The UK Government recently published a list of online education resources for home education – a somewhat bemusing title if ever we read one!
In the opening statement, the Department for Education writes:
These websites have been identified by some of the country’s leading educational experts and offer a wide range of support and resources for pupils of all ages.
It is indeed an extensive, wide-ranging list that includes a vast array of useful websites and resources for both Primary and Secondary pupils. It covers Maths, English, Science, Physical Education, Mental Wellbeing, SEND resources, which includes apps and games, and a curious one-liner that’s titled ‘Other resources’. Within that, it simply states ‘There are other resources available’. Well, who knew?
Imagine my shock then, as I scrolled back to the top of the page—doing the equivalent of a virtual double-take—as I realised there’s not a single resource (or mention) pertaining to the Arts! I mean, seriously? I thought a picture speaks a thousand words but, clearly, so does a list!
With that in mind, MLC has set about pulling together a list of resources for Music Students. It’s certainly not meant to be an exhaustive list, but it is a list, and it hopefully contains some useful suggestions to help you with your music studies. We welcome your suggestions so please get in touch if you think we should add anything.
- BBC Introducing – advice and tips on a range of topics including starting out in the music industry, recording, playing live and getting noticed.
- BBC Sing – a guide to learning to sing including breathing and warming up exercises.
- BBC Music – learn about the music industry and the key players with this BBC guide containing music news and reviews by genres and artists.
- GCSE Bitesize – Music – music revision guide supporting GCSE music studies: from music notation and instrumentation to world music.
- BBC Maestro – see if you have what it takes to become a music conductor with this online music game.
- BBC Blast – learn about hip-hop music with a masterclass on MC’ing and hip-hop culture. Get top tips on rapping, rhyming, stage presence and battling.
- BBC Class Clips – learn about music by watching music videos on a variety of topics including composing music for dancing, writing pop music and understanding flamenco.
Useful Industry Organisations/Media:
- All Music – music reviews and artist biographies, listed by decade and genre.
- NME – long-established online music magazine “The world’s defining voice in music and pop culture since 1952”.
- Grammy Awards – a leading society of music professionals, the Recording Academy is dedicated to celebrating, honouring, and sustaining music’s past, present and future.
- NAMM – the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), commonly called NAMM in reference to the organisations popular NAMM trade shows.
- Musicians Union – is an organisation which represents over 32000 musicians working in all sectors of the music business.
Online Streaming Platforms:
- Apple Music
- Couch Tour Alerts on JamBase
- Mix With The Masters
- Audiomovers – an affordable plug-in that streams high quality, low latency audio from your DAW to the Web.
Online Music Learning Tools:
Many manufactures/software companies are granting free access to students in a bid to help them study from home. See:
- Flat.io – online music notation software
- Hookpad – online song analysis tool
- Audiotool – online DAW
- Korg / Moog synth apps
- Voltage Modular Nucleus
- Audacity – an easy-to-use, multi-track audio editor and recorder
- MusicTheory.net – free online exercises
- ToneSavvy – free online exercises
- Teoria – ear training/theory exercises
Apps available through G-Suite (just sign in to Google, top right), such as: