Whether you’re looking for something to help pass the time, bring the family together, calm your nerves, or engage the kids, music is an amazing tool to help with it all.
Music For Everyone has compiled a list of music resources that just about anyone can use to soothe, inspire, uplift, smile, sing or dance. Whatever age you may be and whether you are a beginner, intermediate, pro-player or simply love to listen, here are some links that can unleash the power of music in your household.
- The Wide World Of Music: A Guide To 100 Musical Instruments — an interactive instrument guide.
- Music Resource Guide for Students — a “little bit of everything” and good starting place.
- What Age to Start Piano Instructions?
- World Music with DARIA — a website from this multiple award-winning educator and musician. The website was given a 2009 Parent’s Choice Award for its family-friendly introduction of world music to young people and it’s resources for teachers, parents and special education professionals. The instrument section allows children to color, hear and find pdf instructions on how to make world music instruments such as cajónes (box drums), didgeridoos, shekeres, pow-wow drums and guiros along with cultural background information.
- From the Top — a website designed for young classical musicians. This clever website has: The Green Room, Hall of Fame, Answer Zone, Student Lounge, a Reference Room and an area for parents and teachers. Partnered with the highly successful From The Top radio program, this site offers the more “serious” young musicians an opportunity to hear from others like them and benefit from socialization of sorts with others like themselves.
- SFSKids — presents an updated online experience entirely different from the original SFSKids. Some of brand-new features and content throughout SFSKids include: a fun and playful series of educational modules presented as immersive environments and using animal avatars as guides; the ability to explore various linkages between composers, instruments and music compositions; the use of some game-based techniques to motivate repeated listening and engagement; gesture-controlled simulation scenarios using the mouse and keyboard to provide “hands-on” experiences of playing instrument and conducting music; interactive online tutorials to learn about music basics; the opportunity for users to compose and notate their own original music; and much more.
- DSOKids — features games, listen and learn, and various teacher resources, from the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.
- NYPhilKids — Great graphics and fun games-like the clarinet scavenger hunt make this New York Philharmonic website great, especially for instrumental students.
- LSO Play — allows you to experience the orchestra from multiple points of view.
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- Piano Wrist & Arm Positioning and Playing Resources — Playing the piano is an enjoyable activity that engages your brain, body, and emotions as you learn to express yourself through music. Piano playing requires development of psychomotor skills involving the hands, wrists, arms, and shoulders. Therefore, it is important to understand and apply proper technique as you learn and practice at the piano.
- Music Learning Community — 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.
- Piano Education: Just for Kids — This site is just for kids—to talk to other kids about piano, listen to the Taz-man, jump to other cool places, time travel to meet a famous composer or pianist, get a great tip to help with lessons, get help with writing piano or music reports or even ask a question!
- Jazz Power Initiative — offers a unique, holistic and highly effective approach to jazz education, performance, audience and community building that develops life-skills through active listening, empathic communication and cross-cultural and cross-generational collaboration.
- Yellow Cat Piano Program — offers students the opportunity to excel at the piano. Its learning methods enable students to learn quickly and to achieve higher levels of success than the standard music program.
- Funbrain — offers games on composers, instruments, reading and vocabulary.
- Data Dragon — Learning about and listening to different instruments, reading music, musical genres and links to additional sites are the features of this site.
- Teoría — a great site for music theory.
- A to Z Kids Stuff — “Name That Tune,” a link to the American Symphony Orchestra League, Instruments, lesson plans and games all can be found on this website.
- musictheory.net — includes quality theory tutorials, and interactive identification and ear training drills in note reading, key signatures, intervals and triads.
- Quia — Students can test their music knowledge with quizzes, matches, concentration card games and other activities.
- Morton Subotnick’s Creating Music — Elementary-age students can enjoy exploring, creating and manipulating music.
- Anvil Studio — Enable students to compose from a MIDI keyboard and add voice-overs or other audio recorded through a microphone.
- Make Music — Access online accompaniments that function as virtual accompanists.
- Good Ear — offers ear training and theory skills.
- Making Music Fun — contains lots of free music resources for elementary music classroom teachers, private music instructors and homeschool parents, for the purpose of building kids up in positive ways and enriching their lives with an appreciation for music and learning.
- Happy Music Note — music games (shareware and freeware) that are both amusing and educational. Learn to read music notes in treble clef and bass clef the fun way.
- Foriero — a music educational portal designed especially for kids and music beginners. Primarily focusing on the piano basics, they produce games to learn music easily with fun.
- KidsClick — a web search site designed for kids by librarians—with kid-friendly results! The site includes links to kid-friendly websites about music and music history.
- Sphinx Kids — contains interactive games and videos.
- Classics for Kids — contains games, music lessons, lesson plans and information on composers and classical music. (For students and teachers.)
- Music K-8 Kids — fun music stuff just for kids.
- Theta Music Trainer — features music and ear training games.
- Teoría — contains an online music theory guide, articles about music theory and a Java enhanced script for interactive play.
- Piano Technicians Guild — a fabulous general resource page from the Piano Technicians Guild for anyone involved in any way with keyboard instruments.
- Musical Online — This site is great and has links to information on how to practice.
- How to Become a Music Teacher — an advocacy site for teachers with many resources such as free lesson plans, guides, teacher grants, scholarships, continuing education information and more.
- The Ultimate Teacher Resource Guide — a comprehensive guide to teaching resources for all grades and subjects. There is an entire section of music-teaching resources, including free sheet music and theory exercises.