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Today with such easy access to information via the Internet, there are so many great resources and tools that can enhance your musical skills and make the whole learning experience more interesting and lots of fun. Learn how others are doing by searching the songs you are playing online. Get tips on how to read music better. Watch videos and try new techniques. Find inspiration by watching others. On this page, we wanted to highlight some "cool stuff" to get you started exploring the excitement and joy that the expansive world of music has to offer!

Quotable Quotes *

"Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life." - Berthold Auerbach

"Love is like a violin. The music may stop now and then, but the strings remain forever." - June Masters Bacher

"Music is a higher revelation than philosophy." - Ludwig van Beethoven

"Music can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable." - Leonard Bernstein

"Music is expression of harmony in sound. Love is the expression of harmony in life." - Stephen

"Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife." - Kahlil Gibran

Voltaire, the great French philosopher and writer said, "Appreciation is a wonderful thing: it makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well."


For the aspiring young musician who likes to create his or her own songs, there's a great software program this is reasonable called Print Music (a relative of the more complicated Finale software). Print Music let's you explore writing music on the page and listening to your composition. It's a great way to learn how to write music and not forget what you wrote! Perhaps a great composition will surface!

You can also look for other types of music software at Educational Music Software. Feel free to explore!

Video Links

For those of you who really want to see the good stuff...and how some young musicians can't get enough of practicing, check out these videos! While some are totally amazing, others can be more realistic with your own goals in learning an instrument. In any case, we hope you find these video picks both interesting and inspiring!

Here's the epidemy of a cool orchestra, in Venezuela!

And a six year old playing a Handel violin Sonata!

And some Suzuki Songs for you beginning violinists! May Song - Allegro (funny!) - Long Long Ago - and Minuet 1 (practice with him!).and Minuet 2 (group harmony!)

And a girl playing The Flight of the Bumblebee on violin to the tune of a rockish accompaniment!

For your vibrato, here's one approach geared towards 'arm' vibrato (versus 'hand' vibrato):

Here's a good site that helps explain scales for piano in a visual way!

Wow! Here's a Quartet with a Twist - Stringfever from the UK!
History of Music: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SG6Ef-NQCi4&mode=related&search=
Stringfever Bolero: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5MLNMgpywk

Listen to James Brown and Pavaroti collaborating!

Here's a Laugh!!

"I'm playing all the right notes. But not necessarily in the right order": J. E. Bartholomew

Karate piano lesson

Ever wonder how to play more octaves than humanly possible on the piano?
Rachmaninov Had Big Hands

Mozart Bond

Riverdancing Violinist

I Will Survive - check out the shorts

Ticket to Ride a la Brandenburg

Mozart 3rd with a twist - Gilles Apap

A simple tune turns into a rockin' central station: Sound of Music / Central Station in Antwerp (Belgium)

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