This is a collection of the resources I commonly recommend to students.
Note Reading Flashcards (back) – Page 1 of the back corresponds to page 1 of the front. Be sure to print both sides so you have the answers and your student can quiz themselves!
Simple Metronome (Android) – every musician should have a metronome and this free app does the job quite nicely.
IMSLP/Petrucci Music Library – source for free, public domain sheet music
“The architecture behind a piece of music can be much more involved than meets the ear, and this is what inspired Hrishikesh Hirway to start a podcast called Song Exploder, where musicians “take apart their songs, and piece by piece, tell the story of how they were made.” This week, we’re featuring Hrishikesh’s Song Exploder episode about the main title theme to the Netflix original series House of Cards, by composer Jeff Beal.”
“There are few musical moments more well-worn than the first four notes of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. But in this short, we find out that Beethoven might have made a last-ditch effort to keep his music from ever feeling familiar, to keep pushing his listeners to a kind of psychological limit.”
“In his famous collection of essays titled Silence, John Cage wrote about entering […] a chamber at Harvard and hearing two sounds, one high and one low. The engineer of duty informed him that the high-pitched sound was that of his nervous system, the low one that of his blood in circulation. It spurred an epiphany for Cage, one that would focus much of his musical attention on ambient and accidental sounds as opposed to willful, compositional ones. “Until I die, there will be sounds,” he wrote, “and they will continue after my death. One need not fear about the future of music. Any sounds may occur in any combination and in any continuity.””