Music Resources

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African American Music Reference

Contains comprehensive coverage of blues, jazz, spirituals, civil rights songs, slave songs, minstrelsy, rhythm and blues, gospel, and other forms of black American musical expression chronicling the rich history of this music through 1970.*

American Song

American Song is a history database that allows people to hear and feel the music from America's past.The database includes songs by and about American Indians, miners, immigrants, slaves, children, pioneers, and cowboys. Included in the database are the songs of Civil Rights, political campaigns, Prohibition, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, anti-war protests, and more. *

Classical Music in Video

Classical Music in Video will grow to contain 1,000 hours of classical music performances, master classes and interviews with master teachers from around the world captured on video. *

Classical Music Library

Classical Music Library is the world\'s largest multi-label database of Classical music recordings for listening and learning in libraries. Coverage includes music written from the earliest times (e.g. Gregorian Chant) to the present, including many contemporary composers. Repertoire ranges from vocal and choral music, to chamber, orchestral, solo instrumental, and opera.*

Classical Music Reference Library

Brings together essential reference materials spanning the entire history of Western classical music. Included are the authoritative reference titles Baker's Dictionary of Music, Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, and Baker's Student Encyclopedia of Music.*

Classical Scores Library

Contains 400,000 pages of the most important classical scores and manuscripts, allowing for the study and analysis of more than 25,000 scores. Available for online viewing or to print.*

Contemporary World Music

Contemporary World Music delivers the sounds of all regions from every continent. The database will contain important genres such as reggae, worldbeat, neo-traditional, world fusion, Balkanic jazz, African film, Bollywood, Arab swing and jazz, and other genres such as traditional music - Indian classical, fado, flamenco, klezmer, zydeco, gospel, gagaku, and more.*

Freegal Music

Freegal Music provides access to over 9.5 million songs and 15,000 music videos from over 28,000 labels including the Sony Music catalog. A valid library card allows you to create your account and access up to 5 hours of streaming music per day and 5 MP3 song downloads per week.*

Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online

Comprehensive online resource devoted to music research of all the world's peoples. Entries by more than 700 expert contributors from all over the world.*


Hoopla provides streaming and downloadable movies, TV shows, music and audiobooks. Use your library card to sign up and create an account (PIN is not required). Library customers are allowed 4 check outs per calendar month. Check out period for video is 72 hours, for music the period is 7 days and the period for audiobooks is 21 days.*

International Encyclopedia of Dance

An online reference e-book covering the full spectrum of dance--theatrical, ritual, dance-drama, folk, traditional, ethnic, and social dance. Cultural and national overviews are accompanied by entries on dance forms, music and costumes, performances, and biographies of dancers and choreographers.*

Jazz Music Library

The largest and most comprehensive collection of streaming jazz available online -- with thousands of jazz artists, ensembles, albums and genres.*

Music Online (Provided by Greenberg Endowment)

Music Online is an extensive music resource. Users can search reference materials on African American, classical, and world music and look at or print copies of classical music scores. Music listeners can choose to stream American historical, classical, jazz, contemporary world, or global traditional music. Also available are streaming videos of opera performances. *

Opera in Video

Contains over 100 of the most important opera performances, captured on video through staged productions, interviews, and documentaries.*

Oxford Music Online (Provided by Greenberg Endowment)

Oxford Music Online is the leading online resource for music research, offering the full texts of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2nd Edition (2001), The New Grove Dictionary of Opera (1992), and The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, 2nd Edition (2001), as well as all subsequent updates .*

Smithsonian Global Sound

Archival audio collections of the legendary Folkways Records, Cook, Dyer-Bennet, Fast Folk, Monitor, Paredon and other labels. It is a virtual encyclopedia of the world's musical and aural traditions.*

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