General Music Resources

An Abridged History of Western Music in 16 Genres (video)
Fun video demonstrating how one song can be very different when performed in different musical genres.
AllMusic offers a broad online database of recorded music.
Archive of Recorded Church Music
Preserving a unique & priceless recorded heritage from choirs of gentlemen & boys singing in the English Cathedral tradition. Includes records, radio and TV broadcasts, church services, concerts, and documentaries from the early 1900s through today.
BBC: Culture: Music
An essential guide to music on the BBC and beyond, this site has news, reviews, links to streaming music radio, and special features.
The Black Music History Library
This is a living collection of books, articles, documentaries, series, podcasts and more about the Black origins of traditional and popular music dating from the 18th century to present day. Resources are organized chronologically and by genre for ease of browsing.
Large database of information on millions of song titles. Searchable by author, title, or publisher.
Chrome Music Lab
Chrome Music Lab is a website that makes learning music more accessible through fun, hands-on experiments.
Drummerworld is a noncommercial site – about Drums and Drumming for Drummers … The intention is, that the site should be kept clean, fast and free of charge for all drummers and friends.
Music news, charts, lyrics, and videos.
Google Arts & Culture
Check under ‘Play’ for Music activities, or look for Music in the Search box to locate numerous articles, podcasts, videos, games, and interactives. Popular offerings include Blob Beats, Blob Opera, Paint With Music, Learning About Music, and Family Fun Music.
Library of Congress: Performing Arts Encyclopedia
The Library of Congress’s unsurpassed collections of scores, sheet music, audio recordings, films, photographs, maps, and other materials.
We are building a searchable, editable, and expandable collection of tunes, melodies, and musical themes. … You can find and identify a tune even if the melody is all you know. or use a text-based search.
NPR Music
News, reviews, songs, interviews, clips, concerts, streaming music, and much more.
SecondHand Songs
Find out who performed the original version of a particular song, or who covered that song.
Facts and trivia about songs and their artists.
From the Top
From the Top is America’s largest national platform celebrating the stories, talents, and character of young classically-trained musicians. Through live events, NPR and video broadcasts, scholarships, and arts education programs, we empower these extraordinary young people to engage and inspire music lovers of all ages.


The 15 most famous tunes in classical music
There’s nothing more annoying than humming a tune but not knowing what it’s called or where it’s from. Fear not – here are some of the most famous tunes from the history of music, complete with all the background information you need.
30 of the greatest classical music composers of all time
Classical music history is full of pioneers, practice-devotees and plenty of geniuses. We’ve done our utmost, below, to distil these great men and women into a list of 30 of the very best. not only broadcasts classical music but also offers articles about composers, musicians, orchestras, and events in classical music past and present.
Classical World ( is a streaming platform that helps music lovers everywhere find, share and enjoy the best-loved pieces as well as the newest classical talent.
Reviews, news, articles and recordings from the BBC.
Classical Music Eras: A History of Classical Music
The term “classical music” describes orchestral music, chamber music, choral music, and solo performance pieces, yet within this broad genre, several distinct periods exist. Each classical era has its own characteristics that distinguish it from classical music at large.
Limelight Magazine: Classical Music
News and reviews from Limelight magazine.
NPR: Classical
Articles and podcasts about classical music, composers, and musicians.
liveabout: Classical Music
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.


All the Musical Instruments of the World
Illustrated list with descriptions and a number of videos.
Classics for Kids
More than just recordings of classical music, and for more than just kids, this site is an introduction to music, music theory, intruments, and composers, with a weekly podcast available online as well as at a number of radio stations.
A Guide to Medieval and Renaissance Instruments
Descriptions, photographs, and links to other sites about more than thirty medieval and renaissance instruments.
MOMI: Museum of Musical Instruments
Site about American music, especially focusing on the guitar.
Musical Instrument Guide
An illustrated guide to [t]he evolution, mechanisms, and playing methods of a range of instruments. From Yamaha.
National Music Museum
Features images from its extensive collection of historical instruments.
The Orchestra: A User’s Manual
Information about the orchestra, orchestration, composition and instruments, for the benefit of anybody with an interest in the subject. Includes video and audio clips, illustrations, and tips for musicians.
World Instrument Gallery
A gallery of world instruments from a museum in Vancouver.
Sounds of Instruments
Check out these pages and videos for some examples of how instruments sound:


