Virtual Learning Resources for Music Educators

Ideas from NAfME Members for Fellow Music Educators

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We want you to know that we appreciate all that you are doing for your students because their well-being comes first. You have risen to meet the educational needs in this time of crisis by sharing resources, and we will be updating these resources frequently. It is important to take care of yourselves as you juggle family and work life and to remember that we are a music education nation working together to make life easier. 

During this time of unprecedented need for virtual/online instructional materials, the first consideration for us must be student safety. As educators, we are dedicated to providing safe learning environments for students in our physical classrooms every day. We must be equally dedicated to providing safe virtual/online environments as well. To that end, NAfME recommends:

    • Children under the age to 13 have verifiable parental consent before accessing any online resources
    • Students and/or families do not provide any identifying information to gain access to the resources – free or paid

NAfME cares about our students so we advocate for equitable access to instruction. As we curate materials to help members implement online learning, we recognize that effective online instruction in any subject requires:

    • Universal access to learning devices and internet services
    • Professional learning opportunities and time for educators to design online learning environments, tasks, and assessments
    • Opportunities for students to learn how to succeed with online instruction
    • An appropriate learning management system

Members of NAfME Societies and Councils have provided these resources from their own original teaching experiences, music educators in their school districts, universities, communities, peers, or other trusted sources. We thank them for their assistance and commitment to NAfME members as we all pull together to keep educating and making music.

Please respect copyright. Find out more about copyright easements during the pandemic from NFHS.

NAfME appreciates the support of our Corporate Members. More information can be found about their services and additional resources here.

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Online Resources

Arts Website CompilationAmericans for the Arts

Arts Education Partnership

The Artists Safety Net

ArtsEdge Online Resources

National Assembly of State Arts Agencies

National Endowment for the Arts

National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM)

State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education (SEADAE)

Gettysburg College

Perpich Center Minnesota

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

MacPhail Center for Music

College Music Society
BandVirtual Band Festival

CDBNA COVID-19 Response Committee Report
ChoirVirtual Choir

How to Create a Virtual Choir
Classical Music ArchivesClassical Music Archives
Cleaning InstrumentsCOVID-19 Instrument Cleaning Guidelines from NAfME, NFHS, and NAMM Foundation

COVID-19 and Cleaning Your Brass Instruments

COVID-19 and Instrument Hygiene for Musicians
CodingLearn to Code by Making Music
Collections of

Free Online Subscriptions
College FacultyAdvice for Newly Remote Teachers
CollegiatesUHaul Free Storage for College Students
Composer DiversityInstitute for Composer Diversity
Copyright – what you need to know when teaching remotelyNAfME Copyright Page

Distributed Music Recordings: Guidelines and Listing from NFHS and NAfME

Hal Leonard FAQ for Distance Learning
Providing Services to Children with Disabilities During COVID-19
Q&A Services for Children with Disabilities

Chrome Extensions for Students with Special Needs

New Strategies in Special Education as Children Learn from Home
English LearnersKeep English Learners Engaged during COVID-19
Facebook Groups Addressing Online Resources and LearningAmazing Educational  Resources

Music Educators Creating Online Learning
Folk Music from around the WorldFree Folk Music from around the World
JazzJazz Appreciation Month

Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Jazz Academy

Jazz Education Network

Butler University Jazz Program Playlist

6th Annual Vocal Jazz Summer Camp Online, August 3–7, 2020, 10 AM–5PM
Jazz Arranger and Composer COVID-19 Relief Commission GrantsInternational Society of Jazz Arrangers and Composers
Lesson PlansNAfME Responding Lessons Using Library of Congress Primary Sources

NAfME Model Cornerstone Assessments (Lesson Plan Included)

Artsedge Kennedy Center

Smithsonian Folkways

Music In Our Schools Month®

Dayton Performing Arts Alliance

Rock Hall EDU

Teach Rock

Dallas Symphony Orchestra Kids

Library of Congress
Museum Free Virtual ToursMuseum Free Virtual Tours

All the Musical Instruments in the World
Music In Our Schools Month®Music In Our Schools Month®
Music Lessons/TipsOnline Music Lesson Tips for Student and Teacher
NAMM & NAfME WebinarBridging the Gap: Teaching & Learning Online
Online Citizenship for StudentsOnline Citizenship Videos
Online Tips and TricksResources for Educators during the Coronavirus Pandemic

International School Services Information about Online Learning

Practical Strategies and Resources

Online Learning Plan

Tips and Tools for Teachers Teaching Remotely

Why Online Learning Should Be More Self-Directed and Less Structured

Jazz Education Network Teaching Online

Online Teaching for the Unexpected Online Music Educator


All Digital School

ISTE Learning Keeps Going

ISTE eBook Free Downloads
OperaMet Opera Guild
Performers / Creators Financial ResourcesWhat ASCAP Members Should Know about the Government Economic Stimulus Package
Professional DevelopmentNAfME Webinar PD (NAfME Academy®) – receive PD Hours. See also free webinars.

Music in a Minuet Blogs

Read Music Educator Journal Articles for PD Hours

Professional Learning Community Webinars for PD Hours

Electrify Your Symphony
Rock and RollRock and Roll Hall of Fame Free Online Learning

Rock and Roll Forever
Social-Emotional Learning SBO: Utilizing Social Emotional Learning for Reflection and Growth

Seven Mindsets: How to Talk to Students about COVID-19

Teaching SEL: Powering up Students with Social and Emotional Know-How

Amani Project
Steel Drum Virtual Steel Drum
Struggling StudentsGoogle Tools for Struggling Students
Student PerspectiveThe Students’ Voice during COVID-19

How One Person with Autism Feels about COVID-19
Suicide Prevention HotlineTalk with Us
Teacher CareEdSurge

Edutopia - A Mindset for the Moment

I Love My Job But It’s Killing Me (free download)

Managing Stress and Anxiety during COVID-19
TechnologyUltimate Free Music Tech Guide

Technology in Music Education

Music Tech Tools

Free Tech Guide
Ted TalksMusic Ted Talks
TutorialsSimple K-12 Webinars

How to Be a Better Online Teacher

How to Navigate Google Docs Formatting

How to Make Lesson Videos

Google Forms for Playing Test Submissions

Florida Virtual School
Virtual ConcertsNPR Virtual Concerts

NPR Tiny Desk Concerts

MET Opera—live opera for students

Seattle Symphony

Virtual Rehearsal Toolkit

Jazz Livestream

Alternatives to Creating a Virtual Choir

United States Army Field Band

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

BBC: Royal Albert Hall Performances

The Philadelphia Orchestra

The Black Violin Masterclasses

The Lincoln Center

New Jersey Performing Arts Center

LA Philharmonic

Our Virtual Ensemble powered by GPG Music
Watch PartyHow to Host a Watch Party

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