General Music, Piano & Guitar Catalog Resources

General Music, Piano & Guitar Catalog

8NOTES

Free website 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

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

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.

AMERICAN ORFF-SCHULWERK ASSOCIATION 

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.

BETH’S NOTES

Songs, classroom lessons, and worksheets for Pre-Kindergarten to grade 6, including ideas for Orff, recorders, orchestras, and more! 

BIG EAR GAMES

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]

Available on iOS and Android devices (including ChromeBook). Download Big Ear – Play with Music app on the App Store or Google Play Store.

CARNEGIE HALL

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 

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. 

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.

NEW! SHARED PIANO – Play music together live on the web with this simple tool for remote teaching and collaboration.

Check out 50+ Lesson Ideas for Chrome Music Lab! 

CLASSICS FOR KIDS

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

CMA FOUNDATION UNIFIED VOICES FOR EDUCATION

Hosted by the CMA Foundation, Unified Voices for Music Education (UVFME) is a collective effort from music teachers throughout our country. They believe celebration and positivity are key to advocacy efforts and music education is valuable and essential to learning.

Resources are available for music educators including free lesson plans by veteran teachers for subjects like band, chorus, K-12 general music, jazz, and music technology.

> In the Learning Series, music educators, nonprofit and marketing professionals share their skills in helping you create a plan and utilize tools to promote your program. 

> Check out the virtual CMA Summer Music Camp featuring interactive music lessons with great artists and talented teachers. Learn how to play lead guitar, write an original song, play the harmonic and even rock out on the spoons!

COLLABRA

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. 

DAYTON PERFORMING ARTS ALLIANCE

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!

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.

ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS MUSIC CLASS INTERACTIVE

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!

F-FLAT BOOKS

Your source for music e-books and supplemental resources. F-flat Books has put together a collection of free resources (lesson plans, ideas, packets, etc.) for teaching music at home. 

FENDER PLAY

Learn how to play guitar, bass, or ukulele online with a collection of lessons and songs. 

FLIPGRID

Flipgrid is a free, simple, and accessible way to foster short video-based discussions and assessments around classroom topics. Create a discussion Topic, share it with your learning community, and learners record and share short videos with you and your class. 

Check out a special curated collection of free resources to get started with Flipgrid in a remote learning environment here.

GARAGEBAND

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.

Have a PC? Learn how to download the music software for PC on Garagebandonpc.org and check out some helpful and user-friendly tutorials on Garagebandonpc.com.

GONOODLE

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. 

GROOVE PIZZA

Use this fun, free app to teach, create, play, download and share beats and melodies using shapes, math, and world genres.

Groove Pizza was create by the NYU Music Experience Design Lab – explore more apps and online music learning experiences for students at the lab.

GUITAR JUNKY

Guitar Junky helps aspiring musicians get started by providing in-depth reviews and buying guides on music instruments such as guitar, piano, drums, and many more. The website also has helpful music lessons for anyone to access for free! Check these out:  

HARMONY 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.

HDpiano

HDpiano is the Netflix of piano tutorials. Over 1.25M people are subscribed on YouTube, and tens of thousands are members at HDpiano.com. Learn your favorite songs today, no experience needed.

HDpiano is giving away a free piano every week in 2021! Enter with a simple video post today!

HOOKTHEORY

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).

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! 

KENNEDY CENTER EDUCATION

The Kennedy Center has developed a robust collection of hundreds of digital learning resources: lessons, articles, performance guides, how-tos and much more. And they are all free!

> Digital Learning Resources

> [email protected]

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.

LISTENING TO WAVES

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. 

LITTLE KIDS ROCK

Play in the the Little Kids Rock Jamzone! Explore resources to bring modern band curriculum to the classroom. Anyone can learn a song or take a lesson in multiple instruments. Increase your skills as a students or gain inspiration as a teacher.

MAKING MUSIC FUN

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.

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. Tips and tricks to teach general music online through distance learning or virtual lessons. 

