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Virtual Classroom Music Room Instructions

2020-05-28T14:51:47+00:00

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 play a vital role even with in-person instruction. Build your virtual classroom today!

Price: Free Always

Virtual Music Room

Virtual Classroom Music Room Instructions

2020-05-28T14:50:58+00:00

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 play a vital role even with in-person instruction. Build your virtual classroom today!

Price: Free Always

Virtual Music Room

Virtual Classroom Music Room Instructions

2020-05-28T14:50:42+00:00

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 play a vital role even with in-person instruction. Build your virtual classroom today!

Price: Free Always

Film Unit

Marveling the Music in Movies Unit

2020-05-19T17:43:59+00:00

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 During Covid-19

Composers for Kids

Composers for Kids YouTube Playlist

2020-04-26T19:20:03+00:00

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 younger students, but some are suited for secondary-age students as well.

Price: Always Free

Link: Composers for Kids on YouTube

Composers for Children

Composers for Children YouTube Playlist

2020-04-26T19:20:17+00:00

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 creators/sources, so a wide range of material is available!

Price: Always Free

Link: Composers for Children YouTube Playlist

Five Minute Mozart

Five Minute Mozart

2020-04-26T18:58:19+00:00

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 keys that light up show what note to press down. The brief composer biographies give a two- to three-minute biography of a well known composer.

Price: Always Free

Link: Five Minute Mozart on YouTube

WURRLYedu

WURRLYedu

2020-04-26T18:47:36+00:00

Teachers of general music and popular music will find a wide range of useful virtual lesson plans on this site. There are several classical music listening examples as well. Genres like pop and rock have chord play-alongs or vocal sing-alongs. There is an iOS app as well as an in-browser option, both of which are user-friendly.

Price: 30-day free trial with paid usage to follow ($39/month or $399/year)

Link: WURRLYedu

Lesson Planet

Lesson Planet

2020-04-25T23:47:20+00:00

Lesson Planet provides music educators with a range of dependable, high-quality lesson plans. Those with memberships to this site have access to 2000+ lesson plans created by music educators for music educators. There is a free trial period available before one needs to pay for lessons.

Price: $3-7 per month

Link: Lesson Planet

Lesson Planet

Lesson Planet

2020-04-25T23:46:36+00:00

Lesson Planet provides music educators with a range of dependable, high-quality lesson plans. Those with memberships to this site have access to 2000+ lesson plans created by music educators for music educators. There is a free trial period available before one needs to pay for lessons.

Price: $3-7 per month

Link: Lesson Planet

Lesson Planet

Lesson Planet

2020-04-25T23:46:25+00:00

Lesson Planet provides music educators with a range of dependable, high-quality lesson plans. Those with memberships to this site have access to 2000+ lesson plans created by music educators for music educators. There is a free trial period available before one needs to pay for lessons.

Price: $3-7 per month

Link: Lesson Planet

Ms. Powers MusicEdu

@ms.powers_musicedu Instagram Account

2020-04-25T23:34:43+00:00

Ms. Powers Music Instagram focuses on secondary general music. The page includes videos from classroom experiences that incorporate guitars, percussion, and vocals. Additionally, there are also occasional livestreams/videos on popular music in the classroom. All one needs is an Instagram account to get started!

Price: Always Free

Link: Ms. Powers on Instagram

Ms. Powers MusicEdu

@ms.powers_musicedu Instagram Account

2020-04-25T23:34:10+00:00

Ms. Powers Music Instagram focuses on secondary general music. The page includes videos from classroom experiences that incorporate guitars, percussion, and vocals. Additionally, there are also occasional livestreams/videos on popular music in the classroom. All one needs is an Instagram account to get started!

Price: Always Free

Link: Ms. Powers on Instagram

Music at Home Bingo

Music at Home Bingo

2020-04-21T16:17:41+00:00

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 be able to administer this activity.

Price: Always Free

Music at Home Bingo

Education Through Music

Education Through Music

2020-04-22T19:26:01+00:00

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 in their child’s music education from home.

Price: Always Free (donations accepted)

Links: Education Through Music Online

ETM Distance Learning Resources

Education Through Music

Education Through Music

2020-04-22T19:26:46+00:00

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 in their child’s music education from home.

Price: Always Free (donations accepted)

Links: Education Through Music Online

ETM Distance Learning Resources

Education Through Music

Education Through Music

2020-04-22T19:27:37+00:00

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 in their child’s music education from home.

Price: Always Free (donations accepted)

Links: Education Through Music Online

ETM Distance Learning Resources

Teachers Pay Teachers

2020-04-22T19:28:20+00:00

This website is full of resources for any teacher. With ideas for every topic, there are lesson plans, worksheets, games, and other activities for any age. Most have a small cost, but there are several free resources as well.

Price: Varies

Link: Teachers Pay Teachers

Teachers Pay Teachers

2020-04-20T22:28:27+00:00

This website is full of resources for any teacher. With ideas for every topic, there are lesson plans, worksheets, games, and other activities for any age. Most have a small cost, but there are several free resources as well.

Price: Varies

Link: Teachers Pay Teachers

Teachers Pay Teachers

2020-04-20T22:28:04+00:00

This website is full of resources for any teacher. With ideas for every topic, there are lesson plans, worksheets, games, and other activities for any age. Most have a small cost, but there are several free resources as well.

Price: Varies

Link: Teachers Pay Teachers

KHS & IMES clinics

KHS America & IMES Virtual Clinics

2020-04-19T19:35:14+00:00

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 as well as archived clinics from weeks past.

Price: Free during COVID-19

Link: KHS America & IMES Clinics

KHS & IMES clinics

KHS America & IMES Virtual Clinics

2020-04-19T19:34:57+00:00

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 as well as archived clinics from weeks past.

Price: Free during COVID-19

Link: KHS America & IMES Clinics

KHS & IMES clinics

KHS America & IMES Virtual Clinics

2020-04-19T19:34:06+00:00

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 as well as archived clinics from weeks past.

Price: Free during COVID-19

Link: KHS America & IMES Clinics

The Singing Space

The Singing Space Facebook Group

2020-04-19T19:25:29+00:00

This group gives music educators a place to share original songs, songs for their classrooms, and songs pertaining to quarantine. Many videos are educational in nature and can act as both resources and inspiration for other teachers. All one needs is a Facebook account to join and view this content!

Price: Always Free

Link: The Singing Space on Facebook

The Singing Space

The Singing Space Facebook Group

2020-04-19T19:25:18+00:00

This group gives music educators a place to share original songs, songs for their classrooms, and songs pertaining to quarantine. Many videos are educational in nature and can act as both resources and inspiration for other teachers. All one needs is a Facebook account to join and view this content!

Price: Always Free

Link: The Singing Space on Facebook

Word Synth

Word Synth

2020-04-19T19:10:20+00:00

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 pitch center, the voice used, tempo of playback, and the ratio of singing to speaking during playback. The program also includes a tutorial!

Price: Always Free

Link: Word Synth

Word Synth

Word Synth

2020-04-19T19:10:10+00:00

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 pitch center, the voice used, tempo of playback, and the ratio of singing to speaking during playback. The program also includes a tutorial!

Price: Always Free

Link: Word Synth

In Tune Monthly

2020-04-19T18:14:28+00:00

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 topics in more detail.

Price: Free During COVID-19

Link: In Tune Monthly

In Tune Monthly

2020-04-19T18:14:06+00:00

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 topics in more detail.

Price: Free During COVID-19

Link: In Tune Monthly

In Tune Monthly

2020-04-19T18:13:39+00:00

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 topics in more detail.

Price: Free During COVID-19

Link: In Tune Monthly

iListenWI

iListenWI

2020-04-18T21:51:16+00:00

iListenWI provides listening-based lesson plans created and tested by and for music educators. Students can broaden their exposure to a wide array of musical genres and develop higher-level thinking and listening skills. It features a variety of lesson plans that fulfill National Music Standards for Music Education.

Price: $20 per year

Link: iListenWI

Choir Baton

2020-04-17T16:00:40+00:00

Choir Baton is an instagram page that offers practical ways to teach choir. Worksheets, assessments and guided videos are also available on her website via the link on Instagram. Monthly mini-courses are offered as well as a podcast discussing choirs virtually.

Price: Free

Link: Choir Baton

Ashley Danye on “How to Transition to Teaching Lessons Online (Due to COVID-19)”

2020-04-16T22:51:42+00:00

This is an ideal resource for music educators looking for dependable, tested resources reviewed by a music educator. This comprehensive post gives insight into how to switch onto online music teaching. There is also an overview of different applications and websites to help supplement online teaching and descriptions of what each offers.

Price: Always Free

Link: “How to Transition to Teaching Lessons Online (Due to COVID-19)”

Jazz Lesson Videos

2020-04-16T22:31:08+00:00

“Jazz Lesson Videos” is an instagram page run by Chad Lefkowitz-Brown, a saxophone professor from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. His page is centered around jazz improvisation. Chad provides video demonstrations of techniques, scales, licks, and exercises for students to practice. He includes links to websites, videos, and practice books for students to review, purchase, or practice.

Price: Always Free

Link: Jazz Lesson Videos by Chad Lefkowitz-Brown

OrchestraTeacher.net

2020-04-16T22:13:09+00:00

This website is ideal for orchestra directors in need of lesson plans and ideas. This site provides podcasts, blogs, video lesson plans, and worksheets in a wide range of subject areas. Through this resource, teachers are able to find guidance on distance learning activities. The subject matter ranges from practice videos to specific musical concepts. This site is always free to the public.

