Electronic Resources for Educators

These are educational resources for Washington, DC teachers, organized by the DC Music Standards. These standards can be viewed here. The standards are aligned with the National Music Standards:
  1. Listen to, analyze and evaluate music. (National Music Standards 6 & 7)
  2. Sing and perform on instruments alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music. (National Music Standards 1 & 2)
  3. Improvise, arrange, and compose music (National Music Standards 3 & 4)
  4. Read and Notate Music (National Music Standard 5)
  5. Connect music to other art forms and subject areas through understanding and the historical and cultural context of music. (National Music Standards 8 & 9)
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DC Arts & Humanities Education Collaborative http://www.dcahec.com/ The DC Collaborative believes that the arts—inclusive of music, visual arts, theater, dance, and literary arts—are central to the education of every student. A community-based partnership organization, now 80 members strong, the DC Collaborative works to promote quality arts and humanities education for all DC public and chartered public schools for the growth of the whole child. Working with our partners, the DC Collaborative produces such exemplary programs as Arts for Every Student [field trips and in-school performances], Professional Development, and the recently launched Arts Education Initiative. 
Marine Band http://www.marineband.usmc.mil/ The website for the Marine Band has recordings and various learning tools about the band, the music they perform, and the White House. They also maintain a calendar of concerts that are free and open to the public throughout the year. 
Millennium Stage http://www.kennedy-center.org/programs/millennium/ The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts provides live presentations for free every night of the week, 365 days a year. See the website for upcoming events and explore the archives if you can’t visit the venue. 
Pandora Internet Radio http://www.pandora.com/ Pandora Radio is an automated music recommendation service and custodian of the Music Genome Project. Users enter a song or artist that they enjoy, and the service responds by playing selections that are musically similar. Users provide feedback on approval or disapproval of individual songs, which Pandora takes into account for future selections. 
Rules for Concert Etiquette http://www.nafme.org/concert-etiquette-is-for-everyone/ The topic addressed here will mainly be the behavior of public audiences, as opposed to student audiences. We have included a helpful guide, however, "10 Rules for Students," which could be used as a handout for students prior to attending performances at school or off-campus. 
The Unofficial Website of the Airmen of Note http://airmenofnote.com/ The Airmen of Note is the premier jazz ensemble of the United States Air Force. The Note was created in 1950 to carry on the style and tradition of the Glenn Miller Army Air Forces Dance Band. Today, the Note continues the innovative course set by Major Miller over five decades ago. This website features complete recordings of their CDs for download. 
The U.S. Air Force Band (& Chorus) http://www.usafband.af.mil/ The United States Air Force Band (& Chorus) website has a number of different ensembles that feature some amazing musicians. There are recordings on the website and some educational outreach materials. The various ensembles are available for free in-school performances. 
The U.S. Army Band (& Chorus) http://www.usarmyband.com/ The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” provides world-class band and choral music through various venues and organizations. The website contains concert information as well as audio/video files and educational materials. The various ensembles can be scheduled for free in-school performances. 
The U.S. Army Field Band (& Chorus) http://www.armyfieldband.com/ As the premier touring musical representative for the United States Army, this internationally-acclaimed organization travels thousands of miles each year presenting a variety of music to enthusiastic audiences throughout the nation and abroad. Their website includes schedules for the groups and educational materials that include audio/video files, musical arrangements, and a listing of the various clinics and services they can provide. 
U.S. Navy Band (& Chorus) http://www.navyband.navy.mil/ The United States Navy Band website contains links to all of their ensembles, including their outstanding choral groups. There are free recordings and a variety of educational materials. The various groups can be scheduled for free in-school performances. 
Washington Performing Arts http://www.washingtonperformingarts.org/education.aspx WPA Education Mission: To provide educational opportunities in the performing arts for youth, adults, and seniors that enrich and engage our diverse community in a broad spectrum of activities designed to encourage creativity, participation in, and an appreciation for these art forms. WPAS provides field trip and in-school performance opportunities. 
ChoralNet http://choralnet.org/ ChoralNet is the professional networking site for the global online choral community. Here are forums, choral organizations, choirs, resources, and the latest news of interest to the choral world. ChoralNet is operated by the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) and governed by the ChoralNet Committee, a standing sub-committee of the ACDA Technology Committee. 
Choral Public Domain Library http://www.cpdl.org The Choral Public Domain Library (CPDL), is an Internet-based free sheet music website which specializes in choral music. Begun in December 1998, CPDL is one of the world's largest free sheet music sites. The goal of CPDL is to host a large collection of music scores and other supporting files (such as midi or other sound files) which can be freely downloaded and used. 
Free-Scores.com http://www.free-scores.com/index_uk.php3 For the past 10 years Free-scores.com has worked to feature two free sheet music sections: - Direct download of free sheet music: Composers, arrangers and publishers can add their own complete scores in PDF, MP3 and MIDI. - Web directory of free sheet music. 
MUSAIC http://musaic.nws.edu/   A collaborative digital initiative between the New World Symphony, Cleveland Institute of Music, Curtis Institute of Music, Eastman School of Music (University of Rochester), Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London), Manhattan School of Music, Royal Danish Academy of Music, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, University of Missouri-Kansas City, and University of Southern California—is an online community of classical musicians and continuously updated video library curated by America’s Orchestral Academy. 
NAfME Copyright Center http://www.nafme.org/my-classroom/copyright/  The MENC Copyright Center is a comprehensive collection of copyright resources and guidelines provided by MENC: The National Association for Music Education, ASCAP Foundation, Copyright Society of the USA, Music Teachers National Association, National Association of Secondary School Principals, National Association of Elementary School Principals, National School Boards Association, U.S. Register of Copyrights, and the American Bar Association. 
A Jazz Improvisation Primer http://www.outsideshore.com/primer/primer/ This is the online version of Marc Sabatella's text, A Jazz Improvisation Primer. Here you can find information on almost every topic relating to jazz improvisation, from jazz history to music theory to practical advice on playing in a group. 
Noteflight http://www.noteflight.com Noteflight® is an online music writing application that lets you create, view, print and hear music notation with professional quality, right in your web browser. Work on a score from any computer on the Internet, share it with other users, and embed it in your own pages. Sign up for a free account, or purchase a subscription to Noteflight Crescendo to take your creativity to the next level. 
African-American Sheet Music http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/collections/sheetmusic/brown/ African-American Sheet Music, 1850-1920 contains 1,300 pieces of sheet music including songs from antebellum blackface minstrelsy, the abolitionist movement, the novel Uncle Tom's Cabin, African-American soldiers in the Civil War, emancipated slaves, Reconstruction, and the northern migration of African Americans. 
Band Music from the Civil War http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/cwmhtml/cwmhome.html Band Music from the Civil War Era provides examples of brass band music that flourished in the U.S. during the 1850s and remained popular through the 19th century. It includes 700 musical compositions, 8 full -score modern editions, and 19 recorded examples. 
Choral Public Domain Library http://www.cpdl.org The Choral Public Domain Library (CPDL), is an Internet-based free sheet music website which specializes in choral music. Begun in December 1998, CPDL is one of the world's largest free sheet music sites. The goal of CPDL is to host a large collection of music scores and other supporting files (such as midi or other sound files) which can be freely downloaded and used. 
Free-Scores.com http://www.free-scores.com/index_uk.php3 For the past 10 years Free-scores.com has worked to feature two free sheet music sections: - Direct download of free sheet music: Composers, arrangers and publishers can add their own complete scores in PDF, MP3 and MIDI. - Web directory of free sheet music. 
Historic American Sheet Music http://library.duke.edu/digitalcollections/hasm/browse Historic American Sheet Music, 1850-1920 presents 3,000 pieces of sheet music drawn from a collection at Duke University. The selection covers a variety of music types including bel canto, minstrel, protest, plantation, and sentimental songs, as well as songs from vaudeville and tin pan alley. The collection is particularly strong in antebellum Southern music, confederate imprints, and Civil War songs and music. 
Historic Sheet Music http://lcweb2.loc.gov/diglib/ihas/html/volcano/volcano-home.html Historic Sheet Music, 1800-1922 consists of 9,000 items, most published from 1850 to 1920. Most of the music is written for voice and piano. The collection includes early pieces by Irving Berlin and Jerome Kern, as well as music by other popular composers and numerous arrangements of classical tunes by Bach, Beethoven, Schubert and other classical composers. 
Lincoln Sheet Music Collection http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/S?ammem/scsmbib:@field(SUBJ+@od1(Sheet+Music)) The Alfred Whital Stern Collection of Lincolniana: Sheet Music about Lincoln, Emancipation, and the Civil War includes more than 200 sheet -music compositions about Abraham Lincoln and the war. This collection spans the years from Lincoln's presidential campaign in 1859 through the centenary of Lincoln's birth in 1909. It was compiled by Alfred Stern (1881-1960), the greatest private collector of materials relating to the life and times of Abraham Lincoln. 
Music for the Nation http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/smhtml/smhome.html Music for the Nation: American Sheet Music, 1870-1885 consists of tens of thousands of pieces of sheet music registered for copyright during the post-Civil War era. Included are popular songs, piano music, sacred music and secular choral music, solo instrumental music, method books and instructional materials, and music for band and orchestra. This first release of the online collection consists of over 22,000 musical compositions registered for copyright during the years 1870 to 1879. 
