Ten Top YouTube Videos for Music Teachers


It’s so easy to connect to your students in a meaningful way with multimedia and with music education videos on YouTube. With a single click, you can instantly inspire young musicians to excel musically and academically, teach a concept through the language of video or simply enjoy exploring the many educational offerings. Here are 10 of my favourites:

1) Why an “A” is not enough:
Dr. Brennan makes a poignant point about the educational system using a familiar tune at a band concert while encouraging excellence through music education and performance.

2)Vibration: See The Unseen:
This is an excellent slow motion look at vibrations that can serve as a music teaching resource. With a catchy electronic melody and awe-inspiring imagery, this YouTube video will help your music students understand vibrations and sound wave in an unforgettable way.

3)T-Mobile Music Events: Making Music Fun!
I just love these! if you’re not familiar with the term – these are extraordinary musical/dance events that take place in everyday places just out of the blue. I’ve put a few here together on this post so you can find them easily and enjoy them with your students.

4)Animusic on YouTube:
Animusic creates musically inspiring computer animation combining imaginative virtual instruments with MIDI music. Works for every instrumental group from percussion to strings will awe students!

5)Deaf Percussionist Evelyn Glennie Teaches How to Truly Listen:
Scottish percussionist Evelyn Glennie has mesmerized audiences for decades. She explains how to listen to music, including interesting insights from her own experiences with music, deafness and how there’s much more to the art of listening than act meets the eye. This TED talk video is over 30 minutes long and makes a great start to discussion for any older class.

6)Music Advocacy YouTube Video:
What are the benefits of music? This simple presentation is one of the best music advocacy videos I’ve seen- it’s simple yet tasteful and provides interesting insight and facts on the benefits of music education to our brains.

7) History Of Rock Videos
Finding videos and recordings for teaching general classroom topics such as the History of Rock can be useful, but often time consuming to put together. At this article, I’ve put together some the most relevant videos to highlight the most significant artists in the beginning of Rock and Roll era.

8)Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir “Lux Aurumque”:
Choral directors who love Eric Whitacre’s lush harmonies and ethereal compositions will enjoy sharing Whitacre’s innovative take on choral music in this popular YouTube video.

9)Music for Kids: The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra
In this you tube video which is wrapped in a child friendly platform so that students don’t to read comments or get distracted, puppets explore musical instruments at the Meyerson Symphony Center and learn about Benjamin Britten’s “The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra”. A fun introduction to this work for any young music classroom. Click here for the link.

10)Evolution of Music – Music History Mashup
With over 100 songs spanning a millennium, this music history mash-up takes your students through an exciting historical journey through time in just 11 minutes.

These ten videos are a start to sharing, but I’m sure you will agree there are so many more high quality videos freely available. Please feel free to leave your comments and share your favorite music education videos so that all teachers can get easier and quicker access to resources.

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3 Comments

  • By Nancy Standafer Reply

    Loved every video! Very uiseful. I’m sending it to my collegues across the district. Too bad our current, musically trained administrator elliminted band and orchestra from the elementary schools!

  • By Ruth Reply

    Thanks, very useful

  • By Annamarie Frey Reply

    Thank you very much. I enjoyed viewing the music videos. I will incorporate them in my music lessons! Great resources!

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