Education


Music Theory and Arranging


Finale and Music Notation

  • Finale Quick Start Videos – Instructional videos, produced by the makers of Finale. If you’re new to the program, start with these!
  • Finale – Official YouTube Channel
  • Conquering Finale – Excellent series of series of instructional videos on all aspects of Finale, done by a professional arranger/orchestrator/music copyist.
  • Scoring Notes – Blog covering music notation software and related technology, from NYC Music Services, a music preparation company in New York City. Has helpful tips about notation practices, tutorials, and reviews for all the major software programs – Finale, Sibelius, Dorico, Musecore.
  • If you’re a BHS member, check out the BHS website (members area) for Finale and Sibelius templates for barbershop music, and the BHS’ Notation Guidelines for Barbershop. If you want to go deeper, see the “Shop” page for links to two music notation books from Berklee Press that have taught me a lot.

Song Research

American History and Popular Song

If you’re doing research for the Sweet Adelines Song Assessment Tool, these will help.

Songwriters

Selected Sheet Music Collections

Historic Recordings

  • African American Band Music and Recordings, 1883-1923 – Library of Congress
  • Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project – UC Santa Barbara, Davidson Library. Historic recordings from the era of Edison wax cylinders. Many pre-1938 barbershop quartets are in this collection, digitized and freely available.
  • The Great 78 Project – Community project for the preservation, research, and discovery of 78rpm records. Part of the Internet Archive
  • The Shellac Stack – A great podcast, hosted by Bryan Wright, that plays 78rpm records from the first half of the 20th century. Not limited to barbershop; great variety and great fun!
  • Many historic recordings can be found on YouTube – search on composer names or song titles. There’s also a good Facebook group for Vocal Harmony Groups before 1940 where you can find lots of unique recordings.

Copyright

(I’m not an attorney and cannot give legal advice. These links are for information and education purposes only, and will focus primarily on U.S. law. Singers with copyright questions should consult a qualified attorney in their U.S. state or home country)