Notes for a workshop given for Hayward School District Music Teachers on a HAYWARD SIP DAY - February 9, 1998



The World Wide Web for Music Teachers

1. What is the Web/Internet? What is the difference? The internet is all connected computers - includes e-mail gopher, World Wide Web, etc.. The WWW is the subset of the internet that uses graphical interface (or browser) and HyperText Mark-up Language to give you graphics and muti-media on the internet.

2. What is "HyperText"? It is text (or a picture) usually highlighted in a colour and underlined, that it takes you somewhere else on the World Wide Web when you click "the mouse" on it. By using "hypertext" on the world wide web, the old addage about only being six degrees (or links) away from knowing any one in the world applies to information as well. And the links are all readily accessible with a click of the mouse!

2 a. What is a "Browser" A Browser is a program that reads and interprets HyperText Mark-up Language (HTML) making it easier for you to read, see, and enjoy.

3. Navigating the Net

- What is a "URL"? Universal Resource Locator - the address on the world wide web - usually starts with "http;//" All Websites have one. You can find the URL for any site using a "Search Engine".

- Entering a URL: To go to a page that you know the URL for, just type in the "http://....." address you have into the "location" window at the top of the browser and hit "return", or click "go to location" under "FIND " in the main menu of your browser and type the URL there.

- Using a Search engine:

- Altavista:

- Yahoo:

- Yahoo music education:

- Dogpile:

- HotBot:

- Making Bookmarks

If you would like to go back to a site you are currently "browsing" go to the "Bookmark" heading in Netscape and let go on the "Make Bookmark" text. Now your "browser will have a permanenet hypertext reference to the page you are currently browsing.

- "Hot Hits" at various sites. Another way to find new sites is to go to the "links" section of a page you already know and find of interest. Examples are:

Music Education Online:

AMC links:

ARTSEDGE Conference Advocacy Links:


4. Music Resources you can find:

My Site: Virtual Music Classroom:

Starlight, Star bright - A set of pages to print to have kids write and illustrate their own musicbook for this well-known s-m-l song: page 1 page 2 page3 page4

Basic Information:

- Kodály resources:

KSC: Heavy on bibliogrphy of Kodály materials available.


Suite 101 on Kodály:

"The Kodály Philosophy":

- Advocacy


American Music Conference:

Online Conference at ARTSEDGE:

A Personal Advocacy page:

- Print Resources, Bibliographies, discographies, etc.:

Kodaly Print Resources:

Music Education Print Resources:

MERB: Music Education Resource Base:

- Lesson Plans:


Teaching World Rhythms:

Resources for Music Teachers from Cynthia Shirk:

MIDI Resources for teachers from the same source:

- Commercial Resources:

Zzounds World Music - Great description of music and instruments from around the world. Who cares if they also want to sell them to you!?

Interactive Resources:

A listserv is a discussion groupses e-mail to allow members to send messages to all other members of a particular interest group. Join a listserv and receive and send messages to otheres who share your interest around the world. Here are some examples:

Kennedy Center's Music Education listserv: MUSIC-ED: e-mail to: "" in body of message type: "subscribe music-ed your name"

A Kodaly listserv: e-mail to: in body of message type: "subscribe"

New Music Educators List: Maintained by David Reider at BBN in Cambridge, MA e-mail to: in body of message type: "subscribe music"

EMUSIC-L discusses more esoteric aspects of electronic music - performance, music theory, composition, and synthesis, while SYNTH-L discusses the technical details of composing, recording, and performing electronic music - hardware, software, recording technique, and the like. Subscribe using the online registration form located at:

ASTA-L Listserv for members of the American String Teachers Association e-mail to: LISTSERV@CMSUVMB.CMSU.EDU in body of message type: "Subscribe ASTA-L your name"

Find other listservs at:

Incredible list of lists in music: Directory of Musical E-mail Lists

ARTSEDGE list of Education and arts ed listservs:


Composers In Electronic Residence- CIER is an interactive conference site designed to explore original student music in the classroom. Through a dynamic exchange of midi music files and comments, schools from Canada, United States, Europe and Japan communicate with professional composers:

5. Hearing Music

There are 2 types of sound files available on the internet. One provides snippets of standard recordings. These can be someones voice or recorded music. These files take up a great deal of memory if they are very long, so only small sound bites are available.

The other type of music file available on the net are MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Inrerface) files. Due to the simple , yet powerful MIDI language, these files can be easly downloaded and used by your computer.This presentation will look only at sound files, and will focus only on MIDI files.

You need 3 things to hear MIDI files on the internet:

1. a sound card that will read sounds and interpret them (ALL MacIntoshes have this built in. PC's will have to have a "Sound Card installed).

2. speakers to play the sounds (again all Macs have at least small ones built in)..

3. A synthesizer

All of these are built into Macs except the last. Fortunately there are now free synthesizers that work in conjunction with your "browser" to provide MIDI music for your computer. One of the best examples of this is the MIDPlug plug-in computer program (a "plug-in" is any computer program that works in conjunction with you r broser to bring you music or movies or other multimedia events) . Find this at

To download it follow the instructions on the page.

6. Other sites of interest (thanks to Vicki Schmidt for these links!)


CMEA Bay section:

ChoralNet Web site: Click on the "Referene, Research" button. you'll find a link to the "MUSICA" database containing thousands of titles with accompanying information. Make your inquiry as specific as you like.

Other links will also assist in finding repertoire and information about various composers.

You can also download IPA fonts (fonts for phonetic pronunciations of words in any language) at: or

To contact publishers around the world in Choral Music go to:

Other choral resources on the net:

The MUSIC International Database of IFCM online choral music database with about 65,000 entries - access at: or at the ChoralNet page at:

Byron Hoyt:


National Music Publisher's Association searchable database:

Columbia University's Music List:

Electronic Music Interactive:

Words to kids song On the Net - a database:

A Music Teacher's Handbook to Understanding and Using the Internet:

Other FREE Resources from

If you have questions, email Kit at: