Music Educators and Teachers Resources

 

Selected websites that teachers and music educators might find helpful for augmenting lesson materials, including lesson plans, activities, worksheets and more.

  • 8notes.com
    Over 9000 free sheet music downloads for all instruments.
  • AfriClassical.com
    Here you will meet 52 composers, conductors and instrumental performers - Africans, African Americans and Afro-Europeans.
  • American Bandmasters Association (ABA)
    Created for the purpose of furthering the interests of outstanding American Band Masters, and of interesting composers, arrangers, and music publishers in Wind Band music.
  • American Choral Directors Association
    An online resources of the Kodály Center for Music Education at Holy names University, Oakland, CA. Allows you to search for songs using a powerful database, print lyrics, musical scores, song analysis, background information, and more.
  • The American Folksong Collection
    Promoting excellence in choral music through performance, composition, publication, research, and teaching.
  • American School Band Directors Association (ASBDA)
    An extremely prestigious national organization for band directors of the highest quality. The primary goal of the ASBDA is to promote the concert band as the focus of an educational curriculum which teaches music as artistic expression.
  • American Roots Music
    The website for the PBS series by the same name. It includes summaries of episodes, oral histories, information about songs and artists, and more.
  • American String Teachers Association
    A membership organization for string and orchestra teachers and players, helping them to develop and refine their careers.
  • An All-In-One Resource for k-12 Music Instructors
    There’s a lot of music based information on the Internet that is aimed towards music teachers and students of all ages, here’s just a small listing of information that can be useful for teachers of band, chorus, orchestra and general music education.
  • AP Music Theory: Classroom Resources
    A diverse selection of supplemental materials, including lesson plans and teaching strategies, from the College Board.
  • Art Students Guide to Scholarships and Financial Aid
    In this guide, find funding options for art degrees, including scholarships and alternative ways to pay, and learn ways to craft winning scholarship essays and applications.
  • The Association of Concert Bands of America (ACBA)
    The purpose of ACB is to encourage and foster adult concert community, municipal, and civic bands and to promote the performance of the highest quality traditional and contemporary literature for band.
  • Australian Folk Songs
    A collection of Australian traditional and bush songs. It has words, music and information about each song.
  • Banddirector.com
    The #1 Online Resource for Band Directors.
  • Band Directors Facebook Group
    Engaged moderators mean this group has great questions and better answers.
  • Bassoon.org
    Resources and Information for Bassoonists.
  • Band Music from the Civil War Era
    makes available examples of a brilliant style of brass band music that flourished in the 1850s in the United States and remained popular through the nineteenth century.
  • Carnegie Hall’s Music Educators Toolbox
    Set of free online resources for music teachers includes lesson plans and activities, summative and formative assessments, video examples, and documented best practices. Designed to be effective and adaptable in a wide variety of music classrooms, the resources were developed through Carnegie Hall’s five-year residency in a New York City elementary/middle school.
  • The Children's Music Archive
    Lyrics, sing-along suggestions, colouring sheets and activities for many children's songs.
  • The Children's Music Network (CMN)
    The Children's Music Network celebrates the positive power of music in the lives of children by sharing songs, exchanging ideas and creating community.
  • Classics for Kids
    Classics for Kids contains games, music lessons, lesson plans and information on composers and classical music for students and teachers.
  • The Classical Midi Archives
    Over 8,000 classical music files in MIDI format from over 60 composers.
  • Concert Pitch Piano Services Virtual Piano Museum
    History of the piano and includes 25 pianos and keyboards from the Smithsonian Collection at the National Museum of American History.
  • The Aaron Copland Collection: Ca. 1900-1990
    About 1,000 items (dating from 1910 to 1990) are provided, including music manuscripts, printed music, correspondence, diaries and writings, photos, awards, programs, and other biographical materials. This is a primary resource for research on Aaron Copland and for the study of musical life in 20th century America.
  • Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Digital Resource Portal
    The portal includes curriculum materials with supports such as PowerPoints, worksheets, videos, biographies, teaching tips, and more. The materials and audiovisual components in the Resource Portal are designed for educational use only and are intended solely for instruction in a classroom setting. Materials and multimedia elements are not to be shared or used for any other purpose.
  • DabbledooMusic
    DabbledooMusic makes music education more accessible, engaging and fun for teachers and students everywhere. Our resources have been developed to encourage creativity, collaboration and empathy through music education.
  • Dallas Symphony Orchestra: Resources and Lesson Plans
    Resources and Lesson Plans provided by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.
  • Early Music America
    A not-for-profit service organization for the field of historical performance in North America. Founded in 1985, EMA's goal is to expand awareness of, and interest in, the music of the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical periods.
  • Fiddle Tunes of the Old Frontier
    A multi-format ethnographic field collection of traditional fiddle tunes performed by Henry Reed of Glen Lyn, Virginia. Recorded by folklorist Alan Jabbour in 1966-67, when Reed was over eighty years old, the tunes represent the music and evoke the history and spirit of Virginia's Appalachian frontier.
  • Found Music Unit
    Challenge for children to make musical instruments out of anything.
  • Fun Music Company Resource Archive
    Every Monday, they share a brand new teaching idea for music lessons. This could be a game, a worksheet, an interactive whiteboard resource, or a lesson plan. hey give you the resource and they show you how to use it in a short video. You can have access to an indexed archive of their past resources by joining their mailing list.
  • Guidebook to Performing Arts Schools
    Learn how performing artists are trained and find your own performing arts school.
  • International Saxophone Home Page
    Founded in 1994 by saxophonist Jason DuMars as a resource for musicians and enthusiasts seeking reliable, interesting and useful information.
  • Jazz
    The companion Web site to the latest production by acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns, JAZZ celebrates America's greatest original art form.
  • Jazz History Bibliography
  • Jazz Trumpet Transcriptions from The Trumpet Kings Of The Swing Era and More
  • The Kennedy Center ArtsEdge
    Free standards based teaching materials, professional development resources and student materials in dance, music, theater and the visual arts.
  • KIDiddles: MoJo's Musical Mouseum Song Lyrics MoJo is a singin', swingin' music mouse-chine! She'll be happy to take you on a guided tour of her Musical Mouseum, loaded to the brim with almost two thousand kids' song lyrics, organized both alphabetically and by subject.
  • Lesson Zone™ Elementary Music Lesson Plans
    Get lesson plans for the music classroom that are sure to send the fun into overdrive!
  • Little Kids Rock
    Little Kids Rock trains public school teachers and donates all of the instruments, curricular resources and support they need to ensure that their kids receive the right to rock!
  • Marketing Music Education
    Kathleen Heuer believes that teachers should market music education (and their programs) like a business. Her blog is full of advocacy tips and interviews.
  • Music Educator Resources
    Piano teacher Jennifer Foxxs website, providing music teachers with helpful resources and tips that will ultimately benefit their students. Whether you teach music privately or in a classroom, many of the resources and tips shared are adaptable to fit your specific needs.
  • Music Lesson Plans and WebQuests
    List of links to different music lesson plans, ideas and activities and WebQuests. This is an excellent resource if you’ve been looking for music lesson plans focusing on a specific genre such as rock and roll or blues.
  • Music Resources for Educators
    They have multicultural activities incorporating Mexican, Native American, Chinese, and South American music into your curriculum; you'll find printable instructions for building musical instruments; they'll learn the history of musical genres like Rock 'n' Roll and Jazz with detailed references; and of course, there are lyrics of plenty of songs for you and your class to sing and enjoy!
  • Music Resources for Teachers
    National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Download these free resources for use in your classroom. They encourage you to tailor these Instructional Units to suit your own curriculum requirements for elementary Music.
