50 Suggested Websites for Music
1. The Royal Academy Of Music
Offers musical training in areas such as instruments, voice and composition.
2. Music Education Online
Music Education Online provides a wealth of online information for anyone
interested in school music education. Music Education Online is one of the most
referenced web sites for music education on the Internet today.
3. DfEs Standard Site
This site is home to the QCA/DfES schemes of work.
4. Music Education Council
The Music Education Council exists to bring together and provide a forum for
those organisations to debate issues affecting music education and to make
representation and promote appropriate action at local, national and international
5. Music Sound Foundation
EMI Music Sound Foundation is an independent music education charity,
established to celebrate the centenary of EMI Records and to improve young
peoples' access to music education in the UK & Ireland.
6. The National Association for Music in Higher Education (NAMHE)
NAMHE is the subject association for all those engaged in music in Higher
Education in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Its
purpose is to identify, articulate and promote the interests and needs of Music in
7. British Arts Council - Music
The British Council is the UK's public diplomacy and cultural organisation. They
work in 100 countries, in arts, education, governance, and science. This website
describes there work in the arts and music.
8. Music For Youth
The National Foundation for Youth Music (Youth Music) is a charity providing
music-making opportunities for children and young people up to the age of 18.
Youth Music funds programmes and schemes which support music-making
principally outside school hours, in communities, youth clubs and groups where
music-making can be introduced and developed amongst young people who
otherwise may not have the opportunity.
9. Tim Ryland site
This site has some fun links into music and shows some great ways of using
music to enhance some other areas of the curriculum. There are plenty of
competitions to enter and small sound bites to download and use within your
This site is brilliant and has a new and vibrant way of navigation. You can choose
between all the genres of music i.e. Jazz, Rock and Pop, Classical etc; you can
also click on as a student, Teacher or Parent. You can buy some good resources
and download some great lesson plans.
11. BBC – Guide to the Orchestra
Find out about the instruments of the orchestra; with pictures, sound clips and
interviews with the BBC's own musicians.
12. K-12 Resources for Music Educators
In this site you can find valuable resources for music educators and students of
all areas and educational levels. It is regularly updated and for over ten years, it
has been the most visited and valued music education resource website available
13. Science of Music
Explore the science of music through these online exhibits, movies, and
questions. Along the way, you can compose, mix, dance, drum, experiment, and
above all listen.
14. Access to Music
Access to Music is a young, vibrant, energetic organisation with a real passion for
music. It provides dynamic vocationally related services inspired by direct
involvement in the music industry. The result is exciting music solutions for
students, musicians and education providers alike.
15. BBC – Learning – Performing Arts
This site has links to some of the best sites for music educators.
16. BBC – Radio One – How to…
Want to take your music further? In 'How to...' we've brought together over 100
in-depth guides and features packed full of help and advice.
17. ABC Music Notes
Abcmusicnotes is a website aimed to help and support students studying music
at GCSE and AS, & A Levels. As well as providing music notes, you can obtain
help and advice about GCSE Music on the Internet through our GCSE Distance
Learning web page. Guidance is offered on Composing, Performing and Listening
or a combination of these areas.
18. BBC – Blast
If you'd like a career in the music industry this site has some essential advice on
how to get started.
19. Music Ed
This site provides specialist support and information for music teachers, along
with resources and ideas for teaching KS1 to KS4 music.
20. Music Notes
An online musical experience. Learn about theory, history, styles and musical
instruments. There is information on note reading and chords. The history of
music spans from medieval times to present day.
21. Music for Teachers (m4t)
A website developed to support the planning and preparation for teaching music
in the English National Curriculum. Many free support materials are available,
including resources, schemes of work and more.
22. Drum Kits and Rhythm
A site that introduces the instruments, sounds and rhythms of drum kits, with real
23. Music Teachers Resource Site
Some free resources written by music teachers for colleagues. There are ideas
for rounds, arrangements and projects to try with your classes, songs with midi
accompaniments, equipment and instrument reviews. This is a subscription site.
24. BBC – Making Tracks
Become a composer and create a masterpiece with these funky tools from the
25. The Mozart Project
The site is dedicated to the life, times and music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. It
contains biographies of Mozart and some of his family, listings of his
compositions and sound clips.
