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Lisa, Hespeler | April 14, 2020

Ours is a musical family with several generations of singers and musicians. I am a singer and my 2 daughters are both musicians; we often spend time playing and singing together. My older daughter is studying music with an eye towards composition. I thought it would be fun and interesting to try my hand at composition, too!

Using Lynda.com I am working through the Write a Song course. This is helping me to brush up on long forgotten music theory and concepts. The online tutorials are presented by experts in the fields of songwriting and recording. Kanopy also provides many interesting music related resources. Lynda.comand Kanopy are available through ideaexchange.org with your library card number. Not a member? Sign up online.

You can find videos on music instruction in theory, piano and guitar, and a fascinating series called “Music and the Brain” which explores the universal nature of music and its cultural and artistic significance.

My daughter will be using the music history section to learn more about the Baroque era, a unit of study that was cut short when her university closed a few weeks ago.

For those who enjoy listening to music, Kanopy also offers movie musicals and concert videos, such as a documentary about the making of the Broadway sensation Hamilton, the classic 70’s musical Grease and iconic Canadian singer/songwriter Neil Young in concert.

YouTube in partnership with legendary Broadway composer Andrew Lloyd Webber is providing free viewing of some of his smash hits every weekend.

Musicnotes.com is offering free sheet music downloads for the musician in your house. From classical to Top 40 for piano, voice and a range of instruments, why not learn a new song today?

For our youngest musicians, check out these great ideas for DIY musical instruments made from recycled or common household items.

To quote The Beach Boys, Add Some Music to Your Day!