Some Helpful Educational Resources for Music Teachers

The sudden transition to distance education due to the current pandemic has caught the education community off guard. In most cases, teachers are left to themselves to improvise and search for the appropriate digital resources to help them in their remote teaching. While the pandemic will not, hopefully,  last long but our teaching and learning experiences will be forever transformed.  We have recently started a new section here in EdTech and mLearning dedicated to resources and materials for distance learning which we hope you will find helpful. In today’s post we are sharing with you this updated list of educational resources to help you in your music teaching/learning. Some of these websites offer free subscriptions (for a limited period of time) and extended trials to help the education in this trying period. Check them out and share with your colleagues.

1- SmartMusic‘SmartMusic is a web-based music education platform that connects teachers and students. Teachers have access to an unrivaled library of music from which to create individualized assignments for every student. Students receive immediate feedback as they practice each assignment. Their best performances are sent back to the teacher for grading and additional guidance. Plus, built-in notation tools allow teachers to import, edit, and create music, producing custom content for their students.’
2- BrainPOP Music ResourcesThis page in BrainPOP a number on interesting educational resources to use in music instruction. These include a section on famous artists and musicians, tools for learning music, tools for creating music, a section on musical genres and many more.3- Flat‘Whether you’re a beginner or a professional composer, Falt’s music composition software gives you all the tools that you need to make your own sheet music. You can write, listen, share and discover music scores right in your web browser on any device.’4- PBS Kids Music GamesThis section in PBS Kids features a collection of educational games designed specifically to help kids learn music.5- Soundtrap‘Soundtrap EDU is an online tool that enables teachers to follow the latest curriculums through music, podcasts, language, literacy training and other sound recordings. A creative environment in which students can collaborate and develop their own creative and communication skills.’6- Noteflight‘Noteflight is a powerful full-featured application to edit, display and play back music notation in a standard web browser, integrated in an online library of musical scores that anyone can publish, link to, or embed.’7- Interactive Music SitesThis Weebly page features a collection of resources to help students learn music. These include tools for composing music, virtual instruments, interactive games and many more.8- Classics for Kids‘Classical music can be an exciting tool. The Classics for Kids® lesson plans and teaching resources give teachers practical, effective plans and activities that use classical music to help children learn. and meet national and state standards. They are based on National Standards for the Arts and state Academic Content Standards for Music, as well as on Theory of Multiple Intelligences. The materials also incorporate various philosophies, including those of Orff, Dalcrose, and Kodaly.’9- Music TheoryMusic Theory offers a wide variety of exercises, lessons, and tools to help you learn music.Sources:1- Ten Interactive Websites to Utilize in the Elementary General Music Classroom (Mustech)2- Music Websites for Kids (Rofling Library)3- Music websites for students (Manly State School)4- 10 Fabulous Websites for Music Students and Music Teachers (My Music Theory)5- Great Apps, Games, and Websites for Music Education (Common Sense Education)6- Edshelf.com

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