Music Theory and Composition – Music Theory and Composition is the official website of the Don Rath Jr. The site offers an extensive collection of multimedia articles related to music theory and music composition. In addition to being a composer, Mr. Rath is also an author. He has penned most all of the articles on this site. The content includes articles and information about historically significant composers, music history, music as related to its impact on health, the acoustics of music, artist interviews, the art of luthiery and of course his free online music theory and composition course called Scales in Music – A Tonal System. Mr. Rath is currently working on an extensive and comprehensive article series covering all of the musical ornaments as applied to music composition. Here is the link to the introduction to the Embellishments in Music article series.
The biography of contemporary instrumental composer Don Rath Jr. is available by clicking on his official banner above. To learn more about him and his music, follow the “pages” side of the Music Theory and Composition website as this site also serves as his official website.
International and US Music Industry Links
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National Association for Music Education – MENC: The National Association for Music Education, the world’s largest arts education organization, marked its centennial in 2007 as the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. More than 130,000 members represent all levels of teaching from preschool to graduate school. Since 1907, MENC has worked to ensure that every student has access to a well-balanced, comprehensive, and high-quality program of music instruction taught by qualified teachers. MENC’s activities and resources have been largely responsible for the establishment of music education as a profession, for the promotion and guidance of music study as an integral part of the school curriculum, and for the development of the National Standards for Arts Education.
National String Project Consortium – The National String Project Consortium (NSPC) is a coalition of String Project sites based at colleges and universities across the United States. The NSPC is dedicated to increasing the number of children playing stringed instruments, and addressing the critical shortage of string teachers in the US. The NSPC is affiliated with businesses, foundations, professional music organizations, and individuals who support these goals.
Music For All – Founded in 1975, Music for All has been making a difference in the lives of young people for more than thirty years. Music for All strives to provide quality avenues for learning and excellence in music education for the nation’s high school students and directors. Playing to a national audience, Music for All’s mission is infused with a positive vision that touches lives forever.
VH1 Save the Music Organization – The VH1 Save The Music Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving elementary school children of all backgrounds and, diversities. In its capacity as a public charity, the Foundation operates in affiliation with, but separately from, VH1 the cable music channel.
The VH1 Save The Music Foundation provides a unique service in its efforts to improve the current state of education. The Foundation works directly to support only music education programs and does not provide any money to the school or school district. Instead, The Foundation provides complete band, string, keyboard, or guitar programs to benefiting schools. It is our belief that by providing instruments and not funding, our contribution will be used for its intended purpose: the restoration of public school music programs.
Sound Feelings – Music Classroom Supplies, Violin Fingerboard Charts, Slide-A-Note music classroom posters assist music teachers teaching how to read music for violin, viola, cello and bass.
Support Music – Music and the arts are vital to every child’s education. Is your child’s music program in danger of being cut? This site offers effective tips for taking action and the latest evidence of music’s importance.
Revive your community’s commitment. Use Support Music to face the challenge head on. You CAN make a difference!
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Artists and Composers
Alex Shapiro is an amazing composer of instrumental music spanning the orchestral, world, electro-acoustic and virtual music genres. Her music has been performed worldwide and she is featured on over 20 CD’s.
She has given us an opportunity to post a featured article about her. Please feel free to stop in more information about the life of this amazing composer, Alex Shapiro.
Christopher Tin was awarded the 2010 Grammy Award held in March for his debut album Calling All Dawns. The album was two years in the making and features the circular album concept. This is a must hear CD!
We featured the album and did an exclusive interview with Christopher Tin which was posted on the Music Theory and Composition website. Please stop in to review his work and a very cool video of his Grammy award winning composition Baba Yetu.
Gary Forbes – Composer & Pianist
An extraordinary Pianist and Composer who has been a headliner throughout the world stage. Take a moment to check out his music and his website as you will not be disappointed.
