Virtual music education resources

School is out, but there are ways to keep students’ minds engaged and active while we’re all together at home. And music may be the key.

By Anabelle Vo


If you’re looking to emerge from quarantine with some new skills, deeper appreciation for music, or just some fun trivia facts, you’re in the right place. Instead of binge watching that show for the millionth time, we’ve gathered a list of fun and educational resources that engage music fans and encourage people of all ages to start making music.

Ellefson Youth Music Foundation: SCHOOL’S OUT

The David Ellefson Youth Music Foundation, founded by Megadeth’s David Ellefson, is a nonprofit that supports music education for kids. The SCHOOL’S OUT Initiative offers one-on-one mentoring with legendary Rock and Metal artists for kids stuck at home.

Ableton’s Learning Music

Ableton, a producer of music software and instruments, provides a free interactive course where you can learn the ropes of making your own beats.

NYU Percussion Program Virtual Masterclass Series

Members of NYU’s Percussion Studies program saw the need for virtual learning during these difficult times and decided to open up their program to the public. Each event is available to the first 100 sign ups.

Fender Play

Time to dust off that guitar! Get 3 months of free guitar, bass, or ukulele lessons from Fender Play.


If you’re interested in the more theoretical side of music, Lightnote is perfect for you. Learn about sound waves, and why some melodies complement each other better than others.