Great article on the foundation of blues music includes links to blues musicians.
This Library of Congress American Memory features musical scores, recordings, photographs, and essays on the style of brass band music that flourished in the 1850s in the United States.
Teachers will find a wealth of age appropriate music materials including best picks in the categories of Infants & Toddlers, Early Childhood, Older Kids, Folk Music, Holiday, World/Jazz and Poetry. Listen to music samples, browse song lyrics and read reviews of the author's recommendations.
CHICO's Music Heritage Network (MHN) welcomes you to a dynamic community of educators, musicians, students and anyone interested in multimedia use and cultural studies. MHN is committed to providing online multicultural resources designed for curriculum development. Currently, this site features sound, text and visual materials; although created with K-12 classes in mind, everyone can enjoy intriguing sights and sounds from around the world.
This tutorial concisely covers the essential concepts of music theory from the absolute fundamentals right through to the use of advanced chords and scales. At each step you can hear the sounds as you read the text. Along the way, your understanding of music will rapidly improve as the mysteries of music all start to make sense.
Here you will learn facts about the classical guitar history itself and also about the life of composers for it. On this Web site, you will find information from the classical guitar's early beginning until the present day. An abstract will be followed by the full version of the history. Images of guitars at different times will complete the package.
The Continental Harmony Project brings composers and communities together to create new music that reflects their history, culture and hopes for the future. Click on a point to see and hear projects across the country or in your own state.
This is an interactive website that uses humor and storytelling to help kids ages 8-13 learn about places and cultures around the world through a wide range of subjects, including geography, math, science, music and history.
Traces the evolution of rock and roll from its roots in the 16th century to its emergence in the 1950s.
Wonderful resource for students, parents, teachers of instrumental music.
An educational trip through the history of jazz via a searchable database of jazz artists.
This highly interactive site offers many ways to introduce jazz as a musical genre and cultural tradition. An interactive map features hot places for jazz in America; a lounge defines jazz with recordings of key elements and genres; and audio files feauture nine different songs of nine artists. Artists featured on the site include: Louis Armstrong, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, and Sarah Vaughan.
"At the Arts Toolkit web site teachers will find high-quality lesson plans and other resources in dance, drama, visual arts, and music, all designed to help integrate the arts into the classroom experience. Students are invited to visit the Student Center for quick access to information about arts careers, our virtual museum, and other interesting activities." "This web site is the online component of the KET Arts Toolkit project, an innovative collaboration between Kentucky’s arts and education communities. See About the Arts Toolkit to learn more about this award-winning multimedia project and the partners who made it possible."
Kidport is an Internet-based educational service designed to help K-8 students excel in school. It provides a unique, multi-step program to create empowered learners, not simply good students.
A look at music in American life, with a focus on ballads, hymns and spirituals, patriotic odes, and protest songs.
This site consists of over 22,000 musical compositions registered for copyright during the years 1870-1879.
Ricci Adams, the creator of MusicTheory, has created a resource that uses engaging ways to learn and understand music theory. The site is contains a vast large number of interactive music resources including interactive lessons, activities, and even calculators. He has assigned a creative commons license to the activities which gives teachers freedom to use them in creative ways as they work with students. These activities would work very effectively in the classroom using interactive boards. A newer version of the site is anticipated in the summer of 2010.
View lessons and activities by selecting a grade range and topic. Areas covered include Art, Health and Fitness, Math, Reading and Language Arts, Science and Technology, Social Studies, Early Childhood, Library Media and Technology Coordinators.
Power point and animations for teachers to use in their classroom. All content areas included.
The website states its purpose is to "provide educators and students access to the highest quality practices and resources in reading and language arts instruction."
Official site of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Includes online exhibits and the following sections: exhibitions, programs, community, museum, timeline, etc.
This exhibit looks at some of the influential artists and songs of the late 1920's through the year 2000, era by era. Look around, you'll find artists from Gene Autry, Roy Acuff, Bob Wills, Hank Williams to Patsy Cline, Lefty Frizzell, Willie Nelson, Garth Brooks and many others. Included in our narrative look are numerous rare images, sound clips and digital movies.
This site will help you learn about music from rhythm to the instruments in an orchestra. It's geared towards kids, but it's fun for adults too. You will need the free Flash player to use this site.
Using music to promote learning. Ideas and resources for using music to teach content across the curriculum to students of all ages.
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Includes profiles of artists from around the continent, and a glossary of African musical terms.
Biography of the author of five-volume work, The English and Scottish Popular Ballads.
A companion site to the PBS series tracing American musical traditions along the Mississippi River.
The 100 most important American musical works of the 20th Century. Listen to them all here on NPR.
Listen to the original MIDI music compositions of young composers.