Gary Forbes has been a featured artist/composer at our blog. Please stop in for a sneak preview of the amazing accomplishments of Gary Forbes.
John O’Neill has been a music educator for over 35 years and a conductor for 21 years. He resides in Minden Nevada with his wife, Nelle, (an award winning violin maker), their cat (Antonio Stradivari) and their dog (Charlee) in Douglas County, Nevada at the eastern foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountain range overlooking the beautiful Carson Valley.
We featured John and Nelle O’Neill in a recent article in our blog we hope you will enjoy. Two lives woven together creating a tapestry of service in providing music education for children and for violin and viola players.
Michael DeMaria is not only a Doctor of Psychiatry he is also a composer, multi-instrumentalist and twice nominated for a Grammy Award. He most predominately plays the Native American Flute.
We featured Michael in an exclusive article where his music, video and general information were included to introduce you to this incredible composer/performer. The featured article is available for your perusal at Micheal DeMaria, a featured artist and composer.
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations. It is dedicated to developing a balanced and accessible international intellectual property (IP) system, which rewards creativity, stimulates innovation and contributes to economic development while safeguarding the public interest.
WIPO was established by the WIPO Convention in 1967 with a mandate from its Member States to promote the protection of IP throughout the world through cooperation among states and in collaboration with other international organizations. Its headquarters are in Geneva, Switzerland.
UNESCO – Culture – Here you will find additional information about Copyrights. UNESCO is committed to promoting copyright protection since its early days (the Universal Copyright Convention was adopted under UNESCO’s aegis in 1952), UNESCO has over time grown concerned with ensuring general respect for copyright in all fields of creation and cultural industries. It conducts, in the framework of the Global Alliance for Cultural Diversity, awareness-raising and capacity-building projects, in addition to information, training and research in the field of copyright law. It is particularly involved in developing new initiatives to fight against piracy.
Please feel free to stop in to learn more and regular updates about UNESCO and the amazing work they are doing.
International Intellectual Property Alliance The International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA) is a private sector coalition formed in 1984 to represent the U.S. copyright-based industries in bilateral and multilateral efforts to improve international protection of copyrighted materials.
The Copyright Alliance – The Copyright Alliance is a non-profit, non-partisan educational organization dedicated to the value of copyright as an agent for creativity, jobs and growth. This organization operates out of Washington D.C.
Copyright Royalty Board – The Copyright Royalty Board issues announcements, rules, proposed rules, and other notices in the Federal Register, an official U.S. government publication published daily by the National Archives and Records Administration.
U.S. Library of Congress – is a vast resource for everyone.
U.S. Copyright Office – This is the place to learn about and to get information, forms, access to the actual and operative US Copyright Law, among a gazillion other topics. If you have any question about Copyrights this is the place to start your search.
Mechanical Copyright Protection Society – The MCPS-PRS Alliance is the home of the world’s best songwriters, composers and music publishers based in the UK.
Music United – An excellent internet source for educating people on copyright infringement. Includes a link page to legal download sites.
Legal Services – Attorneys and Law
Free Patents Online – The FreePatentsOnline search engine is one of the most powerful, fastest and easiest patent search engines on the web. It provides free patent searching, free PDF downloading, allows annotating documents and sharing them, and free alerts for new documents.
Chicago Symphony Orchestra The CSO is a musical force in Chicago and around the world. More than 150 performances and events a year. 107 talented musicians, two internationally renowned conductors, two award-winning composers-in-residence. Find out everything you need and want to know about the Chicago Symphony Orchestra through this link.
Rockford Symphony Orchestra – This Orchestra is in my home town of Rockford Illinois. Their mission statement reads – “To lead in the creation of vibrant music experiences that enlighten, educate, and entertain.”
Incorporated in 1943, the Rockford Symphony Orchestra is one of the leading cultural institutions in Northern Illinois, performing over twenty classical and pops concerts annually.