Price: Always Free

Link: OrchestraTeacher.net

Noteflight Learn

2020-04-16T22:02:51+00:00

Noteflight Learn is an extension of Noteflight Premium where students can create scores as well as play/sing along to a library of digital scores for Choir, Band, Orchestra, Guitar, Piano, and Pop ensembles. Students can record themselves and embed their recordings into the scores through midi. Students can share their recordings with their teacher and other students through a Noteflight Learn personal website. Additionally, this program offers lessons for students.

Price: $69 per 10 students (minimum)

Link: Noteflight Learn

Noteflight Learn

2020-04-16T22:01:56+00:00

Noteflight Learn is an extension of Noteflight Premium where students can create scores as well as play/sing along to a library of digital scores for Choir, Band, Orchestra, Guitar, Piano, and Pop ensembles. Students can record themselves and embed their recordings into the scores through midi. Students can share their recordings with their teacher and other students through a Noteflight Learn personal website. Additionally, this program offers lessons for students.

Price: $69 per 10 students (minimum)

Link: Noteflight Learn

Midnight Music

2020-04-16T21:57:29+00:00

This site is designed for music educators who need help using technology! In 12 online courses, teachers can learn how to use programs such as GarageBand, Mixcraft, Sibelius, Audacity and more. There are lesson plans to go along with each course, and the program will help you understand iPads, Chromebooks, Macs, and PCs. There are a few free resources in addition to those included in the subscription.

Cost: $49 per month or $490 per year

Link: Midnight Music

Midnight Music

2020-04-16T21:56:06+00:00

This site is designed for music educators who need help using technology! In 12 online courses, teachers can learn how to use programs such as GarageBand, Mixcraft, Sibelius, Audacity and more. There are lesson plans to go along with each course, and the program will help you understand iPads, Chromebooks, Macs, and PCs. There are a few free resources in addition to those included in the subscription.

Cost: $49 per month or $490 per year

Link: Midnight Music

Midnight Music

2020-04-16T21:55:49+00:00

This site is designed for music educators who need help using technology! In 12 online courses, teachers can learn how to use programs such as GarageBand, Mixcraft, Sibelius, Audacity and more. There are lesson plans to go along with each course, and the program will help you understand iPads, Chromebooks, Macs, and PCs. There are a few free resources in addition to those included in the subscription.

Cost: $49 per month or $490 per year

Link: Midnight Music

Flat

2020-04-16T21:52:02+00:00

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 and Edmodo. The teacher can organize classes, collaborate in real time, contact students, add comments to assignments and work offline. It is best for assignments that involve writing musical notation. This would be difficult to use with younger students, although it claims to be successful with all ages. This can be used at school or home and with many different types of devices.

Price: Always Free

Link: Flat

Podcast Project

Choral Connections: Podcast Project

2020-04-16T17:01:05+00:00

This resource helps teachers with distance learning options that do not involve as much writing, but still engage students in learning. Providing three different possibilities for podcast models, this unit take students step-by-step through the process of creating, writing, recording, editing, and publishing a podcast. The PDF download includes editable student worksheets for multiple levels of learners.

Cost: Free During Covid-19

Link: Choral Connections: Podcast Project

Fender Play

2020-04-16T03:25:44+00:00

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 so students can play for as long as they’d like. Students can also track their progress as well as the skills they learn. This site is more appropriate for secondary-age students but could have applications for upper elementary as well.

Price: Free during COVID19

Link: Fender Play

Fender Play

2020-04-16T03:23:17+00:00

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 so students can play for as long as they’d like. Students can also track their progress as well as the skills they learn. This site is more appropriate for secondary-age students but could have applications for upper elementary as well.

Price: Free during COVID19

Link: Fender Play

Solfeg.io

2020-04-15T23:54:46+00:00

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 and chords in real time while following along on the score. For teachers, there is a collection of lesson plan ideas to use with the program. In addition to the website, Solfeg.io can be used with the app, which is available on all mobile platforms.

Price: Free

Link: Solfeg.io

Solfeg.io

2020-04-15T23:54:26+00:00

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 and chords in real time while following along on the score. For teachers, there is a collection of lesson plan ideas to use with the program. In addition to the website, Solfeg.io can be used with the app, which is available on all mobile platforms.

Price: Free

Link: Solfeg.io

MSL

MSL Masterclass Videos

2020-04-15T22:34:21+00:00

This video offers a sample elementary-level french horn masterclass. If you want a customized masterclass series for your band students, fill out the request form on this site. As always, MSL helpers are available to fill any need or vision you have for elementary through secondary videos on all instruments.

Price: Free Always

Link: Music Service Learning Sample Masterclass Video 

Jazz Artist Bios for Kids

Jazz Artist Biographies for Kids

2020-04-15T21:37:49+00:00

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 is a video with audio examples and famous musicians explaining the cultural history and unique musical components of jazz. Biographic videos include relevant recordings of the players being studied.

Price: Always Free

Link: Jazz Artist Biographies for Kids

Jazz Artist Bios for Kids

Jazz Artist Biographies for Kids

2020-04-15T21:37:23+00:00

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 is a video with audio examples and famous musicians explaining the cultural history and unique musical components of jazz. Biographic videos include relevant recordings of the players being studied.

Price: Always Free

Link: Jazz Artist Biographies for Kids

The Shed

The Shed

2020-04-15T21:23:42+00:00

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, melody, rhythm, and jazz.

Price: Free during COVID-19

Link: The Shed

The Shed

The Shed

2020-04-15T21:23:04+00:00

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, melody, rhythm, and jazz.

Price: Free during COVID-19

Link: The Shed

aQWERTYon

aQWERTYon

2020-04-15T21:09:12+00:00

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 for lessons or enrichment. The site includes some lesson plans as well! aQWERTYon allows for export into other audio programs like Soundtrap and Ableton.

Price: Always Free

Link: aQWERTYon

Nearpod screen

Nearpod

2020-04-15T00:29:03+00:00

Nearpod is an instructional platform that merges formative assessment and dynamic media for collaborative learning experiences. Encompassing all K-12 subjects, teachers can either use platform lesson plans or create their own to upload for students. Teachers are able to track students’ progress, hold live sessions, and post additional activities (worksheets, polls, games, quizzes, etc.) for students to complete.

Price: Free during COVID-19

Nearpod

Nearpod screen

Nearpod

2020-04-15T00:28:20+00:00

Nearpod is an instructional platform that merges formative assessment and dynamic media for collaborative learning experiences. Encompassing all K-12 subjects, teachers can either use platform lesson plans or create their own to upload for students. Teachers are able to track students’ progress, hold live sessions, and post additional activities (worksheets, polls, games, quizzes, etc.) for students to complete.

Price: Free during COVID-19

Nearpod

Mixxx homepage

Mixxx

2020-04-15T00:24:14+00:00

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 a  turntable simulator and add exciting visuals elements.

Price: Free always

Mixxx

Tunelark

2020-04-14T19:01:18+00:00

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 virtual private lesson teachers.

Price: Free

Link: Tunelark

Tunelark

2020-04-14T19:00:54+00:00

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 virtual private lesson teachers.

Price: Free

Link: Tunelark

Nearpod screen

Nearpod

2020-04-15T00:26:09+00:00

Nearpod is an instructional platform that merges formative assessment and dynamic media for collaborative learning experiences. Encompassing all K-12 subjects, teachers can either use platform lesson plans or create their own to upload for students. Teachers are able to track students’ progress, hold live sessions, and post additional activities (worksheets, polls, games, quizzes, etc.) for students to complete.

Price: Free during COVID-19

Nearpod

Yousiaicn website

Yousician

2020-04-14T22:59:37+00:00

This software and app contains songs, exercises, and lessons to aid students in learning guitar, bass, ukulele, piano, or voice. The follow-along videos allow students to practice at their own tempo and learn at their own pace, gradually adding note/chord reading. For pianists, there is an option to use a virtual keyboard. There is an app as well as downloadable software from the website. Many genres of musical selections are represented, although mostly fall into pop, rock, or country categories.

Price: Free during COVID-19

Yousician

Smithsonian Music

2020-04-15T00:42:27+00:00

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 music for every grade level with four different levels from k-12, and free interactive games for students. Subscribe to a Smithsonian Folkways Membership and get a discount on Smithsonian merchandise and free downloads each year.

Price: Free with upgrades available

Link: Smithsonian Music 

Smithsonian Music

2020-04-15T00:42:45+00:00

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 music for every grade level with four different levels from k-12, and free interactive games for students. Subscribe to a Smithsonian Folkways Membership and get a discount on Smithsonian merchandise and free downloads each year.

Price: Free with upgrades available

Link: Smithsonian Music 

Smithsonian Music

2020-04-15T00:43:02+00:00

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 music for every grade level with four different levels from k-12, and free interactive games for students. Subscribe to a Smithsonian Folkways Membership and get a discount on Smithsonian merchandise and free downloads each year.

Price: Free with upgrades available

Link: Smithsonian Music 

Edpuzzle

2020-04-15T00:44:48+00:00

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.

Price: Always Free

Link: Edpuzzle

Edpuzzle

2020-04-14T15:09:17+00:00

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.

Price: Always Free

Link: Edpuzzle

Edpuzzle

2020-04-14T15:08:55+00:00

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.

