UPDATE JAN 2021: National Lockdown #3 – Supporting you whether you are a teacher or parent
Further to the recent lockdown, we have revised this page and taken another dive into the internet to review and signpost both teacher and home schooling parent to some of the most engaging music and arts education resources currently available. We have carefully selected a great mix of online teaching resources and activities perfect for home learners (‘no teaching required’) and will shortly be announcing a series of live streamed events – follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to find out where and when!
Every Music Hub member school across BCP has full access to Musical School. With an exhaustive song bank and schemes of work to support our youngest musicians, the resource has something for everyone. Although parental access is limited, each school can offer every student an individual log-in which will give access to some parts of the site for exploration as well as access to assignments their teacher sets.
If you want to know how your child can access the student YuMu contact your school and see if they have set up a student log-in. The Hub can help with this.
Music Mark is a membership organisation, subject association and charity. Their membership consists of Music Education Services and Hubs, their teaching and support teams, schools, individuals and a range of other partners. Their “candomusic” continues to be updated with all the latest government guidance for those continuing to deliver in-school activities.
Chrome Music Lab is a website that makes learning music more accessible through fun, hands-on experiments. Many teachers have been using the Lab as a tool in their classrooms to explore music and its connections to science, maths, art, and more. They’ve been combining it with dance and live instruments.
Soundtrap for Education is an online music recording studio or DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) that works across multiple operating systems, including: Mac, iOS, Android, Windows, and Chromebook. Specially designed for the education market in a safe and secure online environment, it includes tools for students to collaborate remotely, direct integration with MusicFirst Classroom, Google Classroom and MS Teams, and a library of lesson plans.
A fascinating international Musical Time Machine – dedicated kids’ area and an endless resource to discover music from across the 20th and 21st centuries. Developed by users and updated regularly. A personal favourite from one of the SoundStorm team.
Made by teachers for both home schooling and remote learning, their Music video tutorials extend from early years to KS3, taking in everything from pitch and pulse to beatboxing, EDM and baroque rhythms. Free to access.
Focus on Sound PRO is an engaging, interactive, and authoritative online resource to enhance teaching and learning music – accessible anywhere, anytime on any device. The software has proved a reliable answer to both in-school and remote learning for approaching 50% of secondary schools in the UK and many schools across the World.
If you haven’t already checked out the amazing world of BBC Bitesize, then get involved. Full of engaging, innovative ways to cover every subject under the National Curriculum plus so much more. The BBC have done everything they can to ensure they are supporting you and your learners be that at home or in school.
The EFDSS are established partners of SoundStorm and Wave. Explore free, downloadable materials for teaching English traditional folk songs through music, dance and drama.
Were you aware that most schools have limited singing since September? There are enormous benefits to emotional wellbeing with singing so whilst you have smaller bubbles be that at home or at school, we whole-heartedly encourage you to get involved! With their motto ‘transforming children through singing’, support their cause and let them know you are there via the hashtag #VFVirtualSing
Alternatively, the renowned SingUp are also hosting FREE weekly singing assemblies: click here to find out more!