The following are links to some of the best free web-based and traditional applications for creative musical activities available on the Internet. This listing will be updated from time to time. After using a Web 2.0 Application, CLICK HERE IF YOU'D BE WILLING TO SUBMIT A THOUGHTFUL REVIEW. To see submitted reviews, click here.

  1. Adaptive Use Musical Instruments - From Pauline Oliveros' Deep Listening Institute. Reminds me of a software version of SoundBeam (optically detects user position to trigger sounds). This isn't a Web 2.0 application, but rather a free download that must be installed. Still, it opens up a world of musical creativity for special and regular learners.
  2. aQWERTYon - This web app turns your QWERTY keyboard into an instrument...in fact, the aQWERTYon IS an instrument. Different instrument sounds and scales (i.e. minor pentatonic) can be loaded to use with or without accompanying YouTube video of a favorite song to jam out to!
  3. Artopia Music Studio - Allows kids to create there own (static) 4-track mix of several genres of (pre-recorded) music examples.

  4. Audacity - #1 freeware, open source, cross-platform audio editing software. Lots of potential for creative musical endeavors. Be sure to look around Sourceforge's site for extra plug-ins and the LAME encoder which allows files to be saved as MP3.

  5. Audio Sauna - Very cool music production suite with MIDI, analog synth emulations, samplers, etc.

  6. Audiotool - Virtual music studio! This is like Reason online, with drum machines, bass sequencers, pattern matrix sequencer, mixers, effects, etc. Not a fiddle and figure out type app; you'll need to spend some time here.
  7. Beat Box DJ Mixer - Great 8-track mixer loads pre-recorded music and students create there own mix automations. Mixes can be saved (on Beat Box DJ Mixer server) and/or emailed to family/friends/teacher.

  8. Beat Lab - An online pattern sequencer that allows the user to alter length of "course," change sounds, and even (via facebook) upload new, original sounds to be triggered.
  9. Beepbox - Web app for sketching and sharing chiptune melodies
  10. Button Beats - Cool online synthesizer you can play from your computer's QWERTY keys. Note: Takes long time to load :(

  11. Chrome Music Lab - Wonderfully simple "mini-apps" that either demonstrate musical concepts or allow for limited creative fun.
  12. Clyp It - Browser-based app for creating quick, short recordings to share. Would be good for performance tests or recording sound effects.
  13. Creating Music – Online creative music environment for children created by composer Morton Subotnik. The site is starting to look dated, but still some neat tools: composer’s sketch pad, games, and more.

  14. Counting Music - This is really more of a tutorial on counting music, but the site allows students to play back rhythms they've entered, basically "performing" their rhythms. So....students can "compose" short rhythmic gestures and get feedback on what they sound like. Might be useful alone or as part of a larger composing activity.

  15. Drum Sample Tool - Trigger drum sounds from the QWERTY keys of your computer keyboard.

  16. Finale NotePad - Free, light version of the world's most-used computer music notation program. This is freeware, not a Web 2.0 app, but it still delivers incredible functionality for FREE!
  17. Flat - Another web-based, free music notation app. It can connect with your Google Drive account, too! Not as fully functioning as Noteflight.com, but a welcome addition to the field.
  18. GalacticMilk - Colorful online MIDI file player. Drag-drop MIDI file into browser then hit play button for a colorful piano/scroll playback.
  19. Groovelab - An older, somewhat dated pattern sequencer for creating loops that you can export as audio files.

  20. Groove Pizza - Web-based circular pattern sequencer developed by NYU Music Experience Design Lab.
  21. Hooktheory - This site is (at least) two things: 1) chord analyses for 1300 Billboard Top 100 pop tunes using a cool juxtaposition of music video playback with an attractive, accessible scrolling of the harmonies in real time, and 2) interactive music editor for composing/arranging pop songs using the same chord playback interface. Whether you want students to study/analyze pop songs or create their own, this site looks promising.
  22. HTML Drum Machine - A beautifully simple, but cool and fairly functional browser-based drum module.
  23. Incredibox – There are now several versions of this cool, fun graphic character, loop-based remix tool - try 'em all! Download my Incredibox 4 Planner to map out character entrances.

