Cool Links!

Here are some links to webpages that are useful, informative, and/or just plain fun.

The "International Music Score Library Project" has THOUSANDS of public domain (i.e., legal) scores 
and parts -- just surf and print!
Free Sheet Music Database

Need a refresher on the mechanics of music, or want to learn more about how and why music works?  
Check out this interactive music tutorial!

Come hear great symphonic works right in your hometown!  On concert days, students can attend the 
dress rehearsal for free (with paid accompanying adult).  If you come to hear the symphony, you 
should say hi to Mrs. Sartori though! (she plays in the 1st violin section)
The Olympia Symphony Orchestra

This is a great website from which to order sheet music and accessories for string instruments.
Shar Music

The Kronos String Quartet specializes in experimental techniques and music by new composers.  
They perform some really cool stuff!  This is a link to one of their (many) YouTube videos (check out 
that awesome viola solo!).  You can find out more about them at their website:  
The Kronos Quartet is one of Mrs. Sartori's FAVORITE ensembles, and she was lucky enough to see a 
live performance once in Miami, Florida.
The Kronos String Quartet (video)

I bet you've never heard the Bach Double played like this before!  :)
Taro Hakase & Iwao Furusawa - Swingin' Bach (video)

This is the website of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra's education program.  There's LOTS of great 
info and fun things to do at this site.  Music history, music theory, music games, practice tips, 
instrument info pages, free blank printable staff paper -- explore and enjoy!
DSO Kids

Your source for anything and everything CELLO.
The Internet Cello Society

This orchestra-specific magazine has a great website with lots of info on string technique, 
instruments, ensembles, scholarships, music camps/schools, famous performers  -- no subscription 
required :)
Strings Magazine

Don't have a metronome?  You do now!  This is a free metronome you can view and use through your 
internet browser.  This website also has great tips for practicing and improving your rhythms.
Free Online Metronome

Don't have a chromatic tuner?  You do now!  This is a free chromatic tuner you can use through 
your internet browser (just click "Allow" when it asks for access to your microphone).  Just make 
sure your computer's microphone is working, and play toward it, and the chromatic tuner will tell 
you if your note is a little flat, a little sharp, or EXACTLY in tune.  This works best if you're trying to 
check tuning of individual strings, or if you want to see if you've landed on a specific note in tune.  
Make sure to hold the note long and loud so the tuner can hear it!
Free Online Chromatic Tuner

Need to write some music down?  This link will take you to an image of blank staff paper that you can 
print off and use!  Need it in a different format (landscape, different clefs, bigger/smaller lines, etc.)?  
Try doing a Google Images search for "blank staff paper" and find one you like.
Free, printable, blank staff paper

Need to write some music down?  Don't want to use good ol' paper-and-pencil?  
Noteflight is an online music notation service that lets you compose, edit, and print music.  Sign up 
for a free account, and start writing some great music!

Ever wondered if there are OTHER instruments out there?  Ever wanted to invent your own 
instruments?  Check out the menagerie of strange musical creations at!
Odd Instruments

Manipulate pitch, rhythm, scale, timbre, sound-envelope, and orchestration to create a soundworld 
of abstract musical creatures.  CAUTION: HIGHLY ADDICTIVE!!!  :)
Musical Sea Creatures

This website describes some of the artistry behind violin design.

For 6th grade orchestra, click on the link below to hear a recording of "Night in Vienna" (click on the 
button with the white notes on it next to the words "purchase mp3" recording; you do NOT have to pay 
for anything to listen to it online!).  Try practicing along with it!
6th grade orch: "Night in Vienna

For 7th grade orchestra, here's a link to a YouTube video of the Berlin Philharmonic playing the "real" 
version of the Johann Strauss's Emperor Waltz. There's a march-like section at the beginning, and the 
music we have starts at about 2:15 in the video.
7th grade orch: "Emperor Waltz"

For 8th grade orchestra, here's a link to a YouTube video of Leroy Anderson's "Wassail Song" -- it 
goes by pretty quick!
8th grade orch: "Wassail Song"

For 8th grade orchestra; to play "Five Ukrainians In A Bell Tower," you need to know Dave Brubeck's 
"Take Five."  Put it on your iPod, see if you can keep the 5-count beat while listening to it!  Remember, 
8th notes are swung!
8th grade orch: "Take Five"

"I'm not interested in having an orchestra sound like itself. I want it to sound like the composer."

-Leonard Bernstein