Price: Always Free

Link: Edpuzzle

Audacity

2020-04-13T19:47:26+00:00

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

Audacity

2020-04-13T19:46:56+00:00

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

Talking Rhythm

2020-04-13T19:18:51+00:00

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: Talking Rhythm 

Sound Innovations Online

2020-04-13T19:13:24+00:00

Sound Innovations Online by Alfred Music provides an online platform for instrumental students of all ages to access practice resources.  SI lesson books are the virtual companion. Within SI Online, there are play-along tracks, masterclasses, supplemental pages, and extra repertoire for students so they can engage with their practicing at home in different ways. Students can access SI Online by entering a product code from their physical book. This site can be accessed via computer, tablet, and mobile device.

Price: Free through Smart Music during COVID-19

Link: Sound Innovations Online

 

Audacity

2020-04-13T19:13:21+00:00

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

chrome music lab

Chrome Music Lab

2020-04-11T15:25:04+00:00

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 based on self-discovery for students of all ages.

Free

Link: Chrome Music Lab

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BandLab for Education

2020-04-13T18:41:02+00:00

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 variety of sounds and supports MIDI input and recording. Inputting sounds is done either through a MIDI editor or through a virtual keyboard. The program is entirely cloud based and works on Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge browsers.

Free

Link: BandLab

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BandLab for Education

2020-04-11T15:57:57+00:00

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 variety of sounds and supports MIDI input and recording. Inputting sounds is done either through a MIDI editor or through a virtual keyboard. The program is entirely cloud based and works on Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge browsers.

Free

Link: BandLab

Soundation

2020-04-11T15:59:39+00:00

This is an ideal resource for music educators looking for a web-based digital audio workstation (DAW). Soundation is a DAW for those editing music who prefer a higher quality of output and recording. This resource features virtual instruments and over 700 loops and effects. With subscription, pricing ranges from $1.99 to $6.99 monthly per person.

Price: Free during COVID-19 (3 month trial) with paid upgrades available

Link: Soundation

Organized Chaos

2020-04-11T16:00:19+00:00

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 teachers to discover, or they include explanations as to how to implement them.

Price: Always Free

Link: Organized Chaos

Organized Chaos

2020-04-11T16:02:04+00:00

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 teachers to discover, or they include explanations as to how to implement them.

Price: Always Free

Link: Organized Chaos

Organized Chaos

2020-04-11T16:03:12+00:00

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 teachers to discover, or they include explanations as to how to implement them.

Price: Always Free

Link: Organized Chaos

Choralosophy Podcast

2020-04-11T16:04:58+00:00

These podcasts are designed for classroom choir directors as well as composers. Chris Munce is a composer and private voice teacher with choral classroom experience and shares his  thoughts about the world of choir, keeping quality of music education at the forefront of his discussions. A recent episode addresses COVID-19 and serves as encouragement for everyone quickly adapting to distance learning. Links to access PDF site licenses of arrangements and compositions are also included.

Price: Always Free

Link: Choralosophy Podcast

MIMphx YouTube Channel

2020-04-11T18:11:10+00:00

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, or as basis for discussion. An education playlist is also included in the channel with classroom activities as well as videos that show the science behind the instruments.

Price: Always Free

Link: MIMphx on YouTube

MIMphx YouTube Channel

2020-04-11T18:12:19+00:00

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, or as basis for discussion. An education playlist is also included in the channel with classroom activities as well as videos that show the science behind the instruments.

Price: Always Free

Link: MIMphx on YouTube

MIMphx YouTube Channel

2020-04-11T18:13:50+00:00

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, or as basis for discussion. An education playlist is also included in the channel with classroom activities as well as videos that show the science behind the instruments.

Price: Always Free

Link: MIMphx on YouTube

A Practical Guide for Recruitment and Retention

2020-04-11T18:15:16+00:00

Elementary and middle school instrumental teachers can use this guide from NAMM to learn about recruitment. This focuses on instrumental music programs while going into great detail about how to communicate with parents and how to bolster retention rates in programs. Additional materials such as interest questionnaires, grading sheets, and exit surveys are included.

Price: Always Free

Link: A Practical Guide for Recruitment and Retention

Teaching Skype Music Lessons

2020-04-08T17:36:24+00:00

This is an ideal resource for those teachers seeking to teach online lessons. This YouTube presentation by Terry B. Ewell addresses the setup of equipment, software configurations, and other helpful hints for successful online lessons for one-on-one music instruction.

Price: Always Free

 

Teaching Skype Music Lessons

2020-04-08T17:35:43+00:00

This is an ideal resource for those teachers seeking to teach online lessons. This YouTube presentation by Terry B. Ewell addresses the setup of equipment, software configurations, and other helpful hints for successful online lessons for one-on-one music instruction.

Price: Always Free

 

Music Education Resources Facebook Group

2020-04-11T18:16:41+00:00

Music Education Resources is a Facebook group for music teachers of all areas and levels. It features lots of informational articles, links to additional teaching resources, and some entertainment to lighten the mood. This group should prove helpful to many music educators due to its wide range of content. A Facebook account is necessary for full access.

Price: Always Free

Link: Music Education Resources on Facebook

Music Education Resources Facebook Group

2020-04-11T18:17:54+00:00

Music Education Resources is a Facebook group for music teachers of all areas and levels. It features lots of informational articles, links to additional teaching resources, and some entertainment to lighten the mood. This group should prove helpful to many music educators due to its wide range of content. A Facebook account is necessary for full access.

Price: Always Free

Link: Music Education Resources on Facebook

Music Education Resources Facebook Group

2020-04-08T17:11:52+00:00

Music Education Resources is a Facebook group for music teachers of all areas and levels. It features lots of informational articles, links to additional teaching resources, and some entertainment to lighten the mood. This group should prove helpful to many music educators due to its wide range of content. A Facebook account is necessary for full access.

Price: Always Free

Link: Music Education Resources on Facebook

Nightly Met Opera Streams

2020-04-11T18:20:32+00:00

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 through the website as well as a number of apps. This service would be good for any age of student that is able to understand the thematic elements of a show; the appropriateness of each show varies by plot line.

Price: Free during COVID-19

Link: Met Opera Streams

Nightly Met Opera Streams

2020-04-11T18:22:01+00:00

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 through the website as well as a number of apps. This service would be good for any age of student that is able to understand the thematic elements of a show; the appropriateness of each show varies by plot line.

Price: Free during COVID-19

Link: Met Opera Streams

Royal Irish Academy of Music

2020-04-12T01:55:41+00:00

RIAM Teaching and Learning Network has a collection of instrumental and choral lesson videos compiled by professors at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. There are piano lessons for beginners and intermediate players as well as more advanced. There are flute lessons and some choral lessons as well. Younger students may need some guidance navigating the videos, but secondary players could easily follow along on their own.

Price: Always Free

Link: RIAM on YouTube

Royal Irish Academy of Music

2020-04-12T01:57:10+00:00

RIAM Teaching and Learning Network has a collection of instrumental and choral lesson videos compiled by professors at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. There are piano lessons for beginners and intermediate players as well as more advanced. There are flute lessons and some choral lessons as well. Younger students may need some guidance navigating the videos, but secondary players could easily follow along on their own.

Price: Always Free

Link: RIAM on YouTube

Talking Up Music Education Podcast

2020-04-12T01:58:40+00:00

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 NAMM Foundation, Mary Luehrsen, speaks with music advocates, parents, teachers, students, and leaders in business and communities to share what they are doing to support the arts.

Price: Always Free

Link: Talking Up Music Education Podcast

Talking Up Music Education Podcast

2020-04-12T01:59:54+00:00

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 NAMM Foundation, Mary Luehrsen, speaks with music advocates, parents, teachers, students, and leaders in business and communities to share what they are doing to support the arts.

Price: Always Free

Link: Talking Up Music Education Podcast

Talking Up Music Education Podcast

2020-04-12T02:02:29+00:00

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 NAMM Foundation, Mary Luehrsen, speaks with music advocates, parents, teachers, students, and leaders in business and communities to share what they are doing to support the arts.

Price: Always Free

Link: Talking Up Music Education Podcast

Ableton Live

Ableton Live

2020-04-12T02:04:58+00:00

Ableton Live is perfect for teachers to teach about recording, mixing, and other fundamentals of electronic music in a secondary general music or technology class. The large program includes many pre-recorded tracks that students can use to supplement their own recordings. There is a learning curve to figure out how to use the system and other equipment is required for a full experience (MIDI input, microphones, etc.), but the possibilities for creation are wide open!

Price: 90 Day Free Trial with Several Upgrade Options

Link: Ableton Live

Ableton Live

 

 

 

FJH Measures of Success for Band

2020-04-12T02:05:29+00:00

These videos are great for beginning players. They do a great job at covering all bases, from how to take your instrument out of the case and assembling, to how to make a good sound, and working on different articulations. The videos express each topic in words and by demonstrating. They move at a great pace for students to follow along and play.

Price: Always Free

Link: FJH Music Playlist

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Cleaning Your Instrument – YouTube Playlist

2020-04-12T02:07:51+00:00

These videos are perfect for all wind instrument players to learn how to clean their instruments at home. They do a great job of explaining the cleaning and maintenance of most wind instruments in a short, but meaningful way. They ensure the instruments won’t get damaged in the process by also stating what to avoid at each step of the cleaning process.

Price: Always Free

Link: YouTube Playlist

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The Shed – Rudimental Readiness

2020-04-12T02:09:54+00:00

“The Shed” Rudiments videos are perfect for percussionists with some experience with rudiments at the elementary or secondary level. They do a great job at efficiently explaining and breaking down each rudiment. They also ensure they start with good technique from the beginning. It starts slow and speeds up throughout the video. This YouTube playlist is perfect for learning new rudiments or reviewing previously taught rudiments.

