Dolmetsch Online- A great FREE resource for music theory and history

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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:

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.


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Joseph M. Pisano, Ph.D. is an industry innovator, education clinician and lecturer, trumpeter and conductor, and the creator of many education websites. He is currently the Vice President of Innovation and Engagement at Keystone Ridge Designs, Inc. After twenty-three years as a professor and administrator at Grove City College, he made the move into industry in 2018.  As one of the youngest full professors in Grove City’s history, he served in various roles over his tenure including the Technical Director of the Pew Fine Arts Center, Assistant and Associate Chairs of Music and Music and Fine Arts, Director of Music and Fine Arts Technology, Director of Jazz Studies, Stage Manager, and he finished his tenure as the Director of Bands where he directed the college’s Symphonic Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Pep Bands, and various small ensembles.

He been named a TI:ME Teacher of the Year, received the JEN Jazz Educator Award, the PA Citation of Excellence, and named a “member for life” of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association. He is a past Vice President of the Technology Institute for Music Educators, an associate member of the American Bandmasters Association,  a past President of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association, and a member of various education and music honoraries. He has written for numerous publications including DCI Magazine, Teaching Music Magazine, and was the Educational Editor for In-Tune Monthly Magazine for eight years; he has contributed hundreds of articles to various publications. He is an active conductor, trumpeter, clinician, and educator. Find out more at his website

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