  • Musicards.net
    A collection of highly-customizable online music theory flash cards.
  • Music Career Guidebook
    Whether your aspiration is to lead a world-class symphony, land a gig on the road or compose film scores, the following guide can help. Information about the variety of degrees is included, as well as an in-depth discussion on popular careers in the field.
  • Music Educators Toolbox Resources
    The Carnegie Hall Toolbox currently features grade-specific music education resources addressing fundamentals of rhythm, meter, singing, form, dynamics, articulation, tempo, pitch, and performing.
  • MusicLearningCommunity.com
    This website contains hundreds of learning games of varying levels, all carefully planned to gain mastery of the elements of music theory, ear training and rhythmic skills in an exciting, challenging environment.
  • MusicTeacherResources
    Offering a variety of ideas and resources for the classroom and studio music teacher.
  • MusicTeachers.co.uk
    MusicTeachers.co.uk is a free service which aims to support musicians in every aspect of education and performance. They are the leading online service of its kind for UK music teachers, and help thousands of people every week find a music teacher and music lessons which are right for them.
  • Music for the Nation: American Sheet Music
    Contains more than 62,500 pieces of historical sheet music registered for copyright: more than 15,000 registered during the years 1820-1860 and more than 47,000 registered during the years 1870-1885. Included are popular songs, operatic arias, piano music, sacred and secular choral music, solo instrumental music, method books and instructional materials, and music for band and orchestra.
  • Music Tech Teacher
    Developed by a music technology teacher, in which you can find dozens of online music lessons, quizzes, and games designed to help elementary students learn music in 21st century classroom.
  • Music Teacher's Blog with Aids & Resources
    Solfegio blog and free resources for music teachers.
  • Music Teachers Facebook Group
    Wide-ranging group that supports music educators of all kinds.
  • Music Theory Spectrum
    The official print journal of the Society for Music Theory. The journal includes feature articles and book reviews on all topics that intersect with music theory and analysis, such as aesthetics, the history of theory, linear analysis, atonal theory, networks, and narratology.
  • Music Theory WebQuest
    Whether the subject is math, English, science, or social studies, the ability to read and write are basic tools needed to succeed in the regular education classroom. Likewise, success in the music classroom stems from the ability to be able to understand the basic music concepts, of note reading, key signature recognition, and rhythm comprehension. This site addresses these issues. In addition, it also covers a few of the key national and Michigan educational benchmarks for music education. Finally, the goal is to create an educationally fun way of presenting the concepts of note-reading, key signature recognition, and rhythm comprehension for use in the author's classroom.
  • The National Association for Music Education (NAME)
    Among the world's largest arts education organizations, it's the only association that addresses all aspects of music education.
  • Lesley Nelson-Burns' Folk Music Site
    Folk and Traditional Music and Popular Songs, with Lyrics, Midi, Tune Information and History behind the folksongs and ballads. Irish, British and American Folk Music including Francis J. Child Ballads and Sea Shanties.
  • New York Philharmonic Teacher Resources
    Explore great lesson plans and other materials designed by Philharmonic Teaching Artists. All plans have been classroom tested and are available in text-searchable PDF format.
  • Oboes for Idgetz
    Great site for teachers of oboe students, it's for the "oboe-challenged".
  • On and Off the Podium
    Wendy Higdon’s materials also include recruitment and instrument fitting day supplies.
  • Online Music Theory Flashcards
    An ever-growing collection of highly-customizable online music theory flash cards. These music flashcards can be used by beginning music students who are becoming acquainted with key music rudiments, all the way up to intermediate and advanced students who wish to fill in gaps here and there or increase fluency with existing knowledge.
  • OnlinePracticeRecord.com
    A free music education resource that can be used by all instrumentalists and vocalists to keep track of daily practice.
  • The Open University Music Education Page
    Offering students hoping to learn about music information on the history, cultural effects, genres and notable contributions to music. These contributions are continuous, but going back to the beginning provides a foundation to learning music.
