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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!

We also offer members of Thrall free access to:
ArtistWorks
"ArtistWorks for Libraries provides patrons with world-class instruction through self-paced video lessons from Grammy Award-winning music and artistic professionals." Includes lessons for Acoustic Guitar, Art, Banjo, Electric Bass, Flute, Harmonica, Mandolin, Percussion, Piano, Rock Guitar, Singing, and the Ukulele.

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.

Please follow this link to explore classical music topics and composers in the library system catalog.


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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.
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.
Jazz Blog
From Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Music Articles
from National Public Radio (NPR).
The Playlist
"A weekly tour of notable new music and videos." From the New York Times.


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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
Classical Music Introduction
"This collection covers the best classical composers, performers, and conductors, past and present, as well as the most iconic symphonies and operas in the world. Learn the stories behind these incredible works of art and let yourself get swept away by their movements." From ThoughtCo.com.
Classical Music Introduction
A comprehensive introduction to the world of classical music. Provided by NAXOS Audio.
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 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
News and reviews of classical music. Some articles require subscription.
Gramophone Hall of Fame
"The Gramophone Hall of Fame celebrates those performers, producers, engineers and label executives whose contributions to classical music recording, whether through artistic excellence, innovation or imagination, have proved the most influential and inspiring. Click on an honorees' name to discover more about their life and recordings." Categories include: Conductors, Singers, Pianists, String/Brass/Woodwind Players, Vocal and Instrumental Ensembles, and more.
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
"Watch and listen to SPCO performances, live and on-demand." Free account required to login and watch videos.
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.
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).
From FactMonster.com:
Asian American Artists and Musicians
Folk, Gospel, and World Musicians
Notable African-American Musicians
Notable Blues, R&B, Pop, and Rock Singers and Bands
Notable Hispanic-American Musicians and Visual Artists
Notable Jazz Musicians
Notable Women Musicians and Dancers
Selected Composers and Performers of Popular Music
Selected Country Musicians
Selected Rap and Hip Hop Musicians
U.S. Symphony Orchestras and Their Music Directors

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Contemporary Music
Popular, Rock, Country, etc.
All Music Guide
BET
Pop, soul, blues, R&B, rap, hip-hop, and more.
CMT
Country music videos
MTV
Music videos, entertainment news
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.
Ballet Dictionary
Provided by the American Ballet Theatre.
Ballet Encyclopedia
Ballets, dancers, and choreographers
Dance
"There are as many ways to dance as there are to move. Discover dance styles, artists, and techniques with this guide." From ThoughtCo.com.
Dance Music / Electronic
"Read about remixes and releases in Electronica, Dubstep, IDM, EDM, House, and other electronic dance music so you're ready to move your feet." From ThoughtCo.com.
Dance Studies Association (DSA)
The Dance Studies Association (DSA) is an international organization of dance scholars, educators, and artists that aims to strengthen the visibility and increase the reach of dance as embodied practice, creative endeavor and intellectual discipline."
Dance/USA
News and resources for dancers. See also Dance/NYC.
Dancing with the Stars
Current and past contestants, celebrities, and winners
New York Times: Dance
News and reviews on contemporary dancers and performances


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Databases & Music Search Engines
Current Music & General 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
iTunes
Apple's online premium archive of music and other audio downloads.
MTV.com
Contemporary music videos, audio, and downloads. Browse or search.
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.


Historical Recordings
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.
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.
UCSB Cylinder Audio Archive
"Before MP3s, CDs, cassettes and vinyl records, people listened to... cylinders. First made of tinfoil, then wax and plastic, cylinder recordings, commonly the size and shape of a soda can, were the first commercially produced sound recordings in the decades around the turn of the 20th century. The UCSB Library, with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Grammy Foundation, and donors, has created a digital collection of more than 10,000 cylinder recordings held by the Department of Special Collections. To bring these recordings to a wider audience, the Library makes them available to download or stream online for free. This searchable database features all types of recordings made from the late 1800s to early 1900s, including popular songs, vaudeville acts, classical and operatic music, comedic monologues, ethnic and foreign recordings, speeches and readings. The website also includes the Library's collection of more than 650 Vernacular Wax Cylinder Recordings, which in 2015 were selected to be part of the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry. These personal recordings, also known as home wax recordings, were made by everyday people at home, not by record companies or field researchers, and capture the early spirit of the public's interaction with recording technology." Provided by UC Santa Barbara Library.

