By Serena Robinett
All educators know that each student has different needs, interests, and strengths. One music student might be inspired by EDM while another is a dedicated wind ensemble performer, and sometimes one student enjoys both! One-size lessons or curricula does not and should not fit all. With that in mind, educators often seek resources and curricula that will best reach their students and instill a love of music.
Soundtrap is a powerful tool to instill that love of music but coupled with an engaging curriculum, educators can provide even more impactful results for their students. To help you find the curriculum that best fits your students’ needs, below is a list of organizations that utilize Soundtrap throughout their lessons.
- Building Beats teaches leadership skills through music production for NYC’s low-income students. They also provide a variety of tutorials on how to make music just like famed musicians like Drake, Lil Nas X, and Juice WRLD.
- Expand Music comprises 2 music teachers working in East London providing music education to schools in the area. They also offer classroom resources including an engaging six-lesson composition series on Trap music with Soundtrap all on Google Forms
- Future DJs is a UK-based organization that teaches students the basic building blocks of the DJ’s craft. They teach students the sounds and history of electronic music, as well as distinguishing grime from garage and 2-step from dubstep, and learning how to mix between tracks and match beats.
- Light the Music is an engaging program that gamifies musical ensembles. They offer project-based learning modules where students form bands of 3-5 players each and gather virtually to play a collaboration game in which they progress through a series of fun music activities and challenges together.
- Shed the Music provides a variety of curricula for teaching students music theory and music performance. The Shed’s Production through Performance curriculum uses Soundtrap to teach students each layer of music-making from writing drum grooves to creating chordal structure, and even putting together a full pop song.
- Soul Science Lab (SSL) is a Brooklyn Based music and multimedia duo that produces high-quality music provides innovative arts education and creates culturally responsive experiences. They have teamed up with Carnegie Hall to share hip hop with younger students. SSL also offers a digital course for Hip Hop songwriting, production and performance.
- Young Producers Group is an organization dedicated to fostering a fun and creative environments for young people to learn how to make the types of music they actually listen to. They have created curricula for Soundtrap that can be used on any device (phone, tablet, laptop, desktop). The curriculum leads students through seven projects and over the course of those seven projects, students learn the fundamentals of music production moving from novice to intermediate levels.
These curricula offer a way to reach students where they are: across geographic space, ages, needs, and interests. Having a variety of choices allows students to have an access point in which to engage in music. And the most important aspect of engaging students is extraordinary teachers willing to implement these dynamic materials with effective digital tools like Soundtrap. Happy Soundtrapping!