  24. Impro-Visor - Freeware software (conventional, not Web 2.0) that works something like Band-in-a-Box, providing intelligent accompaniments to your lead sheet input. You can import MIDI files, and export as XML for use in a notation program.

  25. Indaba Music - You need to register to use it, but you CAN record audio remotely, online!iNudge - Pattern sequencer. My favorite creative activity: spell our name and see what it sounds like.

  26. Isle of Tune - Available for web browser and iOS. Build a town that plays music (think Sim City for loop based sequencer). Actually, the premise is very similar to Groovy Music series of apps.
  27. Jam With Chrome - This is cool! Virtual, auto-play instruments (like GarageBand, but limited) to jam with friends online!
  28. JamStudio - Virtual loop-based music production studio. Choose the chords and instruments and go!

  29. looplabs - A suite of simple to use, attractive-looking online remix apps. Includes: The Music Studio, Dubstep Studio, 2AM Dance Club, and more. Each includes many free loops.

  30. MmmTsss - Fun looping software (PC or Mac) with unique, clever, intuitive user interface. Press/hold the mouse button to record vocal and other sounds to build multi-layer loops.

  31. Monkey Machine - Online Drum Machine with much functionality (allows user to change length/beats, export as MIDI, etc.) - may not work with all browsers :(

  32. Music Machine (Point Blank London) - This online loop mixer is fairly simple, but in "advanced mode" allows for automation of volume and panning. Part of Point Blank London music production school site; requires free registration.
  33. (The) Music Interactive Web Site – Free and reasonably-priced, downloadable music games/activities designed primarily for classes with an interactive whiteboard.

  34. Music Shake - Simple online sequencer. Not as intuitive as it could be; takes some experimenting.
  35. MuseScore – Free, downloadable, cross-platform music notation software.

  36. Noteflight – Music notation meets Web 2.0. Very well thought-out web app for typesetting music. Imports/exports XML, making it a great partner app with Finale.

  37. Noteflight MIDI Adapter - Allows users of Noteflight's Crescendo (premium) app to use a MIDI controller to input pitches and other MIDI data.
  38. Online Drum Machine (by One Motion) - Like a pattern sequencer, choose hits for kick drum, snare drum, cymbals, hi-hats, etc.

  39. Online Sequencer - Looks like the edit window of most MIDI sequencers. You draw in the notes on a grid. Different colors = different instrument sounds. Also allows for MIDI file import. Pretty cool!
  40. OtsTurntables - This is software, not a web app, and Windows, not Mac OSX, but still cool for DJ-type music making :)

  41. Patatap - QWERTY keys trigger sound samples, accompanied by onscreen visuals. The space bar changes the sound set. Pretty cool; you can get lost (in a good way) exploring sounds, trying to memorize which keys trigger which sounds.
  42. PatternSketch - Simple online drum machine; allows user to save beats as .WAV to download/use in DAW apps.
  43. Plink - Real time multiplayer online jamming by Dinahmoe Labs. You pick color (synth sound), then move/click mouse to play rhythmically and melodically. Fun!
  44. PoissonRouge.com - Several online music games for younger children.
  45. QWERTY Beats - The QWERTY keys of your computer trigger drum sounds and loops.
  46. Seaquence - An eerily intuitive pattern sequencer like no other I've seen: based on a sea organism model that allows for timbre, rhythm, pitch, and more. You've just gotta see this!

  47. Songcruncher - From the folks at UJAM, an online studio environment for remixing "stems."
  48. Songhub - Song writing app that allows the user to input lyrics & chord changes, upload PDFs and Word docs, record audio.
  49. Soundation - Online DAW with audio and MIDI tracks, loops, effects and more. To mixdown audio tracks, you must be logged in.

  50. SoundCloud - Record and upload sound to the cloud/web that can be linked in wikis, Twitter, etc. CLICK HERE for SoundCloud sample. A similar web app is AudioBoom.

  51. SoundDoodle - free desktop app for Mac....designed so that you can mold your sound by doodling. CLICK HERE for tutorial video.

  52. Soundtrap - Simple, clean online DAW - very well done! Watch this video to see how it works.
  53. The Music Interactive - Home of free apps designed for IWB such as StaffWars, StaffWars2, MyJamz, JamaMambo, RhythmBlocks and more!
  54. Tone Matrix - Simple pattern matrix sequencer (used to be iNudge.net, now part of Audiotool...see above).
  55. Typatone - Various synthy sounds are assigned to each (QWERTY) key; you type and sounds are made. The cool feature of this app is that a "transcript" is kept of what you type, which can be played back.
  56. UJAM - This is amazingly ambitious web technology! The premise is: you record a tune (sing or play), choose a "style" (i.e. hip hop, rock, swing, etc.), and UJAM suggest and realizes chordal combo accompaniment for you. You can then edit in a variety of ways. There's still a few kinks to work out, but this has real promise. Register for your account (free in "beta") and try it!
  57. Virtual Keyboard - Play this on-screen emulation of a keyboard (and a few other instruments) by pressing the QWERTY keys of your computer's keyboard.

  58. Vocaroo - Quick and easy web-based recording site.
  59. WD-1 DJ Trainer - Really cool emulation of a small sample playback keyboard like those used by DJs - fun!

  60. WebSID - Simple web emulation of old-school analog synth; could help explain basic synth features.
  61. WolframTones - Student generate musical ostinati based on choices made for style, rhythm, etc. and using algorithms/programming by Stephen Wolfram.

  62. YouTube Video Editor - Import and edit multiple video clips for YouTube.

iPad/iPod APPS

  1. Beatwave - "Create amazing beats and tunes without any musical ability using Beatwave for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad."
  2. Bebot - Fun/accessible, yet powerful, synth. Uses robot character (who dances when played) and simple settings that allow even the most musically uninitiated to make some cool music.
  3. Blocs Wave - Make and record music with loops.
  4. Bloom - Created by Brian Eno, a graphic, touch-based looping synthesis app. Cool for exceptional learners.
  5. Crazy Piano - Game for young children, involves colorful characters - Gugl and friends - in bands. Highlight: "catch the stars" game.
  6. Drum Kit - A Virtual drum set initiated by finger taps. Could be your drummer if connected to sound system.
  7. Everyday Looper - Looping, recording app for iPhone/iPad.
  8. Etude - As keyboard music plays on screen, music scrolls, with right/left hand of measure playing (or notes playing if you choose) highlighted in colors, and with a keyboard graphic showing the keys pressed in same colors. If you prefer, there is also a graphic view rather than traditional music notation. Best of all, you can slow down the playback speed for use in piano practicing! Much repertoire can be downloaded and added to your library for free.
  9. GarageBand - The ground-breaking entry-level DAW for iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad!
  10. iMini (by Arturia) - Classic analog synth sounds from an iPad software instrument. Allows for external MIDI connection.
  11. Isle of Tune - Cars, streets, music!
  12. JoyTunes Music Games - Use your own piano or a 3D virtual one on screen to play your favorite songs.
  13. JoyTunes Recorder Master - Learn and drill recorder technique in a fun, animated early-childhood gaming environment. Recorder not included :)
  14. Keezy - Record sounds into 8 colorful squares on a trigger pad.
  15. LaDiDa - "Reverse karaoke"....it matches key and transposes chords to follow the singer.
  16. Loopseque Kids - A kid-friendly version of the standard Loopseque; as the title suggests, kids play/work with loops.
  17. Madpad - Record events (piano chord, drum hit, everyday sounds, etc.) to trigger them or loop them in performance...many possibilities!
  18. Magic Piano - Kind of a "Guitar Hero" for piano. Play piano music by tapping bright, colored dots in time as they stream down the screen. Doesn't involve reading notation, but does require perception of rhythm/timing.
  19. Moozart - Farmyard critters are placed on a scrolling staff to play familiar kid's tunes, or kids' own compositions, using pitched animal sounds. Simply, fun way to convey high/low pitch and melodic contour.
  20. Morton Subotnik's Pitch Painter - Composing by finger painting...in some ways similar to Singing FIngers (see below), but on a more traditional grid.
  21. Noteworks - A fun, note reading app geared at school-aged kids.
  22. Piano Dust Buster - Use a real piano or the virual one on the screen to review piano reading/playing skills in a fun environment.
  23. Take - This nifty 3-part on-the-go recorder for iPhone comes from Propellerhead (makers of Reason). Good sketch pad or multi-track for modest projects.
  24. Talkapella - Turns spoken words into "rockin' harmonized accapella."
  25. Thicket - Crazy 3-D line drawings respond to your tapping swiping, dragging, etc. on the screen, changing the music. Cool for exceptional learners.
  26. ThumbJam - Allows musical novices to improvise (jam) using a variety of cool electronic instruments and scales. You almost can't miss! This is one of my favorite iPad instruments.
  27. Singing Fingers - "Singing Fingers lets you fingerpaint with sound. Just touch the screen while you make a sound, and colorful paint appears. Touch the paint to play back the sound again!"
  28. Songify - Turn speech into song!
  29. SynScore - Plays back piano repertoire as score scrolls by on screen. Good for analytical listening and score study.
  30. VidRhythm - Choose a song template, record rhythmic events using voice and body percussion, and voila!
  31. Virtuoso - Basically a piano emulation, but I really like the "Duette" mode with two keyboards facing each other :)


