Too hot to play outside? When kids clamor for something to do this summer, check out these great music websites. Fun for car rides, plane rides, or any time you want to try something new and keep the learning going.
San Francisco Symphony’s SFS Kids
This one could keep a curious kid occupied for hours. Fun animated characters guide you as you learn about musical instruments and try playing, conducting, composing, and listening to music. The interactive animations are done with Flash, so it won’t work on an ipad or iphone. Ages 6-12.
Chrome Music Lab
Click on the grid to add notes, then play back your very own song. Lots of instruments to choose from, fun and easy to use, for ages 5 and up.
Music K-8 Kids
Listen to a huge library of free music recordings for kids, plus play music learning games on this educational website. Ages 6-12.
The Wide World of Music: A Guide to 100 Musical Instruments
Hear sample recordings of 100 different musical instruments, including unusual and ethnic instruments. All ages.
Podcasts and Video Lessons
Classics For Kids Podcast
This weekly podcast from NPR introduces kids to great classical musicians in an entertaining way. The website also includes free music games and activities. Ages 6-12.
From the Top
Hear inspiring stories of young musicians and listen to the fantastic music they can play. All ages.
Jacobs Vocal Academy
Improve your singing by following along with a series of free vocal exercise videos. All ages.
Ear Training and Music Theory
Theta Music Trainer
Sign up for a free account and you’ll have access to music theory tutorials and lots of great ear training games. For older kids and adults.
Learn music theory from beginning to advanced, plus practice music reading, ear training, identifying chords and intervals, and more on this free website. Older kids and adults.
Improve your sight reading skills with this free app. Choose your difficulty level and then race the clock to identify notes on the staff.