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Classical Music 101 - A Beginners Paradise

Classical music is not just for the well-seasoned listener, it's for everyone! The term "classical music" covers many different styles of music and spans nearly 700 years! From medieval times to the 20th century, finding what classical music is right for you can be quite challenging. These resources will help you develop your unique taste for great classical music.
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Top 10 Classical Works You Can Sing, but You Can't Name
If you find yourself humming or singing a piece of classical music you can't even name, you're definitely not alone. Let this top 10 list of famous works with names many people can't remember be your starting point to finding naming that song.

Classical Music for Funerals
Create a memorable and meaningful tribute to those who have passed away by performing these selections of classical music at a funeral.

Classical Music Composer Timeline
Here's a short and concise classical music composer timeline. From Bach to Bernstein and many classical composers in between, you'll see that many composers' timelines overlapped each other.

Classical Music Quiz - Classical Compositions
Test your classical music knowledge in this quick classical music quiz.

Classical Music Wedding Albums
When my sister got married, I was given the task of finding the music she wanted. Of course, it was classical, and as we all know, classical music for weddings is extremely popular. With so many choices available, it was clear why my sister delegated the task to me. In my searching, I came across several albums worthy of any wedding day. Below,...

Mozart and the Origin of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Did Mozart write the music of "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star"? Learn the true origin of the famous nursery rhyme tune.

AccuRadion, Free Internet Radio
AccuRadio, an Internet radio service free of charge, features near CD quality recordings from all different kinds of musical genres, including classical music. Learn more about AccuRadio, Internet radio.

Great Classical Music for Wedding Songs
Finding the right wedding song can be a difficult task. Though many brides walk down the isle to the traditional "Bridal Chorus" from Wagner's Lohengrin and exit to Mendelssohn's "Wedding March" from A Midsummer Night's Dream , there are those who choose to walk to different wedding songs - some classical and some far from it. For now,...

Intro to Classical Music
Classical music is a generic term applied to a style of music which covers over 700 years. Learn the very basics of classical music and where to begin.

Symphonies You Should Own
Want to start a symphony collection, but don't know where to begin? Are you looking to expand upon what you already have? This list of symphonies will provide you with a variety of musical styles upon which to build or add to your symphony collection.

More Famous Classical Works You Know But You Can't Name
There are thousands upon thousands of classical works. It's nearly impossible to remember their names. Here is more famous classical music you know but can't name!

A Beginner's First Symphony
I received an email from a concerned beginner, nervous about attending their first classical music symphony for a school assignment. Obviously, not everyone attending a classical concert for the first time is for an assignment, but these simple per-concert preparations will ensure a much more enjoyable time for every beginner.

Classical DVD Music
Classical DVD music is growing in popularity. Now that many people people have surround sound home theaters and DVD audio systems, it only seems logical to take full advantage of your equipment. The classical music DVD's offer breathtaking, highly detailed, high quality surround sound classical music as well as video and limited interactivity. If you have the equipment, classical DVD music is the way to go!

Ways to Ruin a Classical Music Concert
Here are the best ways to ruin a classical music concert for everyone around you.

How to Find Classical Music and Sheet Music
Living in the age of information, buying, sharing, and listening to classical music is as easy as saying "abra cadabra". However, it doesn't take a magician to do it. With all the resources made available to us, why not take advantage of them? This step by step guide will help you find the classical music resources (free sheet music, classical music mp3s, satellite radio stations, downloads, etc...) necessary to make the dream of a life full of classical music a possibility.

Hard to Find Classical Music: A Few Tips to Help Your Classical Music Search
Let's face it, classical music can be hard to find. Where are you supposed to start searching for music? What if you don't know the name of the piece or the composer... or worse, BOTH? Well, here are a few tips to help you find that hard to find classical music.

Classical Music for Children
Children learn at a young age that classical music can be boring. Children don't quite comprehend the complexities and meanings of classical music. Here are five ways to introduce classical music to your children in exciting activities that they can relate to.

