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About About.com music resources

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!

About the Author

Ed Pearlman
Ed Pearlman has focused on performing, teaching, and judging fiddle music for over 30 years, offering performances and workshops throughout the USA and in Canada and Scotland. His original training was with members of the Chicago and Boston Symphonies, and he played with orchestras and chamber groups at Yale and in Boston. He currently teaches privately in Maine and at workshops around the countr... [Read more]

3 Comments

  1. Leia

    Thanks for passing along the info, I will be sure to check it out!

  2. Carlinton

    I must agree with you that About.com is great resource center for students who are looking for up-to-date information. Yes, the music education section on their website is great. I personally have benefited from the information that they have on their website and, I have recommended their website to a number of music students.

  3. John Classick

    Thanks for the music teachers lounge. That’s great!