Music Websites & Resources

SHEET MUSIC STORES:

http://www.sheetmusicplus.com
- Their search engine is powerful and incredibly comprehensive. See first pages of pieces and sometimes more sample pages from various collections. Audio is provided for some titles and some entries contain fairly reliable reviews by students, parents, and teachers. Often you can locate recommended solos and collections you never knew of before. One of my all-time favorite store sites for sheet music searches.

www.primamusic.com - Designed especially for the music teaching community, Prima Music has quickly become a leading Internet destination for music teachers. They stock teaching material for all instruments and all grade levels, beginner through advanced. Conceived by music teachers, Prima Music's unique membership program rewards teachers with increasing discounts of up to 25%. Registration is free. I especially like the quick find aspects, availability, sample page, and recommendation features. The search engine allows you to filter well to your specific need. Color graphics are easy on the eyes.

http://www.piano-pal.com - This online store site is quite useful for locating sheet music by composer, title, genre, style, level, etc. - AT A GLANCE. It will list ALL the pieces in various collections from major publishers and some lesser-known collections. A specific title can be entered and located using Google custom search. Includes a listing of music for one hand, 2nd piano accompaniments, piano quartets listed by level, and much more!

DOWNLOADABLE MUSIC SCORES:

http://imslp.org/wiki/ - Incredible website which contains thousands of free classical music scores for the piano. All pieces have scan ratings which tell you the quality of the score.

STUDENT & TEACHER RESOURCES:
Piano Repertoire

http://www.music.umich.edu/departments/piano/pplp/treasures/index.php - Treasures for Piano, a project of the Piano Pedagogy Laboratory Program at the University of Michigan is a repertoire guide for piano teachers originally created by Ann Bader who took great care to research the various ways that teaching repertoire has been assigned levels. She donated her original site, www.treasuresforpiano.com, to the University of Michigan so that the pedagogy program here would continue developing this guide and keep it available. Marvin Blickenstaff states: “Through the charts and lists she has graded pieces carefully and has notated all of the answers to our questions. Where can I find the piece? What are the technical challenges? Where can I find more repertoire at this level in 6/8, or with dotted rhythms, or with LH melodies? Is this book an "urtext" edition, or does it have editorial suggestions? Is there information about the composer?”

http://findpianoworks.com/FindPianoWorks/index.jsp - A searchable online database created by Courtney Crappell and other authors. You can search for specific repertoire, the contents of anthologies, and cross-reference findings among multiple composers and publishers. The cataloging system considers the selection process teachers follow when choosing new music for their students. You can sort by specific criteria to find just the right piece.

http://kathyrabago.com/pianorep/index.php - This database was created as a reference tool for piano teachers to aid in the selection of intermediate level 20th century piano repertoire for their students. Contains 154 works by 57 composers and they are searchable across several fields with basic or advanced search pages. Find more information about the composers in the "composers" page and a "glossary" page provides help with unfamiliar musical terms. Compiled by Kathy Rabago. A good start on common 20th century repertoire, but not as extensive as I would have liked. She allows folks to add pieces to the database, and some short audio file excerpts are included.

http://pianopedia.com - This search engine is designed for piano teachers and students, as well as performers and can be used to explore the repertoire in search for new works to learn and perform. It also serves as a detailed reference source for classical piano repertoire. Represents the music of 894 composers, 50 countries, 5,471 works, and 15,748 movements or excerpts. Compiled by Eric Brisson of Winona State University. Information is very general – lists title and duration of mov’ts, composition dates, key areas, and some publisher information.

http://www.pandora.com - Listen to FREE Internet Radio and find new music. Create your personalized custom play lists. Type in an artist or title and the software considers all the elements that make up your search term. It puts together an entire radio station suitable for your tastes. Register an account to save your stations and access Pandora anywhere.

PIANO EDUCATION:

http://pianoeducation.org - The Piano Education Page is a one-stop resource for teachers, students, and parents with over 1000 pages of family-friendly information upgraded regularly. It is an entirely non-profit site run as a public service by the West Mesa Music Teachers Association in New Mexico. Very practical information. Written for piano teachers by piano teachers.

http://pianonet.com - The National Piano Foundation website has information for parents, students, and teachers on choosing a piano, history of the piano, the benefits of playing, and more. Wonderful RESOURCES page – see the video interview of Edna Mae Burnam at the ripe old age of 90+ discussing Dozen a Day!

http://www.marthabeth.com/piano.html - Martha Beth Lewis, a California teacher, offers a seemingly endless number of articles for teachers on pedagogy, copyright issues, business practices. See especially her pedagogy Q&A page. The Parent section contains a staggering variety and amount of information for both parents and children such as determining lesson readiness, choosing an instrument, handling recitals, competitions, practicing, and so forth. If it’s about piano lessons, she’s written about it!

http://www.claviercompanion.com - Clavier Companion is the newly merged publication in print since January 2009, dedicated to all who love music and the piano. The site gives you an overview of the current issue, with some articles posted online, the next issue, and a wonderful index of past print issues of Keyboard Companion with online access to a few archived articles. A subscription to the print issue is well worth it!

