Music Teacher Website Ideas

Teacher-Resources

This one is the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s site for kids – it has lots of fun facts (trombone tubing stretched out is 9 feet long – tubas are 16 feet long), as well as games like Beethoven Baseball – he actually pitches the ball before you have to answer a music history question! It’s fun! http://www.dsokids.com/

Next is Jeffrey Agrell’s horn blog – he’s the guy at University of Iowa who has written a couple of great books about improvising for classical musicians (no jazz). His blog is excellent as well – horn sampling, best art blogs, snappy quotes! http://horninsights.wordpress.com/

Eric Booth’s site: all kinds of discussions about teaching artistry (The Music Teaching Artist’s Bible) etc. Includes a link to The Ensemble, the online Global El Sistema magazine that Booth edits.  http://ericbooth.net/

A little light comedy: Rowan Atkinson’s The Conductor http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2tpBwVuSKc

And here are two guys playing Fur Elise on the piano at F.A.O. Schwarz: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HOdB-0biTlM

Another Improvisation blog – recommended by Jeffrey Agrell in his blog roll. Starts with a clip of a small orchestra which invited people to conduct them! http://improvinsights.com/

Site also includes articles such as breakdowns of types of improvisation, culminating with ‘Intentional’ Improvisation: http://www.musicalratio.com/gpage1.html13.html

Bobby McFerrin and a pentatonic scale demonstration: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ne6tB2KiZuk

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