More and more suggestions for teachers are being posted on-line. The Young Audiences web-site ( includes many links to music-related education sites, with suggestions for lesson plans, creative exercises, etc.

The Connexions project at Rice University is an on-line educational resource that contains numerous musical topics designed for K-12 students. All Connexions materials are available free of charge, may be reproduced and distributed at will, and may be easily printed out from the web-site.
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The New York Philharmonic website has an excellent introduction to orchestral instruments.

Musical Notation Software


Music Education Software

Jumpstart Music (Windows/Mac)
The Nutcracker Music Game (Windows only)
Mozart's Magic Flute Music Game (Windows only)

Music Lessons

The Shepherd School of Music
Preparatory Division
Contact: Virginia Nance

The Moores School of Music
Preparatory and Continuing Studies Division

Reference Books

The Harvard Concise Dictionary of Music and Musicians

Classical and Modern Concert Music for Children

Bela Bartok: Mikrokosmos (progressive piano studies for young pianists)
Benjamin Britten: The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra
Francis Poulenc: Babar the Elephant
Sergei Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf
Camille Saint-Saens: Carnival of the Animals

Musical Organizations in Houston

The Houston Symphony performs regular subscription concerts, as well as youth programs at venues throughout the greater Houston area.

The Houston Grand Opera presents a subscription series of classical and modern operas.

Da Camera of Houston performs subscription chamber music concerts, often exploring the links with other artforms, as well as outreach concerts at the Houston Zoo, Wortham Center and other locations

Both the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University and the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston present almost nightly free performances by students in recital, chamber music, and orchestral performances. For a calendar of events, visit:

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