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Virtual Music Room

Virtual Classroom Music Room Instructions

Ever wonder how to make a Virtual Classroom? Want your students to make their own virtual classroom? Check out this resource for step-by-step instructions! Olivia Yachnick offers instructions to build a customized classroom using bitmoji, google slides, and google images. Virtual Classrooms can [ ...→ ]

Film Unit

Marveling the Music in Movies Unit

Teacher Doreen Steinmacher created this 7-week virtual unit on music from the movies. Each unit essential questions, learning objectives, 3 student tasks, editable assessments, and extra assignments. Teachers can easily adapt and use each unit individually or use them as presented. Price: Free [ ...→ ]

Composers for Kids

Composers for Kids YouTube Playlist

The "Composers for Kids" playlist provides descriptions, fun facts, and biographies of composers. The videos vary in ways of presenting information; this playlist includes lectures as well as animations. Videos range in length from two to twenty minutes. Most videos will appeal to [ ...→ ]

Composers for Children

Composers for Children YouTube Playlist

Ideal for general music classes of any level, this YouTube playlist provides descriptions and biographies of composers. Contents range from short, animated videos covering information about a single composer to two-hour-long audiobook readings and everything in between. This playlist draws content from several [ ...→ ]

Five Minute Mozart

Five Minute Mozart

Ideal for beginner or general music classes, Five Minute Mozart provides videos on basic theory, piano tutorials and brief composer biographies. The basic theory videos cover concepts like note names, intervals, and rhythms. The piano tutorials include sheet music as well as piano [ ...→ ]

Music at Home Bingo

Music at Home Bingo

Lauren Marcinkowski's "Music at Home Bingo" provides students a non-digital activity to enrich their musical experiences. This PDF includes multiple sheets for different ages of learners as well as multiple days' worth of lessons. With the included instructions, both teachers and parents would [ ...→ ]

Education Through Music

Education Through Music

ETM partners music teachers with schools and parents so that music is part of every students' life. Their website details how their program works and what resources/services they provide. Their excellent distance learning resources provide parents with many opportunities to aid and participate [ ...→ ]

KHS & IMES clinics

KHS America & IMES Virtual Clinics

KHS America & IMES are posting new clinics each Thursday at 2PM ET until April 30. Topics addressed include everything from practice tips to philosophy. These are ideal for students at the secondary level and up. The website provides links to new livestreams [ ...→ ]

Word Synth

Word Synth

Created by Google, Word Synth allows students to experiment with language and music. Users input their own words/phrase to be spoken on pitch. Drag the blocks up or down to change the pitch on any given word. Users can change the tonality and [ ...→ ]


In Tune Monthly

This magazine for teenage students incorporates popular music and classical music and also includes a podcast. Each edition contains a listening list, guitar chords for a song, articles about a modern artist and more. There is also a teacher edition that explores these [ ...→ ]



This online resource allows you to create sheet music and educational activities for students. Teachers are able to assign assignments, mostly with score work. This would be successful in a theory classroom. It is compatible with Google Classroom, Clever, Office 365, Schoology, Canvas [ ...→ ]


Fender Play

Students looking to learn acoustic or electric guitar, bass, and/or ukulele should know about this website! This website has over 2.5k online video lessons (and counting!) taught by professional musicians in addition to many different songs they can learn. These lessons are customizable [ ...→ ]



This program teaches general music skills as well as guitar, ukulele, bass, and piano through popular music. The free teacher membership includes a selection of pop and rock music that students can play along with. The interactive play-along mode shows the hand positions [ ...→ ]

Jazz Artist Bios for Kids

Jazz Artist Biographies for Kids

Ideal for younger students as an introduction to jazz, this resource provides different articles and videos on the style of jazz and famous jazz musicians. Each article presents the information in a style geared for younger students. In the introduction, "What's Jazz?", there [ ...→ ]

The Shed

The Shed

The Shed is a website with online music classes that contain free audio, video, and PDF resources. Classes are provided in music technology, guitar, band and music theory. The site also has PDF worksheets, lead sheets, quizzes, and videos covering subject including harmony, [ ...→ ]



This computer application allows students to improvise, learn, and compose music with their computer keyboard. It is perfect for allowing students to compose and share music in a time when many of them are away from friends and peers. Teachers can utilize this [ ...→ ]

