Here are some valuable links to some great sites.  Everything from reliable vendors to silly music facts.

Fun Pages

PDQ Bach homepage – Enjoy all that Professor Peter Schickele has to offer on the absolute worst composer who ever lived.

Music from Looney Toons – Lots of great classical music was used in these great cartoons from ’40s and ’50s.

Bizarre Classical Music Facts – These range from bizarre to just plain weird.

 

Where to Get Instruments, Music, and Accessories

Shar Music – I’ve been buying from them since I was 5 years old – ok, my mom bought from them for a while…

Southwest Strings – A good place to get strings and accessories at a reasonable price.

Johnson Strings – Another great vendor.  They have good instruments as well.

Woodwind and Brasswind – Yet another good place to buy stuff.  They specialize more in band instruments, but they have some good string sales from time to time.

JW Pepper – The place for sheet music of all types.  They specialize in ensembles (band, orchestra, choral) and educational music.

 

Links and Resources for Musicians and Teachers

Classical Music Archives – Extensive lists and samples of famous classical music.  Includes the “Must Know/Must Have” list also.

Music Theory . net – Fairly self-explanatory.  Learn about what makes music music.

IMSLP – Free sheet music for download and printing.  All music is in public domain, which means it was written or published before 1923.

Violinist.com – Great resource for violinists, string players, and teachers.  Articles, forums, and lots of links to important pages.

Soundcloud – A terrific place to host your media files (songs) or your podcast.  Integrates well with social media.

Gigmasters – One of many great sites to help you get gigs.  Costs a few dollars, but usually pays for itself quickly.

Thumbtack – Not specifically a music site, but a good place to get gigs and students.  Free to join, but you have to buy credits to do quotes.

More added everyday!