- Youtube tutorials- Youtube has an abundance of video tutorials for almost every instrument imaginable, including voice. Most of the videos are homemade and created by fellow-musicians who want to share their musical knowledge for free. There are tutorials for music theory, playing instruments, learning songs step-by-step, various vocal exercises, and much more.
Here are some of the most popular youtube channels for learning music:
· Guitar Jamz (guitar)
- Lypur (Music Theory)
- HDpiano (Piano)
- Hello Saxophone (Saxophone)
- Drumeo (Drums)
- The Online Piano and Violin Tutor (Piano/Violin)
- Felicia Ricci (Voice/Singing)
- EricArceneaux (Voice/Singing)
- Webcam Lessons- There are a few websites that offer webcam lessons in real-time with actual instructors. The most popular site currently for this is Taylor Robinson Music Lessons. The site has built-in webcam technology that is equipped with a voice pitch detector, a guitar tuner, and a translator (allowing instructors and students to defy language barriers). Other popular webcam lesson providers include lessonface.com and thezoen.com.
- Online college programs– There are a ton of colleges and universities that post free Music Education resources on their websites. Often times, the content is available to the public and you don’t even have to be a student to access it.
Here are the most popular colleges that have music education materials online:
- Berklee Shares– Berklee College of Music offers a free collection of music lessons. The collection includes guitar and voice lessons, as well as music business lessons.
- MIT OCW– Browse through MIT’s Music and Theater Arts course materials. There is multimedia content, projects, and lectures for courses such as Early Music, Music Literature, and Music Culture.
- Open Yale Course– Yale has an open, online course available called “Listening to Music with Craig Wright”. This course explores different types of Western music, teaching novice students how to listen and identify various musical styles.
- Gresham Music Lectures– Gresham College posts many of their past and current music lectures to their website.
- Library databases-
- Library of Congress-The Library of Congress’ website has a section called the “National Jukebox”. Here you can access the library’s many collections of historical sound recordings.
- The Morgan Library & Museum– The Morgan Library has an extensive music collection. Here you can look through scans of original manuscripts from some of the biggest composers of all time.
- Online music games- Learning how to create music doesn’t have to be all about studying and practice. There are plenty of fun (and addictive) online activities that can help fine-tune one’s musical ear. Mix your own beats and melodies on Incredibox (http://www.incredibox.com/) or browse through interactive, online music exhibits on the Exploratorium’s website (http://www.exploratorium.edu/music/index.html)
- Ear Training- As a musician, it is very important for you to train your ear to recognize different intervals (ie., perfect 4th, perfect 5th, Major 3rd). The best way to memorize these intervals is to associate them with songs that you know really well. There are a few websites out there that can help with this,com being the most popular amongst music students. The website sorts popular songs by the intervals they reflect and allows you to make playlists; so that you can listen, study, and memorize the intervals.
- Google Images- It may seem obvious, but Google Images is probably one of the most commonly used places on the internet for learning how to to play an instrument. A quick Google search will give you visuals for just about any technique. You can look at chord charts or even a picture of somebody’s actual hand making the chord.
- Chord and Tablature websites– There are a ton of websites out there that do an excellent job of cataloging chord progressions and guitar tabs for both modern and traditional songs. You can probably find chords for any song that has ever existed just by searching for it online, but here is a list of some of the most popular websites that specifically serve this purpose:
- AZ Chords
- Ultimate Guitar
- Music Production Online- If you’re less interested in learning how to play an instrument, and more into recording arts and music production, you will need to figure out which Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) is going to be the best for you. You can download the software for most DAW’s online. They can definitely be a little pricey, so if you’re just starting out and looking to get a solid introduction, there a a few excellent (and free) options out there as well.
Free and Cheap DAW’s:
- REAPER- Open-source software for music production
- Soundation Studio (soundation.com)- This is an excellent resource for creating music online for free. Users can get an introduction into audio production and learn about samples, effects, and the basics of mixing your own material.
- Garageband- this basic DAW that comes pre-downloaded on all Apple Macbooks (and IPhone 7’s) for free.
- MixCraft- An inexpensive D.A.W. that you can download. It’s no Pro Tools, but it’s a step up from anything you can get for free.
- Pro Tools
- Logic Pro
- Ableton Live
- FL Studio
- Online Music Education for kids- It is always beneficial to introduce kids to music at an young age so that they can start to develop a strong passion for it. You want to make sure it is a fun experience, not something that feels like a chore. Plenty of websites offer music education materials for children such as interactive games, audio content, and printable materials.