Music


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
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: Music
An essential guide to music on the BBC and beyond, this site has news, reviews, links to streaming music radio, and special features.
BMI
Large database of information on millions of song titles. Searchable by author, title, or publisher.
DrummerWorld
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.
Harmony Central
Everything from where to take music lessons, to how to pick equipment, how to get booked professionally, current music news, and products reviews makes this site a must-see.
JamStudio
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.
MusicBrainz
A community music metadatabase that attempts to create a comprehensive music information site.
Musipedia
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
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.

Classical

Classic Cat
An index to some 6000 free classical music performances.
Classical.com
Classical.com provides the world’s largest and most comprehensive specialist music service for Classical, Jazz & Blues and World music.
Classical-Music.com
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.
Limelight: Classical Music Archive
News and reviews from Limelight magazine.
Musopen
Free sheet music, royalty free music, and public domain resources.
NPR: Classical
Stories and articles about classical music, composers, and musicians.
Thought.co: 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.
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.

Instruments

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.
A Guide to Medieval and Renaissance Instruments
Descriptions, photographs, and links to other sites about more than thirty medieval and renaissance instruments.
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.
MOMI: Museum of Musical Instruments
Site about American music, especially focusing on the guitar.
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.
Oriscus
Large set of annotated links to sites about instruments, instrument making, instrument museums, and more.
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 … 
World Instrument Gallery
A gallery of world instruments from a museum in Vancouver.

Jazz

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
Online selections from a book about jazz history.
Jazz: A History of America’s Music
Companion to the PBS series by Ken Burns.
Jazz at Lincoln Center
Includes videos, radio shows, photographs and other information about shows performed in Lincoln Center in New York City.
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 and access to streaming audio of current “Jazz Roots” radio show.

Lyrics and Sheet Music

ABC Music.net
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.
Annotated Grateful Dead Lyrics
Lyrics to many of the Dead’s songs with explanations of significant or obscure words or references, and links to other Grateful Dead sites and analyses.
AZLyrics
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.
Genius.com
The in-house creative team at Genius spotlights the stories behind the music that matter most. They work with artists and the community to transform insider knowledge into videos, events, in-depth features, breaking news coverage, and a variety of music knowledge content for the masses.
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. Over 85,000 scores as of February 2011.
International Lyrics Playground
Archive of over 40,000 lyrics from artists, composers who were established pre 1985.
KIDiddles: Mojo’s Musical Museum
Here you can find the lyrics to a favorite kid’s song.
Lester S. Levy Sheet Music Collection
Index to the nearly-30,000 items in this collection at Johns Hopkins University, and scanned images of public-domain music in the collection from before 1923.
Lyrics.com
Lyrics.com is a huge collection of song lyrics, album information and featured video clips from endless number of artists…
LyricWiki
A free site which is a source where anyone can go to get reliable lyrics for any song from any artist without being hammered by invasive ads.
LyricsWorld
Search for specific lyrics or browse the links.
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
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.
Mutopia
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.
A 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 Music

A history of rock music
Online version of a book about rock history.
Ceolas
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.
NPR: Music
Stories, videos, podcasts, and recordings about classical, jazz, modern, and music of all types.
OddMusic.com
Oddmusic.com 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…. From performers to producers, songwriters to studio engineers, session musicians to disk jockeys, 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 & Composition

10 Online Resources Where You Can Learn To Read Music
Short description of ten sites with lessons on reading music and other aspects of music theory.
Alan Belkin: Writings on Musical Craft
Free online booklets from a composer and pianist.
eMusicTheory
Free online music theory tutorials, available both with and without sound.
Music Arrangers.ocm
Free music theory lessons online as well as other materials.
Music Theory and History Online
Extensive site with free notes and lessons for music theory, music history, a music dictionary, and more.
MusicTheory.net
Online lessons and interactive training modules for learning music theory.
Music Theory Online
A journal of criticism, commentary, research, and scholarship. For advanced musicians.
NoteFlight
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.
Online Music Theory Helper
Part of the Music Education Online site produced by the award-winning Children’s Music Workshop.
A Practical Guide to Musical Composition
Free online book whose aim is to discuss fundamental principles of musical composition in concise, practical terms, and to provide guidance for student composers.
Songwriting Tips & Tools – The Muse’s Muse
Links, newsletter, message board, reference section… all for helping songwriters both beginning and advanced in their work.
Teoría
Tutorials, exercises, articles, and other music theory information.

Online Music

Remember!

Just because something is free to listen to or free to download doesn’t make it free of copyright! Be sure to check the LICENSE information for each site or artist to see the permissions for their music before you share or reuse it!

Free Streaming Audio

Free Music Downloads

Sound Effects

Opera

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
Includes clips from the NPR show, with images, opera summaries, and RSS feed link for the show itself.
Opera of the Future
Explores concepts and techniques to help advance the future of musical performance, composition, learning, and expression.
OperaVision
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.

Reviews

Top Hits
AllMusic
Thousands of reviews of all kinds of music.
Billboard | Billboard: Live
Section covering New Music Releases, Music Reviews, Album Releases & Song Releases.
Classics Today
Your online guide to classical music covers classical instrumental and vocal music and opera.
Entertainment Weekly
Movie, video, TV, music, books, and pop culture reviews and commentary.
LivePlasma
Enter the name of a band, movie, or director to receive suggestions of similar items.
Metacritic
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.
Pandora
Pandora is a music discovery service designed to help you find and enjoy music that you’ll love. … Just tell us one of your favorite songs or artists and we’ll launch a streaming station to explore that part of the music universe.
Pitchfork
Reviews of albums and singles, artist info, videos, news, and more.
Punk Rock.org
The ultimate punk rock directory covers bands, labels, zines, stores, and more.
Rolling Stone – Music
News, charts, and articles, as well as a separate page for album reviews.

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