Lesson Books & Materials

Coming soon – a list of lesson books required by each teacher.
The Wisconsin School Music Association has a wonderful list of solos & ensembles that students anywhere can use.

Shop locally

Miles Ahead Music is a great place for instrument repair (that’s where Kate brings her horns), instruments, supplies and musical gifts.
Mel Owen Music has an excellent string, brass & woodwind rental program and also sells music supplies, equipment and instruments.
Gist Piano Center sells, tunes and repairs new and used pianos, and is where we purchased our digital pianos.
Music-Go-Round carries a wide range of used instruments for sale.
The Doo Wop Shop has amazingly low prices on guitar rentals.

Shop online

J. W. Pepper Music carries a wide selection of books and sheet music, and is where NBMS purchases music for the school library.
Manniero’s Sheet Music Specialists also carries books and sheet music.
The Woodwind and Brasswind carries a wide selection of brass and woodwind instruments, supplies and equipment.
The Music Stand and Friendship House both sell cool musical-themed gifts, clothing and accessories.

Listen to music

WUOL 90.5FM is Louisville’s classical public radio station. Stream it live here. NMBS is a proud underwriter of the Public Radio Partnership.
iTunes is a free computer program to organize and play your music library, and also an online store where you can purchase songs.

Join an ensemble

Louisville Youth Band is a terrific opportunity for brass, woodwind and percussion players age 11-21.
Louisville Youth Orchestra is open to string, brass, woodwind and percussion players and is one of the oldest youth orchestras in the US.
The Ballard High School Band is a great program to look into when applying to high schools in Jefferson County!

Attend a live performance

The University of Louisville School of Music has terrific student and faculty performances throughout the year.
The Louisville Orchestra is a professional orchestra that features an educational program for children called “orKIDStra.”
The Louisville Ballet features some of the most beautiful music ever written, albeit pre-recorded.
The Jazz Factory is Louisville’s premier venue for live jazz. Can ya dig it, Daddy-O?
The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts hosts local and touring concerts and productions of all genres.
The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra is well worth the 90 minute drive. Bravo!

Make practicing easier

Metronome Online is a free online metronome to use when you practice.
Band Instrument Fingering Charts will show you new fingerings (and remind you of old ones).

Learn something new

DSO Kids is a great website from the Dallas Symphony Orchestra – spend some time here having fun!
SFS Kids is another great website- this one is from the San Francisco Symphony. (Thanks, Megan McD!)
This Day in Music History tells you why today is important.
MusicTheoryNet helps you learn music theory – the science, math and grammar of music.
Finale Notepad is a free music composition program that lets you compose and print your own music like a pro.

French horn stuff

Osmun Music is the only place to go for major horn repairs and service (screw-bell conversion, etc) and high-end horn purchases.
Hornplayer.Net is a vibrant community for horn players of all ages.
The Horn Goddess gives you loads of horn information, including a terrific article on musician etiquette (good for all musicians!).
Hornplanet is an eclectic collection of All Things Horn. Very, very eclectic.
The International Horn Society is, well, the international society of horn players. ‘Nuff said.

Resources for teachers

K-12 Resouces for Music Educators is a veritable plethora of information with a gi-normous number of links.
The Kentucky Music Educators Association website has information about All-County, All-State and Solo & Ensemble Festivals.
The Music Educators National Conference advances music education by encouraging the study and making of music by all.

Complete randomness

Cute Overload is the best website. Ever. On the entire planet. Seriously. No, seriously.
Musician Jokes are always good for a laugh – and these are clean AND funny!
The Ohio State Marching Band spells its name in script in this unbelievable video!

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