Hispanic Heritage Month Resources

A special thanks to the following Music Impact Network members for advising on these resources:

Updated 9/23/21

Educational Resources

Video Resources

Note: Some services require a subscriptionCheck TV and Movies ratings to determine age-appropriateness

Audio Resources

If you have a music-themed Hispanic Heritage Month resource or project to share, please post it on the Music Impact Network Facebook Group and we’ll add it to the list.

Soundproofing Recommendations

Best practices for soundproofing your Music Studio rooms

Soundproofing refers to the noise transfer from one room to another. To control the amount of sound transfer between rooms within your Music Studio and between your Music Studio and adjoining spaces in your building it is best to think about the following: 

  • Use dense and air-tight materials.
  • Walls are the most soundproof part of the studio.
  • Alternatively, problem areas are:
    • Windows
    • Doors
    • Pipe or cable pass-through
    • Anywhere the wall is penetrated
    • Shared HVAC ductwork that interconnect rooms
    • Walls that do not extend to the structure above (floor, ceiling or roof)

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There are two common methods for creating an effective soundproof environment: 

#1 – Purchase a prefabricated vocal booths

  • We recommend installing a prefabricated vocal booth (such as www.whisperroom.com) in your recording studio.
  • Prefabricated vocal booths are a great solution for achieving a high degree of soundproofing and room acoustics. 
  • They can be purchased in a variety of sizes and configurations depending on your needs. 

#2 – Construct walls, ceilings doors and windows with the follow specifications in mind 

  • Interior and exterior walls and ceilings.  A best practice is to use dense and airtight materials.
    • We recommend extending a solid wall to the ceiling or roof above.  If this is not possible, a “solid cap construction” ceiling (2 layers of wallboard) is recommended. 
    • Drop ceilings are not recommended for Music Studio facilities.
    • Cinder blocks, poured concrete, or brick construction are ideal wall materials.
    • For new walls, we recommend a single stud wall with 2 layers of wallboard on each side of the studs: 
      • Homosote sound board (inside layer)
      • 5/8” gypsum board on the outside faces of the studs
      • Rockwool batt insulation in the stud cavity

  • Solid walls (no windows or doors) provide the highest level of soundproofing. Tips for optimizing areas that provide lower levels of soundproofing:
    • Windows – Ideally use double-glazed with thick lites (i.e. 3/8” to 1/2”) and a 2 to 4-inch air space in-between. One of the lites should be laminated, which provides sound reduction properties.
    • Doors – Use solid-core acoustical doors with non-adjustable neoprene gaskets (at the head and jambs), as well as an automatic drop seal at the threshold to provide the best sound isolation.
    • Pipes or cable pass-throughs – Avoid using these when possible.  Tightly seal anywhere the wall is penetrated. 
    • HVAC 
      • If possible, use Packaged Terminal Air Conditioner & Heat Pump units (PTAC). 
      • Forced hot air HVAC systems are not recommended in the recording studio rooms. If the existing facility uses forced hot air, you may need to contact a professional to help design a system that provides very low background noise conditions. 
      • Avoid shared HVAC ductwork that interconnects between Music Studio rooms (especially recording studio rooms). Sound will travel through the ductwork transferring a significant amount of noise between rooms.
  • Audio Wiring and Connections – Audio equipment uses specialized cable connections and wiring. It is best to contract with an audio specialist to help determine the needs of your Music Studio. You may consider a cable pass-through like a “Wiremold 4000 large raceway cable channel.” This allows for a custom and organized way for interconnectivity between various rooms in a recording studio facility, but minimizes the sound that passes from one room to another. 

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Sample Your Summer

Thank you to Music Impact Network member Gogo Dendy from the West End House Boys & Girls Club for inspiring the “Sample Your Summer” ideas! Also big thank you to Network members Jen Hodges (Notes for Notes), Anne Joseph (New City Kids) and Anders Olson (Charlestown Boys & Girls Club) for their review and feedback on the resources below.

NOTE: Any featured products are based on the experience and opinions of Network members and Music & Youth. We do not receive any financial benefit from the vendors to promote their products. We just thought they were helpful and you might like ’em. 

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“Found Sound” Sampling Project

“Found Sound” Sampling ProjectSend participants on a soundscape scavenger hunt, creating unique beats using field recordings from their surroundings. Get participants to critically listen to their surroundings and use those sounds to create music that is unique as they are. These projects also empower participants to utilize the technology they bring with them everyday in innovative ways, as an alternative to traditional instruments.

