Find Teacher Resources offered by MTNA by following links in LEARN starting here.
Also see Opportunities, Notices for more resources for students.
Online Tools for Teaching and Learning
VMTA subscribes to online music notation software that can inspire and liberate you and your students.
Noteflight Learn is an online system for teachers to develop lesson content for composition, theory, and performance, for example, and for students to explore composing, sharing, and collaborating as part of their music study. The Noteflight Learn program includes these standard features:
Accessible on any device
A private community for secure communication and collaboration
Unlimited groups for organizing classes and ensembles
Activity templates for assignments
Perform mode for listening to and performing along with selected parts of a score
Discussion and assignment forums for communication and assessment
Record live audio into scores
Fully compliant with COPPA
The current VMTA NoteflightLearn site also includes Content libraries for various Ensembles, Teaching Collections for Composition, Solos, Sight-Reading, Pop, Chorales, Piano, and Guitar, as well as the “Essential Elements” collections for Band and Orchestra. There is access to thousands of digital scores of the most popular repertoire from today’s publishers of teaching material.
Students can choose to participate in Online Mentoring, working with professional composers to improve their compositions. This fee-based feature can include performance opportunities.
As part of your VMTA membership, you and your enrolled students have access to the program from home, school, your studio, the public library – anywhere and anytime. As a registered user, the version of Noteflight you receive is their “premium” editor, a $49 yearly subscription value if purchased individually. You and your students can complete lesson templates or create unlimited, brand-new compositions. You can edit, playback, print, share, record, and export as audio or other file formats.
Look for details and resources at the following links: Noteflight Learn, Links for Noteflight Learn Tutuorials, Noteflight Learn Webinars, including the Noteflight BLOG (no login required).
Getting Started with Noteflight and Noteflight Learn
There are so many ways that a teacher and student can use this program. The Transcription feature (which requires using a MIDI keyboard for note input) is especially interesting, since it is not readily available in any other low-cost program. Yes, it takes a few hours to learn how to take advantage of the many features, but the possibilities are limited only by our imaginations.
If you would like to get started on learning the basic navigation of the Noteflight program, you can set up a free individual account at noteflight.com/plans. Each free Noteflight Basic account provides the user with many of the features also found in Noteflight Learn. Tutorials for the basic program are available here. Also explore the Noteflight Support center. The additional features that can be especially useful to teachers are available in Noteflight Learn. Read more about these excellent tools at noteflight.com.
The best way to learn this versatile program is to have a user account. When you are ready to try Noteflight Learn, contact Sarah Williams to set up a user account. Setting up an account temporarily is an option. After you have an account, you can explore on your own or with individualized guidance. Sarah is available to answer questions by phone (802-223-5307) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or from her virtual teaching space.
Online Enrollment form.
One of the many resources offered by the National Association of Music Merchants is a monthly short video series entitled "Choose To Teach." These videos were designed specifically to help educators remain motivated through the sharing of words of encouragement and support from respected colleagues who have successfully navigated these last few, exceptionally challenging years. The March video is available here. Let us know if you need a fresh link in coming months.