Learn Something New! ( virtual resources )

April 13, 2020

While you're stuck in quarantine, hone your acting, dancing, musicianship skills or learn an instrument!


There are many resources available to you right at your fingertips. Here is an awesome example of how you can get started learning an instrument from JoyTunes. This blog walks you through sight-reading, ear training, choosing an instrument, and provides links to free online courses.


Many of the sites we are about to recommend to you are online self-teaching resources, but we always encourage you to find a teacher who can mentor you and give you personalized goals. If you don't know where to look or don't have a teacher you currently work with, there is a fantastic list of teachers who are able to teach you online or in person (once we are able to return to our normal lives). Check out the extensive list here.


We've done some research and found resources for you to get started.



Piano Nanny: After their acquisition of ‘Piano on the Net’ Piano Nanny provide the most in depth series of free lessons for beginners, intermediates and advanced pianists alike.


Zebra Keys: Zebra Keys offers access to 50 free piano lessons that vary in difficulty.


Plern Piano: The Plern Piano is easily one of the most addictive and, believe it or not, funonline tools that you can use to learn how to play the piano.


YouTube (list created by takelessons.com)


  • Piano TV – Allysia has hundreds of videos ranging from piano exercises to analyses of classical and pop favorites. She takes a deep dive into the music to help you become a more well-rounded pianist.  
  • Hoffman Piano Academy – Joseph Hoffman helps you make the transition from beginner to intermediate pianist with a series of curated playlists on the different skills you’ll need.
  • Pianist Magazine – Pianist Magazine features instructional videos from well known teacher-pianists. While most of the songs are classical, the concepts taught can be applied to all types of music.
  • Bill Hilton – Bill Hilton has around 200 tutorials covering everything from basic music theory to improv and various piano styles.
  • Piano Couture – Piano Couture is full of the music you know and love. Learning to play songs you’re already familiar with makes these lessons fun and easy.




How to Choose a Guitar for You


Guitar Noise: Learn to play acoustic or electric guitar with loads of resources available here. They also cater for bass players, 12 string guitars, banjo pickers, ukulele lovers and all of you beautiful misunderstood lefties.


GuitarMasterClass.net: There are more than 2,000 guitar lessons on GuitarMasterClass.com, start at beginner level and work your way up.


JustinGuitar.com: Guitarist Justin offers 945 guitar lessons for free!


Chordbook: Intuitively learn guitar chords, scales and tunings online at your own pace.


Guitar Tricks: Guitar Tricks offer free guitar lessons, learning tools, reviews, and forums that are very helpful as you learn.


Guitar Lesson World: Patrick MacFarlane offers free lessons, exercises and a wealth of other information.


Guitar list created by Acadeco



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Open HymnalOne of the best ways to practice sight-reading is to crack open a hymnal and sing the melody to a hymn you don't know, or if you know the hymn sing a different voice part



Coursera: Fundamentals of Music Theory Course


Ear Master: Understanding Basic Music Theory


Open.edu: An Introduction to Music Theory


Udemy: Free Music Theory Tutorial



The Broadway Collective Study Hall 3 weeks of free online masterclasses in dance, voice and acting


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Broadway Dreams Foundation: The Broadway Dreams Foundation has been offering free Zoom courses and talks about being a Broadway professional by industry professionals. Check out their Facebook page for new content.



Dance Place: Free Virtual Adult Dance Classes


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Rockettes Instagram Tune in to the Rockettes' Instagram each Thursday at noon Eastern for a free live dance class led by one of the Rockettes from her home. Live fitness classes will stream every Tuesday at noon.