There are many programmes for recording and editing and playing around with music.  Here are just some:


Songsmith generates musical accompaniment to match a singer’s voice. Just choose a musical style, sing into your PC’s microphone, and Songsmith will create backing music for you. Then share your songs with your friends and family, post your songs online, or create your own music videos.

Just pick a style for your song…

Choosing a style

Choose a tempo…

Setting the tempo

And sing! Immediately, Songsmith will create music to back up your voice.

Main window

And if you want to dig deeper, you can customize your music, even if you don’t know anything about chords or music theory. You can adjust the “happy” and “jazzy” sliders, change styles even after you sing, or set up your own custom band.

Setting up your band

And, if you are a musician, there are other features just for you. Edit chords directly, play your instrument into Songsmith instead of singing, or just open up Songsmith and type your own chords to make jam tracks or quick arrangements.

Learn how to play guitar chords with this interactive site. Play along with backing tracks and you can even tune your guitar too!

Free Sheet Music
Free sheet music for most instruments and ensembles. Downloadable as PDF and MIDI files.

20th Century Greats
Howard Goodall considers the work of five composers who left an indelible mark on the 20th century.

GCSE Bitesize Music
Music topics and web links to help you pass GCSE Music.

Musical Instruments of the World
Presents musical instruments of the world through photographs, sound samples and text.

The Blues
A multimedia celebration that raises awareness of the Blues and its contribution to American culture and music worldwide.

Relive some of the social and cultural events that impacted the music, the musicians and jazz followers from the 1800s to the 1960s.

Music Theory
What are ties and dots and how in the world do these relate to music? Find out at this great site.

Classical Link
The Classic Music portal: an eclectic mix of all things classical – performers, composers, music and book reviews.

Sony: Soundtrack for a Century
A comprehensive collection of popular music representing every genre of music – with audio and video clips, and hundreds of photos and artist memorabilia.

Music Kit
Music resources and activities to encourage the ability to read, write and make music.

Music at School
Plenty of resources, including worksheets, quizzes and online lessons for secondary music study.

Flutes are Fabulous
Helpful hints from the masters – developing technique, perfecting tone, better practicing habits, how to prepare music and much more.

Trumpeter’s Fanfare
The premier source for trumpet players, providing all the information an emerging trumpet player needs to get off the ground.

Classic Motown
A stunning timeline on the history of Motown – the ambitions of one man, the dreams of a generation, the soul of a nation, the sound of young America. Classical Music
Comprehensive coverage of classical music – articles on the different periods, the composers, instruments, performers and much, much more.

Essentials of Music
Whether you’re a casual listener or a serious music student, if you’re into classical music this site is for you.

So This is Opera
A unique, multi-faceted programme to introduce young audiences to the world of opera.

The Classical Music Navigator
Includes a feature that identifies and links composers and their works, styles and their influences.

An Introduction to Classical Music
Easily accessible first step into the world of classical music covering composers, history, instruments and much more.

Music Theory for Songwriters
Which chords should you choose – and how do you make them flow from one to another in a way that sounds pleasing?

The Musicland
Plenty of materials to help with your music studies or teaching at KS3, GCSE and A-level with online aural tests and instrumental resources.
Comprehensive information on guitars and performers with online lessons and a searchable tab section of your favourite songs.

Music Terminology
A glossary of musical terms associated with classical music.

The Classical Guitar Aficionados Page
Includes playing guides, tricks and techniques, a FAQ about classical guitars, sheet music and even advice on buying an instrument.

The Music Chamber
Material on every major period, composer and piece to help gain an understanding and appreciation of chamber music.

The Piano Player
The game where you read music. For each note shown, click on the correct key of the virtual piano.

Encyclopedia Britannica
The complete Encyclopedia Britannica, plus related magazines, books and links to the world’s best Web sites.

Free Sheet Music
Absolutely free for educational or entertainment use. To view and print out the music you’ll need Adobe Acrobat Reader which can be downloaded via the site.

Glyndebourne Opera House
Profile of one of the world’s best known opera houses, including details and backgrounds of current and forthcoming productions.

The Mozart Project
The life, times and music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

BBC: The Proms
Information on this season’s Proms concerts.

The Sibelius Academy
A huge list of music links on the WWW.

Music Education Articles
From Blues to Afro to making your own instruments.

Associated Board
….of the Royal Schools of Music.

Online version of the classical music magazine.

UK Piano Page
Everything you need to know about the piano.

Internet Music Resources
A list of music-related links to a wide range of resources.

Sheet music and fine instruments resource.

Jazz Primer
How to play jazz and improvise.

Composers Biographies
An alphabetic index of composers and their works.

Classical Music Pages
History, biography and theory information.

The Blue Highway
Everything to do with the Blues.

Everything to do with Jazz.

The Trumpet Page
Information on the trumpet and brass instruments.

English National Ballet
Information about the ENO and ballet music.

Encyclopedia of Percussion
Everything you need to know about percussion instruments.


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