General Music, Piano & Guitar Catalog
Free platform that provides sheet music and classroom lessons for all ages with accompanying audio tracks. Explore free music tools and resources like a digital metronome, chord charts, tuners, and more.
Acharyanet is the global leader in the field since the time it pioneered Online Indian Music Education, offering masterclasses from some of the greatest legends in the field. Students of all ages and learning levels can find over 500 lessons taught by renowned experts and performers in Indian Classical Music. Acharyanet has recently launched the Online Institute for Musical Excellence to offer live online courses for all levels from basics to advanced, based on comprehensive curriculums to empower students to learn thoroughly and systematically.
Alfred Music is a music publishing company that supports music education by providing quality method books, performance sheet music, and reference materials for teachers, students, and professionals, spanning every musical instrument, style, and difficulty level. There are currently over 150,000 active titles and represent a wide range of well-known publications-from methods like Alfred’s Basic Guitar, Alfred’s Basic Piano Library, Premier Piano Course, Sound Innovations, and Suzuki, to artists like Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, and The Who, to brands like Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, The Wizard of Oz, Rolling Stone magazine, and Billboard.
Check out their Music Blog revolving around all kinds of topics and tips for teachers.
This organization provides elementary music resources and methods in the Orff-Schulwerk pedagogy. Consider joining your local AOSA chapter to access more resources, content, and advocacy tools.
Songs, classroom lessons, and worksheets for Pre-Kindergarten to grade 6, including ideas for Orff, recorders, orchestras, and more!
Big Ear – Play with Music is a music learning and making app. Based on self learning with a widely accessible learning curve, the app allows the user to explore how music works and compose their own music. Watch Darude play Big Ear the music game!
Play – build songs in puzzles. Perform – manage the musicians in concert. Compose – make music in a simple and effective sequencer.
Big Ear helps teachers to teach and evaluate general music skills in a remote-ready, intuitive, easy and comprehensive way that results in more engagement and effectiveness. Teacher specific features are available and need only minimal teacher training and resources. Please contact Big Ear for more information – [email protected]
Carnegie Hall produces educational programs like Musical Explorers and Link Up that include lesson plans, professional development and full concert videos for teachers and K-5 students that focus on music from around the world and introducing young people to the symphony orchestra.
PROGRAMS INCLUDE: Musical Explorers, Link Up, Music Educators Toolbox, and The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra Listening Adventure
Music educators talk about the joys and challenges of teaching music in the elementary school classroom in this podcast and YouTube series.
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.
NEW! SHARED PIANO – Play music together live on the web with this simple tool for remote teaching and collaboration.
For younger learners, listen, play and explore music theory, composers, and composition. Check out the Classics for Kids podcast or programs on the radio!
Collabra is a video-based, remote learning and practice management platform for K-16 music and performing arts education. The platform helps teachers manage students and motivate practice by adding increased engagement, accountability, and feedback. Collabra’s asynchronous video platform enables efficient split-screen scaling of lessons, adds accountability and affirmation to the process of practice, and empowers timed-assessments, blind auditions, and district-wide remote collaborations.
Home of the Dayton Ballet, Dayton Opera, and Dayton Philharmonic, check out free educational resources for teachers and students including digital programming. Arts Explorer Streams contains performances, interviews, lesson plans, activity ideas, and more! All of the Arts Explorer content was created with students in mind and is available for FREE to all public, private, and home educators. More content will be added throughout Spring 2021, so check back often!
Learn how to play drums online with Drum Ambition – a critically acclaimed educational resource trusted in over 50 countries. Drum Ambition offers online video drum lessons, thoughtfully tailored towards beginner drummers, and more experienced hobbyists that want to improve. The curriculum includes 100 short videos featuring multi-camera angles and on-screen music notation. The course is accompanied by downloadable sheet music and extra audio files. Enjoy free lessons or subscribe for more content. All subscriptions come with email and live chat support, and our Pro Plan includes a monthly video check-in.
– Guide To Teaching Elementary Music
– Online Music Games List
– State Of Elementary Music Research Study
An easy-to-use platform where a teacher can make any video a lesson.
At Education Through Music (ETM), every child, at every school, deserves access to high-quality music education. Check out free learning resources created by incredible educators. The site will be updated regularly with new great lessons and games. These activities can be done in the classroom or almost any home and only require a few everyday household items, two hands for clapping, and a big smile.
From Hal Leonard comes Essential Elements Music Class (EEMC): an excellent source for engaging songs and interactive resources to empower students both in class and at home. Designed specifically for K-5 students, EEMC’s 1,600+ interactive resources include choreography and lyric videos, interactive listening maps, worksheets, digital books, and lessons. With shareable playlists, teachers can easily share content directly with students, with no student accounts required. Try EEMC for free for 30 days!