Submitted by: Gogo Dendy, West End House Boys & Girls Club

Recommended Sampler Apps

Voice Memo App (FREE) 
Voice Memos turns your iPhone or iPad into a portable audio recorder. Easily capture and share audio clips using built in editing tools like trim, insert, and replace let you fine-tune your recordings.
Garageband (FREE)
You can record (or sample) a sound using a microphone, or add an audio file, and then play it back like a melody on the Sampler keyboard. 
Koala Sampler ($4) 
Koala is the ultimate pocket-sized sampler. Record anything with your phone’s mic instantly. Use Koala to create beats with those samples, add effects and create a track. 
Flip Sampler ($10) 
Flip is a sample-based mobile music studio that was designed for a fast and intuitive workflow. Import your own sounds via AirDrop or the Files app, or record sounds directly with your device’s microphone or a connected iOS interface.
iMaschine 2 ($10) 
Create a beat on 16 pads with hundreds of professional sounds. Use the Smart Play keyboard to add melodies and basslines that are always in-key. Spice up your track with vocal and field recordings or sample directly from iTunes.
Samplr ($15) 
Explore the samples melody and texture using the different play modes and create compositions with the gesture recorder. Samplr is the ideal tool for audio experimentation, music composition and live performance.

Additional “Found Sound” Project Ideas

“Found Sound” Tips for Logic Users

MusicTech.net article

• Capture and transform Found Sounds into new instruments with these Logic Pro tips

“Found Sound” Tips for Ableton Users


• Classroom project – Making Music from Found Sounds

Dub Club

Two sound design projects that will build your participants’ critical listening skills and creativity. Help your participants tap into their inner voice actor or foley artist by encouraging them to rebuild the audio for short video clips

Community Podcast

Create a community podcast to get youth talking about their experiences from this past year, social issues, music, sports or whatever topic they’re interested in.  Have them interview each other, staff, parents and local leaders in the community.

Need more Ideas for your Summer Programming? 

  • DIY Summer Activity Kit – Fun and unique “Do It Yourself” activities submitted by Music Impact Network members
  • Virtual Summer Camp – Whether your summer music camp is going to be all virtual, in-person, or a bit of both, below are some programs to help engage your participants this summer.

“Found Sound” Sampling Project

Send participants on a soundscape scavenger hunt – creating unique beats using field recordings from their surroundings

Music is everywhere and the sounds in the world around us can inspire an original beat or song. Found Sound Sampling Projects can get participants to critically listen to their surroundings and use those sounds to create music that is unique as they are. These projects also empower participants to utilize the technology they bring with them everyday in innovative ways as an alternative to traditional instruments. 

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How to… 

  • Equipment needed: 
  • Recommended Sampling Apps: 
  • Plan your Found Sound scavenger hunt – Send participants to explore sounds in various settings like:  
    • In your building 
    • Outside or in nature (take a field trip!) 
    • At home or at school 
    • Around town or in the city 
  • Encourage them to go to a location and sit in silence and just listen to their surroundings or experiment by interacting with everyday objects in uncommon ways
  • Discuss and explore different environments and textures and how those sounds will influence the beat and those creating it. For example: 
    • Sounds from nature vs. sounds of the city 
    • Sounds from machinery vs. organic sounds 
    • Sounds made using your body (e.g. stomps, claps, sound effects, etc) vs. sounds from an object 
    • Sounds from everyday objects that played like instruments (e.g. touched, plucked, struck, etc)
  • Consider a found sound checklist – e.g. collect sounds that sound like: 
    • Drums e.g. Kick, hi-hats, snare, toms, cymbals, shakers, etc.
    • Pitched samples e.g. taping on a glass or blowing into a soda bottle
    • Vocal samples e.g. people talking in a room or someone shouting outside, etc.
    • Risers e.g. doppler effect of a car or train passing by, etc.
    • Bass drops e.g. sound of an elevator or engine
    • “Seasoning” e.g. anything out of the ordinary or unique 
  • Load samples into Sampler apps and start creating 
    • Encourage participants to use their creativity to come up with unique sounds
    • Experiment with effects to manipulate the sound (e.g. EQ, reverb, chorus, gates, transposition, panning, reverse effects, pitch correction, distortion, chopping samples, etc.) 
  • Finalize the project with ideas like: 
    • Create a custom drum kit or sample pack and share among youth participants 
    • Write lyrics that fit the mood that inspired the beat
    • Share your participants’ creations! 
  • Optional project: 
    • Consider starting with a premade beat (especially for younger or beginner participants) 
      • Ask them to find samples that sound like the following: 
      • Kick Drum
      • Snare Drum
      • Hi-Hat
      • Percussion
      • Etc. 
    • Replace the samples and play the altered beat 
    • Tweak the mix, effects or record new samples until participants like the sound

