Creative Music Education

Creative Music Education Online Resources

CNMN offers this list of online resources for facilitating creative music, so that when you host a creative music class, lesson, workshop, concert etc., you have resources at your fingertips to inspire you with great ideas.


The National Arts Centre has compiled a list of resources in different units that elementary school teachers can customize. Arts Alive includes songs, lesson plans, activities and resources on Indigenous Arts written by Indigenous musicians and teachers Sherryl Sewepagaham (Cree-Dene) and Nicole Schutz (Métis), as well as activities and resources on three Classical Composers, including R. Murray Schafer.  You will find engaging listening activities, games, pictures, biographic information, and audio tracks appropriate for grade levels from Kindergarten to Gr. 12.

Soundmarker is devoted to democratic music education models and to the collection of effective, easy-to-use free-improvisation and composition exercises/games that explore the possibilities of the creative, social, and ethical space between music and noise. Be sure to visit the top menu item titled “Exercises.”

R. Murray Schafer’s amazing education handbooks collected in The Thinking Ear as well as two books filled with one-page ear cleaning exercises and creative music education games.

From the Coalition for Music Education, get helpful resources for parents, teachers, administrators, and other concerned community members to help promote music education, assess your music program, and facilitate advocacy and discussion.

The Société de musique contemporaine du Québec (SMCQ) offers an education platform to discover composers and musical creation in classrooms, with family or in concert.

SoundMakers is an iPad app that invites you to engage with the process of creating music through exploring, commenting on, sharing, reusing, creating with, and building upon Soundstreams original content.

The Fonofone is a sound creation and collective performing iPad application that has an online teaching guide with activities, ear training games, scores and many ressources.

For UK-based teachers, Listen Imagine Compose offers a Masters in Teaching and Learning as part of its Continuing Professional Development programme for secondary music teachers.

Do you know of URLs not listed here? Please tell us so we can share!

E-mail Louise Campbell.