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Music in the Library

How Music is Classified
Middetown Thrall Library's reference and circulating and collections contain a variety of books, electronic resources, audio CDs, and educational materials covering all aspects of music and dance.

At Thrall, music is classified according to the numerical "Dewey Decimal System" and can be found in the "780s" section of our nonfiction collections. To find them, just browse the nonfiction aisles until you reach the number 780.



A Brief Introduction to ANSCR

In addition to items in these categories, other musical items in our collections, such as our Classical and Jazz audio collections, are filed according to the ANSCR Classification System for Sound Recordings.

The ANSCR (Alpha-Numeric System for Classification of Recordings) system consists of nearly 50 categories covering all types of music. Each category starts with a letter.

For example, the leter A in the ANSCR system represents "Music Appreciation: History and Commentary," while the letter B represents "Opera" and the letter "C" stands for "Choral Music."

Here is a partial list of ANSCR letters and what they represent:

An unabridged list of ANSCR letters is available from California State University.

Please feel free to ask a librarian for assistance.

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Music & Musical Topics
in the Library Catalog

View: Music Topics or Composers
Please click any subject heading below to browse materials available at Thrall or other libraries within the Ramapo Catskill Library System.

You can also search the library catalog for a specific music topic / musician / composer / performer:

(See also Music Reference Works at Thrall)

For more help, contact Reference or use our Ask a Librarian service

Music by Topic

Jump to: Classical Composers / Jazz Artists & Topics




Classical Composers

Jump to: General Music Topics / Jazz Artists & Topics

Browse recordings by these classical composers
in the library system catalog:


To locate recorded music by another music composer,
please type the name of the composer in the box below:




Jazz Artists

in the Library Catalog

Jump to: Jazz Topics / General Music Topics / Classic Composers


Search for a jazz CD / recording in the catalog:



(Hint: Type the title of the album or the
name of the composer or performer.)

Browse recordings by these jazz artists
in the library system catalog:



Jazz Topics

in the Library Catalog

Jump to: Jazz Artists / General Music Topics / Classic Composers






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Music Databases
Streaming Music Services
& Virtual Reference Library
These are some of the many databases available to you as a member of Middletown Thrall Library:

African American Song
This online music collection includes genres such as jazz, blues, gospel, ragtime, folk songs, sacred music, and more. There are approximately 16,000 tracks of historical recordings.
American Song
A music database said to contain 50,000 tracks from throughout American history.
Classical.com Classical Music Library
The Classical.com Classical Music Library is described as "the world's largest multi-label database of Classical music recordings for listening and learning in libraries."
Contemporary World Music
The Contemporary World Music database contains tens of thousands of tracks from around the world. Flamenco, gospel, reggae, worldbeat, fusion, jazz, African, Bollywood, other many other genres await your exploration
Jazz Music Library
Jazz Music Library aims to be "the largest and most comprehensive collection of jazz available online - with thousands of jazz artists, ensembles, albums, and genres."
Music Online
Music Online enables you to search all Alexander Street music databases Thrall subscribes to.
Smithsonian Global Sound
This database is described as "a virtual encyclopedia of the world's musical and aural traditions."

Also be sure to explore our general research databases and complete encyclopedias for more information on music history, musicians, composers, and other related topics.

If at any point you would like some assistance, please call our librarians at 341-5461 or use our Ask a Librarian service

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Music Education Materials
at Middletown Thrall Library
In addition to music books located in the 780s, Middletown Thrall Library maintains a display of music instruction kits.

Located between our microfilm cabinets and our audio CD collection, these music instruction kits contain books which contain a variety of theory and practice material for instruments such as piano and guitar.

Some kits also contain audio CDs, which you can use to follow along with different lessons each kit contains.

There are kits for beginners as well as advanced students of music.

We encourage you to make use of these freely available resources!

For even more music education materials, please click here to browse music topics the library system catalog.

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Music Collections at Thrall

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Classical Music Collection
at Middletown Thrall Library


About the Collection

Middletown Thrall Library offers a vast collection of classical music. Included here are symphonies, concerti, sonatas, choral and chamber music, opera, and more.

Almost all major works by nearly every notable classical composer can be found here.

How the Collection Is Arranged

This collection is arranged according to the ANSCR classification system, which uses special call numbers that begin with letters such as:
Please click here to learn more about the ANSCR system.

We encourage you to explore this collection and to check out any recordings that interest you.


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Mattie Gaines Jazz Collection
at Middletown Thrall Library


About the Collection

Our Mattie Gaines Jazz CD collection consists of hundreds of critically-acclaimed Jazz and Big Band performers.

Diverse selections range from the very birth of jazz to contemporary jazz artists.

This collection was established in honor of one of Thrall's most memorable library directors, Mattie Gaines.


About Mattie B. Gaines

Photo of Mattie B. Gaines
Mattie B. Gaines was born on October 19, 1919, in Des Moines, Iowa. She studied at Drake University and received an MLS from Syracuse University.

She began her career as a children's librarian at the Brooklyn Public library and worked at Farmingdale Library and North Bellmore Public library before becoming a library director at Nanuet Public Library.

Mattie became Thrall's library director in May 1969.


How the Collection Is Arranged

This collection is arranged according to the ANSCR classification system, which uses special call numbers that begin, in the case of Jazz, with the letters MJ.

Please click here to learn more about the ANSCR system.

We invite you to browse through the many jazz recordings and to check out ones that interest you.

Students of music and jazz theory can take advantage of related educational materials located near our Jazz and Classical CDs.

For Further Exploration...

To begin exploring jazz CDs as well as related topics and items in the library system catalog, please follow this link.



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Music Wellness Collection
at Middletown Thrall Library


About the Collection

Thanks to the Friends of Middletown Thrall Library, Inc., our library offers a Music Wellness Collection.

Titles in this collection provide a variety of soothing instrumental music often helpful for when you want to relax, read, or focus on a task.

How the Collection Is Arranged

This collection is located after the end of our Jazz CD collection.

Titles are arranged alphabetically by the names of each album's recording artist.




You can also download music!

Thrall/RCLS members can click here to explore music electronically available in the library system.


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Music Reference Works
at Middletown Thrall Library
Below you will find a select list of music reference titles available to you at Middletown Thrall Library. Since these books cannot be borrowed, they are always available to researchers at the library.

Call numbers after each title indicate where you can find these items in our collections.

