Piano Academy


For Piano Academy Students and Families

Classical Music Directories and Databases

http://musicalics.com/en Information about more than 26,000 composers and their compositions, compiled by Dutch computer engineer and musician Jos Smeets with data compiled mainly by himself and Jean-Paul Giraudet. Includes a Music Atlas places compiled by Ed Tervooren and a birth/death date index (just plug in a date and you can find out what famous musicians were born or died on that date).

http://www.classical.net/music/composer/masterindex.php Composers’ biographies, timelines, lists of works of many composers; list of abbreviations in thematic catalogues.

http://www.classical.net/music/ Information on composers, recordings, articles, reviews; large database.

http://www.classical-music-directory.com/ The Classical Music Directory (formerly International Directory of Music Workshops & Festivals).  Directory of living classical musicians and ensembles, music festivals, workshops and summer camps, etc.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_classical_music_composers_by_era List of classical composers by era, with a link to information about each composer.

http://staff.lib.msu.edu/harris23/grants/3music.htm List of foundations and other organizations which support musicians through grants.

http://www.nafme.org/   Site of the National Assn. of Music Educators.  Under the “Classroom” tab there is a section on “Scholarship Resources for Music Students.”

http://www.angelfire.com/ab/day/almsearch.html "Classicalmanac": What was going on in classical music history each day of the year.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glossary_of_musical_terminology Dictionary of musical terms commonly encountered in classical piano scores.

http://datadragon.com/day/ "This Day in Music History" with past events, composers' birthdays, searchable index.

http://www.hyperhistory.com/online_n2/History_n2/a.html Online world history charts.

http://www.classicalarchives.com/ Information on composers by name/period, releases of new recordings, playlists, interviews with musicians.  Some info. is free.  Access to recordings and music performances requires subscription.

http://www.musicgraphicsgalore.net/ Free music clipart, icons, other graphic images.

https://bachtrack.com/ Listings of concerts and festivals worldwide; reviews of concerts, opera, ballet; articles and classical music news.  

http://www.classical-music.com/whats-on   BBC Music Magazine’s online listings of classical music concerts worldwide.

http://www.classicalmusicdb.com/  Piano repertoire, graded by level of difficulty. levels of difficulty.  For more databases listing pieces by difficulty, see: http://www.pianosyllabus.com/default.php  Mainly for teachers:  http://www.pianoworld.com/Uploads/files/Graded_Pieces_Sorted_By_Difficulty.PDF   http://www.gradedpianorepertoire.com/

http://imslp.org/  Free public domain editions of 380.000 classical scores.

http://www.pianostreet.com/   Fine Swedish website for classical pianists and teachers founded by Henrik and Johan Sandback.  Piano forum,  piano blog and a small amt. of piano sheet music are free.  With subscription you can download clean urtext scores created by Pianostreet of much of the standard performance repertoire as well as older editions that are in the public domain.

http://www.wku.edu/~smithch/music/ The Classical Music Nagivator: biographical information on 444 classical composers organized alphabetically and geographically, a basic list of their significant works, and a Glossary of Musical Terms.

Hone Your Skills

http://www.abrsm.org/ Site of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, the leading music examining board; they test over 600,000 students and teachers each year.

https://www.musical-u.com/learn/ear-training-site-profile-good-ear-com/ Exercises for drilling intervals, chords, scales, cadences, jazz chords, note location (movable do)

http://www.metronimo.com/uk/download.htm Free downloadable music games (demo is free, the more complete software program you must buy.

http://www.ossmann.com/bigears/ Big Ears, online ear training drills.

https://www.pedaplus.com/ Free notes and interval drills, beginning to advanced.  Index to the Piano Pedagogy Forum for teachers. For a modest fee, you can download Rhythm Lab from their app store.

http://brenthugh.com/piano/piano-practice.html   Brent Hugh's piano practice home page; lots of good practice advice here.

https://www.teoria.com/index.php On-line theory training, especially interval, chord and cadence construction.

http://composecreate.com/students/wendys-piano-studio/teaching-resources/ear-training/ Keep basically the same description:  Free ear-training, rhythm and theory worksheets, manuscript paper templates you can print out, problem-solving worksheet, practice record, etc. Some rhythm and music books you have to purchase.

https://musictheorylessons.net/ Free theory lessons taught by Dan Vrancic. Includes a blog and a forum.

https://www.musical-u.com/apps/ Free ear-training apps (first 3 levels are free.  Access to more advanced levels requires a monthly or annual subscription).

http://www.download3k.com/Games/Other-games/Download-Music-Memory.html   Free drills to improve your aural memory.