Learn how to play guitar, bass, or ukulele online with a collection of lessons and songs.
Flipgrid is now FLIP! Flip is a video discussion app, free from Microsoft, where curious minds connect in safe, small groups to share videos, build community, and learn together. Flip is a place where learning happens anywhere, anytime, through video discussions. Families, friends, teachers, students, classrooms, and creators of all kinds are using Flip to learn, connect, and explore.
Forte is the first online platform built specifically for live, online music lessons. It is currently being used by institutions such as Curtis Institute, The Royal College of Music, Aspen Music Festival and School, and Berklee College of Music. Forte is completely free to use. To create your Forte studio, go to fortelessons.com and click “Start Teaching Today” or go straight to their registration page. It offers:
- Forte Pure Audio: Audio quality that surpasses other video conferencing platforms. This video provides a side-by-side comparison with Zoom’s High-Fidelity Music Mode: Forte vs. Zoom
- Features optimized for music teachers: Share and mark-up sheet music with screen sharing designed for music lessons. Give students access to videos, audio clips, and other files via your personalized “My Resources” page. Easily toggle between multiple cameras. Keep a running online lesson notebook with each of your students. This video highlights some of our newer features: Feature Showcase
- Quick and easy setup: No software to download. Everything runs in your browser.
GarageBand is a fully equipped music creation studio right inside your Mac – with a complete sound library that includes instruments, presets for guitar and voice, and an incredible selection of session drummers and percussionists. With Touch Bar features for MacBook Pro and an intuitive, modern design, it’s easy to learn, play, record, create, and share your hits worldwide. Now you’re ready to make music like a pro, without an instrument. GarageBand is available for Mac, iPad, and iOS.
Girl in Blue Music is dedicated to teaching music theory as a practice of empathy instead of a list of rules that every musician must learn. This platform features free courses on music theory, from reading sheet music to building chords, as well as a music theory resource library of books, articles, websites, social media accounts, and more. All of these resources are geared toward showing how music theory is a field of many theories coming from diverse perspectives, and learning more about them helps us connect with each other more deeply.
GoNoodle’s mission is Movement Powers Change®. Benefiting kids’ physical wellness, academic success, and social-emotional health, movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts are available for free at school and at home.
Harmony at Home is an original online series of beginner music lessons for elementary school students by the Harmony Program. The weekly series consists of 30-minute lessons that introduce children to fundamentals in music theory, music appreciation, and music-making and feature a diverse array of guest artists. Harmony at Home can be incorporated into classroom instruction or viewed from home by children and families.
The Harmony Program is a nonprofit organization that partners with schools and community centers to provide after-school music education in New York City.
This online software and interactive learning materials help musicians create music and gain a deep understanding and intuition for how music works. Try HookPad, a musical sketchpad with built-in music theory that helps you create beats, songs, and musical snippets. Add chords, loops, lyrics, and more. Give HookPad a try for free!
INSTITUTE FOR COMPOSER DIVERSITY
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 the organization’s efforts to advance the appreciation, understanding, and performance of jazz. Check out classes, the video library, and more!
Keyboardkraze is owned and operated by Chris Senner, the keyboardist for the major label band Vinyl Theatre. This site provides in-depth, first-hand guides to digital pianos and synthesizers.
LINCOLN CENTER POP-UP CLASSROOM
Lincoln Center Pop-Up Classroom is open, free and accessible. Lessons stay available for you to watch on demand at your convenience. Led by some of world’s best artists and educators, each creative learning activity utilizes simple materials found at home to help families with children explore a variety of art forms.
Sponsored by the National Science Foundation, learn how to inspire students to develop a deeper appreciation of both science and sound with tutorials for exploration.
Fun and affordable sheet music, worksheets, and lessons kids love and teachers trust. A wide variety of music and lessons are available for all kinds of instruments and voices, for all ages.
Meet the Instruments of the Orchestra! This incredible, award-winning, music education series combines the popular Nirks® puppets with professional musicians from Portland Columbia Symphony to introduce young listeners to the instruments of the orchestra. Meet the Instruments is FREE to watch on: theNirks.com, Youtube.com/InAWorldMusicKids, and Kidoodle.TV. Each episode includes entertaining stories, cool duets, musical demos, and in the final episode you’ll hear a stunning orchestral piece with the Nirks and Portland Columbia Symphony playing together! Meet the Instruments is a fun and educational introduction to musical instruments, and a wonderful way to get kids excited about playing music!