Please scroll down this page to browse specific titles or click here to explore major music topics in the library system catalog.

Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians
Call number: REF 780.92 BAK
Composers of Yesterday; A Biographical and Critical Guide to the Most Important Composers of the Past - compiled and edited by David Ewen
Call number: REF 780.92 COM
The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music / edited by Colin Larkin.
Call number: REF 781.6403 GUI (Vols. 1-6)
The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music - edited by Bruno Nettl, Ruth M. Stone, James Porter, Timothy Rice
Call number: REF 780 GAR (Vols. 1-10)
Musicians Since 1900: Performers in Concert and Opera - compiled and edited by David Ewen
Call number: REF 780.92 EWE
The New Grove Dictionary of American Music
Call number: REF 781.773 NEW (Vols. 1-4)
The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians - edited by Stanley Sadie, John Tyrrell
Call number: REF 780.3 NEW (Vols. 1-29)
The Norton/Grove Dictionary of Women Composers - edited by Julie Anne Sadie, Rhian Samuel
Call number: REF 780.92 NOR
The Oxford Dictionary of Music - edited by Michael Kennedy
Call number: REF 780.3 KEN
The Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll - edited by Patricia Romanowski, Holly George-Warren
Call number: REF 781.6603 ROL


Some other titles to check out:

Discovering Great Music: A New Listener's Guide to the Top Classical Composers and Their Masterworks on CDs, LPs and Tapes - by Roy Hemming
Call number: 789.9131 HEM
Grove's dictionary of music and musicians
Call number: 780.3 GRO (Vols. 1-10)
The Oxford Companion to Music, Self-Indexed and with a Pronouncing Glossary and over 1,100 Portraits and Pictures
Call number: 780.3 SCH
The New Oxford companion to music / general editor, Denis Arnold
Call number: 780.321 NEW (2 Vols.)
Woodstock : an encyclopedia of the music and art fair - by James Perone
Call number: 781.66 PER
(Click here to locate even more titles by musical topic.)






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Music Information on the Web
Awards & Charts
Billboard Music Charts
Current and historically popular music arranged by genre
Country Music Awards (CMA)
Current and past winners and nominees.
The Grammy Awards
Current and past winners and nominees.
The Gramophone Awards
"The Gramophone Awards - often called the Oscars of the classical music world - are the most significant honours bestowed on the classical record industry." Current and past winners back to 1977 (select year at right side of page using the "drop-down" menu).
Independent Music Awards (IMA)
"The IMAs represent the diversity of today's vibrant indie scene and supports artists with previous major label releases as well as artists that have only self-released or appeared on indie labels."
Juno Awards
Current and past winners and nominees.
MTV Video Music Awards
Current and past nominees and winners.
NPR 100
"The 100 most important American musical works of the 20th century" according to National Public Radio (NPR). This list draws upon NPR's Master List of Top 300 Songs. NPR 100 includes streaming audio (requires Real Player).
The Tony Awards
"The American Theatre Wing's Tony Awards"
Pulitzer Prizes in Music (back to 1943)
World Music Awards
Current and past winners and nominees.


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Blogs
The All Music Blog
News covering all major music genres. From AllMusic.com.
ArtsBeat: Culture News and Views
From the New York Times. Topics include: Music, Art and Design, Books, Dance, Movies, Music, Television, Theater.
Jazz Blogs
From AllAboutJazz.com.
Heavy Metal Blog
From About.com.
MTV Buzzworthy Music Blog
National Public Radio (NPR) Music Blogs
Open Directory Project: Music Blogs (Weblogs)
Rock and Roll Daily
From Rolling Stone.
USA Today: Listen Up
"Music views, news, and reviews"
Yahoo Music Blog
See also these music blogs hosted at Yahoo.


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Classical Music
Featured Resource
Classical Music Library
The Classical.com Classical Music Library is described as "the world's largest multi-label database of Classical music recordings for listening and learning in libraries."


Other Resources
About.com: Classical Music - for Beginners and Experts Alike
News and numerous articles on classical music. Examples of topics include: Intro to Classical Music, 10 Symphonies You Should Own, Top 10 Known-but-Unknown Classical Works
Classical.net
Includes extensive biographical information on music composers and details concerning classical musical works. Includes a Composer Index, Reviews, Articles, a Buying Guide, News, and more.
Classical Music 101
Also from About.com, this concise and friendly introduction can help you learn about classical music, find answers to frequently asked questions, and discover some interesting facts about classical composers and their music.
Classical Music Introduction
A comprehensive introduction to the world of classical music. Provided by NAXOS Audio.
Classical Music News
From National Public Radio (NPR).
Classical Music News
From The New York Times.
Classics for Kids
Podcasts, games, educational activities, and historical information on classical music and composers. To play games (such as "Compose Your Own Music" or "Name Notes"), follow the Games link at the top of the page. Games require the Adobe Flash plugin. Provided by Cincinnati Public Radio and sponsored by GE, Naxos Audio, Time Warner Cable, and others. Note: A few "sponsored links" direct you to Amazon.com.
Classics Today
News and reviews of classical music, CDs, performances, concerts, and more.
Fanfare Magazine
News and reviews of classical music. Some articles require subscription.
Great Performances
Excerpts and full-length videos of classic music and operatic performances. From PBS.
New York Philharmonic Kid Zone
A fun and interactive website designed to introduce young people to the orchestra. Sections include: Orchestra Station, Game Room, Musicians' Lounge, Composers' Gallery, Instrument Storage Room, Instrument Laboratory, Conductor/Soloist Dressing Rooms, Newsstand, and Composition Workshop. Requires the Adobe Flash plugin.
Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Listening Library
Described as a "library of full-length performances for free online streaming. The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, founded in 1959, is widely regarded as one of the finest chamber orchestras in the world. In this free Listening Library, enjoy performances of more than 250 compositions written from 1691 to 2011."
WQXR: New York Times Classical Music Radio Station
Click the "Play" link at the top of their page. The website also features classical music news, playlists, program schedules, and more.