ICS – Orchestra Listing – This is another really nice collection of links to orchestras around the world. Although there are duplicates both lists have unique sites on them. Definitely worth checking out. The second list is on the Internet Cello Society’s website and is maintained by them. For more information about them please visit their main site at Internet Cello Society.
Orchestra Listing – This a very good listing of orchestras from around the world offering links to the specific orchestras as compiled by the Indiana University School of Music.
William and Gayle Cook Music Library Indiana University School of Music Worldwide Internet Music Resource
Chamber Music International - Chamber Music International is a nonprofit organization offering performances of the world’s most enduring and beautiful music played by its most acclaimed virtuosos.
Chamber Music Society – The purposes for which The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center is created are to stimulate and support the appreciation, performance and composition of chamber music.(Based in New York)
Chamber Music America - CMA values a passion for chamber music in all of its manifestations; a commitment to a diverse membership, embracing performers and audiences at every level of experience, knowledge, and ability; support of the chamber music professional and the encouragement of excellence; collaboration, and chamber music’s potential to exemplify democracy, tolerance, and humanity; and respect for tradition, experimentation and innovation.
Friends of Chamber Music – Since 1975, The Friends of Chamber Music has presented the world’s finest chamber musicians to Kansas City’s audiences. With an annual season of more than 20 performances featuring internationally acclaimed artists and ensembles, The Friends of Chamber Music provide the highest of quality artistic experiences for music lovers in the community.
Musical Instrument Resources
NAMM – National Association of Music Merchandisers provides trade shows throughout the year enabling the manufacturers of the latest products and services to demonstrate their wares.
Here is a link to videos produced from the last Los Angeles NAMM Show – NAMM Videos. In this way you can experience one of the most incredible music manufacturers conventions available today.
Conn-Selmer – Conn-Selmer, Inc. is the leading manufacturer and distributor of band and orchestral instruments for professional, amateur and student use. The Company manufactures and distributes its products under a variety of well-known brand names, including Vincent Bach brass , Selmer USA woodwinds, C.G. Conn brass, King brass, Armstrong woodwinds, Ludwig and Musser percussion and Glaesel string instruments.
Other brands include Scherl & Roth and William Lewis & Son string instruments, Emerson flutes, Benge brass and Artley woodwinds. Under its Leblanc, Inc. division, purchased in 2004, the company also manufactures and distributes Leblanc, Holton, Noblet, Vito band instruments.
Conn-Selmer is also the exclusive North American distributor for Selmer (Paris) professional brass and woodwinds. They are the U.S. distributor for saxophones under the label of Yanagisawa saxophones.
Please visit Conn-Selmer to gain direct access to their accessories, artists, and educational sections. Read about their history, search for a serial number for your own instrument or learn about employment with them.
The Violin Website – This is a multilingual resource site for most things related to the Violin such as; Pedagogy resources, teacher directory, luthier, midi files, bookstore, instruments, accessories, musicians, violin music and playing/performance techniques.
The Viola Website – The Viola Web Site has established itself as an important portal for violists on the web. Through its mailing lists, The Viola Web Site provides a forum for violists to discuss, work together and inform each other of their viola-related activities, such as upcoming events, plans for the next viola congress, development of new chapters. All viola societies around the world are represented.
The Viola Web Site also helps viola societies worldwide to create their own web presence, and provides them with permanent web address under www.viola.com, even if their web site is not hosted at www.viola.com .
Cello – Wikipedia – Chock full of links for researching many topics about the Cello.
StringWorks – Looking for a Cello, Violin, or a Viola? Check this out!
The Grammy Awards – The Recording Academy – Now in their 54th year of celebrating music through the GRAMMY Awards, The Recording Academy continues its rich legacy and ongoing growth as the premier outlet for honoring achievements in the recording arts and supporting the music community.
The GRAMMYs are the only peer-presented award to honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position.
World Music Awards – The World Music Awards is an International Ceremony featuring the worlds highest selling Artists. Awards are granted based upon sales generated from fans of the winning artists not an industry panel of judges.