All About Jazz
A site produced by jazz fans for jazz fans. Our mission is to provide information and opinion about jazz from the past, present, and future. Tons of info and links, video, podcasts, and free mp3s.
Binghamton Music and Jazz Festival
Annual festival taking place in downtown Binghamton every July.
A History of Jazz Music
Selections from a book about the history of jazz from 1900 – 2000.
Jazz at Lincoln Center
Includes videos, radio shows, photographs and other information about shows performed in Lincoln Center in New York City.
Jazz Roots
Information on the history of jazz in its beginnings.
Published since 1970, JazzTimes—“America’s Jazz Magazine”—provides comprehensive and in-depth coverage of the jazz scene. Often controversial, always entertaining, JazzTimes is a favorite of musicians and fans alike.
NPR: Jazz
Articles and podcasts about jazz music, composers, and musicians.
A Passion for Jazz
Lots of information and links about jazz. Site includes many jazz books, cds, etc. for sale.
Smithsonian Jazz
Smithsonian Spotlight: Jazz and Blues
Sites about jazz history and appreciation from the Smithsonian museum.

Lyrics and Sheet Music

Free Sheet Music, Free Piano Sheet Music, Free Popular Piano Sheet Music.
America Singing: Nineteenth-Century Song Sheets
A collection of 19th-century song sheets from the American Memory collection at the Library of Congress.
We have a large, legal, every day growing universe of lyrics where stars of all genres and ages shine.
Choral Wiki
Begun in December 1998, CPDL is one of the world’s largest free sheet music sites. You can use CPDL to find scores, texts, translations, and information about composers.
Lyrics, news, artist information, videos, and more.
Historic American Sheet Music
The Historic American Sheet Music Project provides access to digital images of 3042 pieces from the collection, published in the United States between 1850 and 1920. (Duke University Library)
IMSLP / Petrucci Music Score Library
Our goal is to create a virtual library containing all public domain music, as well as music from composers who are willing to share their work with the world without charge. Includes over 550,000 scores from over 150,000 works.
International Lyrics Playground
Song lyrics from around the world. Foreign language lyrics, Christmas and holiday lyrics..
KIDiddles: Mojo’s Musical Museum
Here you can find the lyrics to a favorite kid’s song.
Lester S. Levy Sheet Music Collection
Browse over 30,000 pieces of American popular music, dating as far back as 1780. is a huge collection of song lyrics, album information and featured video clips from endless number of artists…
Lyrster: Song Lyrics Finder
Welcome to Lyrster, your interactive song lyrics search engine. Our team of professional developers, music fanatics and content editors have built an ever-growing database of songs spanning virtually all genres, time periods and artists.
MetroLyrics is the most popular lyrics website worldwide, boasting the most comprehensive database of legal lyrics in the world with over 1 Million titles.
Mudcat Cafe
An extensive database of blues and folk songs, and links to other databases as well.
Free sheet music, royalty free music, and public domain resources.
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. Also has some midi files.
Traditional Music Library
A large traditional and folk music library of songbooks, tune-books, sheet-music, lyrics, midis, tablature, plus music theory, chord diagrams, scales and other music educational & academic reference materials.

Miscellaneous Genres

Gilbert and Sullivan Archive
Links to everything about Gilbert & Sullivan: summaries, librettos, scores, audio files, biography, companies, newsletters, images, and more.
Hip Hop: A Culture of Vision and Voice
Like a powerful star, this dance-party scene quickly drew other art forms into its orbit. A growing movement of hopeful poets, visual artists, and urban philosophers added their visions and voices by whatever means available.
Hiip Hop History: From the Streets to the Mainstream
A new era was on the rise fueled by sentiments of anger, hardship, and abandonment. However, the emerging hip hop movement transformed despair and racial barriers into numerous creative outlets. It also became an outlet to deal with violence.
NPR: Music
Stories, videos, podcasts, and recordings about classical, jazz, modern, and music of all types. is for anyone interested in unique, unusual, ethnic, or experimental music and instruments.