The Metropolitan Opera is committed to increasing student access to opera while deepening students’ engagement with the art form. Through the landmark HD Live in Schools program, annual Global Summer Camp, free choral and instrumental arrangements of opera classics, discounted tickets, dress rehearsal attendance, family presentations, educator professional development, and a host of other special events and community partnerships, students and teachers around the world can experience the magic of the Met.
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. Tips and tricks to teach general music online through distance learning or virtual lessons.
An interactive music game targets and builds the skills necessary for successful music reading by using an easy-to-use app.
Welcome to Matthew Stensrud’s community of fellow music educators. Here, you can find lesson videos, get exclusive access to lesson plans and other materials by becoming a patron, or learn more about the workshops and clinics he offers. From process teaching to playful exploration, these videos, lessons, webinars, and more are here to help you grow as Orff educators and elementary music teachers.
This YouTube channel for young learners offers original content with educational lessons in multiple subjects like math, reading, and history with music as the common thread. These lessons have been shared in classrooms all around the US & internationally. Get started!
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.
Music Constructed is the one-stop shop for elementary music teachers and arts administrators looking for resources and professional development designed specifically for the elementary general music classroom. Content is updated regularly with free lesson plans, downloadable resources, researched articles, products, and professional development, including an annual subscription.
Music Play is an online collection of music games and activities for PreK-6th grade. Create a well-rounded music education curriculum with these resources, teacher guides, lessons, and more!
F-flat Books teamed up with Marci Major from West Chester University to pair people and organizations with musical need to graduate and undergraduate music education students would could benefit from a service-learning opportunity. They created MSL as a FREE resource curation platform that’s open to all people needing help through and with music including teachers, community program directors, parents, public service employees, etc.
Music Will (formerly Little Kids Rock) is a nonprofit music program serving schools across the country. Resources available include teacher courses at Music Will Academy and music lessons for students with videos and songs – learn a song, take a lesson, create your own music, and practice!
Music Workshop creates and delivers a free of charge, inspirational K-8 online music education program that any school can access and teach regardless of their means, location or musical expertise.
“musication” is a Youtube channel from Jan Vink, a music teacher who creates visual play-alongs for boomwhackers, (body-) percussion and handbells for primary education.
Teach and learn music theory online for free! Online exercises and learning tools in music theory, music notation, and ear training are available. Tools feature easy-to-use digital instruments including piano, guitar, bass, and drum machine.
MusicFirst, the Digital Education Division of Wise Music Group, was founded with one mission: to offer music teachers and their students easy-to-use, affordable, cloud-based solutions that enable music learning, creation, assessment, sharing, and exploration on any device, at any time, anywhere. At the heart of the software is the MusicFirst Classroom – the only learning management system designed specifically for K-12 music education. To access cloud-based software, all you need is a web browser. This affords teachers and students to utilize state-of-the-art software tools on any computer at any time.
Professional video music courses taught by industry professionals, from cello playing posture to advanced guitar technique.
Fundamental music lessons, exercises, and tools you can use and share for free. Good for teaching and practicing beginning to intermediate knowledge and skills, especially when learning from home.
Watch the famous Young People’s Concerts™ in your classroom or at 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.
An interactive learning app from Nick Jr., Noggin features preschool learning games, full episodes, books, and activities led by kids’ favorite characters. Enjoy singing and dancing with Noggin’s Play-alongs!
More from Nick: Nick Helps is an online resource that helps kids and caregivers stay informed, curious, and healthy in order to become their best selves, improve their communities, and create an inclusive world.
Noteflight Learn provides a private, COPPA-compliant website designed specifically for music education. All teachers and students have Noteflight Premium composition features plus the ability to organize classes, easily create assignments, get performance feedback and ratings with SoundCheck™, powered by MatchMySound, and use the included library of thousands of popular musical scores and lessons. Try a free 60-day demo!
Notysing is an app helping students learn the basics of reading music in a fun, musical way: by singing. A digital song coach, Noty, gives students feedback on what they do, on their level, all the way through, allowing everyone to be able to follow its lead, starting with imitating just a few single notes in interactive lessons. Music teachers can use Notysing with students and track progress. Each has their own development path; teachers can give relevant feedback and get a basis for assessment.
Tested with more than 200 middle and high school music students and teachers. Developed by Doremir Music Research, developers of ScoreCloud, the app for instant notation, together with the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. Available for PCs, Chromebooks and Macs and for Apple and Android tablets and smartphones in the App Store and Google Play.
Novel Effect elevates storytelling-books, television, video, and more-by enabling voice-interactive experiences your students will love. Read aloud with your favorite print books and the free Novel Effect app follows along playing music, sound effects, and character voices at just the right moment.
