Ableton Learning Music - a simple 4 x 4 grid matrix that contains loops for drums, bass, chords and melodies. Allow children to explore creating different combinations, discussing why they like their selection. This application offers clear opportunities to explore discussion and the creation of musical sections as well as discussions around texture.

Ableton Learning Synths - on this website, you’ll learn the basics of using synthesizers (or synths). No prior experience or equipment is required; you can do everything on your browser.

MuseScoreleading free and open-source software for writing music, with a user-friendly interface and immensely powerful features. It is free to install on Windows, Mac, and Linux.              

Ampify Studio - a drag-and-drop approach to music-making. 

Sibelius First - compose simple scores with up to 4 instrument parts.

Speedshifter - practice tool from ABRSM that allows you to vary the speed of audio without altering the pitch! Simply load a track and turn the dial to slow it down or speed it up - the pitch remains the same. 

Musical Futures - Musical Futures is a movement to reshape music education driven by teachers for teachers. Their website has a rich collection of guides and resources that you can download for free. 

Technology in Music - Technology in Music Education (TiME) have a growing amount of online resources on their website. 

MusicFirst are offering free temporary licenses for some of their software including Soundtrap and Noteflight , as well as low cost upgrades/extensions to the renowned product Focus on Sound (used in around 800 secondary schools).  See their website for more information. 

On a phone and/or tablet 

GarageBand – songwriting app with virtual instruments, sequencer and easy to use sampler (iOS/iPadOS/MacOS only) 

iMovie – make music videos (iOS/iPadOS/MacOS only) 

Launchpad – make and remix electronic music (iOS/iPadOS only) 

Incredibox – make loops using sounds generated by the voice (web version also available) 

BandLab – an easy-to-use, all-in-one, social music creation platform (web version also available)