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Shared Spotify Playlists – Songs with Easy Progressions

A big thank you to Josh Alfonzo at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Tarrant County in Fort Worth, TX for putting together these Spotify Playlists.

Playlist features:

  • Popular Songs with easy progressions
    • Perfect for beginners on guitar, drums, bass, piano or vocals
  • Categorized by Key
  • Simply add them to your library

Here is how Josh uses these playlists in his programming everyday. “I spend a lot of time building relationships with my teens. I try my best to listen to them and understand what they like – this means spending time each week listening to top 40 music. When a participant requests a song or I come across a popular song, I learn it and add it to the playlist (if appropriate). This way I have go-to songs ready for participants to learn which keeps them motivated to keep playing.”

Spotify Playlists

Do you have a Spotify list that your participants can’t get enough of? Please share it on the Music Impact Network Facebook Group and we’ll add it to the list.

Women’s History Month Resources

Music and Podcast Playlists


  • Hirshhorn – Respect Her Crank
    • Explore the roles of Black women in American music history through weekly virtual workshops in music production, songwriting and more
  • Mix Like A Girl
    • Empowering this and future generations of women in audio

Music Industry Resources

  • #WomxnCrush Music
    • Dedicated to creating opportunities through community for inspiring rising womxn songwriters.
  • Amplify Her Voice
    • Promoting gender equality in the music industry through awareness, education, & empowerment
  • FEMMUSIC.com
    • The Place For Emerging Women in Music
  • Her Industry
    • Educating and inspiring young women who want to make a positive difference in the music industry.
  • shesaid.so
    • Global community of women and gender minorities in the music industry
  • Change the Conversation
    • Fighting gender inequality in the music industry by providing support, education, and community for female artists and executives
  • Digital Divas Nashville
    • Empowering women at the intersection of Music and Digital through networking, mentoring, and support
  • Girl Gang Music
    • A community all about elevating women & non-binary people killing it in music.
  • Girls I Rate – Pushing #equality & opportunities 4 future #femalecreatives Founded by Songwriter/Producer @carlamarieuk
  • National Association of Black Female Executives in Music and Entertainment
    • A diverse non-profit, networking, empowerment and resource base for women in the business of music and entertainment
  • Vocal Girls
    • Championing new artists and gigs – with a focus on female and LGBTQ+ talent!
  • Women In Music
    • A nonprofit organization working to educate, empower and advance women in the music industry.
  • Women in the Music Industry
    • A platform to highlight women behind the scenes in the music industry.
  • Women’s International Music Network
    • The WiMN connects women who work in the music industry, and holds the annual #SheRocksAwards in LA

Music Production & Engineering Resources

    • Non-traditional, creative and educational music technology curriculum, collective and community template designed by Erin Barra-Jean.
  • Gender Amplified
    • A movement celebrating and supporting women music Producers
  • MammaBarra.com
    • Erin Barra, music and tech educator, songwriter, producer, instrumentalist, entrepreneur, and activist.
  • SoundGirls.org
    • Dedicated to empowering the next generation of women in audio.
  • Women’s Audio Mission
    • Dedicated to the advancement of women, girls and nonbinary individuals in music and the recording arts.
  • Women Beatmakers
    • Public Facebook group dedicated to women Beatmakers
  • Women Produce Music
    • Bringing together pioneers, established & emerging artists, producers & engineers to make an album.
  • Womxn & Audio
    • A group of womxn from Seattle, WA interested in recording and engineering!

