COVID-19 & Social Distancing Music Making Resources

Elizabeth Dale

The implication of COVID-19 and adapting to the best practices of social distancing is impacting all of us. Whether you are a small business owner, an educator who is learning to teach online for the first time in your career, a parent now at home trying to keep up your child’s educational needs, or just attempting to keep the cabin fever at bay, we are collectively living in a new and often challenging environment. Lucky for all of us, NAMM and its Members are committed to helping keep the music alive with a variety of resources to help us all remember that #MusicISLife.

With global calls for social distancing music-makers are grappling with a rapidly changing world and a “new, albeit temporary-normal”. NAMM Members and those who share in the mission of NAMM are continuously reinventing themselves to make sure that we all have access to music despite any circumstance we find ourselves in. Here are just a few of some of the exciting free and low-cost options to continue making a musical world all around you.

For Educators

  • New NAMM Foundation Webinar: Making Music Online - How-To's for Private and Group Lessons: The one-hour webinar presented by The NAMM Foundation invites educators to, "discover online group lessons and therapeutic music-making for children and adults, and business models to move in-store music lessons online to keep students connected and making music." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBzAig9MShA
  • New BBC "Ten Pieces": This resource "helps classroom teachers and ensemble leaders open up the world of classical music to 7-14 year olds." Offerings include lesson plans, films, arrangements, and live events. https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/ten-pieces
  • NAMM Foundation Webinar: Teaching and Learning Music Online: This webinar designed for educators at every level tackles the idea that "teaching and learning music can continue and even thrive through the remarkable tools, resources, and people that are engaging in music online." https://www.nammfoundation.org/articles/2020-03-13/virtual-music-making-during-national-health-crisis
  • Museum of Making Music: The Museum of Making Music is bringing the spirit of the physical museum online with a series of live stream videos aimed to keep us all connected through music. For a list of upcoming events visit https://www.museumofmakingmusic.org/events and past videos can be found at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIzjuY2B9G0FojyqYi7if9w.
  • London Symphony Orchestra: Every Sunday and Thursday starting March 22, the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) will be streaming a concert from their archive. LSO will also be providing program notes and supplemental activities to pair with each performance. https://lso.co.uk/whats-on/2019-20-season/alwaysplaying.html
  • The NAMM Foundation "Webinar: Teaching and Learning Music Online": Available on March 18, this webinar is geared to music teachers looking for a toolkit to add to their collection of resources to adapt to online learning platforms.
  • Save The Music "Music Education Resources": A collection of nearly 50 resources aimed mostly at educators for both distance learning and professional development, however there are quite a few resources that parents can adapt to supplement music education at home. https://www.savethemusic.org/grants/teacher-resources/
  • National Association for Music Educators: NAfME has recently published a blog with a multitude of resources for educators, including material for student populations that may not have access to technology at home. https://nafme.org/music-teacher-resources-school-closures/

For Parents/Students

  • New The John Lennon Songwriting Contest “STUCK AT HOME”: “Creativity knows no bounds when you’re STUCK AT HOME.” This songwriting contest is accepting submissions through March 29 with a randomly selected winner announced on March 30. Winners receive a home studio gear and instrument prize pack. https://jlsc.com/stuck_at_home.php
  • GRAMMY® Museum: Opening their archives to the public, the GRAMMY® Museum is providing a first look at their Public Programs. Upcoming programs include Billie Eilish and Finneas, Brandi Carlile, and Kool and the Gang. https://www.grammymuseum.org/exhibits/traveling-exhibits/programs-at-home-1
  • Smithsonian Music: If you have a inquisitive little musician at home the Smithsonian has a large collection of online resources to help inquiring minds nourish their musical curiosity. Check out their "Ask Smithsonian Music Videos" a video series designed to answer nearly any question related to their collections. https://music.si.edu/ask-smithsonian-music-videos
  • Pinterest: Your kids will be thrilled when you show them this Pinterest board with over 297 musical instruments that you can craft together from household objects. You can just thank us later. https://www.pinterest.com/maestroclassics/homemade-musical-instruments/
  • Rock & Roll Hall of FameThere may be no better time than the present to encourage your future rock stars to make music. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has a wonderful library of free online learning resources. Registration is required. https://www.rockhall.com/education

Musicians & Music Enthusiasts

  • New FOX Presents the iHeart Living Room Concert For America: Elton John hosts this remote concert featuring some of the biggest names in music on March 29. Performances include Alicia Keys, Backstreet Boys, Billie Eilish, Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day), Mariah Carey, and Tim McGraw. Full information can be found at https://news.iheart.com/featured/living-room-concert/content/2020-03-25-musics-biggest-stars-coming-together-for-living-room-concert-for-america/.
  • New Stay At Home Fest: A “central hub to find all the fantastic decentralized events that are happening online, and aiding music discovery” with a multitude of options for any music lover. https://www.stayathomefest.com/#calendar
  • New Rolling Stone “In My Room” IGTV Series: Airing on the official Rolling Stone Instagram account, @rollingstone, new episodes will debut Monday, Wednesday, and Friday’s, kicked off their first episode with Beach Boy, Brian Wilson. https://www.instagram.com/rollingstone/
  • New MusiCares® “COVID-19 Relief Fund”: If you are one of the many musicians who is finding themselves without work directly related to the effects that COVID-19 is having on the industry, MusiCares® has established a relief fund to help during these difficult times. https://www.grammy.com/musicares/get-help/musicares-coronavirus-relief-fund
  • #MusicISLife - A Tribute to Healthcare Professionals: On Friday, March 27, NAMM will launch “#MusicISLife – A Tribute to Healthcare Professionals,” an online, social gathering opportunity for music-makers of all abilities to join in paying tribute to the steadfast dedication and resilience of healthcare professionals across the globe. https://www.namm.org/news/press-releases/namm-launches-musicislife-%E2%80%93-tribute-healthcare
  • DJ D-Nice Instagram: Join DJ D-Nice on his Instagram for his “Homeschool at Club Quarantine” where the DJ and rapper hosts at-home dance and listening parties on the regular. Follow on Instagram @dnice for more information.
  • Worcester Cathedral: Live organ recitals every day at 6:00pm GMT on Facebook Live. You can catch live or past performances at https://www.facebook.com/worcestercathedralchoir/.
  • Instagram/Twitter/YouTube: Many artists are offering free streaming of their content on social media platforms. Examples recently include a special St. Patrick’s livestream of American Celtic punk band, Dropkick Murphys (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5j06g0TE_Ao), and Instagram livestream concerts by John Legend and Chris Martin through Global Citizen's Togerther, At Home project. 
  • Metropolitan Opera: The Met is determined to make sure you have the opportunities for music enrichment during these difficult times. Stream free operas everyday. https://www.metopera.org/user-information/nightly-met-opera-streams/ 
  • Even if you have not (yet!) launched that world tour, you can do so from your couch, bedroom, or balcony. Hashtag your social media post with #MusicisLife and tag @NAMM

With a goal to continue to provide new and engaging resources, if your business is offering music making opportunities that embrace the practice of social distancing please send submit them at https://www.namm.org/playback/submit-a-story.