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Great Apps, Games, and Websites for Music Education

Whether you're a music teacher looking for digital tools, or just looking to add some music education into your classroom, this list has what you need. There's a ton of apps, games, and websites for teaching the basics of music and music composition and recording. We've narrowed these tools down to the most useful and engaging. With these great music apps, games, and websites, students can listen to and better understand music, make it, or just experiment with rhythm, pitch, looping, and more. Watch them turn tunes from major to minor, hear songs arranged for a range of instruments, make themed playlists, and record and mix pro-level tracks! With these tools, your students from elementary to high school will see how easy and fun it is to make digital music.

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Captivating music creation app for young musicians

Bottom line: For iOS-infused preschool and kindergarten classrooms, this could be an excellent intro to electronic music.

Musical Me - by Duck Duck Moose

Lively activities introduce kids to music, rhythm, and instruments

Bottom line: This whimsical app offers kids a variety of ways to make and experience music while boosting their critical-thinking skills.

Sesame Street: Elmo's Musical Monsterpiece

Silly Muppets make learning music fun for young kids

Bottom line: A great intro to music concepts for young kids, but only engages one child at a time.

Easy Music - Give kids an ear for music

Music-exploration app offers great balance of play and guidance

Bottom line: Great, easily accessible approach to building the foundations for musical literacy.

Musical Paint for Kids

Create digital drawings, explore musical tones

Bottom line: With appropriate teacher guidance, this can be an engaging if limited creative experience for pre-K-grade 2 students that cleverly mixes drawing and music creation.

Piano Maestro by JoyTunes

Great sharing features help parents, teachers support piano practice

Bottom line: A cool way to get piano students, their teachers, and their parents on the same page, but it might need tweaking to remove some distractions.

Piano Practice with Wolfie

Stellar piano practice tool supports reflection, persistence

Bottom line: An excellent platform for supporting serious music practice if you can make it logistically work in your classroom.


Dip a toe into DJing with drag-and-drop music app

Bottom line: The intuitive design strikes a nice balance between ease of use and a feeling of unique creative expression.

My First Classical Music App HD

Inviting, interactive app makes learning classical music fun

Bottom line: My First Classical Music App is a great interactive introduction to the Western classical music tradition.

Smithsonian Folkways

Text-centric world music site could use more activities, music

Bottom line: Kids won't hear every tune in its entirety, but Smithsonian Folkways' resources can help them comprehend and appreciate cultural music.

Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra by Benjamin Britten

Spirited digital re-creation of an educationally sound musical classic

Bottom line: Kids will delight in this wonderful digital update of a classic celebration of orchestral music.

AtPlayMusic Recorder

Well-designed lessons, fun animations teach kids to play the recorder

Bottom line: A fun way to reinforce concepts, but deeper insights about technique and musicianship are best gained in the real world.


Amazingly powerful audio workstation unleashes creativity

Bottom line: There's exceptional functionality in this solid, all-inclusive audio workstation that's fantastic for high-quality, anytime, and anywhere audio recording and sharing.

Math Science Music

Thoughtful tools teach STEM skills through music and creativity

Bottom line: Limited but quality content gives STEM teachers a new toolset for fostering engagement and understanding.


Clever animated hosts Tim and Moby masterfully tackle complex topics

Bottom line: Cartoon videos in this extensive collection break down ideas in clever and thoughtful ways.

Sound Rebound

Make musical contraptions with playful sound and physics sandbox

Bottom line: This engaging and open-ended sandbox app has limited functionality but will engross students for extended periods.

BandBlast - The Music Education Revolution

Games, videos infuse music practice with play and personality

Bottom line: A cool, comprehensive resource for supporting beginning music students.

Sound Shapes

Jazzy music game lets kids design levels and create music

Bottom line: A visually stunning music game that inspires creativity by providing simple but powerful tools to build your own music games to share with others.


Free online music-maker also a lesson in open-source software quality

Bottom line: With tons of quality tutorials and help, this free recording site is a real treat for those who don't have access to the branded software.

Musical Futures

Multimedia-rich magazine highlights free international music curriculum

Bottom line: An exciting launchpad for engagement connects to a vibrant, growing community of music teachers.

iTooch Music

Charming visuals, challenging quizzes build solid musical knowledge

Bottom line: iTooch Music is a terrific reference and review tool for beginning to advanced music students.

The Beatles: Rock Band

Iconic music becomes interactive in this rockin' rhythm game

Bottom line: A fun way for kids to interact with the music of The Beatles without having to master real instruments.


Safe, collaborative space for creating and sharing original music

Bottom line: This useful, well-constructed music composition tool lets classrooms collaborate and comment on student-created songs.

The Orchestra

Stellar interactive features bring classical music vibrantly to life

Bottom line: A terrifically designed tool that invites students into the often unwelcoming world of classical music in a way that deepens appreciation and understanding of the complexities and beauties of the art form.


Music practice tool offers useful exercises but needs fine-tuning

Bottom line: Though assessments aren't in every activity and external factors can make it unpredictable, SmartMusic can still make practice more effective.

Auxy Studio - Music & Beat Maker

Loop beats like a pro with stellar music-maker

Bottom line: A stellar, approachable tool for constructing your very own digital beats and tracks.


Terrific composition tool empowers budding musicians to create, share

Bottom line: An excellent tool for writing and sharing musical creations.


Powerful online audio production with built-in collaboration features

Bottom line: Soundtrap is a uniquely collaborative music-production environment, but you'll want to evaluate the privacy issues and what the pricey EDU version offers.

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