  1. Classical MIDI Connection – Hundreds of MIDI and MP3 files of music organized by style period (Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic Impressionistic, Twentieth Century, Contemporary). Also Christmas MIDI files.

  2. Choral WIKI - A collection of mostly standard choral repertoire MIDI files!
  3. Internet Archive – Free movies, music, books, and more.

  4. J.S. Bach Home Page – Links to websites with Bach MIDI files.

  5. Kunstderfuge – Another source with hundreds of MIDI files to download, although this site has a limit of 5 downloads-per-day.

  6. Open Hymnal Project – MIDI, MP3, and PDF files of hundreds of hymns.

  7. Mr. Maestro.Tripod.Com - A limited, but easy-to-use, classical MIDI file collection.
  8. Mutopia – Between one and two thousand PDF and MIDI files of public domain, classical music submitted by volunteers.

  9. Petrucci Music Library - Loads of public domain scores! Great for source material for arrangements, or scores for study/analysis.

  10. SoundBible - Hundreds of free sound effects to download for creative projects!

  11. OTHER MIDI FILES SITES: www.mididb.com, www.free-midi.org, www.cool-midi.com

  12. Long and Winding Road: Evolution of DAWs - Amazing and free suite of resources surrounding 2012 Music in Our Schools Week lesson on the history of electronic/computer music, by Joe Pisano and Richard McCready. Click here for link directly to slide show presentation.
  13. MusicXML Sites - The folks at MakeMusic (i.e. Finale) put this listing together. Very nice collection of sites at which users can download music in XML format.


Sam Wright's (@Wrightstuff on Twitter) iBook Authoring Page - Great overview and resources....thanks Sam!

Apple's iBook Authoring Overview

Apple's iBook Publishing Overview

Bookry - Manger/implement all sorts of iBook widgets....a must have!

Compfight.com - Find free, creative commons content, URL location, source attribution, etc. Sam Wright's tip for tagging files: copy URL of image, etc. and paste into file information comments (command-i).

Apple iBooks Author - App good for easily creating iBooks for iPad (but not Mac or PC computers). You need Mac OSX Lion to run it.

Hype (by Tumult) - Use to create iBooks (and webpages) that work with HTML5, so that they work on iPads, Mac computers, and even Windows PCs.

Pages - Part of iWork; create content for iBook then copy/paste into Hype (see above).

Skitch - Evernote app that allows user to take Mac and iPad screen shots and mark them up to explain things graphically.

Reflector - Mirrors iPad screen through your Mac computer or laptop that is connected to VGA projector (i.e. iPad --> computer --> VGA/Projector).


