American Choral Directors Association
The American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) is a nonprofit music education organization whose purpose is to promote excellence in choral music through performance, composition, publication, research, and teaching. ACDA members teach choral music in public and private schools: kindergarten through high school, and at college and university levels. The Web site provides information regarding publications, conventions, local and state organizations, discussion forums, plus an online store.
American Music Therapy Association
Website of the American Music Therapy Association. Excellent site for anyone in search of a Music Therapist or a Music Therapist looking for a new position. Convention and membership information for clinics and seminars listed.
American Orff-Schulwerk Association
The American Orff-Schulwerk Association is a professional organization of music and movement educators dedicated to the creative teaching approach developed by Carl Orff and Gunild Keetman. Orff Schulwerk uses poems, rhymes, games, songs, and dances as examples and basic materials. Categories of information on the Web site include: conferences and events, grants and scholarships, local chapter information, organization publications, and an online store. The organization membership form is also available online.
American String Teachers Association
The American String Teachers Association with National School Orchestra Association promotes excellence in string and orchestra teaching and playing. Members include students, teachers, and performing artists, and services are tailored to the level of member need. Web site information includes publications, conference and workshop information, job postings, and links to state chapters.
ASCAP – The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
ASCAP is a membership association of more than 120,000 U.S. composers, songwriters, and publishers of every kind of music. Membership also extends to hundreds of thousands worldwide. ASCAP is the only U.S. performing rights organization created and controlled by composers, songwriters, and music publishers, with a Board of Directors elected by and from the membership. Information on the Web site includes membership information, music licensing, legislation, and featured business articles and interviews. Of special interest to students and teachers may be Junior ASCAP Members (JAM), intended for students interested in music.
BMI is an American performing rights organization that represents approximately 300,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in all genres of music. The nonprofit company, founded in 1940, collects license fees on behalf of those American creators it represents, as well as thousands of creators from around the world who chose BMI for representation in the United States. The Web site provides information for members and visitors. Visitors will find “About BMI” a good place to begin exploring the site. Features include a listening room, news, showcases, and legislative updates. QuickTime or RealPlayer is required for files in the Listening Room.
Classical Music Resources
Resources include links to sites on significant composers, contributions to modern day music, and significant musical pieces.
CMEA – California Music Educators Association
The California Music Educators Association (CMEA) is a professional organization devoted to music education. Event information can be found under Festivals and State Conference. Select CMEA sections to go to regional event information.
A monthly online magazine exploring many aspects of piano music. Each month there are featured articles by composers, teachers, or performers. Visitors to the site can learn about the featured authors’ publications, background, or performance/workshop schedule. A free printable music sample will be included in at least one of the articles each month.
Electronic Music Foundation
Electronic Music Foundation (EMF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing public understanding of the role that electronic music, in its myriad forms and technologies, plays in our world. Their mission is one of outreach and support. Select EMF Institute to view information on the past and future of electronic music. The site also provides a calendar of events, links to software downloads, and professional opportunities. Links to workshops and classes for students and teachers can be found under Professional Opportunities. Grant links are also provided located under Professional Opportunities.
MENC: The National Association for Music Education
The purpose of the MENC: the National Music Educators Association is to advance music education by encouraging the study and making of music. Members include music teachers, university faculty, researchers, college students preparing to be teachers, high school honor society members and MusicFriends, and community members who support music education. Information on the site includes publications, job information, Web resources, and discussion forums focused on areas of interest. A first-time visitor to the site may want to select the Index to get an overview of resources and information available. A search feature is also available for the site.
The National Association of Teachers of Singing
This is the official Web site of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). NATS is a nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging the highest standards of singing through excellence in teaching and the promotion of vocal education and research. The organization’s goals include the professional advancement of the talented and the enrichment of the general public. Membership in the National Association of Teachers of Singing is open to any citizen of any country whose professional training and experience qualify him or her as a teacher of singing. There are three levels of new membership: Full Membership, Associate Membership, and Affiliate Membership.
Percussive Arts Society
The Web site of the Percussive Arts Society is informative and useful for both teachers and students. Search for in-depth information on anything regarding percussion technique, instruments, education, research, performance, and appreciation throughout the world. Click on the small blue magnifying glass symbol in the upper right to see an overview of the whole site. An online magazine is included for the latest percussion news plus valuable links.
Plankroad Publishing/Music K-8.com
Web site for Plankroad Publishing, publisher of “Music K-8 Magazine” and many other elementary and middle school level Music Education supplies. “Music K-8” is a Music Educators Magazine that is printed five times a year. Each issue includes reproducible songs, games, special features, or seasonal resources, all designed to immediately use in the classroom. Plankroad also produces packaged musical reviews, musical plays, and most supplies used by elementary music teachers. E-mail for a free sample package.
S.C.S.B.O.A. Web Site
Web site of the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association. The Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association is a nonprofit organization whose active membership is drawn primarily from educational institutions — elementary schools, junior high/middle schools, senior high schools, colleges, and universities. Web site resources include Job Postings/Openings, Calendar of SCSBOA Judged Concert Festivals, Field Show Tournaments, Parades and Honor Group Auditions, and Concerts