Covid-19 Resources

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

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.

Artis, transforming lives through the arts.

  • Type of resource: Teaching resource
  • Who for: Teachers and actively teaching home schooling parents/carers
  • Age Range: Infant and Primary (ages 4 – 11)
  • Benefits: A cross-arts, cross-curricular resource, designed to help encourage creative curriculums for students in both KS1 and KS2. This innovative resource includes a wealth of ideas, downloadable resources and videos accessible for both teachers in school and parents at home.

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.

The Oak National Academy

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.

MusicFirst – Focus on Sound PRO

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.

  • Type of resource: Teaching resource, whole project.
  • Who for: Teachers
  • Age Range: The series has been fully adapted for different age stages.
  • Benefits: Guaranteed to broaden your student’s understanding and appreciation of a wide range of classical music in a fun and accessible way.

  • Type of resource: Instrumental tuition and support – strings
  • Who for: String players
  • Age range: beginners to advanced
  • Benefits: Aims to inspire string players of all ages and abilities. They are launching a new mini-series, including exclusive performances and virtual lessons.
  • Resource Type: No teaching required: passive and active listening – radio
  • Who for: Teacher, home schooler and all ages
  • Benefits: Wellbeing – did you know that there is extensive research into how listening to classical music is thought to improve concentration and cognition? Read more here on the Youth Music’s report ‘Benefits of Classical Music – The Sound Generation’. Sticking on the limited playlists on commercial radio stations for background noise may not be the best idea…however if you haven’t already tried it – give this a go – quietly on the background!

  • Resource Type: Online teaching resource
  • Who for: Teachers
  • Age range: All
  • Benefits: Cross-arts

 The EFDSS are established partners of SoundStorm and Wave. Explore free, downloadable materials for teaching English traditional folk songs through music, dance and drama.

Musical Futures

  • Resource Type: Teaching resource
  • Who for: Teachers
  • Age range: All
  • Benefits: Musical Futures is a not-for-profit organisation, passionately dedicated to supporting teachers with teaching music in a way that helps them to engage and enthuse their students. They have issued a new package of free resources this month.

  • Resource Type: Teaching resource
  • Who for: Teachers and parents
  • Age range: all – to post KS5
  • Benefits: Another must-have site. Anything and everything on music theory, including whole lessons, games, and quizzes. You can even print your own staff paper for free!

Virtual Singing Assembly

The Voices Foundation

  • Resource Type: No teaching required
  • Who for: Teachers, pupils, parents and the whole family!
  • Benefits: A daily ‘Virtual Singing Assembly’ at 1pm Monday to Friday during COVID-19 school closures, for teachers and pupils to join in whether at school or home!

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!


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