Country Music Awards – The Official home and website for CMT and the Country Music Awards.
Los Angeles Music Awards – Now in it’s 17th year, the Los Angeles Music Awards organization is the longest running major awards show for independent artists. The Los Angeles Music Awards was founded in 1991.
BigToeStudio – BigToeStudio is a Vancouver Washington recording studio as well as a provider of many services that meet or exceeds the needs of recording musicians. Contact Allen “Big Al” Wagner for very excellent studio work. I personally and highly recommended BigToeStudio for helping you to put together your next CD project.
PSN PodCast - PSN PodCast is a weekly PodCast for the amateur and professional recording musician… “The Unsung Heroes of the Music Business” – News, Interviews and Talk
supporting recording musicians. Hosted by Alan “Big Al” Wagner and Michael “Big Honey” Bolan.
Recording Studios – BKP Music is one of leading Dubai Based Music, Audio & Video Production Company with over 9 state of the art Sound Studios established across the Middle East.
The Music Library Report – The Music Library Report is a useful informational site for those writing music for film and TV. “Composers and songwriters rate the music libraries”. Definitely worth a peek!
Societies and Organizations
Musical Organizations & Professional Societies – This is an excellent collection of resources for music related organizations and societies throughout the world. This site is made available through the Indiana University School of Music. A must visit if you are seeking resources related to music.
National Endowment For The Arts – The National Endowment for the Arts is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts, both new and established; bringing the arts to all Americans; and providing leadership in arts education.
International Society for Music Education – ISME or The International Society for Music Education (ISME) believes that lived experiences of music, in all their many aspects, are a vital part of the life of all people. ISME’s mission is to enhance those experiences by: building and maintaining a worldwide community of music educators characterized by mutual respect and support; fostering global intercultural understanding and cooperation among the world’s music educators; and promoting music education for people of all ages in all relevant situations throughout the world.
Note: Once you have figured out that paying it forward is what is vitally important to maintain the philosophy of “One World” and fostering the ongoing continuation and development of music, music creation and performance of music, you will want to become more involved in this organization as a contributor in whatever way you can.
The Violin Society of America – Another great sight for those interested in the violin. Includes; activities, conventions, competitions and news. Also includes resources for the violin, viola, cello and bass for making, restoring, playing, instrument histories, acoustics, buying/selling and collecting these instruments.The Violin Society is a wealth of information and a fantastic resource for the violinist.
International Viola Society – The International Viola Society (the “IVS” or “the Society”) is the umbrella organization that governs and supports existing and future national and regional organized groups or “National Sections” of violists. The Society is a non-profit organization that promotes and supports activities that serve the common good for all friends of the viola.
Viola Archive – Brigham Young University – This is a tremendous archive of resources and information for the Violists of the world. A superb resource. The Primrose International Viola Archive is of inestimable value to violists worldwide in your search to rediscover the best music written for the instrument.
American Viola Society – Very excellent resource and organization for all things related to the Viola! A must visit site.
The Internet Cello Society – The Internet Cello Society, an international cyber-community of cellists, seeks to advance the knowledge and joy of cello playing around the world. ICS welcomes cello enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels. They currently have over 16120 members representing 84 different countries of the world.
International Society of Bassists – The ultimate multilingual website founded by Gary Karr in 1967 for all things for the bassist. Another must visit site. Really!
Including a bass club directory, publications and online journal, event listings, convention schedules, competitions and online store. If you play bass or are interested in learning more about the bass this site will prove itself to be of great value to you.
Music Trade Journals – An impressive listing of music trade journals, periodicals, magazines and newspapers related to the music industry. Produced by the Indiana University School of Music.
William and Gayle Cook Music Library
Indiana University School of Music
Worldwide Internet Music Resources
Classical Guitar Magazine – Whatever your place in the exciting, fascinating, and friendly world of the guitar, you will find something to interest you in Classical Guitar Magazine. Packed with information for the player, the teacher, the student and the listener, Classical Guitar is the only monthly publication dedicated to the instrument and is read by musicians in over 80 countries worldwide.
