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 

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)