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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
PianoPedia - a large database
of piano repertoire and composer information, with short samples of
music from most works
- 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.
- OnMusic 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
- 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
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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
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.
- Internet FAQ Consortium - a catalog with contact information
for many of the thousands of FAQ's available on the Internet. Most of the piano FAQ's are
listed below, but this site lists many other music, and other, FAQ's as well.
- Rec.Music.Makers.Piano FAQ
Locator Page - A Web page which gives jumps to a number of interesting FAQ's related
to the piano
- General Piano FAQ - A
long and wide ranging set of answers and questions. Makes interesting reading.
- Playing from Memory
FAQ - rationale for and tips about memorizing music for performance. You may also want
to look at our own article, Memorizing Music for
- Digital Piano FAQ
- a useful document describing what digital pianos are, how they differ from acoustic
pianos and how to purchase one that is right for you
Music Newsgroup? (FAQ) - a good summary of the types of information found in the
various classical music newsgroups, how to post to them and some basic etiquette for
participating in them
- List of
Music FAQ's - A long list, not all classical music related, but fairly comprehensive
- Liszt - The Mailing List Directory - A place to find
mailing lists on all sorts of topics. Not complete yet in its music coverage, but growing
- Piano-L Mailing List - a list for pianists and
piano teachers discussing all aspects of performance and pedagogy. To subscribe,
send e-mail and put SUBSCRIBE PIANO-L YOUR NAME as body of e-mail.
- GROUP-PNO-L - Mailing list devoted
to issues specifically related to class piano and group piano instruction. To subscribe,
send a message to: firstname.lastname@example.org
with message text: subscribe group-pno-l
- Music Performance and Pedagogy List - to subscribe: send e-mail with SUBSCRIBE
MUSPRF_L YOUR NAME as the body of the message
- rec.music.makers.piano- a newsgroup devoted to
discussions of piano performances and performers
- Music Composition
Frequently-Asked Questions (FAQ) - for those with the urge to compose
- Suzuki Chat - e-mail group for exchanging
ideas about the Suzuki Method, based in Australia. To join, send e-mail to email@example.com indicating your desire to
- ATMI LISTSERV - Association for Technology
in Music Instruction mail list for contributing information, ideas, and comments related
to music technology. To subscribe to the LISTSERV send e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org with the BODY of the
message: subscribe atmi
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,
- 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
- 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
- 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
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
- 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
Resources for Music Scholars - an extensive collection of links to research sites.
Many links here will be potentially useful for teachers.
Association of Women in Music - a page for women music professionals, emphasizing
- 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
- 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
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.
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.
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.
Music Library/IMSLP - a virtual library containing
public domain musical scores and sheet music, as well as scores from
composers who are willing to share their music with the world
The Sheet Music Archive - over 4,500 pages of classical
sheet music, in
Adobe Acrobat .PDF
format, all of it free to download. Most of it is classical piano sheet music
- GMD - Music Archive - lots of
downloadable MIDI files, scores in PostScript and MusicTeX format and more
- Maestronet - A commercial source for sheet
music, rare instruments, MIDI files, etc.
- Alamance Creek Music, New Age and
Romantic Piano Pieces - free downloadable sheet music in .PDF format. Requires the
Adobe Acrobat Free Reader to view and
- Sheet Music Online's Domain_Music - a
large list of free public domain sheet music in the
Adobe Acrobat .PDF format.
- Free classical sheet music - site of MusicScores.com, a
commercial site with both free scores in PDF format and music for purchase
Sites Dealing with Piano
Purchase, Care, and Maintenance
Excellent additional advice and information about the "care and
feeding" of pianos can be found at: