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Exploring the World of Music by Annenberg Learner Videos
A video instructional series on the elements of music for college and high school classrooms and adult learners; 12 half-hour video programs.
Gain an understanding of the basic elements of music with this series, an introduction to music with a global perspective. Exploring the World of Music shows how elements such as melody, rhythm, and texture create an infinite variety of sounds and serve as expressions of culture. Through rare archival footage and contemporary performances, the series presents themes such as music and the environment, music as cultural memory, and how technology changes music. The featured artists perform music from around the world, including American jazz, gospel, and rock, and traditional music from Bosnia, the Caribbean, India, Ireland, Japan, and West Africa. This series is also valuable for teachers seeking to review the subject matter.
Related TED Talks
Check out these video series of educational and inspiring talks and performances, filmed at TED conferences and events.
Digitized Sheet Music and Scores
Brown University Library: Digital Sheet Music Collections
This site includes three important collections: African American Sheet Music, 1820-1920, World War I Sheet Music, and Yiddish American Sheet Music.
Brown University Library: Lincoln Sheet Music
This database comprises sheet music from the McLellan Lincoln Collection at the John Hay Library and includes material written between 1859 and 1923.
Digital Resources for Musicology (DRM)
This website provides links to substantial open-access projects of use to musicians and musicologists.
Eastman School of Music Digitized Scores
Search over 23,000 scores and books in the public domain.
Free Scores offers contemporary, classical and educational free sheet music for all instruments through a free and legal platform for composers, arrangers and publishers. There may be restrictions on the use of the music, and that is detailed in the licence page.
IMSLP/Petrucci Music Library
The International Music Score Library Project created this site to provide music scores free of charge because of their belief that music should be easily accessible to everyone.
The Morgan Library & Museum
Beginning as the private library of financier Pierpont Morgan, The Morgan Library & Museum has grown into an institution that provides meaningful engagement with literature, music, history, and art to enrich lives, open minds, and deepen understanding.
2124 pieces of music – free to download, modify, print, copy, distribute, perform, and record – all in the Public Domain or under Creative Commons licenses, in PDF, MIDI, and editable LilyPond file formats.
Streaming Audio Resources
British Library: Sounds
Listen to a selection from the British Library’s extensive collections of unique sound recordings, which come from all over the world and cover the entire range of recorded sound: music, drama and literature, oral history, wildlife and environmental sounds. PLEASE NOTE that some recordings are only playable within the EU, so make sure to check "Only recordings everyone can play" in the search box if you are located elsewhere.
The National Jukebox
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.
Professional Associations and Organizations
American Musicological Society
Dedicated to advancing the study and teaching of music through a broad array of programs, including grants, fellowships, awards, publications, and events.
American Music Therapy Association
Founded in 1998, AMTA's purpose is to support the therapeutic use of music in hospital, educational, and community settings. Currently, AMTA establishes criteria for academic programs in colleges and universities, clinical training sites, and professional registration of music therapists.
American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers (ASCAP)
ASCAP is the only performing rights organization in the US owned and governed by songwriters, composers and music publishers.
Society for American Music
SAM is dedicated to the study, teaching, creation, and dissemination of all musics in the Americas. As a scholarly, collegial, and inclusive organization, we serve a wide and diverse array of academics, librarians, composers, performers, and members of the general public.
Society for Ethnomusicology
Founded in 1955, SEM is a global, interdisciplinary network of individuals and institutions engaged in the study of music across all cultural contexts and historical periods.
Society for Music Theory
SMT promotes the development of and engagement with music theory as a scholarly and pedagogical discipline. We construe this discipline broadly as embracing all approaches, from conceptual to practical, and all perspectives, including those of the scholar, listener, composer, performer, teacher, and student.
Music Theory and More
Golden Pages for Musicologists
Maintained by professors at Royal Holloway, University of London, the Golden Pages provide announcements for forthcoming conferences in musicology and related disciplines, an archive of dissertation abstracts, links to music departments worldwide, and other links of interest to musicologists.
A Musical Playground
Links that cover everything you need to know about reading and understanding music.
Online music flashcards for learning and practicing music theory.
This site contains free lessons, exercises and tools aimed at teaching various concepts related to music theory.
Understanding Basic Music Theory
A free online course about the fundamentals of music theory.
Websites of Interest to Musicologists
Organized by category, simply click the link to display a list of resources below.
Music in Our Community
The Butler County Symphony Association provides a quality orchestra within a community framework, generating pride among Butler County residents while enriching their cultural lives. The Association also brings educational programs to school students, has an annual Young Artist Competition, and recognizes special students active in their school music programs.
The Pittsburgh Symphony serves the city of Pittsburgh, the residents of Allegheny County as well as residents from a thirteen county region across Western Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia by engaging, enriching, and inspiring them through unparalleled live musical experiences.
River City Brass Band
The mission of Pittsburgh’s own River City Brass 28 member band founded in 1981 is to entertain, educate, and engage citizens locally, nationally, and internationally in the American musical culture.