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Composers, Conductors,
Musicians, Songwriters
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP)
Described by ASCAP as an "association of more than 330,000 U.S. composers, songwriters, lyricists, and music publishers of every kind of music." Includes information for aspiring composers and songwriters.
Asian American Artists and Musicians
Composers Biography Online
Select by letters A-Z at top of their website. Click "more" links for more information on each composer (wherever available). Most "more" links lead to other websites about the composer, and some of those links lead to Wikipedia (note Wikipedia's disclaimers).
Notable Women Musicians and Dancers
Notable African-American Musicians
Notable Hispanic-American Musicians and Visual Artists
U.S. Symphony Orchestras and Their Music Directors

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Contemporary Music
Popular, Rock, Country, etc.
All Music Guide
American Idol
Current and past contestants and winners, news
BET
Pop, soul, blues, R&B, rap, hip-hop, and more.
CMT
Country music videos
MTV
Music videos, entertainment news
MTV2
Music videos, emerging recording artists
VH1

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Dance, Dancers, Ballet
An American Ballroom Companion: Dance Instruction Manuals, ca. 1490-1920
Historic documents digitized and viewable online. "An American Ballroom Companion presents a collection of over two hundred social dance manuals at the Library of Congress." Search by keyword or browse by subject, author, or title. Provided by the U.S. Library of Congress, Music Division.
About.com: Dance
Articles, news, and sections including: Dance for Beginners, Dance Styles, Dance Steps, Find a Dance Class.
Ballet Dictionary
Provided by the American Ballet Theatre.
Ballet Encyclopedia
Ballets, dancers, and choreographers
Dance Music / Electronic
From About.com. See also their Dance Artists History website for information on recording artists producing dance music / electronica.
Dance Resources
Categories include: Accompaniment, Ballet, Ballroom, Breakdancing, Butoh, Capoeira, Cheerleading, Chinese, Classical Indian, Country and Western, Dance in Christianity, Dance Technology, Dancewear, Directories, Disabled, Disco, Drill Teams, Education, Festivals, Flamenco, Folk, Health, Historical, Ice Dance, Jazz, Latin, Magazines and E-zines, Middle Eastern, Modern, Morris, Music, Organizations, People, Regional, Sacred and Circle Dance, Services, Swing, Tango, Tap, Tribal and Tribal Fusion. From Open Directory Project.
Dance/USA
News and resources for dancers. See also Dance/NYC.
Dancer Directories
Categories include: Books, Videos, Music, College and University Degree Programs, Competitions and Conventions, Dance Costumes, Dancewear and Accessories Brands, Dance Companies, Festivals, Fitness Equipment, Foundations and Government Arts Agencies, Health Resources, Libraries and Museums, Organizations, Performing Arts High Schools, Performing Arts Presenters, Production Companies, Shoes, Ecommerce Sites, Stage Supplies and Services, Studio Supplies and Services, Summer Study for Students, Teacher Seminars and Workshops.
Dancing with the Stars
Current and past contestants, celebrities, and winners
How to Dance
Instructions for different dancing styles. Provided by Mahalo.
New York Times: Dance
News and reviews on contemporary dancers and performances
New York University: Dance and Dance Education
Topics include: Annuals, Ballets, Bibliographies, Career Development Directories, Dance Literature Indexes, Dictionaries and Encyclopedias, Filmographies, Guides, Internet Links, Research Guides.
Society of Dance History Scholars
Click on "Resources" on the top of their page to access information in such categories as: Dance Organizations, Related Organizations, Finding Sources, Libraries and Research Institutions, Booksellers and Publishers, Periodicals, Dance Link Libraries, Discussion Groups, Medieval and Renaissance Dance, Baroque Dance, Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Social Dance, European and American Folk Dance, Ballroom Dance and DanceSport, Swing Dance, Tango, and Southeast Asian Dance Traditions.


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Databases & Music Search Engines
AllMusic.com
Database of recording artists, bands, complete with biographies, discographies, and album summaries in all major music genres. You can also browse by
AOL Music
Contemporary music videos, audio, and downloads. Browse or search.
eMusic Downloads
Available to library cardholders of Middletown Thrall Library and other libraries within the Ramapo Catskill Library System.
Gracenote.com
Locate information about musical performers, bands, vocalists, lyrics, as well as biographies, lyrics, and discographies. When results appear, click on albums for track titles or on performer/band names for biographies and discographies. Also available is a Music Search Tools page, where you can locate currently popular music by geographical region. This site also links to commercial providers (e.g. Amazon and iTunes), where CDs and MP3s can be purchased.
iTunes
Apple's online premium archive of music and other audio downloads.
Melodyhound Search Engine
Locate similar music/songs by playing a virtual on-screen keyboard, or singing/whistling into your computer (microphone required).
Musipedia: The Open Music Encyclopedia
Description from the website: "Inspired by, but not affiliated with Wikipedia, we are building a searchable, editable, and expandable collection of tunes, melodies, and musical themes." Integrated with the Melodyhound Search Engine (see website above).
MTV.com
Contemporary music videos, audio, and downloads. Browse or search.
National Jukebox Historical Recordings from the Library of Congress
The Library of Congress presents the National Jukebox, which makes historical sound recordings available to the public free of charge. The Jukebox includes recordings from the extraordinary collections of the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation and other contributing libraries and archives.
RCLS eFiles: Music
Thrall/RCLS members can explore and freely download music electronically available in the library system.
SongFacts.com
"Song meanings, lyrics and trivia." Browse or search by recording artist or music track / album title. "Random Songfacts" and quizzes are also available.
Thrall Music Databases
These music databases featuring information and music are freely available to Middletown Thrall Library members: African American Song, American Song, Classical.com Classical Music Library, Contemporary World Music, Jazz Music Library, Music Online, and Smithsonian Global Sound.
Yahoo! Music
Contemporary music videos, audio, and downloads. Browse or search.

