Sound Recording, Producing & Composing Catalog Resources

Sound Recording, Producing & Composing Catalog


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 electronic music HERE. Get started by making sounds with a synthesizer HERE.

Ableton for the Classroom helps institutions across the globe engage and inspire young people through music. Get instruments, discounts on software, support and ready-to-use classroom resources for your school – and put the thrill of making music at the center of your class. 



BandLab for Education is a free, easy-to-use 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.


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.

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


Byta enables everyone to send & receive digital audio in a clean, simple and secure way. Built for everyone working with music today. Byta is unrivalled in taking advantage of audio files’ unique properties – reading and writing file metadata, converting file formats and delivering fast yet secure streaming.


Make music using the free-to-use audio and video materials from the Library of Congress. Explore collections and download free sounds, remix track and combine beats with your favorite software. 


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!


Dept. Of Sound is a non-profit organization that provides opportunities for youth through music and podcasting curriculum by creating and supporting technology-enabled educational resources for institutions and supplying free courses and tools online for students. Dept. of Sound believes that access to music and audio education should be a universal utility, not a luxury. They support community youth and ensure students can turn to them when seeking artistic outlets and resources. Check out the free online course – Valley Producer Program – to learn the basics of music and podcast production.


An easy-to-use platform where a teacher can make any video a lesson.


FEMME HOUSE is a 501(c)(3) with the goal of creating and fostering more equitable opportunity for womxn, trans, non-binary, and other marginalized gender expressions in the technical areas of music. The organization offers educational workshops and professional development resources such as networking, mentorship, and more. Check out courses including this summer’s She Is The Producer, a free and immersive bootcamp to get you started in music production. 


Use the cloud-based software on any device to create and access your musical compositions or music education activities.


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 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, with out without an instrument.

GarageBand is available for Mac, iPad, and iOS, but learn how to download the software for Windows PC here. Check out some helpful and user-friendly tutorials on


Girls Make Beats (GMB) is a nonprofit organization that empowers girls by expanding the female presence of music producers, DJs, and audio engineers. GMB helps girls further their careers as music producers, DJs, and audio engineers by providing courses on industry leading hardware and software. GMB also serves as an outlet for girls to unite and collaborate within the music industry. ​Explore masterclasses, online courses, and more!


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

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


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!


#HowWeListen is brought to you by Byta, the platform for sending digital audio files and streams. A microsite passing on the knowledge that tomorrow’s artists and industry leaders require to be successful. Including weekly interviews with music industry professionals and artists, events, workshops, articles, resources and industry insights. 


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.


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

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Lincoln Center Pop-Up Classroom is open, free and accessible for all. Join live lessons or watch any previous lessons 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.


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.


This desktop app is a great way to build your skills & confidence on your MIDI keyboard, pad controller, or electronic drum kit. Melodics™ makes practice fun, relevant & effective, with huge lesson variety and a learning structure that puts you in charge.


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.


Moog Inc. is a worldwide designer, manufacturer, and integrator of precision control components and systems. The Minimoog Model D App is a mobile transmutation of the world’s first portable synthesizer, the Minimoog Model D, and is free to download. Optimized for use on all 64-bit iOS devices, anyone can jump in and play with over 160 included presets or lay fingers to the controls and begin exploring vast magical realms of creative potential.

Learn more about Robert Moog and simulate performance on a synthesizer through this Google Doodle!


The Musescore Editor is an easy-to-use, open source desktop software application that helps musicians learn, create, and edit musical notation. There are also mobile applications for both Android and iOS platforms. Musescore’s is the largest library of musical scores available online.


Music Forward connects young people to the music industry. Programs are designed to spark discovery, chart careers, and define pathways to success in the music industry for tomorrow’s innovators, artists, and leaders. Teachers are invited to engage their classrooms and use Music Forward content to supplement curriculum to connect students’ passions to professions. Explore Music Forward programs and online resources in Industry Insights for students wanting to learn more about the music industry.


Explore over 150 resources, programs, and tools to help you develop a modern music program. Their resources include music production, instrument programming, performance ideas, equipment and design, and more. Downloads, projects, and ideas are all free and availalbe to the public. 


MusicFirst 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. 


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 engaging video showcasing the Most Popular Music Styles from 1910 – 2019


The go-to resource for modern music technology, providing insight and opinion on the gear, tools, software and services to enhance and expand the minds of music makers and listeners. Check out the tutorials to take your beats to the next level. 


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!


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.


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.


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.


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!


She Is The Music (SITM) is a nonprofit organization increasing the number of women working in music – songwriters, engineers, producers, artists and industry professionals. As an umbrella nonprofit, they also provide resources and support for female-focused initiatives that are working to create meaningful change. Interested in learning the basics of Logic or Ableton? What about what it takes to set up a home studio? Get access to it all with She Is The Music’s At-Home Tutorial Series on YouTube.


Free audio, video, and PDF classroom resources in music technology, guitar method, band method, and music theory for all grades. The Shed presents their Production Through Performance music technology curriculum featuring Soundtrap. 


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.



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


Free audio ear training for recording musicians and sound engineers. Get a daily sound workout, enhance your listening skills, and get better results in the studio.

Join SoundGym free audio school — Learn complete programs curated from the best free online content by sound experts & educators: music production and audio engineering, mix & mastering, electronic music production, sound synthesis & sampling and live sound engineering. Study the software, the art, and the craft of recording and producing.


Explore creative sound recording and producing at any ability level with Soundtrap, an online music creation platform. Soundtrap has an extensive collection of beats, loops and instruments, or you can connect your own instrument. Share your music and collaborate with other musicians. The online studio allows you to create music on any device, anywhere!

Soundtrap for Education empowers students and teachers to explore creative sound recording in all subjects. Students can collaborate with each other, teachers can give assignments and feedback, and teachers can also give remote lessons through the virtual learning environment.


Spire Studio by iZotope® is an all-in-one recording studio. Record studio-quality sound without the hassle of cables. Instantly edit, mix, and share your recorded songs via built-in Wi-Fi connection between Spire Studio and the free Spire app for iOS and Android. Whether capturing a moment of inspiration or collaborating with bandmates, Spire delivers a new kind of recording experience.

Don’t have a Spire? Download the free Spire app and get started recording today! Singer, rapper, and certified gold song writer AdELA says the iZotope® Spire Studio is one of her must-haves! Watch her short and easy tutorial on how to download the free app and produce your own music.


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!

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