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Music Education & Theory
Featured Resource
ArtistWorks
Free to Members of Thrall. "ArtistWorks for Libraries provides patrons with world-class instruction through self-paced video lessons from Grammy Award-winning music and artistic professionals." Includes lessons for Acoustic Guitar, Art, Banjo, Electric Bass, Flute, Harmonica, Mandolin, Percussion, Piano, Rock Guitar, Singing, and the Ukulele.


Other Resources
Carnegie Hall: Link Up - Online Resource Center
"Resources include lesson plans, audio, student workbooks, and basic assessment tools. Resources are also available in Spanish. (Los recursos también están disponibles en ingles.)"
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: Music Channel & Technology
"The Music Channel teaches us about the industry, the instruments and the genres. These articles explain why music is such an important fabric of our collective soul." 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
Introduction to Classical Music, History of Classical Music, Discover the Classics, Glossary of Musical Terms, A-Z of Opera, Synopses of Opera, and more.
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: The 1800s
See also: 1900-1920, 1920s, 1930-1960, 1960s, 1970s - present.
American Popular Music
"American popular music spans a range of human experience, from matters of the heart to political protest. The United States is a perfect musical laboratory: Take people from every corner of the globe, give them freedom to create and distribute their effort. And what results! European ballads recast with African polyrhythmic textures or blended with a Cuban-flavored habanera." From the U.S. Department of State.
The Music and History of Our Times
From the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.
Music Timeline (325 A.D. - Present)
From Infoplease.com.
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
Jump to a subsection:


Featured Resource
ArtistWorks
Free to Members of Thrall. "ArtistWorks for Libraries provides patrons with world-class instruction through self-paced video lessons from Grammy Award-winning music and artistic professionals." Includes lessons for Acoustic Guitar, Art, Banjo, Electric Bass, Flute, Harmonica, Mandolin, Percussion, Piano, Rock Guitar, Singing, and the Ukulele.


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 for the cello, French horn, percussion, trombone, trumpet, tuba, viola, violin, xylophone, and other instruments.
A Guide to the Orchestra
"Which instruments make up an orchestra? How are they organised? And what exactly does a conductor do? Find answers to all your questions in our 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." Search by keyword. From the Cultural Heritage Initiative for Community Outreach (CHICO) at the University of Michigan School of Information..
Metropolitan Museum of Art: Musical Instruments
Images and information from the Met's collection of musical instruments from around the world.
MIMO: Music Instrument Museums Online
"Welcome to the world's largest freely accessible database for information on musical instruments held in public collections." Search or browse by Instrument Family, Museums, or News. Also available in Spanish/Espanol and other languages (select language option at top right of their page). From the University of Edinburgh, Cite de la musique, Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Muziekinstrumentenmuseum, Association "Amici del Museo degli Strumenti Musicali," and others.
Musical Instruments
"The great majority of musical instruments fall readily into one of six major categories: bowed strings, woodwind, brass, percussion, keyboard, and the guitar family, the first four of which form the basis of the modern symphony orchestra." From NAXOS.
Musical Scales and Chords
"Our guitar and piano chord database has over 84.000 chords and 500.000 chord charts. Just enter a chord name, we'll try to understand what you're searching for ;)" See also their Articles, Chord Progression Analyzer, and Scale Navigator. From Scales-Chords.com.
Odd Music
"Oddmusic is home to unique, odd, ethnic, experimental and unusual musical instruments and resources."
OnMusic Dictionary (formerly Virginia Tech Multimedia Music Dictionary
An illustrated dictionary of musical instruments and terminology from the Virginia Tech Department of Music. You can also look up major composers and view a Musical Symbol Chart.
Ten Fun Traditional Folk Music and Bluegrass Instruments
"Instruments commonly used in folk, bluegrass, jug band, and old time music." From ThoughtCo.com.