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Mixxx is software perfect for secondary technology and general music classes. Teachers can utilize Mixxx to create and perform live mixes with digital music files. Students can upload several songs to the software, then mix them into their own compositions. Students mix on [ ...→ ]



This program makes music fun with scaffolded games that teach basic music concepts like theory, note reading, and ear training. Teachers can assign games and monitor progress directly from the app or website. There is also an option for parents to search for [ ...→ ]


Smithsonian Music

Smithsonian Music provides general music teachers an online museum of World Music. Teachers can browse lesson plans, playlists, albums, and more by genre, geography, or artist. They also provide podcasts and playlists online for free. There are also free lesson plans about world [ ...→ ]



This free site is perfect for creating interactive videos in any music class. Choosing from online video sources like YouTube, teachers can add closed captioning, questions, notes, voice overs, and more. Students can view the videos and submit their responses on the website. [ ...→ ]

Finding Music Resources

Finding Music Resources

The music students of Gettysburg College created this website to offer an easy way to sort through resources. Arranged in 30 categories, students curated and linked each resource. Price: Free Always Link: Finding Music Resources


Talking Rhythm

This resource is a great series on lesson plans centered around rhythm. Easy to use, teachers can gradually introduce duple and compound rhythms, syncopation and the Kodaly rhythm syllables.  Each lesson includes a summary text, listening examples and exercises. Price: Free Always Link: [ ...→ ]



This source is perfect for creating music in general music or music technology classes. Features include recording, exporting/importing audio, editing audio, and MIDI input. Price: Always Free Link: Audacity

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Chrome Music Lab

Chrome Music Lab offers a variety of musical "experiments" for students to explore. The program is user-friendly and easy to navigate. This lab allows students to explore and discover various elements of music on their own. The activities are colorful, highly engaging, and [ ...→ ]


BandLab for Education

Teachers of any level and area can use BandLab to teach recording, mixing, audio editing, and more. It is easy to use from both a student and teacher perspective, and students can submit assignments directly through the website. The program has a wide [ ...→ ]


Organized Chaos

This is an ideal resource for music educators looking for additional resources for online learning. This blog post gives ideas for remote learning in 4 categories: virtual teaching, online resources, no-tech resources, and professional learning opportunities. The specific resources are all linked for [ ...→ ]


MIMphx YouTube Channel

The Musical Instrument Museum of Phoenix channel features tours and behind-the-scenes footage including musical instruments from all cultures, musical theater performance videos, and diverse talks from musical professionals of every background.Teachers can use these videos as listening assignments, on a platform like Edpuzzle, [ ...→ ]


Nightly Met Opera Streams

The Metropolitan Opera is streaming a different opera every day. Teachers can use this resource for guided listening, enrichment, voice/theater classes, and more. Streams begin at 7:30PM ET, and the video remains available until 6:30PM ET the following day. The streams are available [ ...→ ]


Talking Up Music Education Podcast

Talking Up Music Education is perfect for all music educators as well as for interested secondary students. Each podcast features a guest; Vanessa Carlton speaks about being a singer-songwriter, and Eric Whitacre speaks on being a composer. The host, Executive Director of The [ ...→ ]

tone savvy

Tone Savvy

Tone Savvy is perfect for any level of Music Theory classes and performing ensembles. This resource has many customizable exercises for students to work on their fundamentals of music, ranging from note reading to melodic dictation to interval identification. The teacher can create [ ...→ ]

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Little Kids Rock YouTube Channel

Little Kids Rock is a great organization that promotes the inclusion of modern band in the music classroom. Their YouTube channel provides free video lessons on drums, guitar, bass, keyboard and ukulele. There are also some inspiring performance videos and professional development videos [ ...→ ]


The Music Educator Blog

This blog is perfect for music educators of all grades and areas. The content ranges from articles about supporting one's students to podcasts with guest professionals about the classroom. Recently, helping the music educator teach from home has come to the forefront of [ ...→ ]

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This app provides teachers with simple, interactive music theory instruction through available lessons and exercises. This app is perfect for ensemble teachers and theory teachers looking for supplemental materials to assist students with becoming familiar with and practicing music theory concepts, as well [ ...→ ]


New York Philharmonic Young People’s Concerts Play!

