With the threat of school closures looming, or in some countries already in place as a result of Coronavirus, we thought we’d create the Musical Futures guide to the top 10 online resources to help music teachers set meaningful work that students can complete from home in the event of school closures.
Here’s our guide to the top 10 free online resources for home learning:
From our friends at Ableton, this website allows students to learn about beats, melody, chords, bass-lines and song structure. Students can work through the tutorials then create their own songs using ‘the playground’. If you have Ableton Live software in school, students can export their ideas from the website to use in Ableton once they return to school!
A YouTube channel from our very own Champion Teacher Matt Keil. His channel consists of 6 videos that explain different aspects of music theory in a really engaging and easy-to-understand, visual way. The videos cover time signatures, note & rest values, scales, reading treble & bass clef. Look in the video descriptions for links to online quizzes that Matt has created for each video.
Another one from the Ableton team, this is a fantastic resource for students interested in music technology. The interactive site allows students to learn about complicated aspects of synthesis, such as oscillation, envelopes, filters and amplitude, in an easy, intuitive way.
Great for GCSE Music students. The website consists of over 20 different interactive exercises covering essential music theory knowledge, including ear training exercises for students to develop their recognition of intervals and cadences.
A free downloadable multi-track audio editor available for both Mac, PC and Linux. Using this software, it is possible to set students a task to create soundscapes in response to particular images using sounds & samples from free-to-use websites such Soundbible.com. Alternatively, set a project to collect ‘found sounds’ from home using their phones to edit in Audacity with the aim of creating their own beats. Here’s some inspiration showing what’s possible from Donald Trump’s sniff!
Fantastic resource from Musedlab that allows students to play-along with YouTube videos using their QWERTY keyboard. There are some sample songs already on the website, alternatively you can copy in any YouTube video and select the appropriate scale and instrument to play-along. Great for learning parts or having a go at improvisation. Try with a 12-bar blues track from YouTube and ask students to practice improvisation over a pentatonic scale!
Another resource from Musedlab that uses a pizza to represent different drum patterns. This easy-to-use drum machine allows students to explore beats from famous songs and create their own using rhythmic grids.
This website provides an insight into music from around the world, as you may expect from the title! Complete with relevant examples linked to YouTube, the site covers everything from the Tango, to English folk music, reggae and Bellydancing music! Ideal website to use as the basis for an online quiz using Kahoot/Microsoft forms/Show My Homework etc.
An online quiz creator that’s ideal for revision. Use one of the ready-made quizzes, or create your own. Free sign-up required. If you don’t have a school-wide system in place, such as Office 365, this is ideal for easy quiz-setting.
Very useful for GCSE music, with specific content and revision tailored for AQA, Edexcel, Eduqas and OCR specifications. Great for setting revision activities!