Music Theory

Ableton – Learning Music
Free online interactive music theory textbook with practice lessons.
Alan Belkin Music
Writings on musical technique from a composer and pianist.
Extensive site with free notes and lessons for music theory & history, a music dictionary, sheet music, composers, and more.
edX: Music
Free university classes in music theory and appreciation.
Learn to Read Music with This Easy Lesson
You may not necessarily ~need~ to know how to read music to play music, but it certainly helps! Get started with this lesson.
LenMus – Free Open Software for Music Rheory
LenMus is a free program for learning music theory. It allows you to focus on specific skills and exercises, on both theory and aural training. … It also includes an score editor.
Lightnote (freemium)
Interactive online music theory tutorial, with easy to follow color-coded interface.
Online lessons and interactive training modules for learning music theory.
Music Theory Online
A journal of criticism, commentary, research, and scholarship. For advanced musicians.
Music Tutor (mobile)
Develop your speed and accuracy in reading sheet music by identifying music notes in timed sessions.
NoteFlight (freemium)
A powerful full-featured application to edit, display and play back music notation in a standard web browser, integrated in an online library of musical scores that anyone can publish, link to, or embed. Includes Chrome Web Store app.
Open Music Theory
Open Music Theory is an open-source, interactive, online “text”book for college-level music theory courses.
SoundFly (freemium)
Offers a number of free courses on music theory and technique as well as paid classes.
Tutorials, exercises, articles, and other music theory information.
Theta Music Trainer
While most of the material here requires a subscription, the site also offers a free introductory course for ear training.
Tone Savvy
Free online music theory tutorials, available both with and without sound, are a part of this subscription-based site.
Toned Ear
Offers free exercises to help develop your ear. Also available as an app.


Glimmerglass Festival
Glimmerglass is a professional non-profit summer opera company dedicated to producing new productions each season. Based in Cooperstown New York.
The Metropolitan Opera
Site of New Yorks’ Metropolitan Opera. Includes video clips of past performances.
Opera of the Future
Explores concepts and techniques to help advance the future of musical performance, composition, learning, and expression.
Watch live streams as the operas themselves unfold in the opera house. View your favourite performances, subtitled, on demand. Learn about the art form and specific productions by browsing our richly populated digital library, stories, and articles.
Tri-Cities Opera
IIn keeping with the history of our founders, Tri-Cities Opera’s mission is the production of professional quality opera using the talents of young artists. TCO sets the standard for artistic excellence while enriching, enhancing, engaging & educating our community through the power of live musical storytelling.


Thousands of reviews of all kinds of music.
Music Charts, News, Photos & Video.
Classics Today
Your online guide to classical music covers classical instrumental and vocal music and opera.
Common Sense Media: Music Reviews
Common Sense Media rates movies, TV shows, books, and more so parents can feel good about the entertainment choices they make for their kids. We offer the largest, most trusted library of independent age-based ratings and reviews.
Entertainment Weekly
Movie, video, TV, music, books, and pop culture reviews and commentary.
Check these sites for current top hits:
American Top 40BBC: Official ChartBillboard: Charts
Metacritic has evolved over the last decade to reflect their experience distilling many critics’ voices into the single Metascore, a weighted average of the most respected critics writing reviews online and in print.
Music Critic
Music Critic offers both their own reviews and aggregated reviews compiled from other sources.
New York Times: Music
News and reviews for all kinds of music.
NPR – Music Reviews
Articles and reviews for all varieties of music from classical to country, rock to reggae.
Reviews of albums and singles, artist info, videos, news, and more.
Rolling Stone – Music
News, charts, and articles, as well as a separate page for album reviews.


New York Times: Rock Music
Articles about rock and rock musicians both in the U.S. and around the world.
Open Vault: Rock and Roll
A video series from WGBH explores the musical styles, influences, and complex creative processes that have allowed rock to endure…. Rock & Roll is an extensively researched and revealing history built on stories from and about the innovators who defined the music…
The Origins and History of Rock Music
The history of rock music has been volatile and unpredictable as the genre has constantly redefined and reinvented itself since its emergence in the late 1940s.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Exhibitions and information on rock and roll history and personalities.

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