Music Specific

Those links that most people won’t be interested in . . .


Loop Labs


A fantastic music sample laboratory that will enable pupils to quickly and simply create music that they will love. A variety of music styles are catered for – house to dubstep – and you can record your finished masterpieces. See you in a week!



Beatlab is not the most compositionally exciting tool, but it is good fun to use, and I can see myself using it to teach ostinati and loops in modern music. I can also see myself messing around on it for far too long.



Sometimes I need to play a musical example to demonstrate a teaching point, but don’t have the mp3 handy. Youtube is all well and good, but obviously any videos you are using need checking in advance . . . Tunefort is going to help me fill the gap. For those example ‘on the fly’ moments, it’s fast, streaming interface will work very well indeed, delivering me audio without the hassle of avoiding suspect video content.



Lesson Room looks to have a really good mix of different links and resources, especially for instrumental tuition.


For those times when you’re up against it and need an activity or worksheet in a hurry, Music Tech Teacher is a godsend. Lots of basic music theory bits and pieces, nicely formatted and clearly indexed.


Here’s what’s going to be a fascinating resource – as much for me as for the pupils, I reckon. The New York Philharmonic are welcoming us into their digital archives and they have all manner of wonderful resources. At the moment the archive consists of documents, with a plan to add audio recordings soon, but I’m happy enough thumbing through a digitized score of Mahler 9 that’s been marked up by Bernstein! Happy trawling!



Lightening fast! Instalyrics does what is says on the tin – searches lyrics, song title, artist and delivers the results by the time you’ve finished typing, with an accompanying video. Just great.


Weezic is new, and still in beta, but it could be an absolutely amazing resource. It allows you to search an archive of classical pieces, choose your instrument, print the score and then play along with an mp3 of a whole orchestra – how brilliant! I really hope this expands to become the resource it has the potential to be – I’ll be directing my instrumentalists straight to this site!

Jamstudio is, I reckon, more educationally useful than it first appears. It allows you to construct a chord sequence, which it will then play back to you in the style of your choosing. It does have a large variety of instrumental patterns to choose from and allows you to drop in additional instruments during playback. I’ve tried using this with KS4 pupils who are struggling with composition at GCSE and for some, it has really eased the process of understanding how their ideas will sound when combined.

Audiotool is a marvellous toy. Not quite sure, at the moment, how it would be used to enhance learning – although looped tracks could be a way to start exploring ostinati, I guess. Good fun though.


Music theory isn’t what it used to be – such a relief! This site makes it almost painless!