Resources for Instrumentalists

  • Drum Like a Lady
    • Curating inspiring events and lecture/performances that promote personal and communal wellness through the arts.
  • Girls March
    • Empowering young women through music and leadership.
  • Hit Like a Girl Contest
    • International contest for female drummers, percussionists and beat makers
  • SheShreds.com
    • Dedicated to women and non binary guitarists & bassists a community-driven, comprehensive answer to guitar culture and music media.
  • Tom Tom Mag
    • The only media company in the world dedicated to female and Gender Non conforming drummers

Additional Communities and Organizations

  • EQL Directory
    • Amplifying the careers and achievements of women working behind-the-scenes in audio and production.
  • International Alliance for Women in Music
    • IAWM continues to press for visibility, equity and inclusion of women in all areas and capacities of music.
  • Female Frequency
    • A community dedicated to empowering female, transgender & non-binary artists through the creation of music that is entirely female generated.
  • Girls Rock Camp Alliance
    • An international membership network of youth-centered arts and social justice organizations.
  • She Rock She Rock
    • Empowering girls, women, trans and nonbinary folks through the art of music.
  • Women Who Rock
    • Empowering #womeninmusic & Benefit Concerts to “Rock the Future of Women’s Health”


If you have a music themed Women’s History Month resource or project to share, please post it on the Music Impact Network Facebook Group and we’ll add it to the list.

Black History Month Resources

Updated January 14, 2022

Thank you to Josh Alfonzo, Music Impact Network member from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Tarrant County for your help in compiling these resources.

Educational Resources

Video Resources

Note: Some services require a subscription. Check TV and Movies ratings to determine age-appropriateness

Audio Resources

If you have a music themed Black History Month resource or project to share, please post it on the Music Impact Network Facebook Group and we’ll add it to the list.

Creating a Black History Month Song/Project

Emphasize key events and leaders in Black History while creating an original beat

“I used this large group collaborative project during Black History Month to help teach my preteens and teens about their own history – for example, many of them didn’t know the basics of historical events and leaders.  I combined an educational approach (researching basic Black History facts) with beat making in our studio to create an original song that we rehearsed, recorded and performed for the rest of our Club.” – Josh Alfonzo

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How to… 

  • Organize/print age-appropriate historical facts about key individuals, leaders and events to explore during Black History Month – Example resources include: 
    • www.history.com/topics/black-history
    • www.africanamericanhistorymonth.gov/
    • www.kids.nationalgeographic.com/explore/history/black-history-month/
  • Participants (groups or individuals) choose or are assigned a Black History fact/s
  • Help each participant create original lyrics/verses using the facts provided 
    • For example, a participant selects or is assigned fact/s about Dr. Martin Luther King
    • They then research more about his life, accomplishments and significance
    • Each participant then creates/writes original lyrics (e.g. 2 to 4 bar phrase) 
  • Create a collaborative beat – Encourage participants to provide feedback on the beat including: 
    • Style, tempo, vibe, and overall sound
    • Let participants “vote” on sample sounds, beat/patterns, chord progression, bass lines, melodies, etc.
  • Once the beat/track is created play the beat on a loop 
    • Collaboratively write a “hook” for the track 
    • Help participants rehearse their verses (e.g. work on edits, flow, etc) 
    • Record each verse and hook
  • Edit and finalize the track 
  • Showcase
    • Post to social media 
    • Shoot a Music Video and share
    • Perform live on stage 

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Extending Music Programming to Additional Rooms

Given the COVID related limitations on the number of youth in a room and limits on contacts with staff members, here are some thoughts on how to have an instructor in one room providing lessons to a group of youth in another room.


The easiest way to do this is by setting up a Zoom session between an instructor and the various youth participants.  The general idea is that each participant joins the same Zoom session and the instructor can watch them play their music. The instructor can also offer one-on-one feedback by using Breakout Rooms. The following describes the process in greater detail.

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How to run a Zoom music session

The instructor invites each participant to join the same Zoom session.  Each participant will need to have their own Zoom device to join the session, which could be any of the following:

  • Laptop
  • Desktop
  • Chromebook
  • iPad
  • Smart phone

NOTE: It would be great to be able to connect the instruments or the production equipment directly to the participant’s Zoom device, but unfortunately this capability does not currently exist for Zoom – so the Zoom device really just captures the video and audio of the participant using their instrument or production gear.

