Music Student Resources

Today I decided I wanted to be useful. I know – doesn’t happen very often. Freshmen music majors always have that ‘deer-caught-in-headlights’ look for a while. I decided to make a list of REALLY useful websites for folks who study music at the undergrad level. Feel free to let me know if there’s any good ones I’ve missed.

Finding Musical Scores & Parts… for FREE

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Petrucci Music Library – free public domain sheet music & scores. Printable.

www.FreeScores.com – This is a good resource, but not nearly as comprehensive as the Petrucci Library (above). If you just type in the address, it will come up in French. Click on the British/American flag in the top right corner of  page to change it to English.

Watching & Listening… for FREE

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YouTube.com – self-explanatory. You can find a lot of things from your drop-the-needle exams here, among other things.  One other great thing you can do with it is sign up for an account and upload short videos of yourself practicing. Keep them private if you want, but it’s a great way to self-reflect or let your teacher critique your practice.

www.grooveshark.com – Find thousands of songs, stream them as often as you want, make your own playlists, and SHARE THEM. Also great for listening exams. It’s completely legal (because there are ads). Make one playlist and share it with the whole class. Or share a “mixed playlist” with your crush (new version of a mixed tape?).  ** Grooveshark also has a mobile app!

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www.pandora.com – Create your own radio stations. Downside: Can’t repeat specific songs. However, you can do some genre searching and find some great new music here.

www.bandcamp.com – put your OWN music on the web with this awesome site.

Online Metronomes & Tuners…for FREE

http://www.metronomeonline.com/– for quick & easy access while practicing. They also have some great articles.

http://webmetronome.com – another great free online metronome tool

http://www.seventhstring.com/tuner/tuner.html – online tuning for electronic instruments

http://www.danmansmusic.com/tuner.htm – simple note-based tuner. Gets the job done!

Music History Timelines and Lists… for FREE

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www.essentialsofmusic.com (by Sony) – an excellent but super-basic chronology of music history

www.classicalscore.com – an online timeline of music history and hymnology

Music Theory Lessons, Trainers… for FREE

www.MusicTheory.net by Ricci Adams – this is interactive and VERY useful. It’s definitely my favorite in this section. Great for training keyboard skills as well as theory.

www.musictheoryexamples.com – AWESOME for learning how to analyze music once you know the basics.

http://library.thinkquest.org/15413/ – Music Notes,  an interactive online experience. You can practice theory, music history,  and musical styles here.

http://www.emusictheory.com/explore/noteNames.html – EMusicTheory – interactive note names

http://www.emusictheory.com/explore/pianoKeys.html – EMusicTheory – interactive piano/keyboard skill builder

http://www.emusictheory.com/explore/scales.html – EMusicTheory – interactive scale builder.

Ear Training &  Resources… for FREE

http://www.good-ear.com/ – a great interactive online  ear training site.

http://www.ossmann.com/bigears/ – Big Ears – the original online ear trainer.

http://www.teoria.com/exercises/ie.htm Teoria – another interactive ear training site.

http://www.teoria.com/exercises/ritmo-ear.htm – Great for rhythmic dictation.

Other Great Resources

Wouldn’t it be great if there were a neat online tool to organize it all? What if it were something that held bookmarks that you could access on any computer? Check out Symbaloo.

Do you like to stay SUPER organized? Check out www.teuxdeux.com

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I hope someone finds these a little bit useful.

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6 comments

  1. Thanks for this list! I need to check some of these links out, particularly the Petrucci Music Library (I had only known about Free Scores before) and some of the ear training ones.

    I do wonder about the tuning sites. I’ve never tried tuning by computer and wonder if the pitch will vary based on the computer’s sound output (sound production quality, speaker/headset quality, etc.) and if so, by how much.

    You also may have just hooked someone on Symbaloo. That’s so cool! (says the organizational junkie …)

  2. This is really, really helpful! I’m studying to be a music teacher and all of these sites are great, free resources I can direct my students to….thank you for posting this list!

  3. If need a free metronome then Presto Metronome at http://sourceforge.net/projects/musicstudent/ is great because it a hands-free mode and accelerando trainer. It also has a scales trainer which plays any of the (currently) 15 preset scales on any tonic spanning as many octaves as desired on over 120 instruments so that you can improve your accuracy and speed, or even learn to play your scales at high speeds by ear without counting. It’s for Mac OS X and Windows currently.

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