The New York Philharmonic’s Young People’s Concerts are perfect for elementary music students, but there is value for secondary students as well. This site offers free NY Phil concerts with activities for students. Each concert listed has videos allowing students to interact with [ ...→ ]

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Four Chord Ukulele Playlist

This YouTube playlist contains 86 popular songs that can all be played using only 4 chords. All videos display the chord diagrams during the song for students to follow along. This would be a perfect at-home practice resource for ukulele players of all [ ...→ ]

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52 Homemade Musical Instruments

This website provides a list of 52 instruments students can make at home. The instruments vary in complexity and necessary materials, so students will have plenty of options using items they already have at home. Most instruments work best for elementary students, but [ ...→ ]


A Year of Sight Singing and Ear Training Playlist

This YouTube playlist is an excellent resource for students to learn and/or review different aspects of sight-singing technique. Each video, ranging from 3-8 minutes, covers different concepts including dictation, meter, key signatures, rhythmic practice, etc. as well as simple tunes, folk songs, and [ ...→ ]

Dancing Alone Together

Dancing Alone Together

Dancing Alone Together is a website that has free, live-streamed dance classes. This resource is perfect for older students. While there are a few beginner classes, most of the videos are targeted to people with some dance experience. Class times go throughout the [ ...→ ]

Theory Units

Music Theory Units

Ted Gibson provides leveled music theory units with Level 1 (7th and 8th), Level 2 (9th and 10th), Level 3 (11th and 12th). There are 10 units for each Level. Choose a link, and it redirects to a Prezi on the topic. The [ ...→ ]

Protest Music Lesson

Protest Music Lesson

This lesson gives secondary students the chance to research elements and examples of protest music. After researching, students write a piece of protest music on an issue that is important to them. The composition requires the students to use looping tracks to back [ ...→ ]


Online Spinner Music Wheel

This resource is ideal for elementary and secondary instrumental teachers but would require some modification for use in online/distance instruction. One can use this board game-like spinner to randomly select an option to play a passage a certain way (staccato, quietly, loudly, and [ ...→ ]

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Theory/Aurals Review

This resource is perfect for collegiate professors looking for aural skills resources during a period of online learning. This resource was created by Dr. Julia Alford at Temple University. She has made her Aural Skills classroom syllabus for online learning available - specifically [ ...→ ]

funky beat

How to Make a Funky Beat in 30 Seconds

This website is great for K-12 general music teachers who want to allow their students to create their own beat patterns. The list features 6 websites and apps that allow students to quickly produce beat/rap patterns on their own. Students require a computer [ ...→ ]

jam zone

Little Kids Rock Jam Zone

The Jam Zone is great for students of all ages to find songs and jam! The Jam Zone has a large list of popular songs where you can select your rock band instrument and view it as regularly noted OR the little kid [ ...→ ]


Ukulele Play-along Videos

Ukulele Play Along videos are perfect for any student at any age wanting to learn to play the ukulele. There are hundreds of songs on YouTube that can be accessed through links on the document. The document provides the key and chords used [ ...→ ]

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Great Grooves World Drumming

This resource focuses on Gahu African Drumming and Dance as well as grooves from a variety of different cultures. This is an interactive website where students can create their own drum beats using the instruments from the culture. Students will read about the [ ...→ ]

name that tune solfege worksheet

Name that Tune Solfege Worksheet

This worksheet is ideal for students who are studying solfege and also beginning music theory/aural skills. Multiple key signatures are included. Since it is addressed to a classroom, having a version that students could complete via Google Docs/Forms as a quiz would be [ ...→ ]

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4 Simple Steps to Taking Your Music Class Online

This resource is ideal for general music educators looking for help on how to transition their instruction to online learning. This video "workshop" is free to sign-up for (must provide name and email), and the instructor talks through a PowerPoint presentation about transitioning [ ...→ ]


Composition Project: Melody Recall

This introduction to composition is perfect for theory classes, online band and orchestra, and secondary general music! Clear directions on how to compose a basic melody for different instruments are provided. Students need access to notation software and the knowledge to create at [ ...→ ]

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Flipgrid – Empower Every Voice

Flipgrid is an easy-to-use app and website perfect for providing a digital platform for classroom video based discussions. Teachers can create a "grid," which is accessible to students through their school emails, student ID, or a link, and then create discussions that students [ ...→ ]