Free

Link: The Shed – Rudiments

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Tone Savvy

2020-04-13T19:22:00+00:00

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 a free account (during the closure) to make lessons or review activities for their students.

Free

Link: Tone Savvy

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Tone Savvy

2020-04-13T19:22:11+00:00

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 a free account (during the closure) to make lessons or review activities for their students.

Free

Link: Tone Savvy

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Tone Savvy

2020-04-13T19:22:21+00:00

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 a free account (during the closure) to make lessons or review activities for their students.

Free

Link: Tone Savvy

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Little Kids Rock YouTube Channel

2020-04-12T02:16:15+00:00

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 for classroom music teachers. The lessons are pop music based and would be helpful for students of any age to practice, learn, and review at home. Navigate through the playlists tab to find the material you need.

Free

Link: Little Kids Rock Channel

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Little Kids Rock YouTube Channel

2020-04-12T02:17:03+00:00

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 for classroom music teachers. The lessons are pop music based and would be helpful for students of any age to practice, learn, and review at home. Navigate through the playlists tab to find the material you need.

Free

Link: Little Kids Rock Channel

Soundfly

2020-04-13T20:12:21+00:00

Soundfly is an online service offering professional-quality music courses not often offered in traditional school. Topics range from the role of producers to songwriting and performance. Many of the production and electronic composition classes require additional programs/software. Soundfly has many available courses offered for free as well as additional paid courses, and is available for students as well as teachers looking for professional development.

Price: Some free courses, some paid

Link: Soundfly

Soundfly

2020-04-13T20:13:02+00:00

Soundfly is an online service offering professional-quality music courses not often offered in traditional school. Topics range from the role of producers to songwriting and performance. Many of the production and electronic composition classes require additional programs/software. Soundfly has many available courses offered for free as well as additional paid courses, and is available for students as well as teachers looking for professional development.

Price: Some free courses, some paid

Link: Soundfly

Soundfly

2020-04-13T20:23:51+00:00

Soundfly is an online service offering professional-quality music courses not often offered in traditional school. Topics range from the role of producers to songwriting and performance. Many of the production and electronic composition classes require additional programs/software. Soundfly has many available courses offered for free as well as additional paid courses, and is available for students as well as teachers looking for professional development.

Price: Some free courses, some paid

Link: Soundfly

The Music Educator Blog

2020-04-13T17:52:32+00:00

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 discussion.

Price: Always Free

Link: The Music Educator Blog

The Music Educator Blog

2020-04-13T17:53:43+00:00

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 discussion.

Price: Always Free

Link: The Music Educator Blog

The Music Educator Blog

2020-04-13T17:55:10+00:00

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 discussion.

Price: Always Free

Link: The Music Educator Blog

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MusicTheory.net

2020-04-15T00:52:15+00:00

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 as students looking to hone their music theory skills. Lessons and activities help students grasp and reinforce concepts related to music theory.

Price: Always free (2 additional premium iOS apps available for $2.99 and $3.99)

Link: MusicTheory.net

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MusicTheory.net

2020-04-15T00:52:40+00:00

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 as students looking to hone their music theory skills. Lessons and activities help students grasp and reinforce concepts related to music theory.

Price: Always free (2 additional premium iOS apps available for $2.99 and $3.99)

Link: MusicTheory.net

MusicTheory.net homepage

MusicTheory.net

2020-04-15T00:53:02+00:00

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 as students looking to hone their music theory skills. Lessons and activities help students grasp and reinforce concepts related to music theory.

Price: Always free (2 additional premium iOS apps available for $2.99 and $3.99)

Link: MusicTheory.net

New York Philharmonic Young People’s Concerts Play!

2020-04-13T22:41:43+00:00

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 the music; a simple, iconic notation; composition tool; and a curriculum guide for teachers. The lesson plans supplied vary from concert to concert; some are written with grades 3-5 in mind while others are for 3-12.

Price: Always Free

Link: NY Phil Young People’s Concerts Play!

New York Philharmonic Young People’s Concerts Play!

2020-04-13T22:42:34+00:00

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 the music; a simple, iconic notation; composition tool; and a curriculum guide for teachers. The lesson plans supplied vary from concert to concert; some are written with grades 3-5 in mind while others are for 3-12.

Price: Always Free

Link: NY Phil Young People’s Concerts Play!

New York Philharmonic Young People’s Concerts Play!

2020-04-13T22:43:27+00:00

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 the music; a simple, iconic notation; composition tool; and a curriculum guide for teachers. The lesson plans supplied vary from concert to concert; some are written with grades 3-5 in mind while others are for 3-12.

Price: Always Free

Link: NY Phil Young People’s Concerts Play!

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US Army Field Band YouTube Channel

2020-04-13T22:45:53+00:00

Good for listening assignments or daily inspiration, the US Army Field Band offers free live concerts over their YouTube channel at 1 PM ET every day. Performers include the Concert Band, Soldiers’ Chorus, Jazz Ambassadors, and Six-String Soldiers. The channel also contains several videos on the history and fundamentals of various instruments performed by members of the military band. The channel also includes a playlist on instrument repair.

Free

Link: US Army Field Band YouTube Channel

 

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Staying Connected Webinar

2020-04-13T22:50:31+00:00

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 connected. They also discuss teacher-student interaction, teacher mental health, and remote workspace productivity. While seemingly elementary based, the webinars present ideas that can be adapted to secondary and post-secondary situations. Enrollment capacity is limited, but videos are recorded and uploaded after.

Price: Free always

Link: Staying Connected Webinar

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Read Ahead App – Sight-reading for the Modern Musician

2020-04-14T22:13:13+00:00

This is an ideal resource for keyboard or piano teachers looking for online learning resources. This app is designed for building successful sight-reading skills on piano, including different exercises to build skills without the presence of a teacher. The provided lessons and supplemental books work on memory, speed, accuracy, tempo, and continuity.

Price: Free always (Four supplemental books for $14.99 each)

Link: Read Ahead App

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Culturally Responsive Resources for Music Educators

2020-04-14T22:14:57+00:00

This resource is ideal for educators who want help to be more culturally inclusive. An educator can get access to resources such as support in lesson planning, downloadable content, live Q&A sessions, and a monthly Newslette. The Patreon includes four different levels with varying degrees of resources.

Price: Monthly membership fee of $1, $5, $10, or $20

Link: Culturally Responsive Resources for Music Educators

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Culturally Responsive Resources for Music Educators

2020-04-14T22:15:40+00:00

This resource is ideal for educators who want help to be more culturally inclusive. An educator can get access to resources such as support in lesson planning, downloadable content, live Q&A sessions, and a monthly Newslette. The Patreon includes four different levels with varying degrees of resources.

Price: Monthly membership fee of $1, $5, $10, or $20

Link: Culturally Responsive Resources for Music Educators

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Four Chord Ukulele Playlist

2020-04-14T22:17:32+00:00

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 ages.

Free

Link: Playlist

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Vic Firth Rudiments

2020-04-14T22:22:13+00:00

Vic Firth’s rudiment page provides the fundamentals for percussionists of all levels. This resource includes information on standard rudiments, playing techniques, video lessons, drum set play along tracks, and more.

Free

Link: Vic Firth Website

 

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52 Homemade Musical Instruments

2020-04-14T22:22:34+00:00

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 older musicians may enjoy some of the more advanced options.

Free

Link: 52 Homemade Instruments

 

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52 Homemade Musical Instruments

2020-04-14T22:22:54+00:00

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 older musicians may enjoy some of the more advanced options.

Free

Link: 52 Homemade Instruments

 

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Interactive Orchestra

2020-04-15T20:55:05+00:00

This interactive orchestra website allows students to explore the different sections of the ensemble. Students can click through each section to read about the instrument families and complete fill-in-the-blank activities.

Price: Always Free

Link: Interactive Orchestra

 

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WCSD Grade 6-12 Music Grid

2020-04-14T22:24:31+00:00

WCSD provides an excellent daily guide for distance learning. Students will navigate the chart to select resources from categories such as music theory, performance, maintenance, and just for fun. The columns are sorted by category, with links directly labeled for ease of access. Teachers can adapt the categories and reflections to align with their class needs. The document also provides a chart for daily student reflections.

Free

For access to the google doc to COPY and EDIT, click here.

WCSD grid

WCSD Grade 6-12 Music Grid

2020-04-14T22:24:52+00:00

WCSD provides an excellent daily guide for distance learning. Students will navigate the chart to select resources from categories such as music theory, performance, maintenance, and just for fun. The columns are sorted by category, with links directly labeled for ease of access. Teachers can adapt the categories and reflections to align with their class needs. The document also provides a chart for daily student reflections.

Price: Always Free

For access to the Google Doc (make a COPY for yourself to edit), click here.

Music Educators Creating Online Learning Facebook Group

2020-04-14T21:33:56+00:00

All music teachers can find something of value in the “Music Educators Creating Online Learning” Facebook group. It contains resources for instrumental, choral, jazz, private instruction, general music, and more! This group is a “teachers-help-teachers” setting where anyone can post about a resource or ask a question to get advice. All one needs to access this is a Facebook account!

Price: Always Free

Link: Music Educators Creating Online Learning on Facebook

Music Educators Creating Online Learning Facebook Group

2020-04-14T21:33:10+00:00

All music teachers can find something of value in the “Music Educators Creating Online Learning” Facebook group. It contains resources for instrumental, choral, jazz, private instruction, general music, and more! This group is a “teachers-help-teachers” setting where anyone can post about a resource or ask a question to get advice. All one needs to access this is a Facebook account!

