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6 Ideas for Teaching Music Online

This is the first of two posts on this topic. Here is the second one.

We are in unprecedented times. Schools are being asked to go online as soon as possible due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Music is inherently social so learning online is not necessarily something that is overly intuitive for music-making. Here are some amazing apps, websites, and softwares to get you and your learners creating and performing music online together using these social music making platforms.

6 Possibilities for Teaching Online

Flat is an online musical notation software that can be used in Google Docs if you are on Google classroom by downloading the add on. It has many of the capabilities of modern offline music notation software but is completely collaborative. Learners can invite others to collaborate on a particular project, export it to a DAW or import a MIDI file that was played on a MIDI device by a human performer.


Noteflight is another online music notation software. The free version is pretty versatile but teases with paid features that you can choose to purchase or not.


Soundtrap as a completely online Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) for mixing, recording, and creating audio tracks. The free version has many of the features of offline DAWs like ProTools, Cubase, or Ableton. The paid version is a fully functional DAW comparable to the industry standards. They even have a version for Education that creates a closed network within your school or classroom to collaborate with learners who belong to that network.

BandLab and BandLab for Education

BandLab is a completely free, completely online DAW comparable to Soundtrap. It has collaborative online capabilities and many looping options for learners. DAWs like this open up so many opportunities for creativity in music and can be used as a performance vehicle and as a compositional tool. Any sounds played into a MIDI device or drum machine can be imported as notation to any notation software, too.

Video and Video Conferencing

Zoom seems to have become the industry standard for video conferencing. There are lots of other options, too, like Skype and Google Mee