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Specific Instruments: Drums / Percussion
Berkelee Shares: Drum and Percussion Lessons
Videos and some free PDF articles provided by Berklee College of Music. Full courses are not free.
DrumBum.com: Free Drum Lessons
Instructional videos and other information of interest to drum players and percussion instrumentalists. Please scroll down their page to see the full list of lesson sections/topics.
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 some free PDF articles on guitar playing. From Berklee College of Music. Full courses are not free.
Guitar Chord Library
"An Illustrated Guide to Playing Guitar Chords." From ThoughtCo.com.
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. Topics include: Acoustic Guitar, Blues and Jazz, Metal, Rock, and Shred.
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.
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
Virtual Piano Keyboard
Play a piano online! Requires the Adobe Flash plugin.

See also: VirtualPiano.net.


Specific Instruments: Keyboards & Synthesizers
Berkelee Shares: Keyboard Lessons
Videos and some free PDF articles about piano/keyboard playing. From Berklee College of Music. Full courses are not free.
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."
Delta Blues Museum
Includes news and podcasts on Blues music.
The Geography of Jazz
"Trace the roots of jazz and explore its historic geography." From National Geographic. Tip: you can click and drag the map to explore or click on photos to jump to a new area on the map.
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."
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
Rhythm & Blues Music
Find information on R&B and soul music, its subgenres and biggest stars, plus reviews and music recommendations. From ThoughtCo.com.
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.


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Listening & Music Appreciation
Classical FM: Discover Musice
Topics include: Instruments, Mood, Music Theory, Occasions, Periods & Genres, Women in Music, and more. See also their Composers section.
How to Enjoy a Live Concert
"This guide focuses on classical music, a tradition that originated before recordings, radio, and the Internet, back when all music was live music." From NAXOS. Please note: follow the links beside the article to navigate to other sections of this guide.
1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die
Based on a book bearing the same title. You can explore a subset of the "1,000" recommendations by genre.
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.
metrolyrics
Provides song lyrics to popular music performers. Provided through a partnership between Gracenote, AOL Music, Billboard, and NME music news.

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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
Internet Broadway Database
"IBDB (Internet Broadway Database) archive is the official database for Broadway theatre information. IBDB provides records of productions from the beginnings of New York theatre until today." The League of American Theatres and Producers.
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
Met Opera News
Provided by The Metropolitan Opera.
MSN Music News
Musicals.net
News about current and upcoming musicals.
MTV
National Public Radio: Music News & Programs
New York Times: Music
Pollstar
Music concerts, news, and reviews. You can browse or search for events / performers / performances.
Rolling Stone

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Music Reviews
From AllMusic.com:
Classical Music Reviews
Country
Jazz
Pop + Rock
Other Genres
Common Sense Media: Music Reviews
Information of interest to parents/families.
Fanfare
Archive of 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.).
Music Paper
"Blank music papers in PostScript and PDF formats. All are for 81/2 x 11 paper (portrait orientation) unless otherwise noted." For General, Solo, Ensemble, Band, Orchestra and Choral. From the University of Virginia.
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.


Historical Scores - Archives and Exhibits of Musical Manuscripts
African-American Sheet Music (1850-1920)
"The sheet music in this digital collection has been selected from the Sheet Music Collection at the John Hay Library at Brown University. The full collection consists of approximately 500,000 items, of which perhaps 250,000 are currently available for use. It is one of the largest collections of sheet music in any library in the United States. The sheet music, primarily vocal music of American imprint, dates from the 18th century to the present day, with the largest concentration of titles in the period 1840-1950." Provided by the Brown University Library.
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. Use the Availability tab/option to locate online editions.
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.
A Glorious List of the World's Greatest Opera Arias
Text with videos. "If you're a newcomer to opera or just looking for some recommend recordings of the best arias ever written, here is our complete guide." Highlights include selections from Bellini, Donizetti, Mozart, Puccini, Purcell, Rossini, Tchaikovsky, Verdi, and others. From Classic FM.
Glossary of Opera Terms
From the National Opera Center of America. See also their list of operatic Voice Types.
How Stuff Works: Opera
"Learn about Opera and get information on topics related to Opera."
The Metropolitan Opera
Information about current and past performances and singers/performers. See also their Articles to learn more about 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."
Synopses
Summarized stories / plots of major operas and their singers / characters. 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)
Country Music Association (CMA)
Conductors Guild
Film Music Society
The National Association for Music Education
NAMM: International Music Products Association
RIAA: The Recording Industry Association of America