Price: Always Free

Link: Music Educators Creating Online Learning on Facebook

Music Educators Creating Online Learning Facebook Group

2020-04-14T21:31:46+00:00

All music teachers can find something of value in the “Music Educators Creating Online Learning” Facebook group. It contains resources for instrumental, choral, jazz, private instruction, general music, and more! This group is a “teachers-help-teachers” setting where anyone can post about a resource or ask a question to get advice. All one needs to access this is a Facebook account!

Price: Always Free

Link: Music Educators Creating Online Learning on Facebook

I’m a Choir Director Facebook Group

2020-04-14T21:22:10+00:00

The “I’m a Choir Director” Facebook group serves as a professional learning network for choral directors to share ideas, ask questions, give encouragement, and talk about the field. The group features discussions and conversations surrounding lesson plans and choral resources. This group is always free with a Facebook account.

Price: Always Free

Link: I’m a Choir Director on Facebook

A Year of Sight Singing and Ear Training Playlist

2020-04-14T21:16:58+00:00

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 more. Lessons range from beginner through intermediate difficulty.

Price: Always Free

Link: A Year of Sight Singing YouTube playlist

A Year of Sight Singing and Ear Training Playlist

2020-04-14T21:15:47+00:00

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 more. Lessons range from beginner through intermediate difficulty.

Price: Always Free

Link: A Year of Sight Singing YouTube playlist

Choral Clarity Facebook Group

2020-04-14T21:12:55+00:00

The Choral Clarity Facebook Group is ideal for choral directors of all levels. The mission of the group is to expand on ideas, refresh thinking, and to seek clarity on the choices directors make. This group serves as a forum for discussion and contains opinions on choral-related videos, questions, ideas, and resources.

Price: Always Free

Link: Choral Clarity on Facebook

Dancing Alone Together

Dancing Alone Together

2020-04-14T21:11:07+00:00

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 day, up until 8 pm EST. The classes represent an array of cultures, so it may work well for a diversity in dance lesson.

Price: Free during COVID-19

Link: Dancing Alone Together

Dancing Alone Together

Theory Units

Music Theory Units

2020-04-14T20:53:56+00:00

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 Prezis are well-made, concise, and include clear examples. This is specifically designed for high school theory students. The Level 3 topics could serve as a good review for college theory.

Price: Always Free

Link: Music Theory Units

Theory Units

Protest Music Lesson

Protest Music Lesson

2020-04-14T20:50:46+00:00

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 their lyrics.

Price: Always Free

Link: Protest Music Lesson

Protest Music Lesson

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Jessica Peresta’s Instagram Account

2020-04-14T20:31:47+00:00

Known for her work as a mentor, blogger, podcaster, and music educator, Jessica Peresta uses her Instagram platform to share ideas and tips for music educators. Music educators from all levels can benefit from her work but especially elementary music teachers! Jessica shares a behind-the-scenes look as a music educator mentor. Additionally, she provides regular words of encouragement and feedback to practicing teachers.

Price: Free Always

Link: Jessica Peresta’s Instagram Account

Kodály Educators Facebook Group

2020-04-14T20:14:22+00:00

Teachers interested in the Kodály philosophy will find much of use here! This group encourages the sharing of ideas, asking questions, and communication with others through helpful tips and resources for all grade levels shared daily. This group is always free with a Facebook account.

Price: Always Free

Link: Kodály Educators Facebook Group

Kodály Educators Facebook Group

2020-04-14T20:12:09+00:00

Teachers interested in the Kodály philosophy will find much of use here! This group encourages the sharing of ideas, asking questions, and communication with others through helpful tips and resources for all grade levels shared daily. This group is always free with a Facebook account.

Price: Always Free

Link: Kodály Educators Facebook Group

Middle School Chorus Directors Facebook Group

2020-04-14T20:09:22+00:00

Middle School Chorus Directors Facebook Group is ideal for choir teachers who are looking for advice, new ideas, and resources to help strengthen their teaching. This Facebook group allows teachers to ask for help with classroom problems, post lesson plans and helpful resources, and serves as a source of inspiration. This group is always free with a Facebook account.

Price: Always Free

Link: MS Chorus Directors Facebook Group

Middle School Chorus Directors Facebook Group

2020-04-14T20:08:53+00:00

Middle School Chorus Directors Facebook Group is ideal for choir teachers who are looking for advice, new ideas, and resources to help strengthen their teaching. This Facebook group allows teachers to ask for help with classroom problems, post lesson plans and helpful resources, and serves as a source of inspiration. This group is always free with a Facebook account.

Price: Always Free

Link: MS Chorus Directors Facebook Group

Online Spinner Music Wheel

2020-04-14T20:07:31+00:00

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 more). There is lots of room to modify this for different musical selections and instructional situations.

Price: Always Free

Link: Wheel Decide | The Playing Challenge

program notes project

Program Notes Project

2020-04-15T19:08:56+00:00

This resource is suitable for students in performing classes such as chorus, band, or orchestra but can be expanded to a general music class.This project is in the form of a Google Slideshow. It begins with a description of the project for the director followed by a presentation for the students. In this project, students are writing program notes for a piece. This project also works very well as a cross-curricular exercise, as students are practicing writing skills while interacting with the music. This can be downloaded as a PDF or Google Slideshow. Author: Danielle Larrick

Price: Free during COVID-19

Link: Click here to access this resource on the F-flat website!

temple syllabus

Theory/Aurals Review

2020-04-14T20:03:21+00:00

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 for those teaching beginning level aural skills.

Price: Always Free

Link: Theory/Aurals Review

 

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How to Make a Funky Beat in 30 Seconds

2020-04-14T20:02:22+00:00

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 or a tablet to access all of the resources. The program flexibility allows for student choice and creativity in their execution of this project.

Price: Always Free

Link: How to Make a Funky Beat in 30 Seconds

 

jam zone

Little Kids Rock Jam Zone

2020-04-14T19:59:49+00:00

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 rock notation. They are right next to each other so students can view both at the same time. A lot of the lessons can transition into each other and end with performances to show off what you have learned.

Price: Free with paid upgrades available

Link: Jam Zone

ukulele

Ukulele Play-along Videos

2020-04-14T19:57:30+00:00

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 in every song, so players can decide which songs would be most appropriate for their level.

Price: Free Always

Link: Ukulele Videos

 

solfege

Learn Moveable Do Solfege Flashcards

2020-04-14T19:56:31+00:00

Learn Movable Do | Solfege Flashcards! is a solfege quiz game on the free site music-theory-practice.com. The player picks the correct solfege syllable for the note on the staff, and the key is given on the card. Wrong answers and corrections are displayed if you scroll down the page. You can work through four levels, from Apprentice to Wizard. At the end, you can take a timed quiz. This would be entertaining practice for vocal students or theory students.

Price: Always Free

Link: Solfege Flashcards

 

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Great Grooves World Drumming

2020-04-14T19:48:12+00:00

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 culture and instrument and then use an audio mixer to control the different instruments.

Price: Always Free

Link: Gahu African Drumming

 

Meme War

Choir Meme War

2020-04-14T19:46:00+00:00

In this easily adaptable activity for all music classes, students make choir memes. This activity works nicely as enrichment and/or extra credit. Students can easily collaborate in Google Classroom and make memes via Google Slides. This activity encourages student creativity and new ways of relating to material covered in choir rehearsal all in a lighthearted way.

Price: Free Always

Link: Choir Meme War

name that tune solfege worksheet

Name that Tune Solfege Worksheet

2020-04-14T15:16:13+00:00

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 helpful. If Zoom is an option, the teacher could use breakout rooms to complete the group aspect presented. Likewise, directions for “in class” work need reformatting for online instruction.

Price: Free during COVID-19

Link: NameThatTuneSolfegeWorksheet

name that tune solfege worksheet

Name that Tune Solfege Worksheet

2020-04-14T15:15:07+00:00

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 helpful. If Zoom is an option, the teacher could use breakout rooms to complete the group aspect presented. Likewise, directions for “in class” work need reformatting for online instruction.

Price: Free during COVID-19

Link: NameThatTuneSolfegeWorksheet

Online Spinner Music Wheel

2020-04-15T00:57:21+00:00

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 more). There is lots of room to modify this for different musical selections and instructional situations.

Price: Always Free

Link: Wheel Decide | The Playing Challenge

Composition Project: Melody Recall

2020-04-14T15:07:29+00:00

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 least 2 levels of harmony to complete this assignment. This is already formatted for an online class setting. A grading rubric is provided, and teachers would be able to modify this flexible lesson for inclusion in a larger unit. Author: Sarah Gulish

Cost: FREE during COVID-19

Link: COMP-1_-Melody-Recall

Click here to access a google drive file. You must “Make a Copy” first and then you can edit. 

Composition Project: Melody Recall

2020-04-14T15:06:22+00:00

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 least 2 levels of harmony to complete this assignment. This is already formatted for an online class setting. A grading rubric is provided, and teachers would be able to modify this flexible lesson for inclusion in a larger unit. Author: Sarah Gulish

Cost: FREE during COVID-19

Link: COMP-1_-Melody-Recall

Click here to access a google drive file. You must “Make a Copy” first and then you can edit. 

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Flipgrid – Empower Every Voice

2020-04-14T14:53:51+00:00

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 can reply to with a video recording. It provides a resource for students to share videos of themselves playing an instrument or singing.

