ere we bring together some of our collection of links on
the Internet that students, parents, teachers, and pianists might find useful or
interesting, but not necessarily music-related per se. 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
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To learn about our policy in providing links to other sites,
please see our Link Policy.
Sites of General Interest
Internet Archive - A tremendously useful site which archives the web,
(cartoons, movies, etc)
and just about anything else you can think of.
The "Wayback Machine" (remember Mr. Peabody?) allows you to look at over
150 billion web pages from bygone times. If you need to find old
software, tech support for an old program, or a piece of information
from an old site that's gone now, this is the place.
Britannica.com - full text of the current version of the
Encyclopedia Britannica, along with the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary.
Indispensable for school papers or general info. Turn "cookies" completely on or
completely off in your browser as this one sets more than 25 on the home page alone.
- LivingInternet.com - this has excellent short summaries of
the history, protocols and security considerations on the Internet. Definitely worth a
visit if you're interested in how we all came to be "surfing."
- List of American
Universities - Looking for a college? Chances are good you can find its home page
here, then "drill down" to the music departments' pages from the home page.
NASA Image eXchange (NIX) - Ever want to get some of those
great NASA photos? This is the place!
- Electronic Frontier
Foundation Net Guide - This is a free downloadable online book describing all of the
Internet and its uses. This book became famous in its previous incarnation as the "Big
Dummy's Guide to the Internet". You won't find more "bang for the
buck" in any book you buy.
- Most people surf the web blithely unconcerned about whether
their surfing habits can be tracked, or, perhaps, even used against
them. This project of the Electronic Frontier
Foundation will perform a free test on your browser to determine how
"unique" it is. You'll be amazed at how much information about you and
your system can be retrieved over the Web. Many will find that their
browser can be traced directly to them, without any doubt as to the
accessing computer. If your browser is unique in this sense, it might be
time to work on making it less so.
- Dictionary of PC Hardware and Data
Comm. Terms - Computer weenie no more! Amaze your friends by finding out the meanings
of all those computer terms from this site.
- The Free Site- For the "frugal" among us:
freebies, samples, freeware, counters, free Web pages, free reminders, free screen savers,
graphics, free E-mail, guest books, etc.
- The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago -
Chicagoans have had access to this landmark for many years. Now you can, too, online. It's
always interesting and fun.
- American Museum of Natural History - take a
cyber-expedition through the collections of one of the finest natural history museums in
- The Smithsonian Institution Home Page - Visit the
museum in Washington or prepare for a trip there.
- National Zoological Park Home Page - a section of
the Smithsonian Institution site devoted to the programs, people (and animals!) of the
National Zoological Park in Washington
- ZooTV Home Page - Animals, Plants, People, Movies and More -
Live "animal cams," lectures, and info from the National Zoo in Washington.
Great fun if you have a fast Internet connection.
- New York Public Library - access the collections of
one of the world's largest public libraries as well as many online databases. An
attractive and interesting site that will intrigue all bibliophiles
- Library of Congress - the home
page of one of the world's largest libraries
- HyperHistory Online
- an online version of the famous world history wall chart. Excellent for research or term
- American Memory -- Front Door - A tremendously interesting
and well-done site, run by the U.S. Library of Congress, comprising over 40 collections
with over 1 million items online. Great source for old photos, maps, sheet music or almost
any other kind of info. The Performing Arts collections will be of particular interest to
musicians. A must-visit!
- C/Net - online magazine after the TV show of the same
name dealing with all things happening in computers. Reviews of Web sites and software,
downloadable software, topical articles on the latest developments for computer users and
a whole lot more. You can also subscribe for free to C/Net's e-zine, Digital Dispatch, by
becoming a member.
- Help.com - a new site that helps you solve problems with
computers. Run by C/Net.
- shareware.com -- the way to find shareware on the
Internet - a collection of over 190,000 free try-before-you-buy programs for all
modern computers and operating systems
- beeb @ the BBC - The official BBC site. You'll find games,
books, forums and information about BBC programs here. Cast your vote for reincarnating
Dr. Who here! An unusually interactive site with lots of interesting things for BBC fans
of all ages.
Sites Related to Web Publishing
Sites for Kids
A listing of educational and fun sites for the young and the young at
heart, not all music-related, with a special note for parents
- Classics for Kids - an
interactive, multimedia experience where kids learn about music. The
site’s features include four multimedia games, an interactive musical
dictionary, composer biographies, an archive of all radio programs and
audio files of favorite classical music. All radio shows, past and
current, can be accessed here as well. Parent and teacher resources are
- Play a Piano : An interactive Musical
Java Activity - Sound from a piano or any other instrument is actually a series of
invisible waves that travel through the air to our ears. With this cool Java program, you
can play the piano and actually see what the sound waves look like as you change the
Jeeves for Kids - Wanna find something neat on the Web? Just Ask Jeeves!
- KidsCom - Talk to other kids around
the world, play games, have fun. Totally gnarly!
- Global Children's Art Gallery -
Artwork by kids from all over the world. Look at their pictures or even send in your own!
It's cool and fun.
- Study WEB - all right, you gotta do your homework. Here's
another site that can help you get it out of the way faster.
- Dinosauria On-line - cool stuff
about dinosaurs, including lots of pictures.
- The Yuckiest Site on the Internet -
This is the only place you can find Cockroach World! It's gross; it's disgusting; it's
- Cisco Educational
Archive - I know it says "educational", but you'll miss out if you don't
look at this one. Be there or be square!
- The Newton's Apple Page -
All kinds of cool science-related stuff for kids. Based on the PBS television series
- The Nine
Planets - If you like space stuff, this one is totally awesome!
- Mike Wilson's WHO SPACE Doctor Who Home
Page - All about the Dr.'s adventures with the TARDIS (Time and Relative Dimensions in
- The Virtual Tourist - Go anywhere,
just by clicking on a world map!
- A place to get free kids software
- Department of Energy
Educational Software - From the friendly folks who make A-bombs, this site has lots of
"free" non-exploding downloadable software. Be sure to look at the index
document while you're there; it'll save you a lot of time finding stuff.
- Interactive Dress-Up Games
- Computerized paper dolls! Cool for boys and girls.
- WWW4Kids - A whole collection of
great places already picked out and reviewed for you, plus some neat games and a chance to
ask your own questions about the Web
- CIA Kids Page - Devise your own spy
disguise, look up stuff in the CIA's great World Factbook, and even find about the
"spooks" at the CIA.
Kids mysteries: TheCase.com for Kids: mysteries to solve, scary stories,
magic tricks, and contests - the title says it all!
- BU's Interactive WWW Games
- lots of neat games to play online.
- Custom Paper Models at PaperToys.com - Lots of free toys
that you can print, cut out and build.