Instrumental/Vocal Resources

Instrumental / Vocal Resources
MPN offers individual, small group and whole-class instrumental tuition, and is offering blended learning options bespoke to individual schools in Spring 2021.
As well as working towards our Big Gig for 2021, we are also offering free access to our Local Heroes Instrumental and Vocal Resources and the opportunity to take part in BSL performance events this term.
For more information, please contact
Local Heroes Instrumental and Vocal Resources
Play-along packages suitable for blended learning approaches to instrumental and vocal learning are available for each of the following songs:
  • The Keel Row (Folk Music)
  • The Final Countdown (Rock and Pop)
  • I Feel Good (Funk and Soul)
  • Somewhere Over the Rainbow (Musical Theatre)
  • Three Little Birds (Around the World)
  • Can't Stop the Feeling (Music for Dance)
  • Let's Stick Together (Local Singers and Songwriters)
  • In the Mood (Jazz and Blues)
  • Ode to Joy (Classical)
You can access a playlist of all our arrangements on our YouTube channel:

with all accompanying resources available on request.

For further information, please contact

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BSL Performance Resources
You can access our "Best of British" range of BSL performances and teaching guides by Dr Paul Whittaker on our YouTube channel:

For further details on our BSL CPD and performance events this term, please contact

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Music Mark Recommended Instrumental/Vocal Resources

MyMusic PB
MyMusicPB is an interactive online practice book for instrumental and vocal lessons.  They are now integrating video platforms for your safe, secure and effective remote lessons delivery.  More info and resources are available on their website.

National Youth Jazz Collective 
Join the National Youth Jazz Collective as it launches its new live-streamed lessons programme for small group improvisation and composition (beginner, intermediate and advanced) led by members of its award-winning faculty of 75 leading teaching artists.  Join @nationalyouthjazzcollective from 8th April on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram to access daily links to its new online programme Don’t forget to use #nationalyouthjazz

ABRSM has various resources available on their website for teachers, parents and music students. More information on supporting a child learning an instrument is available here. Watch the First Lady of West End musicals, Kerry Ellis speaking to workshop participants about the importance of looking after your voice here. ABRSM Examiner and Violinist Jessica O’Leary gives her Tchaikovsky teaching tips here.

 Faber: Free downloads for piano teachers

Faber have created a collection of free resources that are fun, quick and easy to use, from some of their most popular books. Normally only available to buy as part of a book, you can now download and print these pages for free as many times as you need. There’s a mixture of repertoire, exercises, teaching advice and more, to help you and your students continue music at home! To download your free samples from these books, simply click on the product and you’ll see a ‘Free Sample Chapter’ to download on the blue section of the page. More info here.

Voices Foundation Virtual Singing Assembly
A LIVE daily 10-15 minute sing for children, parents and teachers! Join Voices Foundation every weekday at 1:00 PM (BST) from wherever you are for some fun, uplifting singing led by their VF practitioners. Music brings us all together, so please share #VFVirtualSing with friends and family and let’s get everybody singing! Subscribe to their YouTube channel to ensure you don’t miss out on this daily content.

Stars & Catz
Music teachers can enjoy full use of all the Stars & Catz tools and resources, entirely free. All resources are mobile-friendly and easy to use for beginners while offering scope that also caters to intermediate and advanced musicians, so they’re perfect to share with students for online learning. More info.

The Benedetti Foundation
The Benedetti Foundation has announced Nicola Benedetti is to host three sessions a week ‘Live at Five’ on her channels every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. More information available here. 

Remote Instrumental Teaching Group
There is a new Facebook community group specifically for the remote instrumental teaching community. More information here.

National Youth Folk Ensemble
Youth Folk Sampler Days and National Youth Folk Ensemble auditions are moving online in May half-term, more information available here. They also have a bank of resources available for teachers to use which you can access here.

Beat Goes On 

Beat Goes On are running online Body Beats body percussion sessions streaming live daily. Join in here.

The Great British Home Chorus
Gareth Malone’s sensational online choir – over 80,000 people have already signed up. Hal Leonard Europe is proud to supply free sheet music for use by the chorus. Full details can be found here.

Royal Opera House
Royal Opera House is offering creative home learning available on their website.

English Folk Dance & Song Society
Explore free, downloadable materials for using English traditional folk song, music, dance, drama and other arts in your teaching and learning. Info on resources for all age groups available here.

Music Teachers’ Board
The Music Teachers’ Board grade 1-8 exams continue without disruption during the Covid-19 outbreak and they have introduced a number of new measures to support affected teachers and learners.  Exams Over Webcam: The exam can now be recorded and submitted to MTB by the student/parent using the MTB app on their phone or tablet. The teacher/centre conducts and verifies this exam over webcam.  Free Choice Pieces: Candidates can now enter an exam with up to three free choice pieces.  They will still need to prepare the other components of an MTB exam including scales, technical, reading & listening exercises.  All of these elements can be downloaded for free from the MTB website.  Further information on MTB exams and this update can be found here.

Ocarina Workshop
Watch six videos for first ocarina lessons: playing tips, tunes and lots of play-along fun here.
During the crisis, Ocarina Workshop will give a free ‘Play Your Ocarina – Book 1’ with every Ocarina purchased through our website, one per ocarina (this includes, class packs, ocarina sets and single ocarinas), available here. Free downloadable resources to support BBC Ten Pieces are here and the new ‘Adventurous Music-Making’ publications can be accessed from this page – all six titles are now complete, with pupil books, teacher books and audio CDs.

RSL Awards Resources
Practise with Purpose: Free practice diary – vary your routine to stay positive and motivated. Available here. Online Learning During COVID-19: Rockschool Professional Diplomas – Earn an undergraduate level qualification in just 40 guided learning hours. More info here. To support students and teachers, RSL are offering up to a 25% discount* on purchases of Replay. This online rehearsal tool enables you to play along to the full audio and backing tracks; adjust the tempo, score view and balance of parts and more. *available until 17th April 2020.