New York State School Music Association has created an easy-to-navigate website after reviewing and collecting a database of lesson activities and resources that have been tested and vetted with the goal of supporting K-12 decision makers and music educators. The information has been compiled using current, developed practices of music educators. This resource list is ever growing and should be considered a fluid resource. Educators may also submit their own lesson activities and resources to be included in the collection.
Find lessons and activities for elementary, middle, and high school in all kinds of musical subjects as well as resources for technology and social emotional learning.
Introduce your students to the fun and joy of opera with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis’ FREE digital education programs!
Opera on the GO! brings a fresh, modern abridged production of Mozart’s comic opera The Magic Flute into your classroom with accompanying interactive workshops and a robust study guide!
Trailblazers in Opera provides classroom teachers with lesson plans highlighting groundbreaking past and present Black opera singers and composers who blazed the trail both in opera and in American history. Current Trailblazers include: Marian Anderson, Sissieretta Jones, The Hyers Sisters, Robert McFerrin Sr., and Scott Joplin.
Immerse your students in 360-degree curriculum through broadcast of musical works, structured lesson plans, and interactive online courses. Designed to meet the ever-increasing and changing demands of 21st-century music education, OpusYou believes it will change the way that you teach music, offering you a degree of flexibility that is backed up with extensive lesson suggestions and a diverse and active community support facility. Try a free 30-day trial.
Orange Learn is passionate about music and passionate about empowering people to learn and achieve their dreams. Orange Learn offers options to learn music in a flexible, stress-free way and experiences can be tailored to include online and offline self-paced learning. Their goal is to give learners options within the wonderful world of music to explore and progress at their own pace, with no pressure, wherever they are in the world. The ‘Pass it On’ scheme means that students can gift their friends free course materials once they have completed a course. Students are also encouraged to “pass on” their graded books. Orange Learn wants everyone to have access to incredible experiences and opportunities that music offers and to enjoy every step of their learning journey!
Inspired by the vision of Zoltán Kodály, the mission of the Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE) is to support music education of the highest quality, promote universal music literacy and lifelong music making, and preserve the musical heritage of the people of the United States of America through education, artistic performance, advocacy and research. Kodály’s concepts are based on teaching, learning and understanding music through the experience of singing via a variety of modes-kinesthetic, auditory, and visual.
Join OAKE, get Kodály certified, or enjoy free, curricular classroom resources.
Teach and make music with your youngest learners starring 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.
The pianini app offers children from preschool to third grade easy, playful access to comprehensive music education: music theory, note reading, piano play, rhythm, and ear training. The curriculum consists of colorful, interactive learning games with cartoon characters explaining the tasks and guiding young learners through the activities. With or without a piano, pianini is a perfect tool to learn music at home or to support music lessons. Download pianini now with iOS, Android or Windows.
PianoDreamers – Bringing music dreams to life. PianoDreamers shares useful info and key insights into the captivating world of pianos, whether acoustic or digital. They also explore the world of music at large. The in-depth guides and reviews that are packed with practical tips and tricks to boost your piano and keyboard competency. You’ll also gain valuable knowledge about synthesizers, piano learning, musical production, and so much more.
PlayScore 2 plays back any printed music, straight from a photo/PDF score – with full part separation. You can also export music from IMSLP into the app. Snap or download your score into PlayScore 2 for instant playback, hear the music as PlayScore 2 follows measure by measure, tap anywhere to adjust tempo and volume, create loops, share the playing score with others for free (no subscription needed), and more! Get started!
Online K-12 music education made simple — lesson planning and prepping, sequential video tutorials, sheet music, assessments, and record keeping in one free and easy to use package. Completely free synchronous and asynchronous learning tools and training provided by musicians and K-12 educators.
This free online resource for teachers is a collection of lesson plans developed by Preservation Hall musicians for all grade levels aligned with national arts and common core standards. Lessons are designed for all K-12 teachers or educational professionals that want to foster the culture and history of New Orleans music genres. The lessons can be integrated into general content areas like Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, and Science, or beginning to advanced Music Education studies.
Preservation Hall is a historic music venue in the French Quarter working to protect, preserve and perpetuate the spirit of traditional New Orleans jazz.
Prodigies Music uses fun & colorful lessons and resources to focus on meaningful play with pitch and practice complex music theory in an easy-to-understand format. Kids will follow a step by step guided-approach to learning pitch, rhythm & music. With over 700+ video lessons, accompanying sheet music, and extensive workbook activities, Prodigies is a one-stop-shop for all things music ed. Learn more about the research behind the program, or hear directly from the thousands of families already using Prodigies in their homes! For an at-home instrument, also check out the Prodigies Bells App for Android or iOS.