  1. 11 Free Tools for Creating Website - This blog post lists 11 free online services for creating websites without specialized tech knowledge.
  2. Ardour - Shareware DAW...you pay as little as you like to download. Looks very functional; worth checking out for the price.
  3. Block Posters - Upload a graphic and this online app creates a large poster of 8.5x11" pieces you print, then assemble on poster board.
  4. Cinchcast - Make brief online recordings.
  5. Chordbook.com - Find fingerings for all sorts of guitar chords - nice graphics.
  6. ChordFind.com - Input the guitar chord you'd like to play, and this baby shows you what strings to press.
  7. Chromatik - FREE sheet music synced to YouTube vids. Cool, but at this time one cannot print, only view on screen, the music.
  8. Chrome Extensions for Music - House of the Notes (Intro to Dictation); Interactive Staff (treble clef doesn't show)
  9. Composer or Pasta? - Online game that will stump even the most erudite musicians!
  10. Convert-Video-Online - Web based app to convert between various movie file formats (i.e. convert .AVI to .MP4)
  11. Dropbox.com - Store your files in the cloud to access them from any computer or mobile device, anywhere!
  12. Earbeater.com - Online ear-training for musicians: intervals, scales, chord inversions.
  13. Educreations - PC or iPad whiteboard app - allows you to draw, record spoken audio, import images, etc. Great for blended learning!
  14. embedit.in - Embed (almost) any file into a webpage, blog, wiki, etc. easily and for FREE!
  15. Evernote - Cloud based note and document sharing.
  16. Flipsnack.com - Convert a PDF doc to a virtual book widget with pages that turn, etc.
  17. Flubaroo - Use this add on with Google docs Google Form to automatically grade answers submitted by students!
  18. Glogster - Posters to present topics: authentic assessment, tech literacy, etc., etc.!
  19. Google Docs for Teachers Guide, by Richard Byrne (freetech4teachers.com) - great resource for Google doc beginners. Other great guides here as well!
  20. Google Translate - Translates written words from one language to another (i.e. English-to-Spanish); MANY uses in education!
  21. Google Translate webpage code - gives you widget code to tranlate your webpage for ESL visitors to your wiki, blog, etc.
  22. Jeopardy Labs - Create your own categories, questions, and answers for a Jeopardy-style game.
  23. Jing - Screen capture movies for free!
  24. Jeopardy Rocks - Newer, cooler looking than Jeopardylabs, but doesn't allow for linked audio/images.
  25. KeepVid - Allows you to save YouTube videos in various formats.
  26. Linkware Graphics Music Images – Music flash cards, handouts, worksheets, manuscript paper.
  27. Media.io - convert audio file formats online! Great utility to have available.
  28. Music Notation Image Library (Big) - FREE! Huge music notation image collection (for docs, powerpoint, IWB, etc.) by Midnight Music's Katie Wardrobe...thanks for another great resource Katie!
  29. Music Tech Teacher – This site of Alabama music teacher, Karen Garrett, is rich with games, worksheets, quizzes, lessons, and other resources.
  30. My Rap Name - This fun site suggests a rapper “handle” for your students (or you!).
  31. Music Education Teaching Resources - Hundreds of straight-forward worksheets (many FREE to download) for music basics, theory, etc. I like the large guitar chords posters (did I mention they're free?!!).
  32. Metronome Online - Handy and simple, whether used by composers/arrangers looking to audition tempi, or instrumentalists/singers practicing.
  33. Micro Marching League - Web-based marching band drill creator. Submit shows for comment and criticism to the "league."
  34. Musictheory.net – The most well thought-out online music theory lesson/practice site I’ve seen.
  35. Musical Instrument Mixing Desk - Demo some of the "elements" of music with this decent, homemade web-based mixer emulation. Download, unzip, and open in a browser.
  36. MusicalMind.org - Free online ear-training.
  37. Music Creativity Through Technology – Website of Drs. David Williams and Rick Dammers, with research and writing about using technology with non-traditional music students (the “other 80%”) in technology-centered music electives.
  38. (The) Music Interactive Web Site - Great games designed for IWB (but fine elsewhere) for FREE! Includes StaffWars, StaffWars2, and others.
  39. Seventh String - Two great web apps: online metronome (allows you to tap tempo) and online tuner.
  40. Omnigraffle Stencil Set of Percussion Instruments - Click here to download this "stencil" set to use within the program Omnigraffle.
  41. Name That Note Game - I found this on a Canyon Ridge MS Band's website - great quiz for identifying notes on staff.
  42. Online Signs 4 Free - Make general purpose signs to print out.
  43. QR Code Generator - Although this may have only niche usefuness in K-12 education, it's still cool!