Price: Free always

Link: Flipgrid – Empower Every Voice

Flipgrid homepage

Flipgrid – Empower Every Voice

2020-04-14T14:53:12+00:00

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 can reply to with a video recording. It provides a resource for students to share videos of themselves playing an instrument or singing.

Price: Free always

Link: Flipgrid – Empower Every Voice

Flipgrid homepage

Flipgrid – Empower Every Voice

2020-04-14T14:52:10+00:00

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 can reply to with a video recording. It provides a resource for students to share videos of themselves playing an instrument or singing.

Price: Free always

Link: Flipgrid – Empower Every Voice

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Lesson Plans To Inspire Your Classroom Activities (Soundtrap)

2020-04-14T14:50:58+00:00

Teachers looking for Soundtrap lesson plans will find much of use here. This resource provides an extensive collection of lesson plans for all grades. Designed for general music while satisfying National Core Arts Standards, teachers can find objectives, ideal level, a detailed explanation of the activity/project, and options for extended learning in these plans.

Price: Free during COVID-19 (Soundtrap subscription normally $249/year for 50 users)

Link: Lesson Plans To Inspire Your Classroom Activities

A Capella App

Acapella App from Pic Play Post

2020-04-14T14:34:56+00:00

This resource is ideal for secondary music teachers looking for a composition medium for online learning. The Acapella App is a great way to have students collaborate and create music together. Students can put together a song with multiple voices either by themselves or with their peers. Note: Students must be 16 years old to create an account and everything students create is public for everyone on the app.

Price: Free Always with Paid Upgrades Available

Link: Acapella App

A Capella App

Acapella App from Pic Play Post

2020-04-14T14:34:04+00:00

This resource is ideal for secondary music teachers looking for a composition medium for online learning. The Acapella App is a great way to have students collaborate and create music together. Students can put together a song with multiple voices either by themselves or with their peers. Note: Students must be 16 years old to create an account and everything students create is public for everyone on the app.

Price: Free Always with Paid Upgrades Available

Link: Acapella App

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Culturally Responsive Resources for Music Educators

2020-04-14T14:30:17+00:00

This resource is ideal for educators who want help to be more culturally inclusive. An educator can get access to resources such as support in lesson planning, downloadable content, live Q&A sessions, and a monthly Newsletter. The Patreon includes four different levels with varying degrees of resources.

Price: Monthly membership fee of $1, $5, $10, or $20

Link: Culturally Responsive Resources for Music Educators

teachingmusichistory page

Teaching Music History: Resources

2020-04-14T14:29:00+00:00

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, blogs, and online journals, among others.

Price: Free Always

Link: Teaching Music History

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Staying Connected Webinar

2020-04-14T14:28:09+00:00

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 connected. They also discuss teacher-student interaction, teacher mental health, and remote workspace productivity. While seemingly elementary based, the webinars present ideas that can be adapted to secondary and post-secondary situations. Enrollment capacity is limited, but videos are recorded and uploaded after.

Price: Free always

Link: Staying Connected Webinar

choir distance learning ideas

Middle School Chorus Distance Learning Lesson Ideas

2020-04-14T14:25:22+00:00

Need helping planning remote activities for your middle school chorus? Created by Danielle Larrick, this Google Doc is a constantly updated resource for you to utilize as you plan and execute remote learning at the middle school chorus level. It contains ideas for both teachers and students as well as assessment and planning strategies. You can either download this as a PDF or click on the google doc to copy and edit for your needs.

Price: Free during COVID-19

Link: Choir-Virtual-Learning-Ideas

Click this link to access this google slideshow. Make sure you “make a copy” so you can edit. 

tonal pattern composition lesson

Tonal Pattern Composition Lesson

2020-04-14T14:24:10+00:00

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 with room to adjust difficulties for age. Subscription to Noteflight Learn and SoundtrapEdu allow one to take full advantage of the resource. Teachers can easily adapt this for instrumentalists as well through the Google Drive link to copy and edit. Author: Danielle Larrick

Price: Free during COVID-19

Link: Tonal Pattern Composition Lesson

tonal pattern composition lesson

Tonal Pattern Composition Lesson

2020-04-14T14:23:14+00:00

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 with room to adjust difficulties for age. Subscription to Noteflight Learn and SoundtrapEdu allow one to take full advantage of the resource. Teachers can easily adapt this for instrumentalists as well through the Google Drive link to copy and edit. Author: Danielle Larrick

Price: Free during COVID-19

Link: Tonal Pattern Composition Lesson

Band Resource Bundle

Band Resource Mega Bundle

2020-04-15T19:09:19+00:00

F-flat author, Meghan Cabral, has offered a ton of flipped classroom materials for band directors looking to engage their students in remote learning. This bundle of materials includes PDF assignments with links to pre-created YouTube videos and TED talks that engage students in active listening and active music making. This is great for elementary and secondary instrumental classrooms.

Price: Free during COVID-19

Click on any of the links below to access the accompanying PDF:

Whole-vs.-Half-Steps

Major-Scales-creation

Enharmonic-Lesson

Flipped-Learning-Resources

TED-talks-sub-plans-a-different-way-to-visualize

ted-talk-on-music-as-a-language

ted-talk-on-how-playing-instrument-benefits-brain

ted-talk-on-earworms

constructive-constraints-TED-ed-sub-plan

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Soundtrap Remix Challenge

2020-04-14T14:13:02+00:00

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 Soundtrap without an in-depth project. Author: Danielle Larrick

Price: Free always

Link: Remix-Challenge

Click here for a link to a Google Slideshow that you can copy and edit!

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“Rap My Name” Lesson Plan

2020-04-14T14:05:21+00:00

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 use of applications/softwares to create a rhythmic accompaniment. The rapping portion allows some creativity, but also provides structure in creating rhythms.

Price: Free always

Link: “Rap My Name” Lesson Plan

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Sight Reading Factory

2020-04-14T13:58:33+00:00

Sight Reading Factory is perfect for teachers of ensembles who are looking to assess individual student sight reading. Teachers can customize online sight reading exercises as a practice and assessment tool. The program is compatible with Chrome, iPhones, Android smartphones, iPads and Android tablets, laptops, and desktops.

Price: Free Trial then $35/year plus student account fees

Link: Sight Reading Factory

 

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Mrs. Stouffer’s Music Room

2020-04-13T21:42:28+00:00

Mrs. Stouffer provides resources ideal for student enrichment through distance learning. A “student friendly page” displays these links for sharing with students. She includes websites with games and activities, resources for instrumental music students, videos for younger and older students, YouTube videos and channels about music, and a collection of tools for teachers.

Price: Free always with some paid resources

Link: Mrs. Stouffer’s Music Room

 

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Decolonizing the Music Room

2020-04-13T21:39:28+00:00

“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 resources for use by secondary and collegiate students for reflection/discussion on diversity in music.

Price: Free Always

Link: Decolonizing the Music Room

 

Appcompanist

Appcompanist

2020-04-13T21:36:36+00:00

“Appcompanist” is perfect for teachers or students to gain access to thousands of free piano accompaniment tracks. The website provides users with the ability to adjust rubato, accents, and smoothly increase or decrease tempo as the piece plays without affecting piano quality. One can adjust Accompaniment to any key or turn it into a repeated exercise. Create and edit playlists to easily find your “go-to” repertoire and share it with others.

Price: Free with upgrades available

Link: Appcompanist

 

Music Tech Project

Music Tech Project

2020-04-13T21:32:20+00:00

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

Music Tech Project

Zoom Audio Tutorial

Zoom in “Music Mode” by RAMA Vocal Center / The Royal Academy of Music

2020-04-06T00:37:30+00:00

This is a Zoom tutorial that shows how to change the audio settings to preserve the sound. Having access to the Zoom software is required, but this tutorial is a free resource. Overall, it’s perfect for instrumentalists, vocalists, and any music teachers who use Zoom and wish to avoid audio modification that occurs automatically and may distort the music. The how-to video is easy to follow and user-friendly.

Price: Always Free

Zoom Audio Tutorial

Zoom in “Music Mode” by RAMA Vocal Center / The Royal Academy of Music

2020-04-05T16:14:46+00:00

This is a Zoom tutorial that shows how to change the audio settings to preserve the sound. Having access to the Zoom software is required, but this tutorial is a free resource. Overall, it’s perfect for instrumentalists, vocalists, and any music teachers who use Zoom and wish to avoid audio modification that occurs automatically and may distort the music. The how-to video is easy to follow and user-friendly.

Price: Always Free

Virtual Ensemble Tutorial

A Guide to Virtual Chamber Music

2020-04-06T01:50:50+00:00

This video explains how to create chamber music through the free app, Acapella. Through this app, individuals can all perform their part of a song and can layer it with others to produce the piece as it would sound if they were playing together. Perfect for vocalists and instrumentalists who want to perform chamber music with others, but cannot due to distance. The video tutorial is always free, the Acapella app is free with upgrades available.

Price: Always Free

Practice Log

Practice Log

2020-04-13T21:22:21+00:00

This resource is ideal for students who need to keep track of their practice. The document has columns that allow the students to write down what they practice and how long. The document also has a column that allows an open-ended response asking the specifics of what they practiced. The student can also write down any questions they have. The educator can elect to include in a link to have their students submit their practice sessions.

Price: Always Free

Link: Practice Log

Be sure to make a COPY before editing this Google Doc.