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Music Education & Theory
Carnegie Hall: Online Resource Center
"Access free digital resources for teaching and learning from Carnegie Halls Weill Music Institute, including: teacher lesson plans and classroom materials, professional development resources for musicians and teaching artists, videos of concerts and artist interviews, fun educational games for kids, and more!" Free registration required.
8notes.com
"Free Sheet Music, Riffs, Lessons and Tools for musicians." Includes practice materials for most major music instruments.
How Music Works
Topics include: Sound and Music, The Major Scale, Chords and Harmony, Scales and Melody, Meter and Rhythm, Chord/Scale Relations, Playing with Chords, Playing with Scales, Writing Songs
How Stuff Works: Humanities - Music Channel
Biographies, Forms of Music, Instrumental Music, Kinds of Music, Musical Theater, Opera, Organizations, Songs, and more.
How Stuff Works: Music & Musical Technology Channel
Sections include: Musicians & Bands, Music Industry, Musical Instruments, Music Genres.
Music Theory & History Online
Extensive information is offered at this website. Scroll down their page to browse introductory to advanced musical topics.
Music Theory Scales and Modes: An Introduction
Includes: Major and Minor Scales, Ancient Modes (Ionian, Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian, Locrian), and more.
Music Theory Online (MTO): A Journal of Criticism, Commentary, Research, and Scholarship
Current issue and past articles. Includes links to other music theory and musicology journals on the web. Provided by The Society for Music Theory.
Music Theory.net
Divided into three sections (Lessons, Trainers, Utilities), this website provides educational information of interest to music learners of all ages. After selecting a lesson, click the right arrow at the bottom of the screen to advance through that lesson. This website requires the free Adobe Flash plugin.
Naxos History of Music
Performing Arts Encyclopedia
"The Performing Arts Encyclopedia (PAE) is a guide to performing arts resources at the Library of Congress. The PAE provides information about the Library's unsurpassed collections of scores, sheet music, audio recordings, films, photographs, and other materials. Users can find digitized items from the collections; special Web presentations on topics and collections; articles and biographical essays; finding aids to collections; databases for performing arts resources; information on concerts at the Library; and a special Performing Arts Resource Guide which contains entries for hundreds of Library collections, Web sites, databases and exhibits."
Scale Generator
"Scale Generator is a free online music theory tool for all musicians no matter the skill level. This generator doesn't merely display scales and chords which are known to be true. It actually creates them on the fly every time you select a key by using the correct intervals for that scale type. Use this tool alongside your music theory lessons, guitar lessons, violin lessons etc. to better your understanding and memorization of scale structures and chords. This free online music theory tool can display major, natural minor, or harmonic minor scale types in any key along with the pentatonic scale, diatonic triad notes and names, and relative key."

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History of Music
American Music Timeline (back to 1814)
American Popular Music
"American popular music is a kaleidoscopic melange of styles and dreams. Its vibrancy reflects the mating of cultural diversity to artistic and creative freedom. The stories in this book illustrate how Americans, borrowing from diverse musical traditions, have contributed to humanity's universal language." Adobe PDF format. From the U.S. Department of State.
Essentials of Music: Musical Eras
"Overviews of the six main periods in music history: Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Twentieth Century."
Music and History
A chronological view of western music history in the context of world events. Documents are provided in PDF format: view them with the Adobe Reader.
The Music and History of Our Times
From the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.
Music Timeline (back to 325 A.D.)
On This Day in Rock History
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Information about the museum as well as current/past performers/bands inducted into the Hall of Fame.
This Day in Music
"An everyday record of musical facts." You can also browse specific dates or search by artist/band name or keyword.

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Instruments
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Music Instruments in General
8notes.com
"Free Sheet Music, Riffs, Lessons and Tools for musicians." Includes practice materials for most major music instruments.
American Musical Instrument Society
Topics include: Appraisal Services, Band History, Music, Book Dealers, Collections of Musical Instruments, Conservation, Early Music, Educational programs, Festivals, Contests, Folk and World Music, General Research Resources, Histories of Musical Instrument Makers, Instrument Making, Instrument Sites, Museum Sites, Musical Instrument Dealers & Makers, Musical Link Lists, Organizations, Other Interesting Sites, Patent Numbers & Dates, Performance Practice, Serial Numbers for Musical Instruments.
Enchanted Learning: Musical Instruments
Diagrams and other information.
Encyclopedia Smithsonian: Music and Musical Instruments
Topics include: Aeolian harp, American Folk Instruments Reading List, Bells, Caring for Musical Instruments (Reference List), Hammered Dulcimer, Harpsichord, Clavichord, Organ Design and History, Reed Organs, Pianos, Violins and Violin Makers (Stradivarius, et al).
Folk Music Instruments List
Provided by Wikipedia (note their disclaimers)
A Guide to the Orchestra
From BBC.
Harmony Central
Information, news, and product reviews for various instruments. Sections include: Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Effects (pedals, rack mount, software-based), Keys & Synth, Drums & Perc, Software, Computer, Recording/Live Sound, MIDI. Also includes user forums and a series of "how to" articles.
How Stuff Works: Musical Instruments
Topics include: How Acoustic Guitars Work, How Electric Guitars Work, How MIDI Works, How Band Equipment Works, and more.
Instrument Encyclopedia
"Beginning with more than 140 artifacts from the Stearns Collection at the University of Michigan, this resource features musical instruments from around the world. This is not an exhaustive collection. The purpose of this site is to allow you to explore the diversity and creativity of musical traditions as you browse our gallery or search for a favorite instrument." Browse by instrument or geographical region. From the Cultural Heritage Initiative for Community Outreach (CHICO) at the University of Michigan School of Information. Please note: This is an "archived site" (no longer updated, but still functional and informative).
Metropolitan Museum of Art: Musical Instruments
Images and information from the Met's collection of musical instruments from around the world.
Musical Instruments
Odd Music
"Oddmusic is home to unique, odd, ethnic, experimental and unusual musical instruments and resources."
Virginia Tech Multimedia Music Dictionary
An illustrated dictionary of musical instruments and terminology from the Virginia Tech Department of Music.
Virtual Instrument Museum
Featuring images and information from the World Musical Instrument Collection of Wesleyan University's Music Department. There is also an A-Z index of instruments you can browse.

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Specific Instruments: Drums / Percussion
Berkelee Shares: Drum and Percussion Lessons
Videos and articles provided by Berklee College of Music.
DrumBum.com: Free Drum Lessons
Instructional videos and other information of interest to drum players and percussion instrumentalists.
Free Drum Lessons.com
Video lessons for basic and advanced percussion techniques. From FreeDrumLessons.com.
Percussion Instruments
Categories include: Tuned Percussion, Untuned Percussion, Auxiliary Percussion, Latin Percussion, Drum Kit.



Specific Instruments: Guitars (Electric, Acoustic, and Bass)
Acoustic Guitar: Lessons
Articles and video lessons for acoustic guitar players.
Berkelee Shares: Guitar Lessons
Videos and articles on guitar playing. Provided by Berklee College of Music.
Guitar.com: Lessons
Video lessons for guitar players.
Guitar Player: Lessons
Video lessons on various guitar techniques (electric and acoustic).
Guitar World: Lessons
Articles and video lessons for electric guitar players.
How Acoustic Guitars Work
Topics include: Guitar Parts, Sound, Tones, Notes, Tempered Scale, Strings and Frets, and more. From How Stuff Works.
How Electric Guitars Work
Topics include: Guitar Pickups, Amplifiers and Distortion, Electric Guitar History, and more. From How Stuff Works.
How to Play Guitar
Topics include: Basic Guitar Chords, Chord Transitions and Fills, How to Play the 12-bar Blues, How to Play 4 Guitar Licks, How Electric Guitars Work, How Acoustic Guitars Work. From How Stuff Works.


Specific Instruments: Pianos
Dummies.com: Piano
Tips, techniques, how-to videos, and a little history on pianos and pianists.
LearnPiano.TV
Over twenty lessons. Includes a glossary (scroll down their glossary page to see terms).
Piano Chord Visualizer
Click a key on the virtual piano then choose a chord to see and hear the notes played. Click the "Pick a Different Root" button (lower right side of page) to explore other notes and chords.
Piano Lessons Online
Video lessons arranged in three categories: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced. Videos are available in a variety of formats (Windows Media, YouTube, etc.).
Piano Nanny: Free Piano Lessons
From basic musical concepts to advanced playing techniques.
Piano World
In addition to directories of information on pianos, piano playing, and pianists, this website provides a forum, a Frequently Asked Questions page, and assorted trivia.
Piano Technicians Guild
Offers a wealth of information for piano players and owners:
  • Buying a Piano
  • Piano Care - Topics include: How Often Should my Piano be Serviced?, The Special Care and Maintenance of the Teaching Piano, How Should I Take Care of my Piano?, Basic Rules of Piano Care.
  • Piano Learning Center - Topics include: Just For Fun, Online Games, Piano Art, Worksheets & Activities, Lesson Plans, See How a Piano Works, Benefits of Learning to Play, Find A Registered Technician, Find A Piano Teacher, Become A Piano Technician
  • The History of Pianos
  • Piano Manufacturers
  • Resources for Teachers - Lesson Plans and Activities. Includes "fact sheets" (some in PDF format: view with Adobe Reader)


Specific Instruments: Keyboards & Synthesizers
Berkelee Shares: Keyboard Lessons
Videos and articles on keyboard/piano playing. Provided by Berklee College of Music.
How MIDI Works
Topics include: MIDI Instruments and Controllers, Multi-Track Recording Software, MIDI and Virtual Instruments, and more. From How Stuff Works.
Synthtopia
"Synthesizer and electronic music news, synth and music software reviews, and more."


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Jazz and Blues
AllAboutJazz.com
Jazz music reviews, videos, news,
Blues Foundation
Self-described as "world-renown as THE organization dedicated to preserving our blues music history, celebrating recording and performance excellence, supporting blues education and ensuring the future of this uniquely American art form."
Blues Music: News, Reviews, and History
Provided by About.com.
Delta Blues Museum
Includes news and podcasts on Blues music.
How Jazz Works
Overview of concepts, styles, performers, and history. From How Stuff Works.
JazzTimes
Articles, news, featured jazz artists/singers/musicians, and more.
Jazz Music Library
This database is available to members of Thrall. Jazz Music Library aims to be "the largest and most comprehensive collection of jazz available online - with thousands of jazz artists, ensembles, albums, and genres."
Jazz Teaching and Learning Resources
Provided by the U.S. Department of Education
JazzTimes Reviews
Jazz album reviews.
Ken Burns Jazz
Hosted at PBS.org, this website contains portions of Ken Burns' Jazz documentary.
New York Times: Jazz News and Reviews
News, reviews, and more.
NPR: Jazz and Blues Music
News, reviews, and more from National Public Radio (NPR)
Photographs from the Golden Age of Jazz
"The William P. Gottlieb Collection, comprising over sixteen hundred photographs of celebrated jazz artists, documents the jazz scene from 1938 to 1948." Provided by the U.S. Library of Congress
Smithsonian Jazz
"A Jazz portal intended to preserve and promote one of America's greatest art forms - Jazz." Provided by the Smithsonian Institution.
SwingMusic.net
News, images, a forum, and a History of Jazz (in two parts). Other sections include: The Big Band Era and the Rise in Popularity Of Big Band Music, , Jazz Vocalists, Mainstream Jazz Soloists, and Modern Swing Bands.
World Jazz Music
Featured music and jazz artists. From National Geographic.


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Listening & Music Appreciation
1000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die
Based on a book bearing the same title, this website takes you on a musical tour of "required listening" - music deemed by the author to be important and interesting enough that you should listen to it some time in your life. You can browse by title or genre. The main list of titles can be found here. There is also a blog.
Listening to Music
A Free course (OpenCourseWare/OCW) from Yale University.

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Lyrics
A-Z Lyrics Universe
Provides the words to popular songs.
The Aria Database
Diverse collection of information on over 1000 operatic arias. Designed for singers and non-singers alike.
Lyreach.com
Type a phrase or part of a song, and this search engine will attempt to identify the song.
metrolyrics
Provides song lyrics to popular music performers. Provided through a partnership between Gracenote, AOL Music, Billboard, and NME music news.
Music Lyrics Search Engines
Browse by genre or alphabetically. From Open Directory Project.

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Music Notation / Musical Notes
/ Reading Music
The Music Notation Project
"The Music Notation Project explores alternative music notation systems that seek to improve upon traditional music notation in order to make reading, writing, and playing music more enjoyable and easier to learn."
"How to Read Sheet Music":
The following lessons are freely available:

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Musicals / Broadway / Musical Theatre
How Stuff Works: Musical Theater
"Learn about Musical Theater and get information on topics related to Musical Theater."
Musicals.net
News, forums, and other information about current and past musicals and their performers.
Musicals 101
Topics include: History of Musicals, Musical Film Index, Reviews & Essays, Making Broadway Musicals, How to Put on a Musical, Theatre in New York: A Brief History, Musicals Who's Who, among many others.
Broadway.com


