Students can jam with friends and band members using Soundtrap—a free online collaborative music and audio recording studio. To make music online, students have the options of plugging in their own instrument, using the software instruments available in Soundtrap, or recording a song directly with their computer’s microphone. As they make their music online, students can share the experience and fun of their creative moments with new and old friends in real time. They can easily share their music on Facebook, Twitter, and SoundCloud. The American Association of School Librarians selected Soundtrap as the Best Website for Teaching and Learning in 2015.
NextNotes is a national program, sponsored by the American Composers Forum, to nurture the next generation of creative voices in music of all styles. Talented young artists convene as a cohort and receive mentorship, scholarship funds, and recognition through a national awards ceremony.
The Civics Renewal Network is a consortium of nonpartisan, nonprofit organizations committed to strengthening civic life in the United States by increasing the quality of civics education in the nation’s schools and improving accessibility to high-quality, no-cost learning materials. On the organization’s website, teachers will find resources from these organizations, searchable by subject, grade, resource type, standards, and teaching strategy.
Hamilton and The Gilder Lehrman Institute (GLI) of America have launched #EduHam at Home, a free digital program for students and their families to explore the world of the Pulitzer Prize–winning musical and America’s founding era.