I used Google Search in order to find reliable resources for teaching kids about classical music and the music writers involved. One is called Naxos which has a whole record of artists and composers ever since the Medeival times all the way to the present. Another site called CLASSICalmanac is similar to Naxos in terms of how much information they have considering time periods. It is stylized more a search engine for classical music information, and also offers classical music radio stations available on its web site. If those two aren’t enough, I got another one for you – it’s called ipl2. Again, ipl2 is stylized as a search engine for classical music information. It is a guide to Western Composers ranging from the Middle Ages to present day.
MidiWorld’s web site is a resource for downloading midi classical music files. So, if you wanted to download a piece from Mozart or Beethoven, you simply go to their site, type in the name of the composer, and hit search. If you wanted to search specifically Mozart of Beethoven, I have been digging for Terms and Use on MidiWorld’s site though have only been able to find copyrights to the website’s existence and in the article under the tab named “BASICS”. MIDIRobot has a much larger selection to choose from. Same deal – go to the site, type in what you want and hit Search. MidiRobot seems to not have many legal limitations to using their midi files, if any at all. They love to share and distribute that they are a totally-free site. If these aren’t enough for you, ClassicalMIDIConnection has an entire list of MIDI downloads available for sharing. You can sort through the site by categories, time periods, or libraries. They have a disclaimer smacked right on the home page for everyone to be aware of their copyright licensing. ClassicMIDIConnection says that they have made many efforts to make sure that all of the MIDI files and contents are FREE from any copyright infringement. They only ask that you give credit where it is due, and if you see anyone crediting themselves for the creation of any of their provided songs to report them immediately so the appropriate action can be taken.
A good audio book to use as a resource to teach about classical music would be History of Classical Music written by Richard Fawkes, which can be found at this link: http://www.audiobooks.com/audiobook/the-history-of-classical-music/133406
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Copyright laws and rules can get pretty complicated. Just pick things apart and keep them simple and easy to remember – study whatever rules that you need to know for your own self that you would use on a regular basis. For example, what are the differences between a trademark, a service mark, a patent, and a copyright? A trademark is a word, phrase, symbol, design, anything of that sort that distinguishes a certain identity of that source of goods from a party. a service mark is also a word, phrase, symbol or design that distinguishes the identity of of that source of goods from a service. A copyright is meant to protect original pieces to whom they came from -copyright protects authorship (for example of things such as music, art, and writings.) Lastly, a patent has a limited duratoin and ia a property right of an invention, or relating to an invention. Copyright in the work of the authorship becomes the property of the author immediately of who created the work. The author, and only the author, can claim copyright.
Using any of the resources here in a classroom should prove to be totally legal and just fine.
Classical Music Informational Resources:
MIDI File Resources:
Midi World (Beethoven)
Classical MIDI Connection
Copyright Law Information:
Audio Book Resource:
the referred link above