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General Reference
General knowledge for music students
Composers - Classical
Composers - Popular
Form and structure
Music History and Style
Theory and Aural training
Practice and performance
Woodwind & Brass
Examination boards
Eisteddfods and competitions

General Reference

ABC Education Resources:
Australian Dictionary of Biography: - the online edition contains over 10,000 biographies, published by the Australian National University
Music and Vision: - daily online magazine for classical music
National Library of Australia:
Oxford University Press: - subscription site with access to the latest versions of New Grove, Oxford Companion and Oxford History of Western Music
International Index to Music Periodicals:
Musipedia (Melodyhound): - a searchable collection of musical themes
Theme Finder: - another searchable collection of musical themes
All Music Guide:
Resources for music teachers
Inside Music Teaching: - Creative ideas for music teachers, including downloads and drills
Music Education & History Resources for Teachers: - a directory of links to interesting websites relating to music history, music theory and other useful sites for music teachers
Ready, Set, Music! Music Resources For Educators: - includes music history, famous composers and other resources for teachers and students
Tim Topham: - Creative ideas for piano teachers, with regular podcasts

General knowledge for music students

Theory and general knowledge study notes: Analyses and study notes on more than 1000 works, suitable for students of all ages

Composers - Classical

Australian Music Centre: - your first point of reference for anything to do with Australian composition, with information on more than 500 composers
Bartok: - Bartok Virtual Exhibition
Debussy: - Centre de Documentation Claude Debussy
Mozart Digital Edition: - Neue Mozart-Ausgabe
Schubert: - Neue Schubert-Ausgabe

Composers - Popular

Jazz Standards: - Information on more than 300 jazz standards, including composer biographies
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame:
Songwriters Hall of Fame:
Broadcast Music, Inc: - BMI represents over 350,000 songwriters, composers, and publishers with more than 6.5 million works
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers: - ASCAP is a membership association of more than 310,000 U.S. composers, songwriters, lyricists, and music publishers of every kind of music

Form and structure

Sonata form introduction: - A concise introduction to some of the ways in which sonata form can be explained and analysed

Music History and Style

Dance rhythms for ballet pianists: - Characteristic dance rhythms for many dance styles
Metropolitan Museum of Art: - timelines, maps, essays and pictures from their collection

Theory and Aural training

Aural Training Online: - subscription required
Blitz Books: - A fun but well structured approach to exam preparation. The website has many free resources for teachers and students.
Ear Tests and Drills: - links to free aural training websites
Easy Notes: - a new approach to teaching note recognition
Free worksheets and study notes: - note reading, rhythm reading, key signature and sign recognition, and basic composition training
Interval trainer:
Music Theory and History Online: - comprehensive collection of free resources
Note trainer: - free online resource for note recognition
Ricci Adams' Music Theory: - useful trainers for theory and aural
Theory Can Be Fun:
Theta Music Trainer: - fun ear training games

Practice and performance

Metronome: - Free online metronome, with a variety of beat styles
Performance Practice Dictionary: - a study of how music was performed over the centuries by Roland John Jackson
Practiceopedia: - tips for practice
Succeed with Music: - tips for practice and performance


Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference: - held biennially
Clavier Companion: - a quarterly magazine (subscription required) published by the Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy
How to blitz sight reading:
Piano Buyers' Guide:
Piano Education Resource Guide: - teaching resources, scales and chords, links to Virtual Piano Museum
Piano Street: - piano music, forum, blog discussions
Scale blitzer: - a new approach to the learning and revision of technical work
Susan Deas Music: - helpful suggestions for learning to play by ear, and other resources for music students and teachers
Tim Topham: - interesting links and blog articles about piano teaching


Cello Database:
Internet Cello Society:
Net Violin:
Violin makers Amati and Stradivari:

Woodwind & Brass

Australian Clarinet & Saxophone Magazine:
Clarinet Pages:
Covey Oboes: - contains helpful information about development of the oboe
Flute Resources: - a range of resources about the flute, including its historical development
Flute Society of NSW:
Recorder: - history and development of the recorder


Art Song Central: - free public domain art songs
Art Songs Online:
LiederNet Archive: - texts of more than 100,000 songs, including more than 30,000 translations
Opera Guide:
Opera History: - links to other websites about the historical development of opera
Opera Study Guides: - Study Guides to popular operas by Pacific Opera Victoria
Texts of Operatic Arias:


Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra: - listening lessons and other resources

Examination boards

ABRSM: - Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music
AGMS: - Australian Guild of Music and Speech
AMEB: - Australian Music Examinations Board
ANZCA: - Australian and New Zealand Cultural Arts Limited
Hal Leonard Exam Finder: - Helps you to locate repertoire for music examinations
NSW Board of Studies: - information and resources about school curricula, including the HSC
St. Cecilia: - St. Cecilia School of Music and Examinations
Trinity College London: - Information for Australian teachers and students from Trinity College London
VCE: - Victorian Certificate of Education information and resources

Eisteddfods and competitions

2MBS-FM Youth Development Programs: - opportunities for young performers aged 12 to 30 to participate in live radio broadcasts
Australian National Eisteddfod: - May-October
Australian National Piano Award: - a national, biennial competition for pianists 21-35 years of age
Ku-Ring-Gai Concerto Competition: - April-June - an opportunity to perform a concerto movement with the KPO
McDonald's Performing Arts Challenge: - June-September
Muswellbrook & Upper Hunter Eisteddfod: - April-October
Northern Beaches Eisteddfod: - May-June
Parramatta Eisteddfod: - May-June
Ryde Eisteddfod: - June-August
Yamaha Piano Awards: - a national, biennial competition for pianists 10-18 years of age


Music Teachers' Association of NSW:
Music Teachers' Association of Queensland:
Musicological Society of Australia: