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Links to Music-Related Sites

 

by John M. Zeigler, Ph.D.
Rio Rancho, NM USA

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ere we bring together some of our collection of the links on the Internet that students, parents, teachers, and pianists might find useful or interesting. Our primary criterion for inclusion on these lists is educational value; to the extent that commercial sites are found here, it is because we found them to be educational over and above their commercial nature. In addition to the links found on this list, you'll find that most of the articles on the site have links to special interest sites that are not listed here. Links to composer biographical information can be found on both the Listening List and Composer Resource and The Audition Room pages. To learn about our policy in providing links to other sites, please see our Link Policy.

 

Links to Other Interesting Sites

 

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Sites Focused on the Piano

  • Piano Internet Resources List - a superb collection of well-chosen links to piano-related resources all over the net. This list is good-looking and thoughtfully designed.
  • Piano New Age Music - a gopher compilation of favorites of several different people
  • A History of the Piano from 1709 to 1980 - a fairly extensive look at the development of the piano. You'll also want to look at The Piano Education Page's The Why of the Piano.
  • Brahms at the Piano - Learn about and hear Brahms performing two segments of music at the piano - and about the "techno-magic" used to pull the music off the 1889 cylinder recording. Interesting reading and listening.
  • Know Thy Piano - A short collection of useful tips from a forthcoming book
  • The Piano Society - a non-commercial project in the Netherlands, run by volunteers, in which pianists of all levels can share their own recordings of classical music as downloadable MP3 files. The quality of many of the MP3's is excellent. The site also has an active message board, devoted primarily to technique and repertoire issues.
  • The Classical Piano MP3 Page - Directory of free classical piano music performances made available by the performers, sorted by composer and work. With biographical links for the composers.
  • PianoPedia - a large database of piano repertoire and composer information, with short samples of music from most works
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Sites of General Musical Interest

  • Worldwide Internet Music Resources - This might be called the "mother" of all Internet World-Wide Web pages devoted to compiling music-related links. If you need to find something on the Internet related to music, this is the place to start.
  • Virginia Tech Multimedia Music Dictionary - an extensive dictionary of musical terms, complete with audio pronunciations for the Italian (German, etc.)-challenged.
  • The Musical Intervals Tutor - a study aid to help you learn the sounds of the basic musical intervals from minor second to perfect octave
  • Danman's Music Learning Library - part of a commercial site with several valuable educational features, including pop-ups with scale and chord diagrams for both piano and guitar
  • Brys Music Resource Page (Brys Musichat) - this site has a number of useful features, including a music-oriented chat room where you can talk to others in real time about music
  • What Is MIDI? - MIDI and its uses
  • Classical Musical Midi - a site in the U.K claiming over 19,000 classical MIDI files, both orchestral and solo. The MIDI files are of variable quality, but the site is worth looking at.
  • Robert Finley's Classical Midi Page - the home page of one of the finest authors of classical piano MIDI sequences. This site has all the latest sequences, tips on MIDI sequencing, links and more.
  • Classic Cat - the classical mp3 directory - Directory of free classical music made available by the performers, sorted by composer and work. With biographical links for the composers.
  • GMD - Music Archive - lots of downloadable MIDI files, scores in PostScript format and more
  • Adult Music Student Forum - a special place for adult students to share experiences, based in the Washington, D.C. area
  • Yahoo Classical Music - This page is directed primarily to the entertainment aspects of classical music.
  • Classical Net Home Page - this award-winning page has it all: information on recordings, composer database, lots of links and more. Definitely worth a visit or visits.
  • Classical Composers Database - another extensive collection of composer information
  • Music History 102 - a part of the Internet Public Library devoted to brief descriptions of the various periods of music history, representative composers from each and illustrations of art from each period
  • America's Shrine to Music Museum - An interesting online tour of a museum at the University of South Dakota dedicated to preserving interesting or historically important musical instruments.
  • Guide to Building a Classical Music Collection - A set of files describing recommended recordings, composers, and approaches
  • Harmony Central Main Menu - information on a number of musical topics including the piano and music software
  • Sibelius Academy Music Resources List - An extensive list of music, instrument, and art resources, based in Helsinki and Jarvenpaa (the home of composer Jean Sibelius), Finland
  • RainMusic - although the home page of a commercial supplier of music supplies, this attractive site also has lots of useful information including reviews of Web sites, books and software, links to reference sites for pianists, links to graphics, and more
  • Musician Jokes - Who said musicians aren't funny?! (What do you get when you toss a piano down a mineshaft? A flat minor!)
  • FestivalFinder: Music Festivals of North America - Music festivals from classical to reggae and everything in between, searchable by type or keyword. A great way to spice up your weekends!
  • The Music Industry Pages - a place to find contact information and web sites of a number of suppliers of music-related companies. Limited now, but potentially very useful.
  • A Passion for Jazz! - history of jazz music origins, styles and musicians featuring photo gallery, timeline, festivals, webcasts, piano chords, scales, online lessons and teacher locator.
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Newsgroups, Mailing Lists, and FAQ's

Newsgroups offer the opportunity to participate in online discussions with other people with an interest in the piano and piano education. The quality and tenor of the content can vary considerably, but the people who communicate within these newsgroups can often be an invaluable source of information and experiences. Mailing lists allow all discussions conducted by members of the list to be sent automatically by e-mail to all the list members. They can generate a lot of e-mail, depending on the amount of activity in the list. The FAQ's (Frequently Asked Questions) can also be highly useful, because they bring together the information most often sought on the net.

