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

Workshops

  • 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

  • BEATS BY GIRLZ
    • 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”

Scholarships


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 February 19, 2021


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.

Overview

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.

Additional Resources: 

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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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Programs

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

Icebreaker 

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

Portable

Equipment

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

To download the full, Essential Musical “PPE” (ZIP File) – Click here:

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


Friends with Cool Resources

3 Virtual Programs Using Flipgrid

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

The novelty of ZOOM is wearing off but many music programs still need virtual solutions to engage their participants.  Flipgrid is a simple, free, and accessible video discussion experience for educators and their participants.  Basically, an “Instagram” type of platform where participants can record and share short videos with their peers while ultimately you control who has access to the projects. 

In addition… 

  • Requires a free subscription and Flipgrid App – https://info.flipgrid.com
    • Music Staff email used to subscribe must be a .org or .edu email domain
    • Participants can use any email to join
  • Benefits of Flipgrid: 
    • Many schools already use it – youth are familiar with it
    • Not public – Videos are only available to participants, staff and parents that you invite 
    • It’s playful and fun (e.g. video effects) 
    • No video/audio compression 
    • Simple and accessible (easier than uploading to google drive, etc)

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How to… 

Example #1 – Virtual Ensemble We’ve all seen the “grid” style virtual ensemble videos and while professional musicians might be able to pull this off with nothing but a key signature and click track, young beginners may need some additional support. 

Example Flipgrid Topic – https://flipgrid.com/cb183dd4
  • Decide on a song and key (cover song or original) 
  • Download professional backing track 
  • Create an audio “Conductor Track” (in a DAW) to help virtually conduct your participants with: 
    • Correct Key
    • Tempo/Click track
    • Song Form verbal cues and count-ins 
    • Performance instructions (e.g. “Don’t forget to smile”, etc) 
    • Video cues (e.g. “turn off your video… now”) 
  • Upload Conductor Track to Flipgrid and share topic link and instructions with your participants 
  • Each participant then “Records a Response” using their cell phone
    • Video of themselves playing along with or singing along with the Conductor Track 
  • Participant instructions (to sync audio and video): 
    • Open Flipgrid App – Click “Record a Response”
    • Open the Conductor Track in Google Drive – press play 
    • Count along with the 1 or 2 measures of the Conductor Track (e.g. “1, 2, 3, 4”) before starting to play or sing. Counting will help sync the audio/video from other participant’s videos 
    • Switch back to Flipgrid to view yourself while recording 
  • Tips for recording in Flipgrid
    • Use your cell phone and a set of earbuds that have a built in microphone
      • This will isolate the audio and video of each participant’s performance 
    • Invite vocalists and instrumentalists to participating until you have a complete track
    • Provide participants with video feedback and have them re-record if necessary 
    • Edit the performances together in iMovie, Final Cut or other video editing software
    • Post for participants, staff and families to see
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Portable and Battery Powered Equipment

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. 

Solutions to leverage your existing music equipment and make music anywhere 

Guitar Amp

Roland Micro Cube Amp – $160

• Only six pounds • Compact • Runs on 6 AA batteries or AC adapter • 8 DSP effects • 8 COSM amp models • Built-in chromatic tuner,

Piano

Yamaha Piaggero NP-12 – $200

• Great Sound • Built-in speakers • Runs on 6 AA batteries

Pa Speaker

Behringer MPA40BT-Pro – $270

• 40W All-in-one Battery-powered PA System • 4-channel Mixer • Bluetooth Connectivity • Wireless System Integration • Carry Handle • 12-hour Battery

Drums

Pearl Compact Traveler with Bag – $280

• Compact • 2-piece Acoustic Drum Kit (with 10″ Mounted Snare and 18″ Bass Drum) • Carrying Case • Works with your existing cymbals, pedals and hardware

Icebreaker Games

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Hi! My Name Is...

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Lyric Love

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Participants debate and defend their favorite songs and create their own “Billboard” playlist Do your ...
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Dropmix - Music Mixing Game

Dropmix – Music Mixing Game

Dropmix - part game, part DJ mixer, part ear-trainer… ALL fun! Dropmix is a new ...
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Get Your Participants Talking

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Empire: The Business of Music

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Key Players in the Music Industry

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Big Ears

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Musical Treasure Hunt – The Search for Emotions in Music

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