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While I do believe that a living, breathing, qualified music teacher is the best way to go for learning to play an instrument, sometimes that option is not available to some of us. Whether you are filling in the gaps between “real-life lessons” or trying to find out what musical interests your children have, maybe you will find these links helpful. I’ve gone to each one and viewed the first lesson to see what it’s all about. I can say that each one of these does indeed have free lessons available. There were actually many websites that offered free lessons, but I narrowed it down to these top links. If you feel like you have a great one, please share in the comments!
Easy Music Theory by Gary Ewer has 23 free lessons, which have MIDI files so you can hear an example of what he is teaching. The free lessons include a quiz that may be printed by the student, allowing him or her first to answer the questions and then to check the answers by clicking on a quiz-answer link. If you wish to spend money, there is a CD-ROM for sale, which has more features than the free lessons.
8Notes has 46 lessons on music theory. The difference between this and the Easy Music Theory above is that these lessons don’t appear to have the MIDI option or any sound involved in the lessons on music theory. The reason I included it here is that it also has a limited number of free lessons for a variety of instruments as well as some helpful online tools.
Joy over at Five J’s was a piano teacher for many years and has compiled an extensive list of all of the free online interactive music theory drills. She has them grouped by category and the categories include: the Keyboard, Pitch, Rhythm, Scales, Key Signatures, Intervals, and Chords.
Zebra Keys offers over 50 lessons for free. “The piano lessons are accompanied by visual animations that allow learners to view and hear songs, as well as play along with the animations on their own piano keyboard. There are lessons for all skill levels, not just beginners.
The Go Piano lessons are for both the beginning piano student and the student who wants to review skills. These lessons include audio instruction that you control. You can repeat the lesson as many times as you want.
Piano Nanny has received many awards and has been featured on the NBC Nightly News, CNN, and in WebMaster (now CIO) Magazine. As you read through the lessons, you can click on “12 Note Companion.” It is a pop-up window that brings up a keyboard with a 12 note range that is useful to the lesson. It is interactive and you can play the notes by clicking on the virtual keys.
eHow been one of my “go-to” websites for years for various things I want to learn. I’ve learned some of my baking skills on this website and have been very pleased with the quality. For learning to play the flute, check out ehow’s flute lessons. These 16 online video lessons include basic techniques and tips for beginners on buying and caring for a flute, embouchure, scales and more.
Drummers need lessons, too! Online Drummer and FreeDrumLessons.com have lessons for taking drumming seriously. Hand exercises to increase speed & accuracy are just a few of the lesson topics. I had no idea there was so much involved in learning how to be good at playing the drums!
Free Guitar Videos has lessons are neatly organized in easy-to-see lists. There are 6 different instructors who have videos here. Once you master the beginner’s free videos, you can pay to become a premium member for additional instruction.
If your student is a bit young for all of that, but you still wish to introduce music skills, try these fun links that expose your child to music.