See also: Opera, Singers & Vocalists

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News
ArtsJournal: Music News
BBC - Music News
BET - Music News
R & B, soul, rap, hip hop, blues, and more.
Blues Foundation: Blues News
Broadway Buzz
News on Broadway musicals. Includes videos, photos, and reviews.
Classical Music News
Country Music News
JazzTimes: Jazz Music News
MSN Music News
Music News and Media Sources
From Open Directory Project.
Musicals.net
News about current and upcoming musicals.
MTV
National Public Radio: Music News & Programs
New York Times: Music
Opera News Online
Provided by the The Metropolitan Opera Guild
Pollstar
Music concerts, news, and reviews. You can browse or search for events / performers / performances.
Rolling Stone
Yahoo! Music News

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Music Reviews
Billboard.com: Music Reviews
Reviewing new releases in all music genres.
Classical Music Reviews
From allmusic.com.
Common Sense Media: Music Reviews
Information of interest to parents/families.
Fanfare
News and reviews of classical music. Some articles require subscription.
Metacritic: Music Reviews
Collected reviews of recently released albums and contemporary music.
National Public Radio (NPR): Music Reviews
Rolling Stone: Music Reviews

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Sheet Music, Scores,
Guitar Tablature


Please note: Some websites provide sheet music in the PDF format:
those can be viewed with the free Adobe Reader.

Free Sheet Music Providers
8notes.com
"Free Sheet Music, Riffs, Lessons and Tools for musicians."
BlankSheetMusic.net
Design and print blank sheet music pages for free. Advanced functions require registration.
ChoralWiki
"Here you will find free choral/vocal scores, texts, translations, and other useful information." You can search or browse by text, composer, and other criteria.
Easy Sheet Music
Categories include: Songs from around the World, Popular Classics, Boogie & Blues, Opera Classics, and Mission - Not That Difficult.
Free-Scores.com: Directory of Free Sheet Music
Browse by instrument (wind, string, keyboard, etc.).
Musical Scores
A directory of links to online sheet music and scores as well as images.
The Mutopia Project
"The Mutopia Project offers sheet music editions of classical music for free download. These are based on editions in the public domain, and include works by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Handel, Mozart, and many others." Search or browse.
Online Music Scores
Only links to sites with scores that may be downloaded for free.
Sheet Music Collections on the Web
A directory of sheet music providers on the Internet. Provided by Duke University Libraries.


Historical Scores - Archives and Exhibits of Musical Manuscripts
African-American Sheet Music (1850-1920)
"This collection consists of 1,305 pieces of African-American sheet music dating from 1850 through 1920." Provided by the U.S. Library of Congress.
Archive of Popular American Music
"The UCLA Music Library's Archive of Popular American Music is a research collection covering the history of popular music in the United States from 1790 to the present." Sheet music is made available in PDF format (view with Adobe Reader).
Charles H. Templeton Sheet Music Collection
Genres include: blues, country, fox trot, jazz, marches, minstrel, miscellaneous, piano solos, popular music, ragtime, show tunes, show tunes, and war songs. Search or browse by genre, title, composer, subject. Browse links are located further down the page. From the Mississippi State University. You can read more about this collection at this link.
Eastman School of Music: Sibley Music Library - Musical Scores
"Scores and books in the public domain. Many of these are unique to the Sibley Music Library collection." Search or browse. From the University of Rochester.
Historic American Sheet Music
"The Historic American Sheet Music collection presents 3,042 pieces of sheet music drawn from the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library at Duke University, which holds an important, representative, and comprehensive collection of nineteenth and early twentieth century American sheet music. This selection presents a significant perspective on American history and culture through a variety of music types including bel canto, minstrel songs, protest songs, sentimental songs, patriotic and political songs, plantation songs, spirituals, dance music, songs from vaudeville and musicals, "Tin pan alley" songs, and songs from World War I. The collection is particularly strong in antebellum Southern music, Confederate imprints, and Civil War songs and music. Also included are piano music of marches, variations, opera excerpts, and dance music, including waltzes, quadrilles, polkas, etc." From Duke University Libraries.
Inventions of Note Sheet Music Collection
Provided by the Lewis Music Library - MIT Libraries.
The Juilliard Manuscript Collection
"Considered to be one of the finest music collections to be donated to an institution in recent years, the collection includes materials of great interest to performers and scholars." Includes original sheet music from Bach, Beethoven, Bizet, Brahms, Chopin, Debussy, Dvorak, Liszt, Mahler, Mozart, Puccini, Rachmaninov, Ravel, Stravinsky, and others. [Please note: This is primarily an academic/historical resource. If you are simply looking for free sheet music, please check out the other sites in this category.]
The Lester S. Levy Collection of Sheet Music
Contains over 29,000 pieces of music and focuses on popular American music spanning the period 1780 to 1960. All pieces of the collection are indexed on this site and a search will retrieve a catalog description of the pieces. An image of the cover and each page of music will also be retrieved if the music was published before 1923 and is in the public domain.
The Loeb Music Library
"The Loeb Music Library is engaged in an ongoing program to digitize scores and libretti selected for their rare or unique natures and their popularity as objects of research and teaching. By providing online access to historical editions from its holdings, the Library seeks to make primary source materials available for classroom and research use at Harvard and to scholars all over the world. As items from the collection are digitized, they are made available in the library's Virtual Collection of Digital Scores and Libretti. The digital versions can be viewed online or downloaded as PDFs. The scores and libretti in this Virtual Collection include first and early editions and manuscript copies of music from the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries by J.S. Bach and Bach family members, Mozart, Schubert and other composers, as well as multiple versions of nineteenth century opera scores, seminal works of musical modernism, and music of the Second Viennese School. Many, such as variant editions of nineteenth century operas and related libretti, fall into intellectually related sets that are meant to be seen and used together. As a group, they give scholars a window into the study of historical performance practice." From Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
The Moldenhauer Archives
"The Moldenhauer Archives at the Library of Congress contain approximately 3,500 items documenting the history of Western music from the medieval period through the modern era and is the richest composite gift of musical documents ever received by the Library."
The Morgan Library and Museum: Music Manuscripts Online
"The goal of the Music Manuscripts Online project has been to create and to provide online access to high-quality images and descriptions of music manuscripts owned by The Morgan Library & Museum. Since the project began in 2007, more than 900 manuscripts containing approximately 42,000 pages have been digitized and described. These include works by J. S. Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Debussy, Fauré, Haydn, Liszt, Mahler, Massenet, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Puccini, Schubert, and Schumann, among many others."
MuseData
Search or browse sheet music (printable PDFs) and MIDI files for the following composers: Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Arcangelo Corelli, Antonín Dvorak, George Frederick Handel, Franz Josef Haydn, Benedetto Marcello, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Giovanni Rovetta, Georg Philipp Telemann, and Antonio Vivaldi. This database "is a project of the Center for Computer Assisted Research in the Humanities (CCARH)" at Stanford University. Their PDFs can be reached directly at this link.
Music for the Nation: American Sheet Music
"Music for the Nation: American Sheet Music contains more than 62,500 pieces of historical sheet music registered for copyright: more than 15,000 registered during the years 1820-1860 and more than 47,000 registered during the years 1870-1885." Provided by the Library of Congress.
Music Library at University of South Carolina: Sheet Music Collection
"This searchable database provides access to the bibliographic records and, for those pieces in the public domain, access to images of the cover and each page of music. Currently, the collection contains over 10,000 pieces of classical, popular, and sacred music from the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Music Library Digital Scores Collection
"The Music Library Digital Scores Collection contains manuscript musical scores dating from the 17th through 19th centuries. The majority of the collection is comprised of 17th and 18th century operas, opera excerpts, and other vocal music." Search or browse. From the University of Washington Libraries.
Music Treasures Consortium
"The Music Treasures Consortium provides online access to the world's most valued music manuscripts and print materials, held at the most renowned music archives, in order to further research and scholarship. Researchers can search or browse materials, access metadata about each item, and view digital images of the treasure via each custodial archive's Web site. The consortial collection will grow as members add more materials." Search or browse. From the Library of Congress.
The New York Philharmonic Digital Archives
"The New York Philharmonic Digital Archives houses multiple score and part collections, including those of Leonard Bernstein and Andre Kostelanetz as well as the oldest items of the Philharmonic's own music library which dates back to the founding of the Orchestra in 1842. The Bernstein and Kostelanetz collections are the complete libraries of those conductors donated to the New York Philharmonic after their deaths. They include not only orchestral scores and parts, but also chamber music, vocal, piano, and miniature study scores. All items from these collections that are significantly marked by the conductor are available online; unmarked parts are not included in the digitization project."
Petrucci Music Library: International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP)
"The Petrucci Music Library is an Internet-based collaborative music score library, and is currently the main project. You will find tens of thousands of scores composed by thousands of composers here, all available for free download."

