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

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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


Friends with Cool Resources

Virtual Programming Starter Resources

Less Administration… MORE Zoom Creation
Customizable templates so you can spend less time on paperwork and more time on YOUTH work!

To download ALL Virtual Programming Starter Resources – Click below:

Or… Download individual documents below and adapt for your music program


• Recommended Zoom Settings and Staff Guidelines
9 Steps to Set up your Zoom account and helpful staff guidelines

• Sample Staff Guidelines for Virtual Programming
Simple Staff Guidelines when conducting Virtual Programming on Zoom


• Sample Parent Consent Using Google Forms
Customize your own parent consent form using Google Forms

• Sample Email Templates for Virtual Programming
Email Templates to efficiently communicate with Parents/Guardians

• Participant Guide for Zoom Meetings
Practical help for your participants who are new to Virtual Programming

To download ALL Virtual Programming Starter Resources – Click below:

Explore similar resources in “Resources for Virtual Music Programming” or “Virtual Summer Camp

Back to School “Backpack”

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Icebreakers

Hi! My Name Is…

Name game icebreaker using rap

Lyric Love

Test your knowledge of commonly used lyrics in love songs

Top 10 Debate Club

Debate and defend your favorite top 10 songs

Question Mingle Icebreaker

Big group icebreaker where music is the common language

Be one of the “Cool kids” – download all of the Icebreakers – Click Here:

New Participant Orientation 

New Participant Orientation Process

Welcome new participants and get them making music right away!

Equipment Orientation Worksheets

Quick start worksheets for beginners

Welcome your new participants – download all the New Studio Orientation tools – Click Here:

Programs, Projects and Performances

“Karate Belt” Reward System

Help your participants earn a musical “black belt”

VIP Band Program

Very Important Participants become Virtuoso Instrument Players!

Music Producer Reward System

Participants earn studio privileges while improving their studio skills!

How to Address Inappropriate Language

Five ways to clean up inappropriate language that you’ll swear by!

Lip Sync battle

Channel your inner “Milli Vanilli” while learning stage presence

Cover Song Challenge

Healthy competition that encourages collaboration, talent and self-esteem

Be Prepared – Pack your bag with the latest program ideas – Click Here:

Essential Supplies

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. 

Dropmix – Music Mixing Game

Part game, part DJ mixer, part ear-trainer… ALL fun!

Rhythm Roulette (Using Splice)

Random samples equals endless beat making creativity

Logic Remote as a Midi Control Surface

An iPad works as a control surface to make beats like a pro

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Resources for Virtual Music Programming

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. 


Essential Musical “PPE”

Curated list of the Best Programs and Portable Equipment for virtual programming or socially distanced solutions.

Virtual Programming Starter Resources

Customizable templates for recommended Zoom settings, staff guidelines, parent waivers/permission forms, sample email communications and participant guidelines.

Recommended Zoom Settings and Staff Guidelines
9 Steps to Set up your Zoom account and helpful staff guidelines

Sample Staff Guidelines for Virtual Programming
Simple Staff Guidelines when conducting Virtual Programming on Zoom

Sample Parent Consent Using Google Forms
Customize your own parent consent form using Google Forms

Sample Email Templates for Virtual Programming
Email Templates to efficiently communicate with Parents/Guardians

Participant Guide for Zoom Meetings
Practical help for your participants who are new to Virtual Programming

4 Virtual Programming Ideas
Members of the music staff at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston describe their approach for:

  • Group Instrument Lessons on Zoom
  • Virtual Music Production Sessions
  • Virtual Jam “Round Robin” Session
  • Instagram Live “Takeover” Concert

Recommendations on how to properly clean and disinfect your program area and music instruments: 


Virtual Programming Ideas and Resources

 Virtual Programming Ideas

Virtual Group Lessons (Zoom, etc)
Tutorial on how to set up virtual group lessons for any instrument 

Instrument Loaner Program
Resources (Recommended Equipment list and sample parent permission form) to help you set up an instrument Loaner Program.

At Home Resources

Advanced
Berklee Pulse
Berklee Online

Beginner 
Yousician
• Curated Youtube Lessons (ie. Guitar, Ukulele, Piano, Drum pad, Vocals)

 Virtual Programming Ideas

Virtual Beat making/recording sessions (via Zoom, etc) Thanks BuildingBeats.org
Free beat making tutorials and examples of virtual music production projects/sessions 

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

Rhythm Roulette (Using Splice)
Challenge your participants to a weekly beat making challenge using predetermined samples

At Home Resources

Advanced
Ableton (Free 90 day trial)
Beatmaker 3

Beginner

Amplify Studio
BlocsWave
Garageband

 Virtual Programming Ideas

• Virtual Group Lessons (Zoom, etc)
Tutorial on how to set up virtual group lessons or songwriting sessions for vocalists 

• Cover Song Challenge
Set up a weekly Cover Song competition to encourage virtual collaboration and music making

At Home Resources

Advanced & Beginner
TikTok
Acapella
Voloco

 Virtual Programming Ideas

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

Zoom Concert Watch Party
Schedule a regular time to meet up with participants to watch a virtual concert (using “screen share”) Examples: Beyoncé Homecoming, HipHop Evolution, or favorite artists on YouTube. 

