Band Curriculum Resources & Composition
(many are flash based so they won't work on iOS devices such as iPhones or iPads!)
- Online Metronome
- Online Tuner with Oscilloscope excellent one, Chrome browser recommended
- Online Tuner older one
- SmartMusic a subscription based practice program for the computer
- How to Practice Effectively youtube video from TED.com
- Itzhak Perlman on practicing excellent advice on practicing, quality, nerves, etc.
Other Interesting Sites:
- Chrome Music Lab This website is written for elementary general music students but has some neat experiments for older students to learn harmonics and tone.
Did a zombie eat your brain last night and you forgot how to read music...again? That's okay.
(or for totally new students and non-musicians like family wondering what you do):
- How To Read Music - from TED.com - this is for most all students and normal people.
- Learn Notation Song (treble clef) - this is for those who really need help with treble clef (and like folk-rock songs that sound like the Proclaimers...)
Note Reading Games:
- MusicRacer - excellent for band instrument fingerings & note names specific to the instrument
- Whack a Note - for beginners & learning basic note names. I think it's treble clef only though.
- Treble Lines and Spaces - basic quiz for treble clef students, includes ledger lines!
- Bass Lines and Spaces - basic quiz for bass clef students, include ledger lines!
- Treble & Bass clef lines & spaces game - the first 3 levels are treble clef, the last 3 levels are bass clef.
- Word Warrior - Treble Clef - interesting treble clef quiz that groups notes and you have to choose the correct identification without killing the space dude.
- Word Warrior - Bass Clef - interesting bass clef quiz that groups notes and you have to choose the correct identification without killing the space dude.
- MusicTheory.net note identification quiz - for more advanced students and learning all notes in all clefs (be sure to adjust the clefs and range in the settings in the upper right corner)
Fingering Charts (print them at home):
- Bass Clarinet
- Saxophone (all)
- Baritone - treble clef
- Baritone - bass clef
- Mallets - Bells
- Mallets - Xylophone
Online music notation software:
Want to know more about music theory (notes, chords, etc.)
musictheory.com lessons page - Excellent lessons, especially if you don't understand some items or want to get ahead on more advanced stuff.
Understanding popular music styles and popularity of using just four chords:
- Article on the I-V-vi-VI Chord Progression
- List of (pop) songs that use the I-V-vi-VI chord progression
- Original video showing 4 chord songs
- Another video showing these 4 chords and variations
A neat online multitrack studio like GarageBand (for recording/mixing audio)