A Brief History of the Blues


Great article on the foundation of blues music includes links to blues musicians.



Teachers and students may download Audacity software for FREE at this site. Audacity is a free program that allows students to create blogs so that teachers may incorporate them into their curriculum.

Band Music from the Civil War Era


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.

CHICO's Musical Heritage Network


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.

Chord Wizard Music Theory


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.

Classical Guitar Illustrated History


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.

Continental Harmony


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.

Copyright Primer on Computer Music Files


Learn about electronic music files and what right you have to access and copy them.

FFFBI: The Fin, Fur and Feather Bureau of Investigation


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.

History of Rock 'N Roll


Traces the evolution of rock and roll from its roots in the 16th century to its emergence in the 1950s.

Instrumental Music Resource Page


Wonderful resource for students, parents, teachers of instrumental music.

Internet Jazz Hall of Fame


An educational trip through the history of jazz via a searchable database of jazz artists.

Jazz: A Ken Burns Film


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.

Kate Chopin: A Re-Awakening


The site features 13 works by Chopin, including The Awakening, a transcript of the documentary, interviews with a Chopin descendent and Chopin scholar, and a basic chronology of Chopin's life.

KET--Arts Toolkit


"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.

Lift Every Voice: Music in American Life


A look at music in American life, with a focus on ballads, hymns and spirituals, patriotic odes, and protest songs.

Music for the Nation: American Sheet Music,


This site consists of over 22,000 musical compositions registered for copyright during the years 1870-1879.

Music of the Holocaust


This site provides background on the music of the ghettos and camps, Third Reich-sanctioned songs, "degenerate" music, and the response of composers and musicians.

Music Theory


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.

PBS Teacher Source - Lessons and Activities


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.

Pete's Power Point Station


Power point and animations for teachers to use in their classroom. All content areas included.

Read Write Think


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."

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum


Official site of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Includes online exhibits and the following sections: exhibitions, programs, community, museum, timeline, etc.

Roughstock's History of Country Music


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.

San Francisco Symphony Kids Fun with Music


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.

Smithsonian Jazz


Visit the Smithsonian for more information on and links to jazz.

Songs for Teaching


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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The African Music Encyclopedia


Includes profiles of artists from around the continent, and a glossary of African musical terms.

The Classic Music Navigator


Information on 444 classical composers, arranged in ways that help the user identify musical works with characteristics similar to his or her already-existing likes. From Western Kentucky University.

The Contemplator's Biography of Francis J. Ch


Biography of the author of five-volume work, The English and Scottish Popular Ballads.

The Grammy Awards


This is the official site of the Grammy Awards and has great music history and resources.

The Mississippi: River of Song


A companion site to the PBS series tracing American musical traditions along the Mississippi River.

The NPR 100


The 100 most important American musical works of the 20th Century. Listen to them all here on NPR.

Young Composers


Listen to the original MIDI music compositions of young composers.