  • Orchestra Classroom
    Theory exercises, whole pieces, and more materials for the orchestra classroom.
  • The Piano Education Page
    One-stop resource for teachers, students, parents of students, and fans of the piano with over 1000 pages of family-friendly information, upgraded regularly.
  • Piano Technicians Guild Resources for Teachers
    Scholarship opportunities, Lesson Plans & Teaching Tools, Activities, Online Games and Teacher Organizations.
  • Quickly! The Drum Assigner
    Free concert band percussion assignment software for Windows and Mac.
  • Resources For Music Education
    A comprehensive page of resources for musical teachers/professors (band, orchestra, vocals, etc) with in-depth, informative links.
  • The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame EDU
    Through Rock Hall EDU, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame offers free resources for teachers around the world.
  • Shanties and Sea Songs
    Work songs used on ships during the Age of Sail. Includes lyrics to traditional maritime songs, particularly sea shanties, and is a place to find relevant books and CDs.
  • Rhythm Relay Game
    Lesson plan based on rhythm.
  • Mark Shepard's Flute Page
    Resources to help you learn to play the flute or make a flute, plus know more about the flute—all from author/musician/flutemaker Mark Shepard.
  • The SmartMusic Blog
    focuses on giving ensemble directors clear, actionable advice. Articles are written by educators around the country.
  • Smithsonian Jazz
    Offering sound clips, information about jazz events, a directory of jazz societies (by state and country), links to other jazz websites, and four online 'classes' featuring Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, and Benny Carter.
  • Taylor's Traditional Tunebook
    Over 500 traditional tunes in General Midi format from Scotland, Ireland, Wales, England and "the Colonies". Site is not updated and there is no technical support or answers to questions beyond what you can find on the FAQ or ReadMe pages.
  • Teachers Pay Teachers
    Etsy for teachers – buy lesson plans and materials from teachers who know they work.
  • Teaching Ideas
    Etsy for teachers – buy lesson plans and materials from teachers who know they work.
  • TeacherVision Music Resources for Teachers (Grades K-12)
    Bring some music into your classroom with lessons and printables! Celebrate Music in Our Schools Month in March or enjoy music on a regular basis with your students. They have multicultural activities incorporating Mexican, Native American, Chinese, and South American music into your curriculum; you'll find printable instructions for building musical instruments; they'll learn the history of musical genres like Rock 'n' Roll and Jazz with detailed references; and of course, there are lyrics of plenty of songs for you and your class to sing and enjoy!
  • teoría : Music Theory Web
    Contains an online music theory guide, articles about music theory and a Java enhanced script for interactive play..
  • Transcribed Trumpet Solos
    Solo Transcriptions and Bebop Scales (How to Understand, Practice and Use) by Scott Black.
  • Ultimate Guide to Music Scholarships
    One of the leading deterrents to getting a college education is a lack of finances. For some people, this inability to pay for tuition and other related costs can severely hinder their ambitions and future ability to earn the type of income that they desire. This is a problem regardless of what major a student is pursuing, including music. Financial assistance is important to many people in terms of making college not only affordable, but a reality. Fortunately for people who are pursuing a music major, there are several scholarships options that are available to them.
  • Viola in music
    Extensive history on the viola, as well as resources for students and teachers, downloadable sheet music, play-along mp3s, midi files, and more.
  • A Web Based Introduction to Basic Music Theory and Music Composition
    The site's lesson will introduce you to the basics of music theory. You will utilize two different web sites that will provide you with the fundamentals of music theory. These web sites will teach you about such topics as scales, chords, intervals and key signatures. The web sites will also provide you with several “quizzes” that you will print out, complete, and hand in for evaluation.
  • The Woodwind Fingering Guide
  • Young Band Repertoire List
    Recommended literature for young bands. PDF file that requires Adobe Reader or similar program to view.