Teaching Resources for Specific Areas of Study in Music

Brass and Percussion

The American Bandmasters Association.
Preserves band history with extensive collections of recordings, periodicals, papers, etc., and links to an extensive list of national and international bands, orchestras, and wind symphonies. Offers Journal of Band Research, a free, online, downloadable resource.

International Horn Society.
A society dedicated to performance, teaching, composition, and research of the horn as a musical instrument. Publishes The Horn Call, which has online articles and "Tips of the Month" for horn educators.

International Trombone Association.
Promotes the trombone through a festival, competitions, and other trombone-related activities. The ITA Journal http://www.trombone.net/journal/ offers a collection of almost 70 online articles, including many articles on teaching, such as the psychological theories of learning and trombone pedagogy, techniques for motivating students, practice strategies, and much more.

International Trumpet Guild.
The goal of this Guild is to improve the artistic level of performance, teaching, and literature associated with the trumpet. Publishes the ITG Journal, http://www.trumpetguild.org/journal/journal.htm, with PDF files of all articles available online one year after initial publication.

International Tuba Euphonium Association.
Promotes the tuba and uphonium instruments.

Percussive Arts Society
The mission of this society is to promote percussion education, research, performance and appreciation worldwide. Has free online educator resources ranging from handouts and video clips to how to create a university percussion club. Publications and other materials require membership.

Creative Thinking in Percussion Teaching by Kevin Tuck
Describes techniques for teaching students not just to play the drums but to “play music.”

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Music Composition

Music Composition and Production” by Jerry Gerber.
This article by a composer and educator discusses music composition as theory; craft; aesthetics, including the development of new technologies; and production values.

The Tonal Centre.
This is an interactive site for music composers and theorists, focusing on tonality.

Eric Weisstein’s Treasure Trove of the Music.
Defines and describes music’s technical terms in clear and accessible language.

Composer Reference Materials (Choral Resources in CoralNet).
Extensive links to choral composer resources and the websites of contemporary individual choral composers worldwide.

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Thoughts on Teaching Choral Conducting, January 17, 2008, Podium Speak by John Brough, Choral Conductor.
Brief discussion on Brough’s blog of his method for teaching choral conducting plus readers’ comments.

Exercises to Develop the Saito Technique by Wayne Toews
This page explains the Saito Technique for conducting and exercises for teaching it.

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Jazz Studies

The Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University.
Promotes research and excellence in teaching in jazz studies.

Jazz Studies Online (Center for Jazz Studies, Columbia University).
This website offers links to a broad collection of digital resources to represent the diversity and innovation in jazz studies. Click on Teaching Tools for access to numerous college/university syllabi in jazz studies. Provides much material useful for teaching jazz studies.

Links to three articles on jazz education.

Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.
The Institute offers a jazz archive and research facility.

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Music Education

This site offers articles in several areas of music teaching and learning plus additional music education resources such as a composer database and free sheet music downloads.

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Music Theory

Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy (University of Oklahoma Center for Music Theory Pedagogy).
Publishes articles on the teaching and learning of music theory. Subscription required. The site has a list of published articles by volume.

Society for Music Theory.
This page of the Society’s website provides links to many electronic resources that may be useful for music theory instruction, such as information about computer-aided instruction, virtual posters, interest groups, and more.

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Musicology / Ethnomusicology

The Society for Ethnomusicology.
This society was founded in 1955 to promote the research, study, and performance of music in all historical periods and cultural contexts. The society’s journal, Ethnomusicology, http://www.ethnomusicology.org/?Pub_Journal, requires subscription, but abstracts of articles from all issues are available online.

Online Journals.
A page of links to online journals in ethnomusicology and related areas.

The Journal of Musicology.
Welcomes articles in all areas of musical scholarship. Abstracts available online. Subscription required.

American Musicological Society.
Promotes music as a branch of learning and scholarship. Has a wide-ranging set of links to web sites of interest to musicologists, a newsletter, the AMS-L e-mail discussion list http://www.ams-net.org/ams-l/, the Journal of the AMS, http://jams.ucpress.edu/, and other resources useful for educators.

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The Instrumentalist plus Flute Talk and Piano Explorer.
Three journals on teaching music that can be viewed online by subscribers.

The International Piano Archives at Maryland (University of Maryland Libraries).
An extensive collection of recordings, books, scores for the classical piano repertoire and its performance.

The Piano Pedagogy Blog at the Michigan State University College of Music (Derek Polischuk, MSU).
News from the MSU Piano Pedagogy program plus informal discussion of piano teaching at al levels, including college/university level.

Piano Pedagogy Forum (University of South Carolina School of Music).
A free online international journal published three times per year that focuses on the field of piano pedagogy today and into the future.

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American String Teachers Association, ASTA.
This site contains information on ASTA conferences, competitions, and other member resources such as books and DVDs for sale. Publishes a quarterly journal, American String Teacher, available by subscription only.

String Pedagogy Notebook (Michael Hopkins, University of Vermont).
A well-organized and rich website for teachers of string instruments at all levels. Contains numerous teaching strategies; material on developing musicianship; book, video, and CD lists; and other information, including links to related websites.

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Vocal Arts

The Choral Journal (American Choral Directors Association).
Provides practical and scholarly information about choral music and its performance, including educational techniques and vocal pedagogy. Subscription required. Back issues can be purchased individually.

ChorTeach: Practical Teaching Ideas for Today’s Music Educator (American Choral Directors Association).
An online magazine with practical ideas for teaching choral music to amateur singers at all levels. Free copies of this e-newsletter are downloadable as PDFs.

Journal of Singing (National Association of Teachers of Singing, NATS).
The official journal of NATS, it provides current information on teaching and research in singing. Has a searchable database with abstracts of all articles 1944-2006, with current entries added regularly.

This site is a central portal to online resources and communications for the global choral music community. Provides two listservs--Choralist and ChoralTalk; three forums; a multimedia section; ChoralBlog; and extensive resources and links, including rehearsal tips, repertoire lists, and choirs in educational institutions.

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The Instrumentalist plus Flute Talk and Piano Explorer.
Three journals on teaching music that can be viewed online by subscribers.

The Woodwind Fingering Guide.
Fingering charts for many sizes and models of band and orchestral woodwind instruments and for several other woodwind instruments. Includes a Forum for asking and answering questions and a place to share your own fingerings to be added to this site. Also provides links to discussion lists and forums for general woodwinds, flute and piccolo, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, recorder, and early instruments

Finger Charts for Woodwind Instruments
A complete fingering resource guide with charts for flute, piccolo, oboe and English horn, clarinet, saxophone, and bassoon – at least four different links for each instrument, ranging from basic "play and learn" to more advanced fingering.

FluteInfo.com (website of flutist Jesse Clark)
Offers a wide range of resources for the flutist, including what to do about arm pain, sight reading help, theory charts, musical terms translator, free sheet music, articles, and more.

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