Virtual Karaoke Party
Tutorial on how to set up a virtual Karaoke party with your participants (complete with a Google Doc best practice

At Home Resources

Advanced & Beginner
New York Vocal Coaching
Chrome Music Lab
Sampulator
You DJ


Music Making Resources

• Ableton (Free 90 day trial) – Professional level beat making software
ProTools First – Free version of Industry standard software

Soundtrap – (also has a phone App) Collaborate on beats/tracks with friends 

• Bandlab – (also has a phone App) Collaborate on beats/tracks with friends 

IOS and Android compatible:
Zenbeats – Make beats with classic Roland Sounds like 808’s
BlocsWave – Loop-based app to explore, create and record your music
LaunchPad – Instantly create and remix music
Acapella – Connect, collaborate and create music with friends who love to sing and play instruments.

IOS only:
Beatmaker 3 – Professional DAW powered by a mobile device
Garageband – Turn your iPad, and iPhone into a collection of Touch Instruments and a full-featured recording studio
Reason Compact – Your pocket music studio
Reason Take – Record your ideas anywhere… just Sing, hum, rap, or strum.
“Drop a Beat” Apple App Story – Collection of other popular music making Apps for IOS

Android only:
Best Music Making Apps – Collection of other popular music making Apps for IOS

Mobile Permission – Send Permission Slips to Parents’ cell phones
Bloomz – The #1 App for All Your Classroom Communication
• Remind – Communication for the school, home, and everywhere in between.
Crew – The connected frontline workplace


Professional Development Resources

Music Impact Network – Free program resources for after school music programs
Groove3 – Pro-quality Recording studio video tutorials

Henny Tha Bizness – Professional iPad music Producer
• Genius Deconstructed – How to make a hit with the industry’s top producers
• Pensado’s Place “Into the Lair” – Engineering and Mixing Tutorials with Dave Pensado


Please send resource recommendations to info@musicimpactnetwork.org

Creative Virtual Programming Ideas

Rubik’s Cube Beat

Check out this cool Rubik's Cube Beat put together by Will, our Music Clubhouse Coordinator. You can tap into your creative side at home too. For you it might look like creating your own beat, like Will did, or it could be drawing, writing, dancing, singing, playing an instrument, cooking or any other form of expression you choose. Let us know in the comments how you're tapping into your creative side.

Posted by West End House on Monday, March 30, 2020
BGCD At Home Announces The Masked Singer!

BGCD At Home is excited to announce our very own version of The Masked Singer! Episodes will be posted on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 8pm on both our Facebook and YouTube pages. Members and families have 24 hours to vote/comment on who they think lost and the loser will need to reveal themselves the next day. See you for the premier tomorrow at 8pm! #WeAreDorchester

Posted by Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester on Monday, March 30, 2020
BGCD At Home: The Masked Singer (Episode 1)

BGCD presents Episode 1 of our new series, The Masked Singer! Who do you think lost this round?You have 24 hours to vote and that person will have to reveal themselves! #WeAreDorchester

Posted by Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester on Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Step by Step Process – From Studio to Stage

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Here are ways that Music Impact Network members plan music production projects and work towards an end of semester performance.

Step #1 – Start with the basics and include all skill levels 

RECORDING STUDIO ORIENTATION PROCESS
Demystify complicated gear – make beats right away
MUSIC PRODUCTION FOR LARGE GROUPS 
Tips to get everyone contributing on a track

Tip – keep working on projects until you have enough original songs to fill an EP

Step #2 – Create weekly milestones for participants to achieve 

THE REMIX CONTEST
A weekly Remix Contest helps build production skills
RHYTHM ROULETTE (USING SPLICE)
Get creative juices flowing with Loops and Samples

Tip – Make it “real” – have participants book studio time (don’t just have weekly beat making classes)

Step #3 – Help participants “level up” and finalize projects

MUSIC PRODUCER REWARD SYSTEM
Participants earn studio privileges while improving their production skills
SOLO ARTIST MUSIC PRODUCTION PROJECTS
Help up-and-coming artists develop and complete an original album

Tip – Mentor, coach and help remove roadblocks but let the participants be the creative force

Step #4 – Roll out the red carpet and give your participants a special night

THE ART OF A SOUND CHECK
Help participants feel comfortable on stage
SIGNATURE EVENTS 
Throw an unforgettable Album release party!

Tip – Make it memorable – rent a red carpet, stage and lights and invite EVERYONE

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Bonus: Here are some Helpful tools you might need along the way


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MIDI CONTROL SURFACE

LOGIC PRO X
TUTORIALS

QUICK MIX WITH
PINK NOISE

3 QUICK SONGWRITING
ACTIVITIES

New Participant Orientation Tools

Expecting lots of new kids this semester? Set them up for success with these handy tools!

Download the bundle of ALL of the New Participant Orientation Tools

or choose an individual resource

New Participant Orientation Process

New Participant Orientation Process

Help break the ice and welcome new participants so they can make music right away! ...
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Sample House Rules

Sample House Rules

Set expectations and ensure proper use of the equipment and facilities. Your Music Studio likely ...
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Equipment Orientation Worksheets

Equipment Orientation Worksheets

Focus on helping participants MAKE MUSIC right away by conducting short equipment orientations to get ...
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Musical Poster Boards

Musical Poster Boards

Large posters you can print and hang in your music room to help remind participants ...
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DIY Summer Activity Kit

Objective: Fun and unique “Do It Yourself” activities submitted by Music Impact Network members

    • Activities Include:
      • Naming Instruments
      • Guitar String Bracelets
      • Recycled Guit-ART
      • Drum Head Do-over
      • Embroidery Headphones
      • MintySynth
      • Musical Timeline
      • Drumstick Design
      • Make Your Own Cajon
      • Makey Makey Beats
      • Build Your Own Ukulele
      • Press Your Own Vinyl Record
      • Vibe Lighting
  • Materials needed to run these activities can range from no cost to about $100

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