Guitar Review – An excellent Classical Guitar Magazine – Please note that this site may be active but I believe the publication may be out of print as no issue has been release for some time now and orders for back issues are not being accepted.
World Guitarist An excellent publication for Classical Guitar. If you are interested in the classical guitar this is a must visit website.
The Guitar Foundation of America – Founded in 1973, the Guitar Foundation of America (GFA) is America’s leading guitar organization. The GFA provides its members the combined advantages of a guitar society, a library, a publisher, a continuing educational resource, and an arts council.
The Arts Journal – The Daily Digest of Arts, Culture & Ideas
Strings – An excellent site, magazine and forum for young string players.
Performing Songwriter – A great site and magazine for the “GigMaster” in you. By the way – their CD’s are pretty good too.
Conductor, Composer and Songwriter Resources
Conductors Guild – The Guild is concerned with the art and the craft of conducting. The Guild’s overall goal is to enhance the professionalism of conductors by serving as a clearing house for knowledge and information regarding the art and practice of conducting; further, to support the artistic growth of orchestras, bands, choruses and other conducted ensembles. The Guild has a broader potential role as well: to communicate to the music community the views and opinions of the conducting profession, for which the Guild serves as a collective voice.
Classical Composers – Links Source – This website offers a very good collection of links to composers, publishers, radio and sound as well as musicians. It is well worth you time to review this site as there are additional items of interest including a published newsletter and performance date listings. Please check it out!
Composer-Conductor Bridge – The purpose of this site is to help conductors locate new scores by living composers that are of high quality, inexpensive, and suitable for performance by their ensembles. Many such scores are unpublished, unperformed, and written by composers who are not well-known. Consequently, they can be very difficult to find. Participation in the CCBRIDGE project is free. It was originally set up to promote new orchestral works but has now been expanded to include band and choral music as well.
Society of Composers – . . .dedicated to the promotion of composition, performance, understanding and dissemination of new and contemporary music. . .
American Composers Alliance – As a non-profit organization dedicated to American classical music, ACA is a publisher, archivist, custodian, and concert presenter with a history dating back to 1937. Our catalog of works is one of the most unique and diverse collections of music in the world and includes compositions by Otto Luening, Vladimir Ussachevsky, Robert Helps, Dane Rudhyar, Karl and Vally Weigl, Halsey Stevens, Miriam Gideon, and many, many others.
Meet The Composer – Meet The Composer was founded in 1974 as a project of the New York State Council on the Arts. Led by the visionary composer John Duffy, Meet The Composer sought to enable composers to make a living writing music, and to increase their visible presence as creative artists. Since then, Meet The Composer has grown to become a national organization, serving composers of every kind of music throughout the United States.
FYI – Meet the Composer and the American Music Center are currently joining forces for the benefit of all of their membership. (5/2011)
The American Music Center – The American Music Center is a national service organization and information center dedicated to building a national community for new American Music.
The Living Composers Project – The Living Composers Project is a non-profit database begun in 2000, which aims to provide composers, listeners, performers, and researchers with a source of information about the music of our time. If you are seeking information and/or links to living Composers please visit the excellent resource of The Living Composers Project.
Songwriters Guild of America – For the yet-to-be published writer, the Guild offers education, critiques, pitch opportunities, competitions, performance nights and other chances to hone and share their craft. For the professional writer the SGA offers assistance with publishing, royalty audits and collection, catalog administration, legislative advocacy and more.
National Association of Composers – USA – NACUSA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Founded by Henry Hadley in 1933, it is one of the oldest organizations devoted to the promotion and performance of American concert hall music. Many of America’s most distinguished composers have been among its members. NACUSA presents several chamber concerts each year that feature music by its members.
