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Cyberbee's Edison Cylinder Recordings

Listen to Casey Jones recorded by Billy Murray & Chorus 1912 on a 4M Blue Amberol

The American Variety Stage: Vaudeville and Popular Entertainment, 1870-1920

The initial release of the American Variety Stage collection includes ten sound recordings selected from vintage Edison phonograph Diamond Discs released from 1913-1927. These recordings feature comic skits, popular music and songs--including well-known favorites from the Civil War and World War I--and a dramatic monologue.

Archives of Early Lindy Hop

Have you ever wondered where swing began? Or the jitterbug? Look no further. In the 1920s, the Savoy in Harlem was home to the Lindy Hop, a popular dance that was soon emulated around the country. Learn about its history, the dancers, and the movies that made it famous.

California Gold

The WPA California Folk Music Project is a multi-format ethnographic field collection that includes sound recordings, still photographs, drawings, and written documents from a variety of European ethnic and English- and Spanish-speaking communities in Northern California. The collection comprises 35 hours of folk music recorded in twelve languages representing numerous ethnic groups and 185 musicians.

Classical Composer Page

Links to music resources including music graphics.

Emile Berliner and the Birth of the Recording Industry

Emile Berliner and the Birth of the Recording Industry is a selection of more than 400 items from the Emile Berliner Papers and 108 Berliner sound recordings from the Library of Congress's Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division.

Fiddle Tunes of the Old Frontier: The Henry Reed Collection

Fiddle Tunes of the Old Frontier: The Henry Reed Collection is a multi-format ethnographic field collection of traditional fiddle tunes performed by Henry Reed of Glen Lyn, Virginia. Recorded by folklorist Alan Jabbour in 1966-67, when Reed was over eighty years old, the tunes represent the music and evoke the history and spirit of Virginia's Appalachian frontier.


Search the Internet for sound effects and musical instrument samples in these file formats, AIFF, AU, and WAVE.

Hispano Music and Culture of the Northern Rio Grande

Hispano Music and Culture of the Northern Rio Grande: The Juan B. Rael Collection is an online presentation of a multi-format ethnographic field collection documenting religious and secular music of Spanish-speaking residents of rural Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado. In 1940,

Inventing Entertainment: the Early Motion Pictures and Sound Recordings of the Edison Companies

This site features 341 motion pictures, 81 disc sound recordings, and other related materials, such as photographs and original magazine articles. Cylinder sound recordings will be added to this site in the near future. In addition, histories are given of Edison's involvement with motion pictures and sound recordings, as well as a special page focusing on the life of the great inventor.

K-12 Resources for Music Educators- Starting Point

Cynthia Shirk, a music teacher, has compiled a list of links that are useful to teachers. A special feature on the page is the Music Box of Sound and Software with complete downloadable music compositions in QuickTime format.

Mudcat Café

Hundreds of lyrics, including ragtime, gospel, spiritual, and blues music, can be found in the Digital Folk Song database featured at this Web site. Many of the songs have a midi file so you can listen to the tune. A kids Mudcat Cafe has been added that includes making instruments and children's songs.

Music Education Online

The Children's Music Workshop is an advocate for music in schools. There are lots of articles, inclduing how to buy an instrument.

Music Notes: A Guide to Music for Kids

Have you ever wanted to learn how to make music? Learning about music takes a lot of time, practice, and patience, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun! Music has always been an important part of human life, and the great thing is that you’re never too old or young to learn about it. One way to do that is to get to know the different types of instruments and styles of music. If you decide to learn how to play music, you may not be able to play as well as the people you hear on the radio right away, but you’ll find that learning about music can be fun every step of the way!

National Association for Music Education

This organization presents the National Standards for Music Education plus links to many resources.

New York Philharmonic Kidzone

Make your own instrument, meet musicians, play Mozart's Minuet game, and learn about composers at this kid friendly site. When you enter the page, you find yourself in a balcony seat listening to the orchestra warm up. From here you can choose all sorts of areas to explore from the instrument storage room to the composer’s gallery. Book your tickets now for a visit to a great site.

Now What a Time": Blues, Gospel, and the Fort Valley Music Festivals, 1938-1943

"Now What a Time": Blues, Gospel, and the Fort Valley Music Festivals, 1938-1943 consists of approximately one hundred sound recordings, primarily blues and gospel songs, and related documentation from the folk festival at Fort Valley State College (now Fort Valley State University), Fort Valley, Georgia.

Omaha Indian Music

Omaha Indian Music features traditional Omaha music from the 1890s and 1980s. The multiformat ethnographic field collection contains 44 wax cylinder recordings collected by Francis La Flesche and Alice Cunningham Fletcher between 1895 and 1897, 323 songs and speeches from the 1983 Omaha harvest celebration pow-wow, and 25 songs and speeches from the 1985 Hethu'shka Society concert at the Library of Congress.

Singing resurces in theater

When performing in the field of theater, the voice is one of the biggest commodities that a performer has. A performer’s voice can truly make or break the entire theater show, despite a beautiful storyline, realistic costumes, and well-performed acting. To ensure the success of a theater performance, it is vital for a performer to properly care for and prepare their voice for the show. There are multiple steps that performers can take to ensure that they give their best vocal performances when they take to the stage.

Songs for Teachering

More than 100 songs, poems, and word searches to download for free.Themes, topics, and holidays such as Groundhog Day, Halloween, and Dinosaurs are included. This is also a commercial site that sells a songbook and CD.

Southern Mosaic

The John and Ruby Lomax 1939 Southern States Recording Trip is a multiformat ethnographic field collection that includes nearly 700 sound recordings, as well as fieldnotes, dust jackets, and other manuscripts documenting a three-month, 6,502-mile trip through the southern United States. Beginning in Port Aransas, Texas, on March 31, 1939, and ending at the Library of Congress on June 14, 1939.

Teacher's Guide: Children's Song Page

Some lyrics and many midi music files.

This Day in Muisc History

Included are birthdays, broadway shows, and who was topping the charts. You can also pick a day.

Voices from the Dust Bowl: the Charles L. Todd and Robert Sonkin Migrant Worker Collection, 1940-1941

Voices from the Dust Bowl: The Charles L. Todd and Robert Sonkin Migrant Worker Collection is an online presentation of a multi-format ethnographic field collection documenting the everyday life of residents of Farm Security Administration (FSA) migrant work camps in central California in 1940 and 1941. This collection consists of audio recordings, photographs, manuscript materials, publications, and ephemera generated during two separate documentation trips supported by the Archive of American Folk Song (now the Archive of Folk Culture, American Folklife Center).


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