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Singers & Vocalists
Singing Lessons
Featured Resource
ArtistWorks
Free to Members of Thrall. "ArtistWorks for Libraries provides patrons with world-class instruction through self-paced video lessons from Grammy Award-winning music and artistic professionals." Includes singing lessons.


Other Resources
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
Videos and some free PDF articles provided by Berklee College of Music. Full courses are not free.
"A Brief History of Singing"
From antiquity to modernism. By John Koopman, Conservatory of Music, Lawrence University.
Learn to Sing
Topics include: Body Basics, Breathing Better, Warming Up, Find Your Voice, Practice, Tips, and Video Tutorials. From BBC.
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.

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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.
Cubase
Industry standard Digital Audio Workstation (DAW). See also Steinberg.net for WaveLab and related software.
IK Multimedia
Virtual instruments, samplers, and related audio software and hardware.
MIDI Association
Learn about MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) and MIDI products. Includes a tutorial on "Making Music with MIDI."
Native Instruments
Virtual instruments, samplers, and related audio software and hardware.
MuseScore
"Create, play and print beautiful sheet music."
Shareware Music Machine
This website features reviews and links to downloadable shareware, freeware, trials, and other resources.
Sonic State - 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.
Songwriter and Composer Portal
Information for aspiring composers and songwriters. The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP)
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
Glossary of Terms
Topics include: Arranging, Chord Scale Voicings, Ear Training, Harmony, and Music Technology. From Berklee College of Music.
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.
OnMusic Dictionary
Browse or search for musical terms or composers.
Popular Music Glosary
A list of major music genres with concise explanations. From FactMonster.com.


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
Music Lists & Trivia
"A collection of top selling albums, most-played songs, celebrity playlists, music timelines, must-have records, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, and more." From 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
Featured Resource
Free Music Streaming Services
Members of Thrall can enjoy FREE access to hundreds of thousands of songs through the following services:
  • African American Song
  • American Song
  • Classical Music Library
  • Contemporary World Music
  • Jazz Music Library
  • Smithsonian Global Sound
.

Other Resources
BBC International Radio
The BBC World Service on the web. Multilingual news coverage with channels broadcasting in different languages.
Europeana Radio
"Almost 200,000 tracks collected from sound archives across 12 European countries are now available on Europeana Radio. You can browse a wide range of sound recordings (Classical, Folk, Traditional and Popular music, Languages and dialects, Spoken-word, Soundscapes and Natural recordings), play them on random mode, and tag the musical genres recognised. The tagging feature means that all users can become archivists by tagging the musical genres of the recordings whilst listening to them."
Jazz at Lincoln Center:
All Jazz Is Modern - Streaming Jazz around the World
Jazz Radio Archive
Live365.com
"Thousands of Free Online Radio Stations." Search for stations or browse by genre.
National Public Radio (NPR) - Local Stations
News, music, radio programs, special features, and more.
Pandora Internet Radio
Locate recording artists and songs. Registration can be required for certain activities, and some songs/albums require a subscription.
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.
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
BBC: World Routes
World Music. "Explore music from around the world.... A mix of interviews with top performers, live concerts, a monthly CD round-up, and special location features."
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
"Explore notable folk musicians, songs, and histories with this guide to traditional folk and roots music. Read album reviews, discover festivals and events, and track the recorded and oral history of the most famous folk songs." From ThoughtCo.com.
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).
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
"Travel the world with artists from Asia, Africa, the Middle East, South America, the Caribbean, and Europe. Learn about musical instruments from a range of musical traditions and get recommendations on artists, songs, and albums."


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