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Teaching Music History: Resources

This resource is ideal for secondary and post-secondary educators looking for music history-related online resources. This source includes great resources for every era of music history directly from the American Musicological Society Pedagogy Group. Resources include assignments, activities, handouts, syllabi, digital music reserves, [ ...→ ]

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Staying Connected Webinar

This video is perfect for teachers struggling to teach through a virtual classroom. It contains weekly teacher-led discussions of ideas, strategies, and mindsets to help keep students engaged. The webinars include lesson plan ideas and guides on use other different apps to stay [ ...→ ]

tonal pattern composition lesson

Tonal Pattern Composition Lesson

This resource works well for vocally-oriented classes as well as the secondary music technology classroom. Students compose & record a vocal melody, add accompaniment tracks to match, and submit them for grading. The resource provides a grading rubric. This is a self-contained lesson [ ...→ ]

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Soundtrap Remix Challenge

This quick lesson plan provides tools for helping your students create remixes on Soundtrap. Teachers can either download this as a PDF or use via Google Drive to copy and edit. This lesson plan is a great way to explore software such as [ ...→ ]

Unusual Musical Instruments

What in the World?? Unusual Musical Instruments

This resource is perfect for K-8 general music teachers for lessons about non-traditional instruments. Students only require access to the provided YouTube videos and PDF worksheet of accompanying questions. Teachers can easily tailor this lesson for inclusion in a larger unit. Price: Free [ ...→ ]

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“Rap My Name” Lesson Plan

This resource is great for both general music & music tech classrooms of all ages. This is a self-contained lesson and only requires speaking in rhythm. Teachers might use it early in the year as an “icebreaker” activity. The project allows for the [ ...→ ]

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Decolonizing the Music Room

"Decolonizing the Music Room" exists as a collection of podcasts, repertoire, research, articles, and books with a focus on non-Western music history and multicultural inclusion. Some resources are for educators exclusively. These describe philosophies and methods of musical decolonization. Teachers can review other [ ...→ ]

Music Tech Project

Music Tech Project

This lesson is perfect for a music tech project for middle school. Students will practice using GarageBand to alter their voices with different sound effects. An assessment rubric has been included. Price: Always Free Link: Music Tech Project

Teaching Music Online

Teaching Music Online PDF

This informational article details how to design and structure an online music class. It has numerous ideas for assignments, assessments, and the overall layout of online learning. Teachers faced with moving to online instruction will find much of value here. Price: Always Free [ ...→ ]

Blues artist instagram project

Blues Artist Instagram Project

Designed for the elementary/secondary general music classroom, this lesson plan incorporates information about blues musicians in a social media format. This is a barebones idea that the teacher would modify in order to maximize usefulness in the classroom. Likewise, the first slide encourages [ ...→ ]


Songwriting/Composition Assignments

This assignment is perfect for high school students in a music technology or general music class. This would be good for the middle or end of a unit on film music or on emotions in music. There are two projects in this lesson [ ...→ ]

Expression Music Project

Music Expression Project

This PowerPoint is suitable for secondary/post-secondary general music/music tech classes. It guides students through understanding how music can show expression. For the project portion of this resource, students create a short movie and pick two contrasting songs without words to act as the [ ...→ ]


Composition Project: Melody Recall

This introduction to composition is perfect for theory classes, online band and orchestra, and secondary general music! Clear directions on how to compose a basic melody for different instruments are provided. Students need access to notation software and the knowledge to create at [ ...→ ]

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Soundtrap is a website/app that allows students to make electronic music both individually and through collaboration. With music production activities for all grades and levels, students can easily combine tracks, create loops, and record themselves to create an impressive final product. By downloading [ ...→ ]

Musical Me Lesson

Musical Me: An Easy Back-to-School Tech Lesson

Perfect for junior/senior high music tech, this is billed as a back-to-school review. Students answer included questions about their musical backgrounds and then present that information through a medium of their choice. Any software that the teacher has available can be incorporated into [ ...→ ]

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Piano Chords 101

This resource is an extensive Google Slides presentation suited for high school music appreciation and/or keyboarding courses. With many linked resources and websites, this resource covers the basics of the piano and music theory (naming notes, intervals, triads), as well as how to [ ...→ ]