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Opera - Operatic Works, Librettos
The Aria Database
Diverse collection of information on over 1000 operatic arias. Designed for singers and non-singers alike.
How Stuff Works: Opera
"Learn about Opera and get information on topics related to Opera."
Learn about Opera
Includes a history of opera, opera terminology, and synopses of popular operas.
The Metropolitan Opera
NAXOS: A-Z of Opera
Includes an introduction to opera history, famous operas and their composers and singers, a Synopses of Opera, an Index of Operas by Composer, and Opera Libretti. Also check out their Classical Music Education resources also on that page.
New York Times: Opera News and Reviews
Scroll down their page for current headlines.
Opera for Dummies:
Opera Vocabulary
Timeline of the Great Operas
Tips for Choosing and Attending an Opera
Understanding an Opera's Libretto
Operabase
Quoting the website's description: "Operabase has documented operatic activity worldwide since 1996, with over 215,000 performances on file. It records the work of artists in over 600 theatres, and publishes season information to opera-goers in 7 languages. The majority of Operabase's information is provided free of charge."
OperaGlass
Categories include: Libretti, Source Texts, Performance Histories, Synopses, Discographies, and Opera Composers (listing over 4,800 composers for more than 25,000 operas). Click "Operas" for the Opera Index.
Opera Today
"Opera news, commentary, and reviews from around the world."
Stories of the Operas
From Metropolitan Opera.
World of Opera
News, opera show reviews, and audio highlights. From National Public Radio (NPR).

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Organizations, Associations, Societies
American Federation of Musicians
American Musicological Society
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP)
Conductors Guild
Film Music Society
MENC: The National Association for Music Education
Music Organizations
From Open Directory Project.
The Music Organizations Megalist
A vast web page of music organizations arranged alphabetically. The website provider states this list "is now being incorporated into the Entertainment Cyberscope. Please check that for further listings and updates."
NAMM: International Music Products Association
Songwriting Organizations
From the Muse's Muse directory.


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Singers & Vocalists
Singing Lessons
The 100 Greatest Singers of All Time
This list from Rolling Stone contains brief information about each singer as well as audio samples.
Art Song Central
"Art Song Central is principally an archive and directory of free, printable sheet music for singers and voice teachers. An emphasis is placed on standard classical and traditional repertoire."
Berklee Shares: Voice and Singing Lessons
Learning materials for aspiring vocalists. Provided by Berklee College of Music.
"A Brief History of Singing"
From antiquity to modernism. By John Koopman, Conservatory of Music, Lawrence University.
How Stuff Works: Vocal Music
Topics include: Barbershop quartet singing, A cappella, Lieder, Eisteddfod, Recitative, Baritone, Spiritual, Tenor.
Learn to Sing
Topics include: Body Basics, Breathing Better, Warming Up, Find Your Voice, Practice, Tips, and Video Tutorials. From BBC.
Open Directory Project: Singers
Sections include: A Cappella, Agents and Managers, Classical, Courses and Lessons, Jazz, Personal Pages, Singing Resources, Vocal Groups, Vocal Style Singers, Vocal Techniques, Vocalists, Voice Types.
Singing
Topics include: Breathing Basics for Singing, Exploring the AABA Form in Songwriting, Practicing, Writing Songs, How to Read Music Note Values, Opera Voices and Their Ranges, Audition Tips for Singers, and more. From the "For Dummies" series.
Singing Lessons 4 U
Topics include: Singing and Breathing, How Breathing Affects Singing, Singing Practice, Breathing and Singing Tone, Vocal Training, Tongue Position For Singers, Lips, Singing in Key, Vocal Ranges, The Trill, How To Sing On Stage and Singing Tips.

