Dallas Symphony Orchestra Kids a fun guide to instruments, orchestras and composers. 

National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO) - NYJO have created the NYJO Virtual Academy. Whether you are a complete beginner or a gigging pro, the NYJO Virtual Academy has materials designed to inspire, challenge and take your playing to another level.

Featuring the ‘Minus One’ series – where you get to be a part of our world class, 24 piece Jazz Orchestra – this collection of resources has been created by NYJO’s Artistic Director and a team of expert educators.

The Virtual Academy also includes a set of Learning Journeys so you can get playing at your level in an instant.

Register with the Virtual Academy

Sheet music 

toplayalong - free sheet music with backing tracks to play along for recorder, violin, flute, trumpet, alto sax and clarinet. It consists of free music of different styles and levels which can be downloaded and printed off if necessary. Each piece has 3 audio files; full music, just the piano accompaniment to play along, and a slow version to play along. The speed can be increased or decreased. 

8notes - this site caters for a large range of instruments. Traditional, world, rock and pop, film and improvising possibilities. Activities for each piece include piano accompaniment with and without instrument/facility to change key of piece/change tempo.

Ocarina Workshop resources offer whole-family fun and musical learning for instrumentalists and singers. They are running video tutorials, and offering downloadable sheet music and a free book with every ocarina purchased.

Musical content

ABRSM Play On - learn from experts. Share your music making. Improve your playing. Free resources. Daily updates from Play On for music makers, teachers and parents - extraordinary musical content for extraordinary times. 

London Sinfonietta has created an online page of free online resources for young people, teachers and families, which support music making and composition. They have a variety of resources from activities to performances to watch, suitable for KS2 through to GCSE age and families.

Oxford University Press are offering a selection of free instrumental and vocal resources. The materials include highlights taken from well-known Oxford University Press series such as Piano Time, Fiddle Time, Violinworks, Voiceworks and more.

BCMG (Birmingham Contemporary Music Group) has developed online resources for children, Creating Music at Home. These resources are a collection of fun ways to create music at home with new activities added each week. Designed for both children who play an instrument, including at a beginner level, and those who don’t. Each resource has a downloadable PDF as well as online pages.