Other Online Resources


A Musical Fix For American Schools from the Wall Street Journal (Oct. 2014)

Why Music Education Actually Matters

Music is the key to success from The New York Times

Using Music to Close the Academic Gap from The Atlantic Monthly

Two years of music study improves reading & speech from Education News

This is your brain. This is your brain on music. from National Public Radio

Music Education and the Brain from Dr. Anita Collins (video)

How playing an instrument benefits your brain from TED.com (great video too)

Music Education and closing the achievement gap from Huffington Post

Why Tough Teachers Get Good Results from The Wall Street Journal

Benefits of Music, PE, & Arts programs in schools from US News & World Report

Evidence that learning an instrument improves test scores

Music and the link to higher test scores

Music and it's impact on student development

Why playing an instrument in science from the winner of the Nobel Prize in Medicine

Everything I need to know I learned in Music from CNN.com

Young scientists must be taught music and the arts from the president of Cornell University

Benefits of Arts Education MANY links from the League of American Orchestras

The Importance of Music Education in Schools (CNN article)

Moving to the rhythm can help language skills (BBC News article)

Jack Stamp - Why Music Matters (YouTube video)

Jason Mraz on Music Education (YouTube video)

From WMEA:

Advocacy Resources Webpage

Famous people talk about why music matters (Radio PSA's)


Local Community Ensembles

Olympia Symphony Orchestra

Student Orchestras of Greater Olympia


Other Local Events

Cool Jazz Clean Water Jazz Festival

Tumwater Marching Band Festival


Summer Camps for Directors

Birch Bay String Teachers' Workshop


Summer Camps for Students

Lake Samish Music Camp

WSU Cougar String Camp

Yamaha Sounds of Summer Percussion Camp


Stuff you might use in your curriculum

(many of these are flash based so they won't work on iPhones or iPads)

WA State OSPI Arts K-12 Learning Standards

WA State OSPI Classroom-Based Performance Assessments (CBPAs)

Metronome Online

Online Chromatic Tuner

Noteflight an online music notation program like Sibelius or Finale

Soundation an online multitrack studio like GarageBand

basic band fingering charts

musictheory.net music theory lessons, exercises, & tools

musicracer.com games for note names, fingerings, terminology


Interesting / fun stuff to share

Olympia Jazz Central (jazz events in Olympia area)

Pearls Before Breakfast Washington Post article about Joshua Bell and playing in the Subway

10 Easy Ways to Optimize Your Music Practice Article from NPR Classical




Please email the website manager if you have cool stuff to add to this list!
(Any new material will need to be approved by the CMEA officers.)