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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 Thursday, April 2, 2020 at 12:00PM EDT. Check back regularly for new resources and updates! 

REMOTE TEACHING & LEARNING

If your school is closed due to COVID-19, check out these websites and free online platforms that are especially tailored for long distance education and 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

Art Ed Guru 

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

BandLab for Education

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

BrainPOP

Fun, engaging, and accessible learning experiences for all ages 

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 making and learning more fun! A totally free website where you can make or teach your own melodies and rhythms as well as discover chords and sounds.

Edpuzzle

An easy-to-use platform where a teacher can make any video a lesson. Find video lessons created by other teachers, adapt videos by embedding your own questions or audio, even assessments. Assign lesson video it to your students, check on their progress, and get hassle-free analytics. 

Fender

Fender is offering 3 months of free online guitar, bass and ukulele lessons to the first 500,000 who sign up for Fender Play. Click the button below to get your free access and start playing today! 

Flat

Use the cloud-based software on any device to create and access your musical compositions or music education activities. Flat has a unique collaborative experience: let your students work in real-time on the same sheet music, whether you are in the classroom or working from home. 

Flipgrid

Flipgrid is a free, simple way to foster short video-based discussions on classroom topics. Educators, learners, and families can use Flipgrid at school or at home to stay connected and share their continued learning experiences. 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 a weekly educational clinic for you and your students. Join every Thursday at 2pm EST between March 26 and April 30 to learn from some of the best in the business! You may also view and share these videos in the archive. Check out the clinic schedule by clicking HERE

Music Play Online

Music Play is an online collection of music games and activities for PreK-6th grade. Practice rhythm, solfege singing, recorder, ukulele, boomwhacker, xylophone, guitar, and more! 

UPDATE: Music Play Online is offering free access through August 1, 2020. Enter the Username: snow and Password: 2020 to get started! 

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.

UPDATE: MusicFirst is offering 50% off subscriptions to MusicFirst Classroom and the full suite of integrated software through April 30, 2020. Click the button to learn more. 

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. 

WATCH NOW: Bridging the Gap: Teaching and Learning Music Online | Making Music Online—How-To’s for Private and Group Lesson

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.

NO-TECH RESOURCES FOR SCHOOL CLOSURES: Read HERE for ideas to lesson plan when technology is limited for you and your students. 

UPDATE: NAfME is providing free professional development clock hours for educators. 5 of the most popular NAfME Academy webinars and several Music Educators Journal featured articles are available for free HERE.

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 – organize classes, easily create assignments, and use the included library of musical scores and lessons. 

LEARN FROM NOTEFLIGHT NOTES: Read posts that include Distance Learning Support, Addressing Barriers to Accessibility, Tips for Utilizing SEL in Composition Activities, Student Tips for Working From Home, and more. Click here for all posts.

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. Click below to access Noteflight Learn today! 

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! 

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

Subscription 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

UPDATE: Sign up for a free solfeg.io plan that will help you teach music class online – 30 free top-hit songs, the ability to invite unlimited number of students to your lessons, lesson plan ideas for all major topics, and more features. Click below to get access today!

Soundtrap

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

UPDATE: Soundtrap for Education has extended their normal 30-day free trial to 120 days! Click here to get started! 

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

Check out these free lesson plans, music-making ideas, online courses and professional development opportunities for teachers. 

8notes

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

Example: “Swing Low – O When the Saints – I Wanna Sing” choral partner song or round

American Orff-Schulwerk Association 

Listing of teacher education courses and professional development events by state. Join your local AOSA chapter to access more resources, content, and advocacy tools. 

Check out Teacher Education Courses available near you 

Beth’s Notes

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

Example: “Peer Gynt” listening map lesson + video (Grades K-3)

Carnegie Hall

Carnegie’s curricular 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 

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. 

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.

Example: Selmer Artist Steven Banks shares tips and tricks for better tone and flexibility on the saxophone 

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! 

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.

Pop-Up Classroom: Click HERE to learn more about Lincoln Center Pop-Up Classrooms and check out this week’s calendar of lessons! 

Listening to Waves

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

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

Making Music Fun

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

Example: “Engine Engine No. 9” Orff score with recorder and voice

The Monster Musician

The Monster Musician Reader, an interactive music game, targets and builds the skills necessary for successful music reading by using an easy-to-use app. 

Musician’s Toolkit

Video music courses taught by industry professionals

Example: Cello Fundamentals, Lesson 3, Sitting Posture

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

Example: Crank it Up! Make music with Arthur’s little sister D.W. in the Read family garage 

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 

Prodigies

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

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

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

Listen to the Music Ed Mentor Podcast: Episode 29: Classroom Life Hacks

Rock Hall EDU

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

Example: Solomon Burke discusses intersections between gospel and pop musical styles, and talks about performing the song “A Change is Gonna Come”

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. Get started with SI Online! 

Soundfly

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

Example: Making Music From Everyday Items with Andrew Huang 

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

Teachers Pay Teachers

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

Example: “Spanish Blade” Recorder Music with background track

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.

Example: Learning Rhythm Through Gospel, featuring Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Mahalia Jackson and Mavis Staples. Launch lessons collections below! 

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.

15 Broadway Shows You Can Watch On Stage From Home

Playbill.com shares how to watch some of the best Broadway plays and musicals for free! 

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!

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. 

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. 

FUNDRAISING TOOLS

See organizations below that could help you in your efforts to increase accessibility to music education for students in your community. 

Adopt a Classroom.org

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

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

Title IV, Part A

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

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