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.
Artists for Literacy: The SIBL Project
The Songs Inspired By Literature (SIBL) Project, is … dedicated to connecting … readers to literature through the arts. With a list of popular songs inspired by books or stories, a songwriting competition, and a benefit CD for sale.
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.
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.
Free online music mixing & songwriting tool – quickly create backing tracks, karaoke songs, soundtracks & demo songs with professional sounds. JamStudio is perfect for songwriters, musicians, producers or any music enthusiast.
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.
Musicmap attempts to provide the ultimate genealogy of popular music genres, including their relations and history. It is the result of more than seven years of research with over 200 listed sources and cross examination of many other visual genealogies.
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.
Seaquence is an experiment in musical composition. Adopting a biological metaphor, you can create and combine musical lifeforms resulting in an organic, dynamic composition.
SecondHand Songs
Find out who performed the original version of a particular song, or who covered that song.
Songfacts: Fun Facts About Your Favorite Songs
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.


Classic Cat
An index to some 6000 free classical music performances.
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: a history according to YouTube
An educational and eclectic tour of music from the middle ages to today illustrated with clips from YouTube.
Classical Net
Classical Net features more than 9000 pages and 20,000+ images including more than 7200 CD, SACD, DVD, Blu-ray, Book and Concert reviews and over 5500 links to other classical music web sites.
Classics for kids
While aimed more at the elementary level, some of the short (6-minute) podcasts and materials may be of interest for older students and adults as well.
Limelight: Classical Music Archive
News and reviews from Limelight magazine.
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.
Free sheet music, royalty free music, and public domain resources.
NPR: Classical
Stories and articles about classical music, composers, and musicians.
Wikipedia:List of sound files
This is the main page for listing full length free content musical works available on Wikipedia or (more often) Wikimedia Commons, with special emphasis on works that are (or should be) linked in Wikipedia articles.


All the Musical Instruments of the World
Illustrated list with descriptions and a number of videos.
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.
Stearns Collection
Holding over 2,500 historical and contemporary musical instruments from all over the world, the Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments is one of the largest accumulations of such artifacts …
Top 5 Sites For Learning Piano Online
Five very useful and high-quality piano lesson websites that anyone could use to teach themselves how to play piano. (October 2017)
World Instrument Gallery
A gallery of world instruments from a museum in Vancouver.


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.
A History of Jazz Music
Online selections from a book about jazz history.
Jazz at Lincoln Center
Includes videos, radio shows, photographs and other information about shows performed in Lincoln Center in New York City.
JulyFest: Binghamton Music and Jazz Festival
Annual festival taking place in downtown Binghamton.
A Passion for Jazz
Lots of information and links about jazz. Site includes many jazz books, cds, etc. for sale.
Smithsonian Jazz
Lavish site about jazz history and appreciation from the Smithsonian museum.
Tom Morgan’s Jazz and Blues
Information on the history of jazz.

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 400,000 scores from over 100,000 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…
Searching song lyrics in over 450+ lyrics website.
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.
2124 pieces of music – free to download, modify, print, copy, distribute, perform, and record – all in the Public Domain or under Creative Commons licenses…
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

A history of rock music
Online version of a book about rock history.
The home of celtic music on the internet, since 1994. Ceolas houses the largest online collection of information on Celtic music, and has links to hundreds of related sites.
Gilbert and Sullivan Archive
Links to everything about Gilbert & Sullivan: summaries, librettos, scores, audio files, biography, companies, newsletters, images, and more.
Hip Hop History: From the Streets to the Mainstream
From the street corner to the world stage, hip hop has grown into one of the world’s most prominent musical genres and cultural influences. Explore significant events in hip hop history and its explosive evolution.
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.
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…
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
Exhibitions and information on rock and roll history and personalities.

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.
GuitarPlayer: Learn to Read Music: Part 1
If you can read these lessons, you can read anything. For further articles in the series, check out the writer’s Guitar Player Author Page.
edX: Music
Free university classes in music theory and appreciation.
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 app
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.
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.
NPR: World of Opera
Show archive with audio, articles, images, and sound clips various operas.
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
In keeping with the history of Tri-Cities Opera, our mission is the production of professional quality opera. Using the talents of young artists, we seek to benefit, enrich, and educate our community. Tri-Cities Opera has been the cultural centerpiece of the Southern Tier of New York for sixty-seven years.


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: The Official UK Top 40 Singles ChartBillboard:
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.
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