Libraries and Archives

http://www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk/ You can see images of the great treasures of the British Museum on this site - Classical Composers' Archive

http://www.libraries.iub.edu/index.php?pageId=37 Libraries at I.U. Bloomington

http://www.loc.gov/ The Library of Congress.

https://www.louvre.fr/ The famous Musee du Louvre in Paris; history of the museum, virtual tour, close-ups of some of its treasures.

https://libraries.indiana.edu/music IU’s Simon Music Library.  Home page has lots of info. on how to find online music resources.

http://www.nypl.org The famous New York Public Library.

https://www.nypl.org/about/divisions/rodgers-and-hammerstein-archives-recorded-sound the Rogers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.

http://www.lib.umd.edu/ipam The International Piano Archives at the University of Maryland, curated by Donald Manildi.  Fabulous collection of recordings of great pianists of past eras, books, scores, archival papers of many great pianists.

http://www.musee-orsay.fr/en/collections/overview.html Photos of many paintings (1848-1914) from the Musee d'Orsay.

https://www.worldcat.org/  WorldCat is a huge online catalogue that lists the holdings of 72,000 libraries around the world.  You can search for a score or music book, and it will tell you which libraries possess it and whether they are willing to send it to your local library so you can borrow it briefly through inter-library loan.

http://skdesigns.com/internet/music/organizations/ An extensive collection of music resources on the internet.

http://www.classicalarchives.com/composers/m.html  Under “The Greats”, there are lists of the works of more than 18,500 composers.

http://www.webring.org/l/rdring=classicalring;id=1;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwebspace%2Ewebring%2Ecom%2Fpeople%2Fwu%2Fum_229%2F Images of classical composers of all eras.

http://pianonet.com/resources/publications/care-and-feeding-of-your-piano/  Guidance on how to take care of your piano.

http://staatsbibliothek-berlin.de/en/about-the-library/abteilungen/musik/  The site of the famous Berlin Staatsbibliothek, which holds the largest music collection in Germany and the Mendelssohn Archive.  Overview of their collections of scores, composers’ autograph manuscripts and letters, books, recordings, etc.

https://www.brussels.info/museum-musical-instruments/  The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in Brussels, which houses over 8,000 musical instruments from all eras.  Visitors receive headphones which allow them to hear music played on a particular instrument when they stand beside it. Very cool.

Performance History

The Art of Piano (Ideale Audience, IMG, NVC Arts) - Amazing original film footage of Paderewski, Cortot, Backhaus, Gilels, Hofmann, Horowitz, Michelangeli, Arrau and other greats. VHS is apparently better than DVD, which is out of sync. Available at

https://www.onlinepianist.com/op-blog/300-years-of-the-piano-how-did-it-all-begin/  Here you can hear what the first real piano, invented by Bartolomeo Cristofori, sounds like. See also http://www.ptg.org/Scripts/4Disapi.dll/4DCGI/cms/review.html?Action=CMS_Document&DocID=109&MenuKey=Menu9 and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piano for a history of the piano.

http://www.essential-humanities.net/art-overview/western-music-timeline/   Timeline of western classical music. See also:  http://www.lancastersymphony.org/Portals/0/Docs/EdResc/Misc/Timeline.pdf?ver=2016-09-05-132724-550

http://pianowizard.www2.50megs.com/  Biographies of some of the greatest pianists of the past century; also contains odd things such as a list of the 172 recordings of Rachmaninoff’s 3rd Concerto that the author possesses, and the 19 recordings he’s still looking for.

https://carnegiehall.org/  The official page of Carnegie Hall.

http://www.classicalworks.com/his.pages/timeline.html  Music history timeline, portrait gallery, glossary of musical terms and more. 

https://www.music-world.org/ Time lines of musical instruments, music history, musical forms and styles.

http://www.pianowomen.com/ Women at the Piano, dedicated to women concert pianists, past and present. Includes dates, bios for many.

Musical Wellness

http://www.alexandercenter.com/ Insider's guide to Alexander Technique, with links to many related sites, including http://www.alexandercenter.com/pa/musicjonesii.html on Alexander Technique for musicians.

http://www.alexandertechnique.com/ Complete guide to the Alexander Technique, who is helped by it, where to find teachers in your area.

http://rsi.unl.edu/music.html Extensive information on injuries of musicians (overuse syndrome, repetitive stress, tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, etc.) and preventative measures. Compiled by Paul Marxhausen.

https://www.feldenkraisresources.com/ Feldenkrais resources: background info., training programs,.workshops and classes.

http://www.freeingthecagedbird.com/ Barbara Lister-Sink: methods, intensive training sessions, how to order the video for pianists.

http://www.pianomap.com/ Discusses pianists' injuries, movement re-training, injury prevention.

http://www.pilates-studio.com/ The Pilates method: history of the method, locating a certified teacher in your area, teacher certification programs.

Music News, Music Journals, and Associations

http://www.rhinegold.co.uk/rhinegold-publishing/magazines/international-piano/  Site of International Piano, a slick magazine with a European and world focus.

http://music.indiana.edu/departments/offices/entrepreneurship-careers/Weekly-Digest/index.shtml JumpStart Weekly Digest archives weekly reports on important news and developments in the world of classical music; many interesting articles.

http://www.gramophone.co.uk/ Site of Gramophone Magazine, one of the best music magazines. Subscribe online.

http://www.keyboardcompanion.com/  Site of the Clavier Companion magazine.   It’s March-April issue  contains a hard copy and online Directory of Summer Camps and Workshops.   You can get a free digital copy of one issue to check it out.  An online subscription for one year (6 issues) costs $13.

http://myscena.org/classical-music/  Free Canadian classical music magazine.  Features current concerts, articles, reviews.   In Eng. and Fr.

http://www.musicalopinion.com/  Britain’s oldest classical music magazine. Access by subscription (and it’s not cheap!)

http://fanfarearchive.com/index.html   Reviews of classical CDs, SACDs, DVDs.  One can purchase an online subscription (6 issues per yr.) or the 599+ online archive of journal reviews and interviews.

Online Music and Record Stores

http://www.amazon.com Loads of CDs, DVDs, music books. Be sure to check out "New and used" section (top right corner of pages) for the best prices.

http://www.arioso.fr Arioso (Paris). For hard-to-find French editions, Konemann urtexts, reasonable classical CDs (3-5 Euros).

http://www.arsantiqua.com/3/index.shtm World's largest online classical vinyl (used) record store.

http://www.sheetmusicplus.com 360,000 titles in stock; shipping as low as $2.99.

http://www.primamusic.com/    Online music store with extensive stock of piano music.  Absorbed the whole stock of Patti Music some years ago.  Increasing discount levels depending on total amt. of yearly purchases.

https://www.eble.com/store/   Eble Music online store.  Has a reputation for going the extra mile to locate hard-to-find scores.

http://www.sheetmusicplus.com/    Online store with a very large stock of print and digital sheet music titles.


For your Listening Pleasure

http://indianapublicmedia.org/radio/ WFIU— IU’s great twin-channel public radio station with a host of terrific music and news programs.    You can hear it right over the computer from wherever you are, or tune into 103.7 (1) or 101.9 (2) if local.  Check out  “Exploring Music” with Bill McGlaughlin,  NPR’s “Performance Today”, “From the Top with Christopher O’Riley” and “All Things Considered”;  “Collector’s Corner”, “Chicago Symphony” and “New York Philharmonic”, “Chamber Music from Lincoln Center”; “BBC World News”.

http://www.medici.tv/#/home/ Very large online collection of classical music.  Broadcasts more than 100 live concerts from around the world each year and has an extensive video library. Access by subscription per month or per year.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/programmes/genres/music/classical/player  BBC classical music channel online.  You can hear the BBC Proms and other interesting programs on Radio 3 in Concert.

http://www.classicalarchives.com/main/ Listen to classical music selections. However for access to the full 23,000 files you must subscribe: $25/year.

http://classicalwebcast.com/ Lists many live broadcast classical radio stations on the web.

http://www.fromthetop.org Site of the hit radio show devoted to the world of young classical musicians. Information for students, parents, teachers.

http://www.classical.net/music/links/musradio.html Links to classic radio stations (many of them NPR stations) and classical internet broadcasters.

Music Software

http://freemusictech.weebly.com/  Free music technology resources including free notation programs, free audio recording/editing software.

http://homoecumenicus.com/music_theory_musicology.htm   Music Theory and Musicology resources, music research databases, info. on musical instruments from around the world, classical music MIDI, etc.

http://homoecumenicus.com/music_theory_musicology.htm Music theory and musicology resources, including music research databases.

http://www.mozart.co.uk/ Mozart music notation software. You can download a free evaluation copy that has the basic features.

http://www.finalemusic.com/notepad/index.asp Free introductory notation software.

http://home.earthlink.net/~regina-r/pedagogy.htm Articles on technology in the studio lab, using the Roland midi sequencer, etc.

http://www.kellysmusicandcomputers.com/ Large selection of music software and other music technology items.

http://lilypond.org/web/switch/advantages.html Lilypond, free music typesetting program that runs on Windows, MacOSx, Linux or FreeBSD among other systems. You can learn to typeset music with the online tutorial; automated formatting, and takes ASCII input.

