Your students want to create music. We'll help you.

Our lesson plans, activities & expert support ignite creativity & collaboration. In-person or remote.


Inspire expression, nurture social-emotional skills & meet standards with interactive music projects

No matter what this year throws at you, week by week, we help you reach your students where they are.

Whether in-class, online, or hybrid, our step-by-step activities are designed to engage students and drive collaborative learning.
Real-world projects like songs, podcasts, movie scores, and jingles engage students in standards-based learning, build career skills... and are super FUN and connective!

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We offer live, online, and asynchronous expert help and coaching, because your success is our mission.

We know that you may not have much music tech experience, and we're here to help get you started, (and maybe even enjoy it!)

In partnership with educators from school districts including...

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How Light the Music works, in 3 minutes:

8 Units with 30+ game-based sessions

A young man sings into a microphone
Unit 1
The journey begins by learning music business fundamentals and creating stage personas. Choose to be a solo artist or join in collaborative virtual bands!
A brass band jams on a street corner
Unit 2
The Studio
Learn the basics of a digital audio work station (DAW) and experiment with compositional tools to create a sound collage.
A drummer sits behind a kit
Unit 6
Students create an original composition with rhythm, chords, bass, and melody.
A woman plays an electric bass
Unit 7
Players film and edit as they create a visual experience to accompany their original work.

Flexible solutions for diverse classrooms

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Light the Music is a safe and fun alternative for groups navigating COVID-19 protocols in school.
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With flexible activities, Light the Music is designed to bring students "together" even in asynchronous learning.
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For educators balancing remote and physical classrooms, Light the Music succeeds across locations and schedules.
“ I started last year literally in tears, not knowing anything about music technology, and after working with Light The Music, I'm now writing my own music tech curriculum for this year!”
Logan Fellenstein
SCPS Music Tech and Orchestra

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Steve Van Dam
‍Founder, Light The Music
My passion for music began in the band room of my elementary school. I went on to earn a degree in Music Composition and Theory from JMU, tour the world with my band Everything (our hit was "Who Got the Hooch"), and compose and produce over 1,000 tracks for TV and film. For the last decade, I've been using my experience to inspire a new generation of student musicians.