Practice Log

Teaching Music Online

Teaching Music Online PDF

2020-04-13T21:20:44+00:00

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

Link: Teaching Music Online

Teaching Music Online

Teaching Music Online PDF

2020-04-13T21:15:30+00:00

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

Link: Teaching Music Online

Teaching Music Online

Teaching Music Online PDF

2020-04-13T21:14:32+00:00

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

Link: Teaching Music Online

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SmartMusic

2020-04-13T21:09:33+00:00

SmartMusic is a software that allows students to record and submit themselves making music, which can be used for assessments. Teachers can upload parts and full scores that students can use to submit a recording of themselves performing their part. This user-friendly program can be downloaded onto a computer or utilized as an online website, but requires that students have the appropriate materials for recording from a remote location.

Price: Free during COVID-19. Normal cost is $40-$80/teacher/year depending on package

Link: SmartMusic

SmartMusic homescreen

SmartMusic

2020-04-13T21:06:05+00:00

SmartMusic is a software that allows students to record and submit themselves making music, which can be used for assessments. Teachers can upload parts and full scores that students can use to submit a recording of themselves performing their part. This user-friendly program can be downloaded onto a computer or utilized as an online website, but requires that students have the appropriate materials for recording from a remote location.

Price: Free during COVID-19. Normal cost is $40-$80/teacher/year depending on package

Link: SmartMusic

SmartMusic homescreen

SmartMusic

2020-04-13T21:03:28+00:00

SmartMusic is a software that allows students to record and submit themselves making music, which can be used for assessments. Teachers can upload parts and full scores that students can use to submit a recording of themselves performing their part. This user-friendly program can be downloaded onto a computer or utilized as an online website, but requires that students have the appropriate materials for recording from a remote location.

Price: Free during COVID-19. Normal cost is $40-$80/teacher/year depending on package

Link: SmartMusic

Choir Blog

Keeping Your Choir Going During Lockdown

2020-04-13T18:50:37+00:00

Perfect for choir teachers looking for ways to stay connected with their ensembles during this time, this blog post provides suggestions on how to best utilize video platforms (Zoom, Google Hangouts) for running choir rehearsals. It addresses warm-ups, sectionals, guest speakers and most importantly, maintaining social connections with each other during this time. 

Price: Always Free

Link: Keeping You Choir Going During Lockdown

Choir Blog

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The Big COVID Survival Choral Doc

2020-04-15T00:51:00+00:00

A constantly updating Google Doc with a myriad of resources for K-12 general music/choir teachers looking for additional resources and lessons for use with online instruction. The Doc features nearly 100 resources for lesson plans, worksheets, and assignments; advice on effective online learning practices; videos and demos; blogs and websites; concerns and questions; and contact information for others in the music education world that can also serve as valuable resources to other educators.

Price: Free always

Link: The Big COVID Survival Choral Doc

MusicFirst

MusicFirst

2020-04-13T17:56:48+00:00

MusicFirst Classroom is the only comprehensive learning management system (LMS) for K-12 music education. It combines learning management software with engaging content and powerful integrated software to help educators monitor student progress, make lesson plans, and create assignments.

Price: Cost Varies (You must request a quote), 50% off through April 30

Link: MusicFirst

MusicFirst

MusicFirst

MusicFirst

2020-04-13T17:56:12+00:00

MusicFirst Classroom is the only comprehensive learning management system (LMS) for K-12 music education. It combines learning management software with engaging content and powerful integrated software to help educators monitor student progress, make lesson plans, and create assignments.

Price: Cost Varies (You must request a quote), 50% off through April 30

Link: MusicFirst

MusicFirst

MusicFirst

MusicFirst

2020-04-13T17:54:59+00:00

MusicFirst Classroom is the only comprehensive learning management system (LMS) for K-12 music education. It combines learning management software with engaging content and powerful integrated software to help educators monitor student progress, make lesson plans, and create assignments.

Price: Cost Varies (You must request a quote), 50% off through April 30

Link: MusicFirst

MusicFirst

Social Media Bingo for Ensembles

2020-04-13T17:51:06+00:00

This resource is best suited for secondary instrumental, but it is easily adaptable for a variety of ages & experience levels. Students complete a variety of music-related social media tasks on the bingo sheet including performing, listening to music, composing, and more. The resource requires students to have a few of the following free social media accounts (Instagram, Tiktok, YouTube, Spotify, email, Noteflight).This resource can be downloaded as a google drive file and edited to suit your needs. Author: Sarah Gulish

Price: Free Always

Link: Music-Ensembles-Social-Media-BINGO

 

Click on this link to access a Google doc that you can copy and edit!

Meme War

Choir Meme War

2020-04-13T17:44:05+00:00

In this easily adaptable activity for all music classes, students make choir memes. This activity works nicely as enrichment and/or extra credit. Students can easily collaborate in Google Classroom and make memes via Google Slides. This activity encourages student creativity and new ways of relating to material covered in choir rehearsal all in a lighthearted way.

Price: Free Always

Link: Choir Meme War

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Choral Connections: Choir Evaluation Project

2020-04-16T17:02:22+00:00

This resource helps choral teachers develop listening units for students in beginning, advanced, and/or collegiate methods or choirs. Based around the state festival system, students will think critically about their own music and the process of evaluation. The unit is adaptable for distance learning, homework, or in-class projects. The PDF download includes editable student worksheets for multiple levels of learners.

Price: Free during COVID-19

Link: Choir Evaluation Project

 

 

Choral Connections: YouTube Program Project

2020-04-16T16:57:43+00:00

This online or in-class unit serves all levels of choirs, including options for collegiate choral methods students. The step-by-step instructions take teachers and students through the process of building a choral concert program using YouTube videos. The PDF includes links to downloadable and editable assessments, and the page formatting makes the resource easy to download and give directly to students.

Price: Free During COVID-19

Link: Choral Connections YouTube Project

Social Media Bingo for Ensembles

2020-04-13T17:35:26+00:00

This resource is best suited for secondary instrumental, but it is easily adaptable for a variety of ages & experience levels. Students complete a variety of music-related social media tasks on the bingo sheet including performing, listening to music, composing, and more. The resource requires students to have a few of the following free social media accounts (Instagram, Tiktok, YouTube, Spotify, email, Noteflight). This resource can be downloaded as a Google Drive file and edited to suit your needs. Author: Sarah Gulish

Price: Free Always

Link: Music-Ensembles-Social-Media-BINGO

 

Click on this link to access a Google doc that you can copy and edit!

Blues artist instagram project

Blues Artist Instagram Project

2020-04-15T19:09:43+00:00

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 users to expand or modify the project as they see fit. This is a fun way for students to research and present historical information about musicians! Author: Danielle Larrick

Price: Always Free

Link: Blues-Artist-Instagram-Project on F-Flat Books

Click on this link to access this presentation as a Google Slideshow to save and edit to meet your needs!

Choral Octavo Scavenger Hunt

2020-04-13T17:30:13+00:00

This resource is ideal for late middle/early high school choir students who have some experience with music theory/history. This is a simple worksheet that gives students a way to connect with their ensemble repertoire outside of rehearsal. Completion assumes the students have access to the score and recordings, but these can easily be provided by the director. The document provided is unpolished and inconsistent with formatting, but it could easily be adapted to suit specific needs. Author: Danielle Larrick

Price: Free Always

Link: Choral-Octavo-Scavenger-Hunt-FFLAT

You can access the google drive file here to copy/edit

program notes project

Program Notes Project

2020-04-15T19:09:53+00:00

This resource is suitable for students in performing classes such as chorus, band, or orchestra but can be expanded to a general music class.This project is in the form of a Google Slideshow. It begins with a description of the project for the director followed by a presentation for the students. In this project, students are writing program notes for a piece. This project also works very well as a cross-curricular exercise, as students are practicing writing skills while interacting with the music. This can be downloaded as a PDF or Google slideshow. Author: Danielle Larrick

Price: Free during COVID-19

Click here to access this resource on the F-flat website!

Composition

Songwriting/Composition Assignments

2020-04-13T16:57:10+00:00

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 plan – a songwriter analysis assignment, and a composition assignment. Students need to have access to Logic or a similar software.

Price: Free always

Link: Songwriting/Composition Assignments

Expression Music Project

Music Expression Project

2020-04-15T19:10:05+00:00

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 soundtrack. This resource recommends students upload their completed projects to their online classroom for peers to guess the intentions suggested by the soundtrack. Author: Sarah Gulish

Price: FREE during COVID-19

Click here to access the resource on the F-flat site

 

 

 

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“Name that Tune” Solfege Worksheet

2020-05-19T15:31:41+00:00

This worksheet is ideal for students who are studying solfege and 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 helpful. If Zoom is an option, the teacher could use breakout rooms to complete the group aspect presented. Likewise, directions for “in class” work need reformatting for online instruction.

Price: Free during COVID-19

Link: Name That Tune Solfege Worksheet

Composition Project: Melody Recall

2020-04-12T21:07:34+00:00

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 least 2 levels of harmony to complete this assignment. This is already formatted for an online class setting. A grading rubric is provided, and teachers would be able to modify this flexible lesson for inclusion in a larger unit. Author: Sarah Gulish

Cost: FREE during COVID-19

Link: COMP-1_-Melody-Recall

Click here to access a google drive file. You must “Make a Copy” first and then you can edit. 

Voice Lessons

New York Vocal Coaching

2020-04-12T20:47:51+00:00

This YouTube channel is dedicated to teaching vocal pedagogy and technique. Featuring numerous playlists on topics such as breathing, vocal anatomy, vowels and consonants, and elements of stylistic performance, this page is perfect for choir teachers looking for supplemental video materials in a range of concepts. It is also valuable for singers looking to maintain their vocal practice during a period of online learning. All lessons are led by Justin Stoney, an acclaimed voice teacher based in New York City.