PRACTICE AIDS:


http://www.practicespot.com - Practice Spot is an entire network of ideas and resources for great music lessons. Everything from how to practice, to free manuscript paper to print, building your studio website, sight-reading drills, rhythm games, and a plethora of motivational ideas. A bit difficult to navigate this crowded site, but you are certain to find resources most useful to you.

http://pedaplus.com - Piano Pedagogy Plus! by Dr. Jon Ensminger is quite extensive and covers repertoire, technique, and theory. The theory worksheets cover various subjects and levels of difficulty and are available in Scorch or Acrobat Reader PDF format. In Scorch the student can hear the notes, but in either format you must print the worksheet so the student can fill in the answers. Technique articles include video segments showing proper hand positions.

http://www.makingmusicfun.net - FREE music resources for elementary music classroom teachers, private music instructors and home school parents, for the purpose of building kids up in positive ways and enriching their lives with an appreciation for music and learning. This website is jam-packed with more than 1200 pages of free music education resources, and welcomes more than 145,000 visitors each month.

MUSIC THEORY:

http://www.musictheory.net - Ricci Adams Music Theory Online. Contains a wide variety of theory exercises, beginner to advanced. Perfect ear training practice for the TMTA Whitlock Theory Exam. Students find this VERY beneficial because of the self-correcting features. Translated to several languages. Easy to navigate, intuitive, and somewhat addictive.

http://www.musictechteacher.com/index.htm - This site is an extension of the music technology classroom at Central Park School in Birmingham, AL. Ms. K Garrett at the school created over 130 quizzes, puzzles, games, and worksheets about music. Music Information and Theory pages help you learn the names of music notes, rhythms, terms and the names of famous musicians and composers.

http://www.musiclearningcommunity.com - A remarkable learning resource of over 300 colorful, animated music games that address essential theory and ear training concepts, carefully designed for professional music teachers and their students by Christine Hermanson. It correlates with all popular piano teaching methods. For one low monthly membership fee – $19.95/month – you and all your students have unlimited 24-hour-a-day access to all the learning games from your studio and from their homes or any Internet-enabled computer. It is web-driven so there’s no software for you or your students to buy. All you need is an Internet-enabled computer. Some FREE examples are available.

MUSIC HISTORY/APPRECIATION:


http://www.classicsforkids.com -  Classics for Kids. Wide variety of games, information, activities for parents/teachers/students from a public radio station in Cincinnati. Includes tons of podcasts you can download to your computer or mp3 player. The Classics for Kids® lesson plans and teaching resources give teachers practical, effective plans and activities that use classical music to help children learn.

http://www.dsokids.com/default.aspx - The Dallas Symphony Orchestra's magical doorway to a world of musical fun and learning for students, parents and teachers. The site's mission is to provide attractive, accessible and child-friendly resources that introduce symphonic music, the orchestra and its instruments, and to encourage both adults and young people to explore the world of the symphony orchestra. Great for music appreciation!

http://www.sfskids.org - The San Francisco Symphony’s site for young students. Animation galore. Teaches instruments of the orchestra with audio files and photos. The Music Lab allows students to experiment with the sights and sounds of music, including opportunities to compose and experiment with instrumentation. Wonderful “RADIO” feature to acquaint students with classical favorites organized by theme.

http://www.tmta.org/students/music_appreciation.php - A new 12-level music appreciation program, developed by volunteers, is available here. Click “Students,” then “Music Appreciation.” Each level corresponds to a school grade level and the topics for each level are listed on one printable page. Topics correspond to the World of Music program but additional topics are also available. The various activities involve visits to various websites for completion. Students check off activities as they finish them and they and a supervising adult may sign the page. Teachers may devise their own award system or studio incentives for this program. Wonderful for summertime study or camps. Notify Dorothy Kirkpatrick, NCTM, at dkpianostudio@sbcglobal.net if you’d like to recommend new sites for the listing.

http://www.naxos.com - The world’s leading classical music label offers educational links to introduce classical music to young listeners, an A-Z glossary of student-friendly terms and definitions, and encyclopedia of classical music and much more.