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Software / MIDI / Digital Audio / Software Synthesizers
Audacity: Free Audio Editor and Recorder
An open-source audio recording tool available for Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, and Linux.
Audio Formats / Codecs
Websites for various audio formats and codecs (encoders/decoders). From Open Directory Project.
Cakewalk
Commercial provider of hobbyist and professional audio/music recording software. Also offers demonstrations and some other free downloads.
Finale Music: Composing and Notation Software
This premium software company also offers a free introductory program called "Finale Notepad."
Music and Audio Software
Directory of computer software for music creation / editing and sound recording / editing. From Open Directory Project.
MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface)
Topics include: Hardware, Software, Sound Files, Synthesizers. From Open Directory Project.
MIDI Manufacturers Association
Learn about MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) and MIDI products. Includes a tutorial on "Making Music with MIDI."
Shareware Music Machine
This website features reviews and links to downloadable shareware, freeware, trials, and other resources.
Sibelius
Commercial music software provider. Also offers demonstrations and some other free downloads.
Synthesizers and Samplers
A directory of manufacturers of music keyboards, synthesizers, rack synths, sound modules, audio samplers. From Open Directory Project.
Synth Site
Information and reviews on drum machines, samplers, music keyboards, software, and more.

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Songwriting
Copyright Registration of Music
From the U.S. Copyright Office. Be sure to check out the rest of the Copyright.gov website for more information on copyrights and related concepts and considerations.
Guitar Chord Library
Click on the chord to see how notes of chords are played on guitar. Provided by About.com.
The Muse's Muse
Includes information for beginners, professionals, singers, a Songwriting Message Board, Artist Spotlights, and more.
Songwriter and Composer Portal
Information for aspiring composers and songwriters. The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP)
Writing the Music
Online tutorials provided by About.com. Includes Writing Better Songs (Parts I, II, and III),
Writing Songs
Topics include: The Songwriting Process, Starting with Melody, Starting with Harmony, Using Related Chords, Songwriting Example, Harmonic Movement, Modulating Between Keys, Musical Dynamics, Writing Lyrics, Song Structure. From HowMusicWorks.org.


See also: Music Education & Theory, Music Notation, Software, Terminology

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Terminology - Musical Terms & Definitions
Music Dictionary Online
Select terms by clicking on letters A-Z at top of their website.
NAXOS Music Glossary
Musical terms with an emphasis on classical music.
Oddmusic.com: Glossary of Musical Instruments & Styles
Virginia Tech Multimedia Music Dictionary
An illustrated dictionary of musical terms and instruments from the Virginia Tech Department of Music.


See also: Music Education & Theory

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Trivia
From FunTrivia.com:
Classical Music Trivia
Fun Trivia: Music Quizzes & Trivia
Test your knowledge of music, from contemporary times to back in history.
Rock and Roll Trivia
Billboard: Music Trivia Games
Music Lists & Trivia
A variety of trivia and lists about music, musicians. Includes summaries of recent and past famous recordings by year and genre. Provided by infoplease.com.
SongFacts.com
"Song meanings, lyrics and trivia." Browse or search by recording artist or music track / album title. "Random Songfacts" and quizzes are also available.

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Web Radio Stations & Online Music
Internet Radio Broadcasts, Streaming Music, Podcasts
About.com: Find, Listen, or Record Internet Radio Stations - or Create Your Own
Includes information on creating your own podcasts, finding/using Internet radio receivers, and where you can find stations online.
AOL Radio: Free Internet Radio Stations
This website requires the Adobe Flash Player.
BBC International Radio
The BBC World Service on the web. Multilingual news coverage with channels broadcasting in different languages.
Internet Radio Stations
Broadcasts, podcasts, news, and more. Listings from Open Directory Project.
Jazz at Lincoln Center:
Live Webcasts
Jazz Radio Archive
Live365.com
"Thousands of Free Online Radio Stations." Search for stations or browse by genre.
Mike's Radio World
Over 5,000 stations on the Internet. Browse by region: United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand.
MTV: Online Radio Stations
Search or browse by musical genre.
National Public Radio (NPR)
News, music, radio programs, special features, and more.
Pandora Radio
Locate favorite music and discover new musical artists and albums. Registration required.
Podcasts & Podcasting Sources
List of major podcasts on the Web. Directory from the Thrall's Current Interests Center.
Radio Locator
A search engine. Formerly known as the "MIT List of Radio Stations on the Internet." From the site description: "We have links to over 10,000 radio station web pages and over 2500 audio streams from radio stations in the U.S. and around the world." Search by city, zip code, radio station call letters, musical genres, or state / country / geographical region.
Real Radio
Radio shows, music, talk shows, and more. Browse by genre or search. Requires the RealPlayer media player
Songza
"Songza's playlists are made by an expert team of music critics, DJs, musicians, and musicologists." Search for music or browse by musical genres.
WindowsMedia.com Radio Tuner
Search or browse by musical genre.
WQXR: New York Times Classical Music Radio Station
Click the "Play" link at the top of their page. The website also features classical music news, playlists, program schedules, and more.


See also: Databases & Online Music Searches

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World Music,
Folk & Traditional Music
American Folk Music
Reviews, news, history, and other information from About.com. Also check out their Folk Music 101 website.
BBC: World Music
Featuring some of the latest recording artists from around the globe.
Contemporary World Music Database
Available to members of Middletown Thrall Library. The Contemporary World Music database contains tens of thousands of tracks from around the world. Flamenco, gospel, reggae, worldbeat, fusion, jazz, African, Bollywood, other many other genres await your exploration.
Folk Music Index to Recorded Resources
Search, or browse by keyword, publisher list, or index sources. Also contains links to other indexes.
List of Folk Music Traditions
Browse by geographical regions: North, Central, South American, the Caribbean, Asia, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Oceania, and Australia. Provided by Wikipedia (note their disclaimers)
NPR: World Music
Artist / band highlights, videos / audio, reviews, interviews, news, and more. From National Public Radio (NPR).
National Geographic World Music
Featured recording artists from around the world. Includes videos, audio, articles, and the ability to browse by region / country.
Smithsonian Global Sound
Available to members of Middletown Thrall Library. This database is described as "a virtual encyclopedia of the world's musical and aural traditions. The collection provides educators, students, and interested listeners with an unprecedented variety of online resources that support the creation, continuity, and preservation of diverse musical forms."
World Music / Ethnic Music / Global Music
Numerous topics exist, such as "What is World Music?" and "Calypso Music 101." Provided by About.com. See also "World Music Basics" below.
World Music Basics
Topics include: What is World Music?, Starting a World Music Collection, Finding World Music Based on Artists You Already Love, World Music for Special Occasions, World Music Festivals and Venues. From About.com.
World Music Wire
Focusing on current happenings in world music.


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