Price: Free always (Optional $4.99/month subscription to access exclusive perks)

Link: New York Vocal Coaching Playlists

Virtual Choir HyperDoc for “Sisi Ni Moja”

2020-04-12T20:42:57+00:00

This is a detailed Google Doc describing the steps to participate in/create a virtual choir performance of “Sisi Ni Moja.” Links to rehearsal tracks for parts and conducting tracks are linked in the Doc. Video recording equipment will be needed. The process can be adapted to choir pieces other than “Sisi Ni Moja,” including current repertoire for your choir!

Price: Always Free

Link: Virtual Choir HyperDoc for Nixa Intermediate Choir

A Capella App

Acapella App from Pic Play Post

2020-04-12T20:41:36+00:00

This resource is ideal for secondary music teachers looking for a composition medium for online learning. The Acapella App is a great way to have students collaborate and create music together using collaboration. Students can put together a song with multiple voices either by themselves or with their peers. Note: Students must be 16 years old to create an account and everything students create is public for everyone on the app.

Price: Free Always with Paid Upgrades Available

Link: Acapella App

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Distance Learning for Choir-intine

2020-04-12T20:40:33+00:00

This Google Sheet provides descriptions of apps perfect for enriching your virtual music education and choral classroom. It includes well-known resources such as Zoom and Audacity, as well as hidden gems such as Join the Virtual Choir. The sheet also includes video links to educational “things to watch” and “assessment ideas” prompts pertaining to music education.

Price: Free always

Link: Distance Learning for Choir-intine

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Read Ahead App – Sight-reading for the Modern Musician

2020-04-12T20:24:27+00:00

This is an ideal resource for keyboard or piano teachers looking for online learning resources. This app is designed for building successful sight-reading skills on piano, including different exercises to build skills without the presence of a teacher. The provided lessons and supplemental books work on memory, speed, accuracy, tempo, and continuity.

Price: Free always (Four supplemental books for $14.99 each)

Link: Read Ahead App

Dr. Bough

Target Note Intonation Drill Video

2020-04-11T21:53:59+00:00

This video tutorial is perfect for secondary students to work on their intonation and air usage. Students will need a device to play the YouTube video, their major instrument, and a device to use as a drone. The video is only 8 minutes long, but students can practice something like this for an extended period of time, or add it to their daily warm-up routine. Intonation drills are great for any level of brass player!

Price: Free always

Link: Target Note Intonation Drill

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String Masters (Online Lessons)

2020-04-11T21:52:11+00:00

This is an ideal resource for string players looking to take or give online lessons. This program allows you to schedule and participate in lessons online or use professional tools for in-person lessons, as well as capture notes and record assignments. You may also record and revisit all lessons at any time.

Price: Free during COVID-19 (normally $12/month for students and $45/month for institutions)

Link: String Masters

Dear Choir Directors

Dear Music Teachers: Please Stop Asking How To Create A Virtual Choir Video

2020-04-11T21:51:26+00:00

This article is perfect for choir teachers who want to create virtual choirs but don’t have the video editing skills or software. This blog gives three user-friendly examples on how to create a virtual choir video. The author discusses the use of the Acapella App within a classroom setting and some issues that might occur when using it, as well as providing additional resources for teaching secondary choir.

Price: Free always (Some apps/software may come with subscriptions)

Link: Dear Music Teachers: Please Stop Asking How To Create A Virtual Choir Video

Chor(ona Vir)us Plan

Chor(ona Vir)us Plan

2020-04-11T21:46:27+00:00

This lesson packet is suitable for nearly any music student or music class. This resource is a list of three projects: a poster describing a composer (including a list of relevant works), a review of a movie musical, and a write-your-own mini-musical. Students are given the power of choice in how they interact with music in their chosen project. Some modification might be necessary depending on the age group of students completing these projects.

Price: Free always

Link: Chor(ona Vir)us Plan

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Choir Choice Board

2020-04-11T21:40:44+00:00

Perfect for middle or high school choirs, this resource is a list of out-of-class activities to use in lieu of class meetings. Each student can make a copy of the document and submit one activity a day to their instructor. In addition to the included list, there are also “create your own” activity spots. All activities involve free and easily accessible websites that accommodate various levels of experience.

Price: Free Always

Link: Choir Choice Board

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Soundtrap

2020-04-14T14:03:43+00:00

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 projects on Soundtrap as MP3s, students can submit final products to numerous online educational platforms.

Price: Free Always with upgrades available

Link: Soundtrap

 

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Sight Reading Factory

2020-04-11T21:19:22+00:00

Sight Reading Factory is perfect for teachers of ensembles who are looking to assess individual student sight reading. Teachers can customize online sight reading exercises as a practice and assessment tool. The program is compatible with Chrome, iOS and Android devices, laptops, and desktops.

Price: Free Trial then $35/year plus student account fees

Link: Sight Reading Factory

 

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Choral Clarity

2020-04-11T21:16:46+00:00

Perfect for gaining insight into various issues faced in the choral classroom, this blog offers various assessment, repertoire selection, and rubric ideas. Browsers can view a few free and low-cost choral compositions including sight-reading, rounds, and concert selections. A few videos and podcasts are available on choral music education as well.

Price: Free articles and blogs – resource costs vary

Link: Choral Clarity

 

Appcompanist

Appcompanist

2020-04-11T21:13:10+00:00

“Appcompanist” gives teachers and/or students access to thousands of free piano accompaniment tracks. The website provides users with the ability to adjust rubato, accents, and smoothly increase or decrease tempo as the piece plays without affecting piano quality. Accompaniment can be adjusted to any key or turned into a repeated exercise. Create and edit playlists to easily find your “go-to” repertoire and share it with others.

Free with upgrades available

Link: Appcompanist

 

Musical Me Lesson

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

2020-04-11T21:11:40+00:00

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 this project. This could be used for several class periods (one to introduce, one to work, one to present). Given how open-ended this is, it can be altered to suit one’s students and circumstances.

Price: Always Free

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

Musical Me Lesson

Zoom Audio Tutorial

Zoom in “Music Mode” by RAMA Vocal Center / The Royal Academy of Music

2020-04-11T21:08:30+00:00

This is a Zoom tutorial that shows how to change the audio settings to preserve the sound. Having access to the Zoom software is required, but this tutorial is a free resource. Overall, it’s perfect for instrumentalists, vocalists, and any music teachers who use Zoom and wish to avoid audio modification that occurs automatically and may distort the music. The how-to video is easy to follow and user-friendly.

Price: Always Free

Virtual Ensemble Tutorial

A Guide to Virtual Chamber Music

2020-04-11T21:07:43+00:00

This video explains how to create chamber music through the free app, Acapella. Through this app, individuals can all perform their part of a song and can layer it with others to produce the piece as it would sound if they were playing together. Perfect for vocalists and instrumentalists who want to perform chamber music with others, but cannot due to distance. The video tutorial is always free; the Acapella app is free with upgrades available.

Price: Always Free

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Piano Chords 101

2020-04-11T21:04:43+00:00

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 build chords and play from lead sheet notation. Students with limited musical experience will have the chance to learn and review basics, while advanced students can enrich their musical experience by reinforcing older concepts while simultaneously exploring newer concepts.

Price: Free Always

Link: Piano Chords 101

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Unit Lesson: If It’s Not Baroque, Don’t Fix It

2020-04-15T00:53:57+00:00

In this unit lesson, advanced music students demonstrate their knowledge of the Baroque period by performing a song. Teachers can assess both the performers and audience members (classmates) on their behavior and character as if they were living in the Baroque Era. The plan provides strategies for both assessment and differentiation. Teachers can easily adapt this lesson for online instruction.

Price: Free always

Link: If It’s Not Baroque, Don’t Fix It

Strategies for Effective Practice Time

2020-04-15T00:59:08+00:00

Students who may be practicing on their own for the first time can utilize this Google Doc, which gives tips and techniques on how to practice effectively. The tips include having supplies nearby, starting with a warm-up, have a goal, etc. This list can also serve to help those who are already advanced to improve their practice sessions. The Doc is open to edit and be added to.

Price: Free always

Link: Strategies for Effective Practice Time

Practice Log

Practice Log

2020-04-15T01:00:01+00:00

This resource is ideal for students who need to keep track of their practice. The document has columns that allow the students to write down what they practice and how long. The document also has a column that allows an open-ended response asking the specifics of what they practiced. The student can also write down any questions they have. The educator can elect to include in a link to have their students submit their practice sessions.

Price: Always Free

Link: Practice Log

Be sure to make a COPY before editing this Google Doc.

Practice Log

Baroque music

Unit Lesson: If It’s Not Baroque, Don’t Fix It

2020-04-15T00:54:11+00:00

In this unit lesson, advanced music students demonstrate their knowledge of the Baroque period by performing a song. Teachers can assess both the performers and audience members (classmates) on their behavior and character as if they were living in the Baroque Era. The plan provides strategies for both assessment and differentiation. Teachers can easily adapt this lesson for online instruction.

Price: Free always

Link: If It’s Not Baroque, Don’t Fix It

Strategies for Effective Practice Time

2020-04-15T00:59:44+00:00

Ideal for students who may be practicing on their own for the first time, this Google Doc gives tips and techniques on how to practice effectively. Tips include having supplies nearby, starting with a warm-up, have a goal, etc. This list can also serve to help those who are already advanced to improve their practice sessions. The Doc is open to edit and be added to.

Price: Free always

Link: Strategies for Effective Practice Time