Jones offers her blog, podcast, publications, and online learning resources for teaching music educators how to build, manage, and grow thriving school music programs and have long and happy careers. Subscribe to the e-newsletter or check out the latest free workshops.
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.
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
The State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education (SEADAE) supports the professional effectiveness of individual members and provides a collective voice for leadership on issues affecting arts education. They aim to achieve quality, comprehensive, sequential, standards-based education in the arts for all students PreK-20.
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
Last updated Thursday, June 11th at 12:00PM EDT. Check back regularly for new resources and updates!