Mutopia Project http://www.mutopiaproject.org/ The Mutopia Project offers sheet music editions of classical music for free download. These are based on editions in the public domain, and include works by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Handel, Mozart, and many others. All of the music on Mutopia may be freely downloaded, printed, copied, distributed, modified, performed and recorded. Music is supplied as PDF files for easy printing on either A4 or US Letter paper. The LilyPond source files are also available, which allow you to make your own editions. Computer -generated audio previews of the music are available as MIDI files. 
Ragtime http://lcweb2.loc.gov/diglib/ihas/html/ragtime/ragtime-home.html Ragtime presents sheet music, essays, and video and sound clips related to ragtime. This distinctly American music appeared (in its published form) during the mid -1890s mainly in the South and Midwest, spread across the U.S. and to Europe, and influenced early jazz styles. Learn about Scott Joplin, one of the best known ragtime players. Hear segments of his classic "Maple Leaf Rag," which helped spread the ragtime craze. See more than 100 pieces of sheet music. 
Sousa Marches http://www.marineband.marines.mil/AudioResources/TheCompleteMarchesofJohnPhilipSousa.aspx   "The President's Own" United States Marine Band is pleased to announce the release of its first volume of "The Complete Marches of John Philip Sousa." This multi-year recording project is the Marine Band's first comprehensive collection of Sousa's marches since the 1970s. Volume 1 contains his first 17 marches, covering the years 1873 to 1882 and is available for free download exclusively on the Marine Band website, along with scrolling videos and PDFs of the full scores that include historical and editorial notes about each piece.  
I Hear America Singing http://www.pbs.org/wnet/ihas/ In I HEAR AMERICA SINGING, we bring you the exciting story of American concert song and its cultural contexts. With Thomas Hampson as your host and guide, we invite you to embark on a multimedia journey to listen to what our great poet Walt Whitman called "our varied carols" and to learn about the composers, poets, writers, artists, ideas, and events that have shaped the American song saga. 
Jazz Hall of Fame http://www.jalc.org/halloffame/ The Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame is a multimedia installation featuring an 18-foot video wall, interactive computer kiosks and touch-activated virtual plaques. Visitors can celebrate the lives, artistry and music of the jazz greats so integral to the art form and industry. The content on display is available via the web link. 
Jazz In America http://www.jazzinamerica.org Jazz in America offers lessons for teaching about jazz in American history or music class for Grades 5, 8, and 11. Learn about the evolution of jazz, different jazz styles, improvisation, basic musical elements, and how jazz influenced (and was influenced by) American culture. Developed by the Thelonius Monk Institute. 
Louis Armstrong House Museum http://www.louisarmstronghouse.org/ This New York City museum of Louis Armstrong has an extensive biography and timeline of Louis' life. The website has numerous photographs providing an insight into his life and travels. 
Music from Across America http://edsitement.neh.gov/view_lesson_plan.asp?id=252 Created for grades K-5, this EDSITEment music learning unit introduces students to different instruments and sounds from various cultures and geographic regions across America. The unit includes multiple lessons, suggested activities, and other materials for the classroom. 
NEA Jazz in the Schools http://www.neajazzintheschools.org NEA Jazz in the Schools traces the history of jazz from its birth in New Orleans to the swing era, bebop, and new frontiers. Five lessons include essays, videos, photos, and nearly 100 music clips of Scott Joplin, Jelly Roll Morton, Louie Armstrong, Fletcher Henderson, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Charlie Parker, Bud Powell, Miles Davis, Charlie Mingus, Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, and others. Lessons include social and political context and are designed for history classes as well as music. 
Roots of Rhythm http://rootsofrhythm.net/ "Roots of Rhythm: World Drumming for 5th and 6th Grade Classrooms takes teachers and students on a journey to explore different cultures, music, and instruments from around the world. Teachers and students will enjoy both listening to and playing rhythms using ethnically diverse percussive instruments, found or student-made instruments, and body percussion. The content—which combines music with social studies, math, art, and language arts—is designed to support classroom teachers in integrating music, music-making activities, and cultural ideas. 
Science of Music http://www.exploratorium.edu/music/ "What is music? Is birdsong music? How about the tap-tap-tap of a hammer, or the wail of a creaking door? Is playing a garbage can different than playing a drum? Explore the science of music with us, through these online exhibits, movies, and questions. Along the way, you can compose, mix, dance, drum, experiment, and above all…listen." 
Stand Up and Sing http://memory.loc.gov/learn/lessons/99/sing/intro.html Stand Up And Sing: Music And Our Reform History is a lesson in which students (Grades 7-12) analyze lyrics and images of popular sheet music as part of their studies of the political, social, and economic conditions existing during industrialization and reform in the U.S. 
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