New Publication Schedule

Welcome to the October 2010 issue of The Musician's Way Newsletter. In response to requests for more frequent newsletters, I’m now dispatching an issue every other month, instead of quarterly. Enjoy! Gerald Klickstein

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Need a Website?

If you’ve been putting off building a website due to concerns that your tech skills may be inadequate, wait no longer. Webs and Weebly offer easy-to-use web-building tools, crisp designs, and free and low-cost options.

For additional music career resources, see the Music Careers page at

From The Musician's Way Blog

Popular posts from the past two months:
The art-career tango. A 5-part framework to harmonize art-making with career-building.
Artistic vision. A compelling vision ignites creativity.
Making the most of music lessons. Strategies that empower music students.
The centered performer. A 4-step approach that aligns our mental, physical, and emotional powers.
Mastery and mystery. “The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.” —Francis Bacon on Facebook now has a page on Facebook. Stop by and click on the ‘Like’ button to become a fan. 

Hail to the Chimp! – the company that distributes this newsletter – just doubled the size of their free accounts to 1000 subscribers. With their cutting-edge technology and intuitive interface, MailChimp is trouncing their competition.

The Aaron Copland Collection

The Library of Congress has digitized a portion of their Aaron Copland collection. Of special note are some 2500 pages of compositional sketches.

Transcribing Made Easy

Transcribe! software is a great tool for slowing down recordings without changing pitch. Versions are available for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Also check out their free Fake Book Index.

Is Competing Worth It? offers a free searchable index of classical music competitions. But is competing worth the time, effort, and expense? See “The competition question” on The Musician’s Way Blog.

U.K. Music Centres

The Institute for Musical Research in London has compiled links to U.K. music departments, conservatories, and research centres. A valuable resource for those looking to learn about music education and scholarship in the U.K.

A Mendelssohn Buffet

The Bavarian State Library has made available for free download the complete works of Felix Mendelssohn published in 157 volumes by Breitkopf & Härtel between 1874 and 1877. The site also features free downloads of compositions by other composers, among them, Beethoven, Handel, Schubert, and Schumann. 

Numerous other sources for scores are indexed on the Practice page at 

The Classical String Quartet

The Duke University Library has posted a digital collection of unusual Classical-period string quartets written between 1770 and 1840. Free downloads of 44 scores in pdf. 

Wellness Resources

The Wellness page at brings together about 100 links to sites that help musicians enjoy lifelong, injury-free music making. Also see Chapters 12 & 13 of The Musician's Way for strategies that boost artistry and ward off music-related health problems.

In this issue

  • New Publication Schedule 
  • Need a Website?
  • From The Musician's Way Blog
  • on Facebook
  • Hail to the Chimp! 
  • The Aaron Copland Collection
  • Transcribing Made Easy
  • Is Competing Worth It?
  • U.K. Music Centres
  • A Mendelssohn Buffet
  • The Classical String Quartet
  • Wellness Resources

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