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Sites of Interest to Music Educators

  • MusicLink Foundation - "a non-profit organization that provides opportunities for promising music students to develop their musical potential through its LessonLink and StudyLink programs. LessonLink seeks out promising music students who are unable to afford music lessons and provides ongoing music instruction to develop their potential talent. StudyLink recognizes outstanding musical achievement and creates a flexible independent study program that fits the specialized needs of musically talented students."
  • Piano Pedagogy Forum - a relatively new online magazine with articles on various aspects of piano training like group piano, performance etc.
  • FORUM: Building a Successful Private Music Teaching Studio - a multipage, unmoderated collection of comments and tips from piano teachers all over the U.S.
  • Music Educators National Conference - The home page of one of the largest and most active U.S. music educators organizations. Lots of online help for teachers and parents, news of meetings, links and more
  • Treasures for Piano - A database of approximately 650 classical piano pieces which can be accessed by many parameters: level, musical era, composer, musical characteristics, (scales, articulation, lyrical, etc.), tempo, length, and source. Approximately 350 books are cited and described in detail in the bibliography.
  • Music Yellow Pages - Need a phone number for virtually any music-related company? This is the place!
  • Vermont MIDI Project - experiences of teachers describing the wide and varied applications of MIDI composition in Vermont schools
  • American Music Resource - A research and bibliographic site filled with information about American music
  • Musicians and RSI - A page providing links to all kinds of documents dealing with repetitive stress injury related to the playing of a number of different instruments, including piano.
  • CAIRSS for Music - a gateway to research information in the fields of music education, music, psychology, music therapy, and music medicine
  • American Music Therapy Association - lots of information on uses of, and careers in, music therapy
  • Piano INFOSource - a useful Gopher document listing many sources of information of all sorts about the piano and piano pedagogy
  • Technology in Music Education - A comprehensive database of references to reviews of music software of all sorts, with heavy piano representation
  • Music Research Information System - If you need to find information on any musical topic, this is a good place to start.
  • MuSICA: Music & Science Information Computer Archive - the new gateway to the Music and Brain Information Database, this site also allows you to read a thrice-yearly newsletter describing the latest research findings on the benefits of music for cognitive development in children
  • Internet Resources for Music Scholars - an extensive collection of links to research sites. Many links here will be potentially useful for teachers.
  • International Association of Women in Music - a page for women music professionals, emphasizing composition
  • Center for Women in Music - a Gopher site at NYU with lots of information and stories of good role models for girls
  • Welcome to the American Music Conference! - a page devoted to various aspects of music education with some nice topical material
  • Copyright & Fair Use - Want to know how to fairly and legally use copyrighted material in your studio? Stanford library's site explains what you can and cannot do with copyrighted material under the fair use clause of copyright law.
  • ATMI Home Page - The Association for Technology in Music Instruction maintains an extensive Music Technology Directory of freeware, shareware, and commercial software for music and music instruction
  • Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (London) - the Web home of an important music education standards and publishing organization in the U.K.
  • Copyright Imprints - A list of hundreds of music publisher names, linked to a list of the addresses, phone numbers and Web sites of the corresponding imprint owners. A great way to find current addresses for publishers of music
  • New Standards for Piano - Original piano music by Ned Gerhart in standard-song form, downloadable for free in PDF and MP3 format.
  • Music Matters Blog - Well-written reflections on all sorts of issues relevant to teachers of music. Particularly good material on teaching aids.
  • Games and Resources for Teachers - A significant number of downloadable games, aids, and illustrations for use by piano teachers, prepared by a piano teacher. These are in .PDF format, so you'll need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to use them.
     
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Piano and Music Teaching Software

Check The Piano Education Page - Piano and Music Teaching Software Reviews page and also the following net sites for reviews and information on piano and music teaching software.

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Downloadable Sheet Music

These sites provides sheet music which you can download and print. Please note that we cannot and do not vouch for the legality of these sites or their materials. Copyright infringement is a serious offense carrying very large monetary penalties. Please keep that in mind if you download and/or print scores from any of these sites. Be certain that the material offered is in the public domain if you plan to distribute it in any way.

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Sites Dealing with Piano Purchase, Care, and Maintenance

Excellent additional advice and information about the "care and feeding" of pianos can be found at:


 
 
 
 
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Last updated: 02/04/16
 
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