26. Education Guardian
This site has hundreds of links to other sites worth looking at for Music Education.
27. Music Aid
Music Aid provides free support, promotion, publicity and co branding for many
music related projects and events including educational projects, charities, benefit
CDs and concerts. It makes its expertise and contacts available free of charge to
genuine, bone fide fundraisers and organizations.
28. Music Land
The MusicLand was one of the first sites in the UK to provide a range of free
material for Key Stage 3 through to A-Level. It has recently broadened its portfolio
to include a number of software applications and the development of additional
published resources. It has also launched a subscription area to provide high-
quality materials to our members. The MusicLand is recognised as one of the
leading and most innovative web resources for music education.
29. Sound Grabs
Sound grabs is a collection of candid sound moments grabbed from everyday life.
Categorized into ten sections from 'Atmosphere' to 'Situations'; 'Laughter' to
'Machines', and presented with some beautiful photography.
30. Musician News
The ultimate music and musicians website. Find out about concerts, search for
sheet music and access a learning database for learning music theory, writing
songs & composing.
31. The Roundhouse
The Roundhouse in Camden, London runs creative projects for young people -
especially those who normally have little or no access to arts education - with
state-of-the-art facilities for music, TV, radio, new media, design and performance
32. All Music
Music reviews and artist biographies, listed by decade and genre.
33. Awesome Library
Some great lesson plans for all instruments and abilities.
34. Questia – online book library
This online book search provides information on all relevant books used in Music
education at present.
35. Naxos Music Glossary
A guide to the meanings of different musical terms from adagio to woodwind.
36. The Internet Public library – Music History
Information on the history of western classical music, from the Middle Ages to the
37. Essential of Music
A site for the basic information about classical music. It has overviews of the main
periods in music history: Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical and
twentieth century. There are biographies of nearly 70 composers.
38. Play Music
Learn about and listen to instruments in the string, woodwind, brass and
percussion families. Includes Shockwave games.
39. Creating Music
Creating music is a children's online creative music environment for children of all
ages. It's a place for kids to compose music, play with musical performance,
music games and music puzzles.
40. Music Rivals
Music Rivals is a brand new online music game that lets you take on the role of
an excited newcomer to the music industry. You will get the chance to manage
and front your own band and compete against other players from around the
globe, with the ultimate aim of topping the charts and becoming a superstar.
41. Break in The Road
This great site allows you to collect various sounds from around the city to create
your own music, and then test your creation at the local club. You can make your
own mix, arrange the sounds and put together a track.
42. Music Room
A fun music site for children and teachers from the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. It
has information about instruments, the orchestra, composers and interactive
musical activities. There is a great listening library.
43. New York Philharmonic Kidzone
A brilliant site! Designed in a colourful, stimulating way, this has a treasure trove
of musical goodies including a composition workshop, information about
instruments with sound files, make your own instrument, composer information
and games to play.
44. Play Music
Find out about instruments of the orchestra, listen to how they sound and play the
games to see if you can identify them.
45. BBC – GCSE Bitesize Revision
A revision guide that covers all aspects of music: from notation and
instrumentation to music history.
46. Revise Music
A site designed to help teachers and students with Edexcel music GCSE. It has
about 100 resources including lots for AS and A2 level music, music technology
and some resources for KS3.
OCR is responsible to the Government as one of the UK's leading awarding
bodies providing qualifications to students at school, college, in work or through
part-time learning programmes. This website allows both teachers and
candidates access to their course information.
AQA is one of the leading examination boards. This website provides information
on all the courses AQA offer. Within their main site there is e-AQA website,
which is the part for the centers (schools and colleges). It gives authorised staff
direct access to information related to their centre. It is designed to provide a
flexible resource that will make it easier for center’s to communicate with AQA.
Edexcel website provides comprehensive information about all their
qualifications. There is an Ask Edexcel part on the site where teachers, students
or parents can submit a question and received an answer from the customer
50. The Association Board for the Royal School of Music
The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music is the world's leading music
examining board. Over 620,000 candidates take our music exams each year in
more than 90 countries around the world. We also run professional development
courses for teachers and ABRSM Publishing publishes a wide range of
repertoire, music books and CDs.