- BBC Ten Pieces opens up the world of classical music to children. There are lesson plans and resources bursting with ideas for how to get children to be creative with inspirational classical pieces, from Bach to Wagner with six weeks of learning and activities. Check out Ten Pieces At Home for weekly resources and creative activities.
- Secondary Interactive Lesson: This Ten Pieces Secondary Live Lesson aims to inspire young people to develop creative responses to classical music through art, composition and poetry.
- Trailblazers challenges students to rethink orchestral music – what it sounds like, who can make it, and how it’s used – through ten trailblazing composers and their pieces of music. Discover Trailblazers with six weeks of learning and activities, customisable to you, aided by PowerPoint presentations.
- KS3/GCSE Music Technology: A series of clips aimed at informing and enabling music students to understand the techniques and technology involved in music making.
BBC Bitesize helps students learn by providing “bitesized” interactive content, video and audio summaries and mock exams.
Music Theory: Explore 8 learner guides on the elements of music theory, with revision and tests.
Sing Up have some free resources to keep young people learning and singing outside of school. Download the videos, songs, including performance tracks and song lyrics, and activity bundles with worksheets for your children.
Explore free online music theory lessons and exercises, from the basics to more complex piece analysis.
‘I’m Gonna Shine’ is a simple, 2-part song that has lovely actions to help convey the words. This song is free to access – you can stream or download various tracks, along with sheet music and lyrics, and a video clip showing optional Makaton signs.
Why not try out the harmonies at home and film yourselves singing this song together and share with the world?
Friday Afternoons is a Snape Maltings led singing project connecting teachers and young people with contemporary composers, through creating high quality repertoire, resources and training to encourage challenging and exciting music making experiences for all. The catalogue provides warm ups, leader tutorials, case studies, lesson plans and worksheets to support teaching the repertoire.
Free rap resources, no login needed and a competition for all producers and rappers!
- Let’s Sing Part 1 and Part 2 – an encyclopedia of every singing warm up, fun song and exercise you could ever need!
- The Studio: An introduction to narrative film music – A brilliant resource to introduce students to film music!
- The Studio: Composing briefs for film and dance – Videos of silent film clips, inviting students to try composing for them (with guidance, and examples of other students’ work)
- The Studio: Teacher Area – All sorts of GCSE/A Level music exam-related, but also general composing tools and resources for secondary students
Artistic Futures Podcast: this monthly podcast is for anyone contemplating a career in music and opera. Full of useful tips and advice, here is a great opportunity to hear directly from a range of people about their artistic journeys.
- Create and Sing programme: a creative learning programme, created with teachers, for primary schools across England. Features classroom-based and digital activities, with strong curriculum links, to give children a better understanding of singing and opera, unlocking their imagination and creativity. Includes teacher training, classroom films, lesson plans and resources to use in ways that suit the needs of the teachers and their students. Teachers do not need any previous knowledge of opera in order to take part.
- Create and Learn programme: Create and Learn invites you to explore the magical world of the theatre from home. All of the new resources are free to access and do not require you to login. Featuring new activities weekly, to get you singing, dancing and making.
The Berliner Philharmoniker Digital Concert Hall now free for everyone! Redeem the voucher code BERLINPHIL by 31 March and receive free access to all concerts and films in the Digital Concert Hall, including many educational concerts.
Live ‘Body Beat’s body percussion sessions, delivered daily at 11am on YouTube by Ollie Tunmer, former STOMP cast member and qualified teacher.
The Lost Words: Spell Songs brings together eight remarkable musicians, whose music already engages deeply with landscape and nature, to respond to the creatures, art and language of The Lost Words. Spell Songs allowed these acclaimed and diverse musicians to weave together elements of British folk music, Senegalese folk traditions, experimental and classical music, and create an inspiring new body of work.
The free interdisciplinary school Explorers Pack for KS2-KS3 provides a wide range of suggestions to embrace a cross-curricular approach, encouraging constructive curiosity and suggesting a variety of ways of communicating and responding creatively, using a wide range of skills. Suggestions are made for individual and collaborative work, with the opportunity for some activities to involve the wider community.
Free iPad Songwriting Resources for Teachers & Parents
‘Teaching Music with Garageband for iPad’ consists of a series of fun and accessible songwriting projects suitable for ages 7-16, covers much of the KS2/3 music curriculum, and contains video guides that allow pupils to work alone or with an adult. It is a perfect resource for one-to-one work at home, or small group work in schools.