  44. (Another) QR Code Generator - This one is at Joe Pisano's blog, mustech.net.
  45. Rubistar – Create rubrics for your project-based learning activities.
  46. Pamela - Use this app to record Skype conversations - great for podcast interviews by phone!
  47. Photopeach - interesting ways to make digital storytelling simple. PhotoPeach is an interactive, free, and easy to use website that allows users to tell a story using photos. Allows users to upload photos, background music, captions, and comments.
  48. Picasion - Create animated GIFs online!
  49. Pixabay - Free images and video.
  50. Plickers - A simple tool that allows teachers to collect real-time formative assessment data without the need for student devices. Students hold response cards and the teacher takes a pic - a mobile app processes.
  51. Prezi - Really cool Web 2.0 presentation application - very expressive.
  52. Podomatic - My new podcast host...FREE!
  53. Popcorn (by Mozilla) - Create cool, interactive videos embedded with rich, web content....gotta see it.
  54. Proprofs - Create quizzes and worksheets (multiple choice, checkbox, fill in the blank, matching) with predetermined "correct" answers that can be automatically graded when submitted by students.
  55. Quaver's Marvelous World of Music - An online multimedia music curriculum, but with a fun "playhouse" atmosphere. You'll need to register and login to use the online activities. Many are free, but some require "quaver notes" (the site's currency) for higher functionality. CHeck out the "Quaver Blog" for more help on using the site: quavermusicblog.com
  56. Quick Certificate Printer - Basic, but easy-to-use Web 2.0 award certificate creator. Change/upload graphic, border, text, save as JPG.
  57. QuizRevolution - Create customized quizzes in minutes for use in your website, wiki, blog, etc.
  58. Recite This - Custom made quote and inspirational posters.
  59. Scratch - Scratch is a programming language that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art -- and share your creations on the web. You have to check it out to really understand :)
  60. Seating Chart Generator - Enter number of seats per row and this app creates a semi-circular seating chart for band/orchestra!
  61. Sight-Reading Factory - Really well-implemented Web 2.0 sight-reading app for instrumentalists.
  62. Other Sight-Reading Helps: Check out these various websites aimed at helping students learn to read/solfege music. Practice Sight-Reading; TMEA Region/State Chorus audition solfege practice; Parkland AP Theory Dictation exercises.
  63. Skype - Free video-conferencing with great implications for music teaching (i.e. virtual guest-artist convos, etc.!).
  64. smartboardmusic.org - Music games for interactive whiteboard (or computer)....many free, with tutorial videos, etc.
  65. Staffnotes – Handy, customizable paper accommodates note-taking in music courses.
  66. StumbleUpon - Ever wonder how guys like me find so many cool Internet tools? Try this. :)
  67. Teoria.com - Another great music theory drill/practice site.
  68. The Podcast Host - Free podcast hosting!
  69. ViewSafe - Organize and share educational videos.
  70. Vocaroo - Quick and easy online recording.
  71. Weebly - Create your own webpage easily and for free!
  72. WeVideo - Free, Web 2.0 video recording that uses your computer's built-in mic and video camera.
  73. Wiggio - Communicate to groups via email, text, and voice message.
  74. Zoho.com - Create and manage databases (i.e. students, music, instrument or uniform inventories, etc.) online for free.


  1. What Music Means to Me. Podcast that explores the "intersection of music and life." Discussions of many topics relevant topics. You can also subscribe to this podcast at the iTunes Store.
  2. MusicEdTech - The music education technology site of Barbara Freedman ("Teach the Music, the technology will follow").
  3. MusTech.net. Another great music education technology blog/podcast by Dr. Joe Pisano of Grove City College.
  4. Web 2.0 Guru. Extensive listing of Web 2.0 apps for use in education.
  5. iPad App "Mega List" on Joanna's Music Blog.
  6. Musicians With Apps - Reviews of music apps, by categories (rhythm, note reading, composition, gadgets, etc.)
  7. FreeTech4Teachers - Lots of Web 2.0 reviews and tutorials on this great blog by Richard Byrne.
  8. Advocacy In Action - Music education links on Scoop-It.


  1. Amy Burns. Website of Music Teacher, Music Education Technology Specialist, and TI:ME President. Great resources including good iPad/iPod App listing, etc.
  2. Parkland HS Elective Music Wiki. Repository of almost all curricular content for two elective music courses, AP Music Theory and Music Production.
  3. Torrington High School Music Technology. Great materials, links, plans generously posted for all to share.



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