QuaranTunes connects hundreds of teen musicians with children across the globe to provide free music lessons in over 20 instruments including piano, guitar, voice, violin, flute, and many more, as well as on topics such as songwriting and music production. All teachers are high school or college aged and highly experienced and devoted musicians. QuaranTunes believes there’s no better way to learn music from a fun teacher (for free!) from the comfort of your own house, so sign up for your first lesson now.
Quaver 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. Explore their collection of programs.
Qwest TV EDU is Quincy Jones’ music video resource dedicated to educational institutions with 1300+ concerts and documentary films in jazz, soul, funk, classical, and world music. The platform preserves the richness of history, while reflecting the present-day beauty and reality of culturally and racially diverse people.
The materials have already aided cultural learning at many prestigious libraries and institutions including Berklee College of Music, McGill University, The New School and many more. “We want each kid and student to be able to freely explore their musical history by rediscovering their roots, both through jazz and beyond.” – co-founder Quincy Jones
Enhance your classroom assessments with fun, digital quizzes – find and create quizzes for music (or any subject) for any grade level.
Open and free learning resources powered by rock and roll culture, featuring lesson plans, activities, and materials for students of all ages.
Free audio, video, and PDF class resources in music technology, guitar method, band method, and music theory for all grade levels.
With more than 1 million users today, use these interactive apps to learn piano and guitar. Skoove combines music learning science, audio technology, and machine learning to build a unique learning experience. Explore over 400 online piano lessons, including learning your favorite songs. Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced player, there are wonders to discover. Check out the Android app here in the Google Play store.
The Stax Museum of American Soul Music and Stax Music Academy at the original site of Stax Records in Memphis are the world’s only museum and school focusing on the rich legacy of Stax Records and The Memphis Sound. Stax Museum educational outreach includes free, online curriculum with Facing History and Ourselves, free-admission monthly Family Days, and a free Black History Month Virtual Tour for students around the world. Stax Music Academy teaches vocals, instrumentals, songwriting, music theory, and music business to prepare all students to earn music scholarships to college. It also offers a free Black History Month Virtual Concert and other online opportunities for non-enrolled students.
StringKick is an online training academy that helps guitarists grow their guitar skills and develop their musicality. The site has in-depth guides on topics such as guitar ear training and music theory for guitar, as well as super practical courses to help you play by ear, navigate the fretboard, understand music theory, and play with confidence. In short: all the skills that will make your musical journey more fun and fulfilling.
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.
Resource marketplace of classroom worksheets, posters, and lessons for grades K-12.
TEACHING WITH ORFF
Teaching With Orff was created as a place for Music & Movement educators to share information, collaborate, and connect. Free lessons and articles are authored by experts in the field – master teachers with high levels of training in Orff-Schulwerk and other disciplines.
Between TrueFire and JamPlay, there are over 45,000 video guitar lessons to choose from, covering every style, skill level, and topic.
UPDATE: TrueFire Studios is extending complimentary access to the TrueFire and JamPlay platforms for 90 days for any student unable to attend regular classes.
Clefs, scales, keys, intervals, chords, ear training & rhythm made easy through video tutorials & interactive exercises. Use the free set of lessons and exercises for at-home learning.
Fun, interactive Youtube lessons for elementary music, ukulele, recorder, rhythm, and movement to use at home or in the classroom.
Save The Music’s 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!
> Music ConstructED, made possible by West Music, is a new platform designed to support the professional growth and development of music educators through a collaborative community of teachers. Created by teachers for teachers, this platform includes lesson inspirations, articles on music education, a networking forum, and professional development opportunities.
> West Music’s YouTube channel offers instrument demonstrations and repair workshops, how to replace ukulele strings, and new instruments to add to your classroom.
> Musical Connections for Early Childhood is your online resource for music recreational videos to help your child address pre-academic skills, increase engagement, to create positive interactions! While engaging with familiar songs, your child will actively participate by moving and singing along to 30-minute interactive videos.
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!
Xylo is a simple and distraction-free musical app that plays sounds from recordings of a real xylophone. It’s designed to be fun and easy to use for kids and adults alike-perfect for an educational environment. Launch the web app and you’ll get the xylophone board quickly-no delays (you don’t even need to be online!)- so you can immediately start playing any tune you want.
YousicPlay is transforming the way music is learned. YousicPlay combines the best of pre-recorded celebrity music instruction and real-time AI performance feedback. The app delivers a personalized roadmap of instruction designed around individual goals. YousicPlay’s courses are currently designed primarily for intermediate to advanced music learners.