The From the Top website is designed for young classical performers. Be sure to check out the PBS Television and Meet Young Performers. Listen to a piece of music by going to the Radio Music Library and find pieces performed by young musicians and professionals. Look in Extras to see Special Reports about the music world, Fun Factoids, and Photo Galleries. From the Top is a weekly, hour-long radio showcase of America’s top young classical musicians hosted by acclaimed pianist Christopher O’Riley and distributed by NPR.
This fun website introduces the instruments of the orchestra and has interactive games to teach theory basics. If you want to try your hand at composing, make a tune with “Composerizer”. This site was developed by San Francisco Symphony Education Department.
Use this site to learn about instruments, famous composers, conductors and soloists. This New York Philharmonic website teaches composition skills as you create your own music.
Play great music games such as Time Machine, Beethoven’s Baseball, Meyerson Squares, Music Match, Color a Picture, Composer’s Keyboard, and Hangman. Find the important practice tips and meet the musicians. “I Am A Musician” gives favorite movies, food, or music of the orchestra members. Site is developed by the Dallas Symphony.
Music Games/Theory/History/Listening Websites
This is a great interactive music web site that connects music to reading, math, language arts and science. These fun activities will teach you how to read music, create instruments, write rhythms and develop many other musical skills.
This fun and exciting learning tool increases knowledge of basic music theory through games. Under Member Log-in find free games to develop musical abilities such as aural skills, note recognition, and memory recall. Site was developed by Christine Hermanson.
Lessons are great for learning music fundamentals. Excellent drills and exercises to practice note recognition as well as key signatures. Site developed by Ricci Adams.
The author of this site, D C DowDell, provides a history of Jazz, a photo gallery, and a virtual piano keyboard to demonstrate jazz chords & scales. Jazz Milestones outlines the evolution of jazz.
This site was developed by three high school students for students. It has good aural training for interval recognition – complete with answers. The Music Theory Multiple Choice Challenge is a good way to learn additional music information. As answers are checked, the score appears on page and all correct answers are lit up with a green button. There are also links to Music History, Musical Instruments, and Music Professions.
The Marine Band plays the music of John Philip Sousa, Scott Joplin and other patriotic music. A tour includes important facts concerning the White House and the Marine Band. “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band web site is provided as a public service by the Director of Public Affairs (DirPA), Headquarters, United States Marine Corps, and the United States Marine Band (USMB), Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C.
Sheet Music Websites
Variety of free sheet music is listed. Categories include Classical, Pop & Rock, Jazz, Film & TV, World, Wedding, Christmas, Traditional, and Children’s. 8notes.com is run and owned by Red Balloon Technology Ltd., a music and technology company based in St. Albans, England.
Various formats of blank sheet music are available. The music may be printed with specific time signatures and key signatures. A quick tutorial is provided, but the creator is anonymous.