Resources for Lessons

On this page…

On this page you can find resources to help you with your learning, your practising and to develop as a musician:

Elsewhere, you can find resources for curriculum music and school staff, home learning, music technology and exam support.

NMPositiviT – have you been following the campaign to keep things positive? You will find more activities to keep music going at home on this page.

Resources for any instrument

These resources can be used with any instrument or voice, and many of them don’t need any previous experience to use them.

Test yourself on your dynamics symbols with the dynamics worksheet

If you’re a fan of sudoku, can you crack the NM-doku?

Have a look around and see if you can find some kitchen instruments – then you could write a kitchen composition!

While you’re in the composing mood, take inspiration from the letters of your name and try “You name it!”

Maybe you’d like to put on a concert for your friends and family at home – use this guide for performing at home to help you: concert activity

Word searches:

For advanced players – creating a successful performance

  Miss Coles’ Patent Practice Techniques – Click here to see the complete playlist

A series of videos to help you develop effective practice techniques, particularly when practising lots of quick notes.  You can use these at any ability level and on any instruments. 

There are plenty more resources you might like to look at that are specific to your instrument family.  Scroll down this page for resources for brass, guitars, keyboard/piano, percussion, strings, vocal and woodwind.

You may also like to explore these pages:

  • NMPositiviT – have you been following the campaign to keep things positive? Plenty to keep you entertained here!
  • Learning at home – general curriculum music rather than instrument-specific
  • Music technology – perhaps you’d like to try something new
  • Exams – you may not have an exam coming up yet, but everything you need to know can be found on this page
  • Curriculum music – resources for school staff

Chrome Music Lab – you can see sound waves, use the voice spinner, make your own songs, and there are monkeys playing percussion!

Ableton – this link takes you to the Learning Music chapter, where you are taken through the basic steps of creating your own music.  There is no equipment or experience required – everything you need is right there at the link.

National Youth Jazz Orchestra – anyone is invited to use the NYJO Virtual Academy resources which include playalong tracks, some oh which are new commissions, suitable for all abilities.  You will need to register as a user to access these resources.

Concerts – several professional orchestras and concert halls are streaming archived performances online for you to watch from the comfort of your own home.  These are just a few organisations with this facility:

Resources for brass players

How to…

Your teacher as probably shared this booklet with you if you started playing this year:

If you have a lesson with others who are at a similar level to you, you might have tried some of the pieces in this booklet:

You might have been asked to buy your own book, or be thinking about taking your first grade.  If so, these booklets might help you work towards that exam:

If you haven’t played your instrument for a while you might like to try some of these activities to keep the music going…

There are plenty more resources you might like to look at that are not instrument specific:

  • Learning at home – general curriculum music rather than instrument-specific
  • Any instrument –  suitable for any instrument, with no experience necessary
  • Music technology – perhaps you’d like to try something new
  • Exams – you may not have an exam coming up yet, but everything you need to know can be found on this page
  • NMPositiviT – have you been following the campaign to keep things positive? Plenty to keep you entertained here!

Resources for guitar players

You may not have covered chords in your regular guitar lessons yet, but these worksheets will help you get started and give you some useful hints and tips for playing chords

  Trinity exam pieces – click for the full playlist

A series of videos to help you to prepare for Trinity guitar exams

Mild Thing (from Guitar Basics) – guidance to aid your learning of a new piece

You may find these demos and backing tracks useful for practicing a range of repertoire on your guitar.  The backing tracks specifically accompany the pieces you will find in My Beginner Guitar Book.

There are plenty more resources you might like to look at that are not instrument specific:

  • Learning at home – general curriculum music rather than instrument-specific
  • Any instrument –  suitable for any instrument, with no experience necessary
  • Music technology – perhaps you’d like to try something new
  • Exams – you may not have an exam coming up yet, but everything you need to know can be found on this page
  • NMPositiviT – have you been following the campaign to keep things positive? Plenty to keep you entertained here!

Resources for keyboard players

Here are a selection of worksheets to help you keep practicing at home.

ABRSM have published a series of videos where students, teachers and/or parents mark an examination, assessing all the elements of the exam and compare notes with the Chief ExaminerThis series may be particularly useful for more advanced students:

  • Grade 5 ABRSM – advice and video support for Grade 5 piano exams
  • Grade 8 ABRSM – advice and video support for Grade 8 piano exam

Visit the Pianist Magazine website for a wide range of videos, lessons, warm-ups, technical, repertoire as well as some excellent streamed performances:

There are plenty more resources you might like to look at that are not instrument specific:

  • Learning at home – general curriculum music rather than instrument-specific
  • Any instrument –  suitable for any instrument, with no experience necessary
  • Music technology – perhaps you’d like to try something new
  • Exams – you may not have an exam coming up yet, but everything you need to know can be found on this page
  • NMPositiviT – have you been following the campaign to keep things positive? Plenty to keep you entertained here!
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Resources for percussion players

Here are some videos to help you practice drum kit and tuned percussion at home.

The videos below are from Trinity College London:

Here are some backing tracks that you can use with any of the warm up and technique exercises.  There are 6 different speeds so you can gradually build the tempo as you get more confident and secure in your playing.

There are plenty more resources you might like to look at that are not instrument specific:

  • Learning at home – general curriculum music rather than instrument-specific
  • Any instrument –  suitable for any instrument, with no experience necessary
  • Music technology – perhaps you’d like to try something new
  • Exams – you may not have an exam coming up yet, but everything you need to know can be found on this page
  • NMPositiviT – have you been following the campaign to keep things positive? Plenty to keep you entertained here!

Resources for string players

Examination pieces

You can see performances of the studies for scale alternative exercises for the Trinity exam board to help you with your examination preparation.

Videos for learning at home

Beginner to grade 1

Intermediate

Advanced

There are plenty more resources you might like to look at that are not instrument specific:

  • Learning at home – general curriculum music rather than instrument-specific
  • Any instrument –  suitable for any instrument, with no experience necessary
  • Music technology – perhaps you’d like to try something new
  • Exams – you may not have an exam coming up yet, but everything you need to know can be found on this page
  • NMPositiviT – have you been following the campaign to keep things positive? Plenty to keep you entertained here!

Resources for vocalists

Here are a selection of songs to help inspire you to keep singing at home:

Out of the Ark Music: free resources for home learning daily activities and weekly updates.

Vocal Auditions 2020 – click here to see the full playlist.

A series of videos to help you prepare for your vocal county audition.

There are plenty more resources you might like to look at that are not instrument specific:

  • Learning at home – general curriculum music rather than instrument-specific
  • Any instrument –  suitable for any instrument, with no experience necessary
  • Music technology – perhaps you’d like to try something new
  • Exams – you may not have an exam coming up yet, but everything you need to know can be found on this page
  • NMPositiviT – have you been following the campaign to keep things positive? Plenty to keep you entertained here!

Resources for woodwind players

Here are a selection of worksheets to help you keep practicing at home.

There are plenty more resources you might like to look at that are not instrument specific:

  • Learning at home – general curriculum music rather than instrument-specific
  • Any instrument –  suitable for any instrument, with no experience necessary
  • Music technology – perhaps you’d like to try something new
  • Exams – you may not have an exam coming up yet, but everything you need to know can be found on this page
  • NMPositiviT – have you been following the campaign to keep things positive? Plenty to keep you entertained here!

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