STUDENT REFERENCE:

http://www.music.vt.edu/musicdictionary - An online musical dictionary by Virginia Tech. All of the musical terms in the glossary have AIFF files associated with them so you can hear the pronunciations.

http://www.practicespot.com/dictionary.phtml - Over 1200 terms – the largest on the web. Reverse-searchable too. Put in an English term to get the music term you need – ideal for composers. Look up partial words if you’re not sure about spelling.

http://library.thinkquest.org/2791/MDOPNSCR.htm - An at-a-glance listing of mostly basic musical terms. View terms by sections of the alphabet.

http://www.dolmetsch.com/musictheorydefs.htm - Music Dictionary Online's primary purpose, in the case of non-English words and phrases, is to offer translations and, more generally and where appropriate, to offer explanations and comments about general (non-musical) words as well as specialist (i.e. musical, etc.) terms that might be found in musical scores, libretti, books on music, web sites, CD notes, concert programs, etc. They have also included terms drawn from the many world music traditions, jazz, rock, pop and related musical genres.Information about composers will be found in the 'in-progress' Composers Online. The entries are usually concise and, where available, they provide links to supplementary material from Music Theory Online, Musical e-Monographs or external websites. There are other components on the Dolmetsch site under the Music Theory button. From their home page (www.dolmetsch.com/) select "Resources" and then "Music Theory" from the menu at the top of the page.

http://www.essentialsofmusic.com - A great quick-reference site by the folks at W.W. Norton & Company, Inc. and Sony Music. Find summaries of musical eras and composer biographies, a glossary of terms, and audio excerpts to support descriptions.

http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/dihtml/divideos.html - Here you can view video clips of historical dance styles through the ages—quadrille, bouree, polonaise, minuet, etc. All are organized by musical period.

NOTATION AND GRAPHIC RESOURCES:


http://www.blanksheetmusic.net - Where you can print any kind of BLANK sheet music for FREE. Easy, easy, easy. Has pre-made staff formats in a directory and you can save, access, and print your own formats by creating a free member account.

http://www.finalemusic.com/NotePad - Download music notation software for $9.95. 30-day trial version available for Mac and Windows platforms.

http://musescore.org - Download this FREE music notation and composition software. Has tutorials on the site to help get you started and it’s highly intuitive. Definitely easier than Finale.

http://www.macmusicfonts.com/index.html - StaffWriter is a font that types music symbols right in your word-processing files. With StaffWriter you can create puzzles, games, tests, transparencies, music dictionaries, rhythm sheets and more. Music symbols & keyboards appear--ZAP! --right onto the page--with just a click! A recent discovery. Looks easy to use. See the “more info” link for how-tos.

http://linkwaregraphics.com/about/Linkware
- Graphics Music Images specializes in high quality music graphics, Web graphics, and images for websites. Some are free. Design services available. The site also offers printable music flash cards, handouts, worksheets of all types and printable music staff paper.

MISCELLANEOUS: 


http://www.pianostreet.com/smf/index.php - The Piano Forum at this PDF sheet music website is a discussion board for pianists, piano teachers, and students. Similar to the Piano Adventures forum, you can browse the forum topics and responses freely.

http://marioajero.blogspot.com - The Piano Podcast with Mario Ajero is a video podcast devoted to the piano and piano pedagogy. You can stay subscribed to the podcast if desired. His videos some of the technology that he uses in the digital piano lab at the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music.

www.youtube.com - Look beyond the videos of cat’s playing the piano and you’ll find tremendous resources here giving you and your students a window to the world via video. View titans of the piano like Artur Rubinstein and Alicia de Larrocha discussing and performing music, tutorials on music teaching aids, student performances of educational piano pieces, discussions on how a harpsichord works, and much more!

www.ebay.com - Ebay can be a sheet music shopper’s paradise especially when it comes to finding out-of-print scores or even some next-to-new educational methods and materials in bulk quantities. Between the auctions and virtual bookstores, you are likely to find what you need at bargain prices. You can spend hours searching the listings under “music” and “music instruments.” NOTE: To search for sheet music, search under “music instruments.”

www.craigslist.com - Great site for finding a good starter piano. This is a great resource for quality used spinets and upright pianos. Be sure to know what to look for and to avoid-- specific brands, types, age, features, flaws, etc. Have them send you photos before they make appointments. HIGH SUCCESS RATE!