While an unusual name for such a valuable resource, Dolmetsch Online is one FREE resource you will want to bookmark and reference often! Dolmetsch Online offers an incredible spectrum of resources for musicians and asks nothing in return. As a matter of fact, it takes some searching to actually find what they are all about!
“The Dolmetsch family has devoted more than 120 years to music, in particular, to ‘early music’. Pioneering in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the family’s work continues.” More about thier history here: http://www.dolmetsch.com/historypage.htm
Dolmetsch Online offers an extensive collection of music resources:
- An online music dictionary
- An online collection of composer’s biographies
- An online music history selection
- An online music theory collection
- An online selection of fingering charts for recorders
- An online selection of printable manuscript and staff papers
- An online history & introduction to acoustics
- An online selection of music related articles
Using a Wiki-like interface, all of the information contained within this site is easily searchable and very well categorized. In addition, many online examples are traversable in real-time via the now famous Scorch plugin.
A view of some of their music theory offerings:
This site is useful for both beginners and experts alike. I, for one, am very appreciative of the free offerings, especially with no advertisements! The articles are very extensive and many have been written by the renowned Dr. Brian Blood. The information contained within these articles and chapters are broken down into easily understood segments, allowing anyone to learn from the information.
With all the information available AND depending on what you are trying to accomplish with your various levels of classes, this may very well become one of your texts! Best of all, at no cost.