Thurnauer Music Education Resources
This page provides resources that may be helpful and enjoyable to Thurnauer families and others. From the benefits of studying music, to apps for a metronome, tips for practicing, humorous videos, and lists of where to hear local concerts, there are many valuable resources.
These resources are not comprehensive and the school does not officially endorse any site, store, magazine, app or book.
Tips For Parents
Tips for Parents of Young Musicians
Tips On Practicing
The Young Musician’s Survival Guide by Amy Nathan (highly recommended!)
Music Parents Survival Guide by Amy Nathan (highly recommended)
Nurtured By Love- Suzuki by Dr. Shinichi Suzuki
The Musical Child by Joan Koenig
A Survival Kit for the New Music Parent by Anthony Mazzocchi
How to get your child to practice–without resorting to violence by Cynthia Richards
For a list of competitions, including details such as eligibility, nomination deadlines, audition dates and more: click here
These are in addition to competitions at Thurnauer – concerto, master classes, Kaplan Honors Recital, Mayadas Piano Honors Recital, etc.
Summer Festivals and Camps
For a list of summer camps and festivals, including those at Thurnauer, click Summer Festivals and Camps.
Instrument Rental, Purchase, Maintenance and Repair
For resources about Instrument Rental, Purchase, Maintenance and Repair, click here.
Click here to read a blog post about the Basics of Instrument Care and Maintenance.
Discover Musical Instruments
Introductions to Wind, Brass and Percussion Instruments (Instrument Demonstrations)
Videos from The Philharmonia Orchestra (in London):
Note Reading and More
Tone Savvy (note: you can customize the drills; be sure the sound is on.)
Music Theory.net (you can customize the drills to a particular clef and/or to only notes within the staff).
Chrome Music Lab – fun, experimental ways to make music (including an online keyboard, customizable to show note names and modifiable number of octaves).
Teoria.com – many tutorials and exercises!
Musicca – online exercises and learning tools in music theory, music notation, and ear training.
MusicPlayOnline.com – rich site of resources of songs, cataloged by rhythms, solfege patterns, and more (go to “Kodaly Directory” within the site)
SightReadingFactory – for practicing sight-reading (exercises with just rhythm and with pitches); annual fee: $35
Tim Hansen’s How to Read Music
How to Read Notes – beginner piano lesson (using landmark notes)
How to Read Music – landmark method (more than 5 million views)
How to Read Sheet Music (more than 7 million views)
Video: Major & Minor Scales on the keyboard (from the Berklee School of Music)
Music Theory Summary Pages
Practicing Music Skills
Listening to Music
Many orchestras, concert halls, chamber ensembles, jazz clubs, and other venues have online concerts. Examples include: The Baltimore Symphony, The Royal National Scottish Orchestra, The Detroit Symphony, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Smoke Jazz Club, Birdland, Village Vanguard.
Recordings for Children
Specific Pieces of Music
- The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra
- Peter and the Wolf
- Tubby the Tuba (narrated by Danny Kaye)
- Ferdinand the Bull
- The Composer is Dead
- Finale from The Overture to William Tell (aka: The Theme to “The Lone Ranger”)
Jazz for Kids featuring the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
List of music written for children, from Classical FM
Classical Kids recordings – Beethoven Lives Upstairs, Mr. Bach Comes to Call, and others
Concerts Venues in New Jersey and New York
Podcasts, Videos, Magazines and More
Sticky Notes – with conductor Joshua Weilerstein
Speaking Soundly Podcast | Artful Narratives Media – Your ticket to backstage conversations with world-renowned musicians. Join MET Opera Principal Trumpet David Krauss for candid and compelling discussions with today’s top performers as they speak about their creative process and lives as artists.
Leonard Bernstein’s Young People’s Concerts (this link is to “What is Melody?” – and there are many, many others.)
Fun & Games
Music Humor Videos
Sesame Street Episodes
Music Education Organizations
Music Conservatories and College Music Departments in NJ
National Music Education Organizations
From the Top (NPR radio show featuring young musicians)
The Sphinx Organization (promoting diversity in the Arts; also has an annual competition and summer camps)
Instrument and Ensemble Focused Organizations
National Organizations – Instrument Focused
Viola: American Viola Society
Cello: Internet Cello Society
Double Bass: International Society of Bassists
Flute: National Flute Association
Oboe and Bassoon: International Double Reed Society
Saxophone: North American Saxophone Alliance
Harp: American Harp Society
Percussion: Percussive Arts Society
Strings: Strings Magazine
Jewish Music Organizations
Links to Jewish Music Resources from the Zamir Chorale of Boston
Orel Foundation – “Recovering suppressed musical treasures of the 20th Century”
Neranenah Music & Culture Series (based in Atlanta)
Jewish Music Institute (London)
Audio and Video Recording
NV Factory (Englewood Cliffs, NJ) – audio/video recording on site. For professional recording of student and faculty performances and auditions – both at their venue and at other sites.
Forte Piano of Paramus Recording Studio – Audio video recording and editing; multiple pianos available
Zach Herchen – audio/video recording and editing.
Opportunities for Adults
Road Scholar music-themed tours