Resources

Where to go for more information

For the Students

  • •  Classics for Kids - Play fun music games, learn about the classic composers, learn about the instruments of the orchestra, and more.
  • •  The Gift of Music - 25 Men of Classical Music - A great article on influential classical composers.
  • •  A Music Learning Community - This website contains hundreds of learning games of varying levels, all carefully planned to gain mastery of the elements of music theory, ear training and rhythmic skills in an exciting, challenging environment.
  • •  Carnegie Hall - Great performances of classical music with interactive listening guides and notes. Also includes a new interactive game based on Benjamin Britten's "Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra."
  • •  Creative Kids Central - Interactive musical listening activities and games, including a program on Scheherezade.
  • •  Dallas Symphony Orchestra Kids - Interactive games plus information on instruments, composers and classical music in general.
  • •  Music Tech Teacher - Music Quizzes, Games and Help with Music. Over 120 quizzes, puzzles and games about music. Music Information and Theory pages will help you learn the names of music notes, rhythms, terms and the names of famous musicians and composers.
  • •  From the Top - Talented youngsters perform classical music. From the Top celebrates the passion, dedication and personal stories of the nation's outstanding young classical musicians.
  • •  Keeping Score - An innovative music education program developed by the San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas. Learn about compoers, musical techniques, instruments of the orchestra, music history, follow the notes of the music score.
  • •  Nashville Symphony Orchestra - Kids - This multimedia website includes feature sections: "Symphony Spotlight" with video clips of Nashville Symphony musicians talking about their instruments and what they enjoy most about playing them; Our Instruments, with 3D replications of all instruments that make up the symphony orchestra and audio clips and interesting facts about each; and Visit the Symphony, which teaches appropriate concert etiquette.
  • •  New York Philharmonic - Interactive games plus information on instruments, composers and classical music in general.
  • •  Graphical Scales Manual - All 24 major and harmonic minor scales, presented visually on keyboards for ease of use.
  • •  Metronome Online - An online metronome useful for practicing music, this music tool helps with your rhythm as well as tempo selections and it is always available for free to all students of music.
  • •  Music Dictionary from Virginia Tech - A music dictionary with word pronunciation.
  • •  Top Ten Qualities of a Successful Piano Student - Learning to play the piano isn't easy, but well worth the effort, especially when you know what personal qualities are most likely to help you succeed. At this site, you'll find a listing of those qualities which help make piano students successful. If you have them already, that's great. If you don't, think about working on them. You'll enjoy your lessons more and your teacher will thank you.
  • •  The Musical Intervals Tutor -  The Musical Intervals Tutor is a study aid to help you learn to hear the sounds of the basic music intervals from minor second to perfect octave.
  • •  The Steinway Piano Factory: A Five Minute Tour - It takes over a year to build a single Steinway & Sons piano. ...and James shows you how the process works with unique, "behind the scenes" video - in five minutes!
  • •  Hailun Virtual Piano Factory Tour - 360 degree panoramic tour that allow you to walk through the factory and explore images and video clips to see how pianos are manufactured.

For the Parents

  • •  Free Printable Piano Music - Select free sheet music from four leves of difficulty.
  • •  How to Help Your Child Succeed At Piano - Musicians and music educators agree that parents attitudes can make a decisive difference in the achievements of a child. Good intentions alone cannot guarantee the right approach, however. This suggests some concrete steps you can take to insure the best experiences at the piano for your child.
  • •  Piano Society - Free Classical Recordings - Today you find 196 pianists at Piano Society, who have uploaded more than 5,000 recordings by 244 different composers. For you, as a Piano Society visitor and listener, this means endless hours of listening for free, which we hope will bring you a lot of pleasure and joy.
  • •  Some Common Misconceptions About Piano Lessons - There are some common misconceptions and misapprehensions regarding piano lessons that piano teachers see (and sometimes bemoan) frequently. Most of these are born from a simple lack of knowledge on the part of prospective students and parents.
  • •  Van Cliburn International Piano Competition - Listen to contestants perform and keep track of their progress online.
  • •  Getting Your Kids to Practice - Helpful ideas to make practicing bearable and even fun.
  • •  Top 20 Reasons Why Children Should Study Music - Encouraging musical exploration is an easy way to promote intellectual development.
  • •  Piano Technicians Guild - Information for tuners, technicians, teachers, piano owners and pianists. Learn how to care for your piano. Download free teaching tools and find tips for buying a piano.
  • •  The San Antonio International Piano Competition - Sponsors a public competition among aspiring pianists from around the world, to encourage development of keyboard artists in Greater San Antonio and Texas, and to promote the appreciation of these artists by the general public.