Are you dealing with changing protocols and restrictions for 2021-22?

As we begin a new school year, we are hearing from teachers that changing situations and protocols continues to be the norm. Music Workshop is here for you! The flexibility of our program allows for use under a wide variety of situations.

Can’t sing or play instruments? Your band and choir can enjoy exploring our lessons on instruments, genres, careers in music and cultures!

Can’t move in the classroom? No matter the grade you are teaching, you can present the grade 6-8 version of the Music Workshop course – it does not include the Musical Movement Minute.

Need distance learning friendly lesson plans? The distance learning versions of lessons can be used with any learning management system.

Need a sub plan that is high quality, easy and works for a musical or non-musical sub? Music Workshop is ready-to-go! 

Why Music Workshop? 

  • Music Workshop lessons are culturally responsive, relevant and high-quality
  • Our resources are vetted by educators, ethnomusicologists and cultural advisors. You can feel secure with the resources provided
  • Guaranteed music history & appreciation resources that are aligned with National Music and Humanities Standards
  • Save time on the internet – we have brought the exciting and inspiring clips together in one place without having to spend hours searching for appropriate content

Music Workshop is designed to be a flexible, interactive and valuable resource in your music classroom. We strive to bring current, relevant and culturally responsive music education resources to you and your students. As back-to-school begins, we would like to take a moment to highlight the many ways you can utilize Music Workshop as a valued resource to support your music curriculum this year.

How to use Music Workshop in your curriculum

  • Kick off a new unit with a Music Workshop lesson as your overview of the topic. Our friend Beth in Texas does this with our Jazz lesson – it is the kick off to her two week unit.
  • Create a unit with multiple courses and extension activities. Create a unit of the Sections of the Orchestra with our courses on Strings, Woodwinds, Brass and Percussion. Include some of the new extension activities that we are adding to the program or create your own to form a multi-day/week unit.
  • Bring culturally responsive music education to your students
  • Music Workshop is a great, ready-to-go lesson for a sub – for either musical or non-musical substitute teachers.

Why Music Workshop?

  • Music Workshop lessons are culturally responsive, relevant and high-quality.
  • Our resources are vetted by educators, ethnomusicologists and cultural advisors. You can feel secure with the resources provided.
  • Guaranteed music history & appreciation resources that are aligned with National Music and Humanities Standards
  • Save time on the internet – we have brought the exciting and inspiring clips together in one place without having to spend hours searching for appropriate content.

Summer break from school gives us the chance to prioritize different types of projects – which is so exciting! We currently are working closely with one of our Music Workshop Board Members, who is an amazing music teacher and jazz saxophonist, on adding new and inspiring extension activities to the program. We can’t wait to share this exciting new content with you. We will have an update in our August Newsletter with details on our new offerings.


June is Black Music Month
Want to know more?

Those last weeks of school…
If you are still in school (like our kids), this is a reminder that a Music Workshop lesson is the PERFECT plan for those last, rowdy weeks of school. Our fun, engaging and inspiring courses are ready-to-go and sure to entertain (and educate). Our Pop Music and Musicals courses are crowd pleasers! Sign on and download today!

Coming Soon –
Traditional Music from the continent of Africa

We have been working hard on our Music from the continent of Africa courses – there are two – Traditional and Contemporary. We’ll be honest, these courses took longer than we forecasted. There was just so much incredible music, rich history and incredible culture to highlight. Additionally, part of our small, but mighty, team had medical issues. We are striving on! Our course on Traditional music from Africa will be ready to launch in the coming weeks as we add the finishing touches. If you tuned into Inspire Live you got to see previews – segments on polyphonic drums & melodies, the amazing instrument called the Nyatiti and a fun fact about Gumboot. The other Music from Africa course – Contemporary – is planned for completion toward the end of summer. Our plan is to have both courses on music from the continent of Africa launched by the time school starts in the fall. We’ll keep you posted!


Mark your calendars for May 23rd at 5pm PST to attend the Inspire Live Virtual Launch Party celebrating our newest courses in our Culture Series – Music from Africa.

RSVP today for this hour-long, free, virtual and family friendly event!

There will be performances, previews of the courses and messages from Music Workshop and our contributors. We will also be fundraising for our upcoming courses on the music of Asia. Come and enjoy the joyful sounds of African music filling the air!

Remember to invite your students and their families to enjoy the musical celebration.
This event is fun for friends, teachers, families – everyone who loves music!


Jazz Appreciation Month

April is Jazz Appreciation Month – you may notice our Jazz course is now “Under Construction”. Darn! In taking a critical eye to our courses, we determined that Jazz needed some updates that couldn’t wait. We are expecting that the course will be ready for release in mid-April. Please contact us if you need access to the resources before then – we are happy to make arrangements. Thank you!

It’s Women’s History Month!

You’ll find amazing women in all our courses. We strive to include a variety of artists throughout the Music Workshop program.

Check out these incredible artists featured in Music Workshop courses!

Keiko Abe, Patsy Cline, Mon Laferte, Jennifer Lopez , Etta James, Natalie Lafourcade, Patti LaBelle, Mitsuko Uchida, Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald and Janis Joplin just to name a few!

February is Black History Month

If you are looking for a great lesson for Black History Month check out: Rhythm & Blues, Jazz and Birth of Rock n’ Roll.

Our rich musical lives would not be the same without these incredible genres and musicians.

Music Workshop & National Music Education Standards

There is a new addition to our website – documents that highlight how our program aligns with Music Education Standards. We are pleased to provide you with these additional resources to demonstrate how Music Workshop courses are standards-based and promote cross-curricular learning for students.

Support Music Workshop while holiday shopping!

Please sign up and share the following information with your music program’s families! Follow the directions below to shop through Amazon Smile and a percentage of your purchase will be donated to Music Workshop.

Happy Holidays!