ideas for teaching with technology

Technology Toolkit


There are so many interesting and relevant websites for instrumental teaching that it would be impossible to catalogue them all. This page identifies a small number of websites that are offering new or more accessible ways to learn about music.See also the page on Sharing Resources


YouTube has made music a wide range of music accessible to all. This means that pupils can hear their instruments played to a high standard, hear different interpretations, find new music and performers, and watch videos on technique. There are disadvantages, including the mixed quality of video clips, possible inappropriate comments, and adverts. Used with care and for an appropriate age group,  this can be a useful addition to lessons. For a pupil who arrives at a lesson wanting to play a song it can be very motivating for you to find the music on YouTube and work it out together.

suggestions for using youtube
  1. Show videos of performances in lessons. There is a range of software that will allow you to download YouTube videos so they can be played without internet access. 
  2. Ask pupils to find two video clips of a piece they are studying, then compare and contrast. 
  3. Get pupils to keep a listening diary based on YouTube videos.
  4. Identify good resources and share with pupils - this could be a printed list, add links on Pinterest, create your own YouTube account and create a public playlist of recommended videos, or any other of the many ways of sharing on-line material.
  5. Encourage pupils to find songs they want to play (this works especially well with those wanting to play pop or rock)
  6. Create your own resources is one of the most well known sites for developing theory skills. There are three parts to it, Lessons, exercises, and tools.  The Lessons section starts with the basics of reading music and progresses through to more advanced harmony. The exercises offer a wide range interactive tests including note and chord identification, exercises for keyboard and guitarists, and ear training. The  tools section includes calculators for intervals, chords, a tempo tapper to work out the speed, manuscript paper and a virtual keyboard.

One of the most useful functions of is the ability to customise the exercises. A permanent URL is created for the exercise that can then be shared with pupils.  Here is an example of  a set of different levels for beginner  flute players.

example For beginner flute players 


E-MusicMaestro is one of the websites that offers on-line aural test training. It is reasonably priced at £2.99 for a months access for grades 1 to 5, and £4.99 for a months access at grades 6-8. There are also a number of free versions for each grade so you can try it out and see how it works. One thing that is particularly useful is the extra help if you get a question wrong. The spoken commentary with musical examples clearly explains the musical feature. Though this isn't a replacement for working with a teacher, it is an excellent resource for pupils to practice with in their own time.

Improve Your Music Reading

When you can get  a score of 100% on 10 answers return to this page and try the next level