Classical Net – Classical Net features more than 6800 files including more than 5000 CD, SACD, DVD and Book reviews and over 5300 links to other classical music web sites.
Classical Composer Database – Welcome to one of the greatest online resources of information about classical music composers. This is an extensive database of Classical Music Composers both deceased and living. Database count exceeds 3,000 Composers.
Composition Today – Composition Today offers a huge range resources exclusively for composers. This is a membership site with a fee to gain full access to it.
Music Software – Notation
Sibelius – One of the professional choices for Music Notation. Sibelius software is an essential software for writing, playing, printing and publishing music notation. Sibelius 6 will keep you inspired and help you take your ideas even further.
Finale – Finale music notation software is one of the essential and professional software programs for creating music and for publishing print music. It is an excellent product for composers and songwriters. Many consider it to be the best product of its kind.
Arkiv Music – Arkiv Music is an excellent resource for Classical Sheet Music.
Music Marketing and Social Networks
CDBaby – An excellent resource for getting digital distribution of music. CDBaby also hosts websites and provides bar codes for those in need of them.
Classical Lounge – This is a Classical Music Social Network featuring composers, performers, well, anything and everything related to Classical Music.
MusicDish Network – MusicDish Network is the artist development department of MusicDish LLC, a leading music magazine publisher and marketing firm. Launched in 2001 as a marketing service for independent artists, MusicDish Network has grown into a complete artist development program, leveraging brand development, saturated and relationship marketing, digital distribution and industry outreach to support emerging artists’ and bands’ careers.
Musicares – Mission; MusiCares provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. MusiCares’ services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, and each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality. MusiCares also focuses the resources and attention of the music industry on human service issues that directly impact the health and welfare of the music community.
Niagara Hospice Organization – Niagara Hospice is dedicated to providing the right care, in the right place, at the right time. More information about Niagara Hospice, their services and the Memorial Butterfly Release Event, including other events sponsored throughout the year can be found by visiting the official Niagara Hospice website at Niagara Hospice Organization. Your can contact Niagara Hospice at (716) 439-4417.
Classical Music – Misc. Sites
Classical Music Archive – An excellent resource for learning about Classical Music, Composers and Music History. Downloads available on this site.
Naxos – The Worlds leading Classical Music Label
Deutsche Grammophon – If your into classical music and opera, you will enjoy this excellent site for discovering who is doing what in the classical music and opera genres from around the world.
New Music Box – The Web Magazine from the American Music Center.
Music Business – General
Recording Industry Association of America – The trade group that represents the US Recording Industry. It is also your source for ISRC codes.
SoundExchange – This is the US Copyright Office designee for the collection of statutory royalties for copyright owners, featured and non-featured artists and labels.
The Harry Fox Agency – The foremost mechanical licensing collection and distribution agency for music publishers in the USA.
Music Publishers and Associations
Boosey & Hawkes – Boosey & Hawkes is the largest specialist classical music publishing company in the world. Boosey & Hawkes is a global publisher, with offices in New York, London, and Berlin and a network of agents in every major country.
Boosey & Hawkes controls the rights to more than 116,000 works of music and choreography, from many of the world’s most famous classical composers, including Stravinsky, Rachmaninoff, Benjamin Britten and Prokofieff. It also works with many of the world’s most renowned living composers such as Peter Maxwell Davies, Karl Jenkins, John Adams and Steve Reich.
By clicking here you will be taken to a links page on the Boosey & Hawkes Website. The links are a collection of serious Composers.
Music Publishers’ Association of the United States – Founded in 1895, the Music Publishers Association is the oldest music trade organization in the United States, fostering communication among publishers, dealers, music educators, and all ultimate users of music.
National Music Publishers’ Association – The largest US Music publishing trade organization. NMPA is the parent organization of the mechanical rights organization The Harry Fox Agency, Inc.
Association of Independent Music Publishers – AIMP is an organization that serves the independent music publisher through education and supporting business functions.