http://www.pianoeducation.org/pnosoftr.html Reviews, both brief and in-depth, of piano music and software: shareware, teaching software, theory, music appreciation and composition software and studio management software.

http://www.factmag.com/2016/10/18/best-free-vst-plugin-daw-music-production-software/ List ten free VSTs and DAWs for making your own tracks.

http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-music-software.htm#Quick_Selection_Guide  Nice list of free audio editing and music notation software, software to cut, splice or merge audio files, etc.


http://www.fazioli-piano.com/en/fazioli/philosophy Interesting info. on the sound features, technology and manufacture of the prestigious hand-made Fazioli pianos

http://www.frederickcollection.org/recordings.html Frederick Historic Piano Collection - see and hear pianos from Mozart's time to Debussy's. The collection is located at the Historical Piano Study Center, Ashburnham MA. Seventeen period instruments are in playing condition; many more await restoration.

http://www.oldpianos.com/ pictures of Greg Flannagan's personal collection of historic pianos, many of them lesser-known makes.

http://www.metmuseum.org/about-the-met/curatorial-departments/musical-instruments Site of the Music Dept. of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which has a collection of  ca. 5,000 musical instruments from around the world.

http://www.ptg.org/ The Piano Page, site of the Piano Technicians' Guild. Heaps of information about the piano, useful links, photos.

http://www.rennerusa.com/ For those fascinated by the craft of piano construction; features virtual-action model of working parts.

http://www.steinway.com/ Learn about instrument care and things to take note of when selecting a piano, take a virtual tour of the factory, check out the newest models, buy Steinway gear.

http://www.uk-piano.org/history/history.html British site with loads of information on piano history, articles on famous makes like Broadwood, virtual tour of a piano factory, a forum where you can "ask an expert" where to find information on your piano (free).

https://www.khm.at/en/visit/collections/collection-of-historic-musical-instruments/ The Collection of Historical Instruments in Vienna, Austria. Info. and photos of historical keyboard instruments.

https://pianoreport.com/ Explains the difference between the various types of digital pianos and keyboards. Offers information about the best digital piano brands, as well as up-to-date reviews of the top 10 digital pianos/keyboards at two price points: under $1000 and under $2000. 

For Piano Teacher-Performers

http://fairuse.stanford.edu/ Overview of copyright and fair use laws, links to key sites

http://www.bulletproofmusician.com/how-to-eliminate-memory-slips/ Good article on playing from memory.

http://fdncenter.org A list of foundations supporting the arts.

http://www.pedaplus.com/index.html Theory downloads, articles, reviews, free sheet music, links to pedagogy websites and blogs.

https://www.musictheory.net/exercises  Free theory drills  and ear training exercises, chord and analysis calculators, staff paper generator, tempo tapper, etc.),   One has to pay for the enhanced offline version.   The older Classic Edition offers theory lessons, aural and keyboard trainers and various utilities.   Comes in seven languages.

http://keyboardpedagogy.org/pianopedagogyforum   Back issues of the Piano Pedagogy Forum, now available on the Frances Clark Center website.

http://www.pianoeducation.org/ Site of the West Mesa Music Teachers Assn., has over 700 pages of information: audition room, composer list and FAQs, as well as articles on aspects of teaching.

http://www.mpa.org/directory-of-music-publishers/ MPA directory of music publishers, both domestic and foreign.

http://www.myfunpianostudio.com/piano-teachers-playground/piano-teacher-resources/  Free theory/ear training exercises, articles on teaching (e,g, group lessons, improvisation, business aspects) and on student motivation. Geared toward teachers of beginning and elem. level students.

https://keystoimagination.com/  Games, books, tapes and many other teaching supplements; also a reference section for help in music theory/history and group piano teaching.

http://www.nyphilkids.org/ The game room of the New York Philharmonic. Loads of fun games introducing composers, musical instruments, composition skills, regular and young people's concerts featuring the New York Philharmonic. Certain parts require Adobe Flash. 

http://www.mtna.org/  Site of the MTNA (Music Teachers' National Assn.)  Info. on competitions, state and national conventions, etc.

http://music.colstate.edu/resources/pno-ped-l/ The home of the very active Pno-Ped-L teachers' forum, moderated by Steve Clark.

http://www.pianoworld.com/forum/ubbthreads.php  Lively Piano World acoustic and digital piano forums covering  choosing a piano, upcoming music events,  teaching strategies, etc.

http://www.marthabeth.com/piano.html Excellent advice by Martha Beth Lewis on the practical aspects of teaching including copyright, business practices, pedagogy and studio humor.