THE MONSTER MUSICIAN

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

THE MR. S ORFF MUSIC ROOM

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. 

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.

MUSIC ConstructED

A new collaborative community for music educators! Music ConstructED, made possible by West Music, is a free platform designed to support the professional growth and development of music educators through a collaborative community of teachers. They provide the foundation – you construct the classroom experience.

Created by teachers for teachers, this platform includes lesson inspirations, articles on music education, a networking forum, and professional development opportunities. Materials are dynamic, responsive, and relevant to today’s general music teacher and created by leading educators from around the globe.

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!

MUSIC TO YOUR HOME

Music To Your Home is a “one-stop-shop” of highly trained, professional music instructors in NYC and the surrounding areas. They provide both online and in-home lessons, in addition to a plethora of musical resources for students interested in piano, voice, guitar, drums, and more. Musical couple Vincent and Tracy Reina started this venture together in 2003, relying on their extensive musical background and knowledge. They’ve continued to develop the innovative concept that top-quality music teachers and music education should be accessible to all students, all in one place. With Music To Your Home, you can be sure to find the best instruction to develop your skills and cultivate your music education. 

MUSIC WORKSHOP

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

“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.

MUSICCA

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 

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.

MUSICIAN’S TOOLKIT

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

MUSICMAP

Musicmap provides the ultimate genealogy of all popular music genres and combines any information regarding music genres and history in one dynamic map.

Related: Check out this fun video showcasing the Most Popular Music Styles from 1910 – 2019

NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC

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.

NOGGIN

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!

NOTEFLIGHT

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

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

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. 

NYSSMA BEST PRACTICES

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.

OPUSYOU

OpusYou, a world leader in the field of K-12 music education, is offering a free 30-day trial to schools and music teachers nationwide. Designed to meet the ever-increasing and changing demands of 21s-century music education, OpusYou believes it will change the way that you teach music, offering you a degree of flexibility which is backed up with extensive lesson suggestions and a diverse and active community support facility.

Music Lab Wednesdays – In cooperation with Orchestra Europa and the London Symphony Orchestra, OpusYou will present online musical programs led by international conductor Scott Ellaway. Each program will be offered at no cost, last 25 minutes, and will guide student audiences through a musical journey, explored through an immersive virtual performance, followed by a question and answer session with Ellaway and guests. Audience members will be invited to deepen their exploration of music with accompanying online resources.

ORGANIZATION OF AMERICAN KODÁLY EDUCATORS

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.

PBS KIDS MUSIC GAMES

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.

PLAYSCORE 2 – The App That Sight Reads Sheet Music

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, adjust tempo, create loops.
  • Adjust part volumes to bring out individual parts.
  • Share the playing score with others free – no subscription needed!
  • Choose from 18 high quality instruments.
  • Export MusicXML. Edit your score in Sibelius, MuseScore, Finale or Dorico.

The Staves screen lets you mute or adjust the volume of each part individually, allowing you to play just your part, or with others in the background. You can also transpose the music to another key. Get started!

PRACTICING MUSICIAN

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. 

PRESERVATION HALL LESSONS

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

Sing, hand-sign & play in the music classroom with colorful video lessons, curriculum, lesson plans, activities, games for learners age 2-12. 

QUARANTUNES

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 MUSIC 

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.

QUIZIZZ

Enhance your classroom assessments with fun, digital quizzes – find and create quizzes for music (or any subject) for any grade level. 

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.

SKOOVE

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.

NEW! Check out the Android app here in the Google Play store.

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.

TEACHERS PAY TEACHERS

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.

THE SHED

Free audio, video, and PDF class resources in music technology, guitar method, band method, and music theory for all grade levels.

TRUEFIRE STUDIOS

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.

uTHEORY

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.

VISUAL MUSICAL MINDS

Fun, interactive Youtube lessons for elementary music, ukulele, recorder, rhythm, and movement to use at home or in the classroom.

WEST MUSIC

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.

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!

XYLO – ONLINE XYLOPHONE

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.

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