We all know there are lots of online resources out there, but often we can’t afford to comb through it. Very useful pages are out there that we never hear about. I know I’ve made some very useful resources on my own site, including online tunelearning pages, and the people who know about and use them are mostly students, because it’s hard to let the right people know about it, and expensive to advertise. Perhaps you’d like to share in the comments below some of the ways you like to get the word out about your offerings?
One ever-changing music site with a lot of useful information, especially at a more basic level, is the about.com website. For ideas related to music education, go to http://musiced.about.com and you will find descriptions of various music methods (such as Kodaly, Orff, Suzuki), quite a few lesson plans for elementary school music ranging from Beethoven to Duke Ellington to folk songs; lesson plans that integrate music into language arts and other subjects; also reading lists, ads, biographies of composers, timelines for different periods of music, ads, discussions on music history, music theory with fairly thorough basic descriptions you can use or refer students to, ads, information on various musical instruments and how to choose and maintain them, ads, info about taking lessons, practicing, camps, schools, ads, online lessons and games for all ages, descriptions of about 40 careers in music, and ads.
Oh, and did I mention there are a lot of ads? Sometimes you have to look carefully to distinguish them from the articles, but many of the ads are actually pretty relevant and useful in themselves. For example they might refer you to music schools, commercial teacher resources, free online worksheets, and so on.
For specifically classical music, you can go to http://classicalmusic.about.com for
basic info about the music, an introduction to well-known performers, styles, lists of the top 5 or 10 selections in each style of music, bios of popular composers…oh yes, and ads.
There’s also a music teachers’ forum, called the Music Teachers Lounge, at this link, in case you’d like to post a thought, help others, or read other teacher comments.
You can also sign up to get a weekly article on music emailed to you.
About.com was owned by the New York Times for about 7 years but recently was sold to IAC, which runs many popular internet sites, such as dictionary.com, thesaurus.com, match.com, tutor.com, ask.com, and yes, usually with lots of ads!