Classical Music for Lovers
Romantic evenings, candlelight dinners, Valentine's Day, and other special events, would be incomplete without these classical works and CDs.

Using YouTube as Source for Classical Music
Ever consider YouTube as a source for classical music? Learn how to use YouTube to search for classical music.

Tips on Finding Classical Music, Classical Sheet Music, and other Classical Music Sources
Living in the age of information, buying, sharing, and listening to classical music is as easy as saying "abra cadabra". However, it doesn't take a magician to do it. With all the resources made available to us, why not take advantage of them? This step by step guide will help you find the classical music resources (free sheet music, classical music mp3s, satellite radio stations, downloads, etc...) necessary to make the dream of a life full of classical music a possibility.

Piano Classical Music - A Beginners Guide to Great Classical Music for the Piano
Piano classical music ranges in a variety of styles. From relaxing to invigorating, and everything in between, there is piano classical music for everyone and every mood. For you beginners out there, here's a great place to start finding fantastic piano classical music.

What is Perfect Pitch, and Do You Have It?
Perfect pitch (or absolute pitch) is the ability to identify any musical note or notes without a reference pitch. Learn more about perfect pitch and find out if you have it!

Classical Music Titles and Key Signatures
Find out why key signatures are part of many classical music titles.

3 Ways to Find Classical Music
Getting into classical music can be a challenging task. Luckily, thanks to the marvels of modern technology, something that was once time consuming and rather daunting, is now as simple as pushing a button. These few, but simple tips, can open up an abundance of classical music for you to listen, examine, and enjoy.

Beginners Guide to Beethoven
Ludwig van Beethoven is one of the world's most famous and influential composers of classical music. His music has been played all over the world for over 180 years. However, there are many people out there left in the dark about the facts, life, and music of Beethoven. In this Beginners Guide to Beethoven, you'll find links to biographies,...

A Classical Music Composer Picture Gallery
If these popular composers were alive today, would you be able to recognize then when passing them on the street? If not, stop by this classical composer picture gallery.

The History Behind Musical Instruments
This great site will help you find the history and inventor of many classical music instruments and more.

Opera World
After a bit of searching, any beginner can find the top ten opera reviews, articles, and artist interviews. Discover what all the hub-bub about opera is about.

The Symphony - An Interactive Guide
You will find great beginner information about the symphony. From its definition to its instruments, you will surely find answers to any of your questions.

Classical Music Lessons
A comprehensive database of teacher resumes from all over the USA. Browse by city, area code, or instrument.

Original Film Scores
Movie soundtracks and original film scores are vitally important to the success of a movie both financially and critically. Learn everything you need to know about original film scores including its history, greatest composers, award winning original film scores, and what I consider to be some of the best movie soundtracks.

Best Apps for Classical Musicians
Thanks to modern technology and Apple, music apps which aid all types of musicians are plentiful and readily available.  Here are the best apps for classical musicians.  From chord progressions to keeping the beat, these awesome iPhone and iPad apps for classical musicians are definitely worth checking out!

Famous British Classical Music Composers
Only music composed by British citizens was performed at Price William and Catherine's royal wedding. Many great classical composers have came out of England. Here's a handful of the many British classical composers.

Summer Blockbuster Film Scores
Looking back through history, there have been some amazing movies released during Summer. And along with those movies are original film scores that would be great to listen to during the hottest months of the year. Take a look at 10 of the highest grossing summer movies' soundtracks.

Online Classical Music Radio Stations
There are many websites that stream classical music to your computer for free. These online classical music radios are great way to experience the fantastic music by many of history's greatest composers. I've compiled these online radio stations into a list for you. Now choose the station you like without having to search for them individually.

Sightseeing in Europe - Famous Classical Composers
HEre's a vacation idea: a European sightseeing trip of famous classical composers. From birthplaces to burial sites, you'll learn about the lives of these musical geniuses.

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