Updated July 1, 2020
There has never been a better, or more important, time to make music. It keeps us focused, centered, creative, and JOYFUL.
Many music organizations are jumping in to help music teachers and learners make the shift to online music education. Here are a few resources our affiliates have created and are sharing at no cost or reduced cost.
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The Music Impact Network has released a resources to help after-school youth development music programs make the transition to virtual music programming.
Music & Youth Initiative just put out a resource specifically to help after-school youth development music programs transition to virtual music programming.
is providing a remote music education solution for teachers in response to online learning needs. Music educators can create a verified account on the Yousician website for free premium subscription access for the remainder of the school year, along with suggested curriculum options.
NAfME also has a page featuring resources shared by NAfME members for other members/music educators. Materials are vetted by their Professional Development Committee.
NAfME is also offering virtual professional development (PD) for music educators. These webinars are accessible at no cost. Content will rotate over the weeks. In addition, NafME has opened its Music Educators Journal online to any music educator, including 104 articles that have attached quizzes, allowing teachers to document their learning with a PD certificate after successfully completing the quiz.
has curated a number of webinars for music educators about many different aspects of teaching music remotely. Some of the listed webinars are forthcoming live, and some archived with recordings available.
The NAMM Foundation along with NAfME and the International Music Education Summit has created a free webinar about teaching and learning online, and shared a number of resources for teachers. Please share this webinar with your community.
Doreen Fryling is a HS music educator in Rockville Ctr, NY and teaches 130 choir students. On her blog, she’s shared her plans for online learning and writes, “Feel free to be inspired, borrow, or expand on this format. Many thanks to all of the people who have already shared their resources and support. We can do this!!!”
Guitars Over Guns offers students from Chicago’s and Miami’s most vulnerable communities a powerful combination of music education and mentorship with professional musicians. During the COVID-19 crisis and school closures, they are providing virtual mentorship sessions including social emotional learning and music activities, academic check-ins, and mental health support.
The Music Unites: Summer 2020 Musicversity is a free, virtual summer program for high school students across the U.S. to learn the basics of music business, digital music, and live music. It features professors and performers including GRAMMY Award-winning songwriter Linda Perry, GRAMMY nominated artist Jon Batiste, artist duo Social House (SB Projects), Compton-based artist Channel Tres, and executives from ROC Nation, Columbia, Live Nation, and TikTok.
Topics include “Major Label Life,” “Streaming Services,” and “Digital Branding.” Plus, “Pop/Rock Vocal Technique” will be taught by Taylor Swift’s musical director, David Cook.
Classes will take place via Zoom, 12:30pm – 3:30pm PT, every Wednesday from July 15 through August 5.
Registration is open to students entering grades 9-12 from high schools across the country.
Music Unites presents this program in partnership with the Compton Unified School District (CUSD).
Alan Parsons’ Art & Science of Sounds Recording is offering free online access to their core video series on music production. This access includes the ability for students to take online quizzes and for instructors to monitor individual and class performances.
Education & Bass is offering all of the educational content on their website free of charge to help support music teachers and learners. Their content consists of over 1600+ music technology and music business video courses, lessons, lectures and more for all genres of music delivered by active industry artists and academics with a wealth of first-hand music industry experience. They add new content weekly and also offer a forum where like-minded musicians, industry professionals, tutors and learners can discuss topics and offer mutual support. To sign up please email firstname.lastname@example.org
My Promise Project is a is a youth and community arts initiative established by renowned pianist and arts activist Lara Downes. It’s intended to create an expressive outlet and platform for youth nationwide, especially underrepresented communities, during this time of crisis and change.
The free series of workshops will be held weekly, each Monday, beginning July 6th and is open to all artistic mediums: music, writing, visual arts, dance, etc. Students will be given weekly writing/artistic prompts. Up to 4 students will be selected per week to present and/or perform via virtual StudentShowcases every Thursday, open to the public via Facebook Live. Learn more/sign up here.
Cloud-based music education software company, MusicFirst, now offers music educators and their students access to virtual learning tools during coronavirus-related closures at half the usual price.