The instructor uses Zoom to see and hear every participant as they perform  

  • The instructor runs a workshops without being physically present with the participants
    • All participants sign into the same Zoom meeting 
    • Instructor provides participants with general instructions and expectations for the lesson 
    • Participants can all be in the same room, or they can be isolated in different rooms
  • Using Zoom breakout rooms
    • With Zoom breakout rooms, each participant can be in their own breakout room to get individual instruction, and then be added back into the larger Zoom session for group instruction.  
    • The instructor enables Zoom “Breakout” rooms (https://youtu.be/Zc5GkepLIVQ
    • Participants could be assigned to different breakout rooms depending on things such as their: 
      • Skill
      • Song choice
      • Instrument 

Musical Equipment Recommendations

In order to get the best musical sound using the built in microphone of each Zoom device, we would suggest following these guidelines for the various Workshops your instructor might lead.  

  • Voice Workshops
    • For basic Voice workshops you can use the built in microphone of the device your participant is using to connect to Zoom.  This may not be of high quality, but is fine for this purpose.
    • Optional – Advanced setups could include an external microphone and audio interface
  • Guitar, Bass and Ukulele Workshops
    • Each of these instruments generates its own sound which can be picked up by the built in microphone your participant is using for Zoom. 
    • For each instrument you will need:
      • Acoustic guitar – guitar, stand, tuner, and pick 
      • Electric and/or Bass guitar – guitar, stand, small amp, instrument cable, tuner, and pick 
      • Ukulele – Ukulele, and tuner
    • Recommended Equipment: 
      • Electric Guitar/bass – Fender Strat Squire or Epiphone Les Paul style (or equivalent) with practice amp
      • Yamaha JR1 3/4-size Acoustic Guitar – $150/each
      • Include a bag/case (if available) 
      • Note: ¾ size guitars may be easier for various ages to use (if available) 
      • Kala Ukulele Starter Kit – $60/each
  • Drum Workshops
    • The drums generate their own sound which can be picked up by the built in microphone your participant is using for Zoom. 
    • Each drum set will need:
      • Practice pad – Pad and sticks
        • Optional – Pad mount/stand (otherwise – setup on desks/tables) 
      • Electric Drum pad – Electronic drum pad and sticks 
    • Recommended Equipment: 
  • Beat Making Workshops
    • We highly recommend using an iPad-based Portable Music Production Station – $1200/each.  This will give each participant an iPad, midi-keyboard, microphone and controller – everything they need for making beats.

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Essential Musical “PPE”

NOTE: Any featured products are based on the experience and opinions of Network members and Music & Youth. We do not receive any financial benefit from the vendors to promote their products. We just thought they were helpful and you might like ’em. 

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Creative ways Music Impact Network Members are adapting Programs to keep their participants from getting “Zoomed Out”. Try these best practices for virtual or hybrid programming:

Transitioning to Virtual Programming

Virtual Programming Starter Resources

Customizable templates for Zoom settings, staff guidelines, parent permission forms, sample email communications, and more


Household Foley 

Zoom session icebreaker – the participant with the most realistic sound effect wins!

Production and Instrument Programming  

4 “Masked” Music Production Ideas

Is social distancing limiting your studio collabs? Encourage youth to make beats with anonymous producers adding an element of mystery

3 Virtual Programs Using Flipgrid

Participants create short videos and contribute to virtual ensemble, songwriting, and open mic projects

4 Virtual Programming Ideas

One approach for Group Instrument Lessons on Zoom, Virtual Production Sessions, and Virtual “concerts”

Virtual Listening Party

“Open mic” style event for producers, songwriters and instrumentalists to showcase their talents and creativity

Simple Website Portfolio

Participants create a simple Google Site using drag and drop templates to showcase who they are and their personal/musical achievements



Social distancing is challenging for small facilities. “Expand your walls” and involve more participants by making music in the gym or even outside with these Portable Equipment solutions

Portable Music Production Station

Everything needed to make beats and record on the go.

Can be set up anywhere (e.g. outside, gyms, etc) – Easy to clean and sanitize – Equipment is 100% battery operated – Mounted/packaged in lightweight portable cases 

Instrument Loaner Program

Give your participants access to instruments and production equipment to help them continue to make music at home.

Portable and Battery Powered Equipment

Solutions to leverage your existing music equipment and make music anywhere

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Need more ideas?

The “Back to School Backpack” features program resources and ideas including Fun musical Icebreakers, New Student Orientation tools, Programs, Projects and Performance ideas, and cool gear you could buy. – Originally posted – Fall 2019

Stay@Home – Play@Home is a curated a list of programs and resources that will help your organization and participants transition to virtual programming – Originally posted – Spring 2020

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