“GRAMMY Museum at Home,” program features never-before-released content. Each day spotlights a different pillar of the museum’s mission: education, curatorial, and public programs. Watch, learn, and engage from home. No subscription, sign-up, or payment required. Share with friends and family!
has released a number of interactive activities for families They will continue to add to this page as the weeks go on.
Rock & Roll Forever Foundation’s free TeachRock Distance Learning Packs excite students with music, keeping them engaged, emotionally healthy, and learning, even while in isolation. The learning packs are student-facing, and focus on project-based learning, collaboration and communication, authentic assessment strategies such as art, podcasts, or videos, and even include clear, concise instructions that empower non-educator family members to help a student succeed.
Music Workshop is an online, open education resource offered completely free of charge to K-8 music teachers. They offer 19 courses on the history and appreciation of multiple musical subjects including genres, instruments, careers and cultures. All videos and supporting materials are downloadable and segmented for three grade levels (k-2, 3-5 and 6-8). The courses intentionally expose students to a broad spectrum of music so they become inspired to choose their own musical path. A Virtual Learning Center provides simplified and streamlined content that can be used in any virtual classroom program (like google classroom, canvas, etc.). After filling out a quick online application, teachers have full access to all Music Workshop courses. Click Here to Apply for Music Workshop’s Program.
EMMAT ONLINE is offering free online music education courses in Spanish for music students and educators worldwide. Courses include videos, PDF files, fun interactive content, and exercises. To open an account, send an email to email@example.com with your name, age and country of residence, or visit our website for more information.
Live Music Tutor is an online, interactive platform that provides streaming music lessons with high-quality, live video feeds between a student and one of over 3000 vetted instructors for almost every instrument and musical genre.
Scratch DJ academy is offering online private and small-group lessons with its instructors.
The YouTube channel of Little Kids Rock is now adding twice-daily video lessons for a range of instruments and genres, as well as recording and editing. Check out a comprehensive list of free school closure resources on their site
Offering online music masterclasses covering subjects such as instrumental (brass, woodwinds, percussion, vocal), songwriting, and arranging. Teachers, complete this survey to determine interest and resources needed.
The David Ellefson Youth Music Foundation, a nonprofit started by Megadeth bassist David Ellefson, has announced their “School’s Out” initiative, providing free music lessons and one-on-one mentoring sessions via videoconference from major artists to students stuck at home. Video sessions will be held by top Rock and Metal artists including David Ellefson (Megadeth), Dirk Verbeuren (Megadeth), Kiko Loureiro (Megadeth), Frank Bello (Anthrax), Jimmy Degrasso (Ex-Megadeth, Alice Cooper), Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (Sons of Apollo, Ex-Guns N’ Roses), Chris Kael (Five Finger Death Punch), Chad Szeliga (Black Star Riders, Walking with Lions), Phil Demmel (Ex-Machine Head), Dave McClain (Sacred Reich, Ex-Machine Head), Clint Lowery (Sevendust), Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper), Brandan Schieppatti (Bleeding Through), Thom Hazaert (Ellefson), Alex Snowden (Doll Skin), Sydney Dolezal (Doll Skin), Ra Diaz (Suicidal Tendencies), Shani Kimelman (Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque Du Soleil), and more to be announced. Get more information and an application
The NAMM Foundation has created a number of teaching and learning webinars, and has a long list of links curated by NAMM Foundation grantees and partner organizations. See their Covid-19 Resources page
In addition, for nonprofits eligible to apply for relief funds, NAMM is disseminating relief sources on the Issues & Advocacy section of their web site.
has pulled together this list of music education resources
Give A Note Foundation has partnered with San Diego K-12 Music Program Manager and Chair of the NAfME Innovations Council to create a comprehensive list of helpful resources. Click HERE to view the full list and please feel free to contact us if you have any additional resources you would like to share!
Save the Music has assembled a range of content to help keep you and your students engaged in long-distance music learning — from remote teaching and learning, to online resources, virtual concerts, and fundraising tools. See the items outlined in orange at the top of the page.