American Variety Stage: Vaudeville and Popular Entertainment,
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.
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.
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.
Links to composers.
Links to music
resources including music graphics.
No matter whether
you are 4 or 104, you will be fascinated with this creative environment.
It's a place for kids to compose music and play with musical instrumentation.
In addition there are music games and puzzles. Turn up the volume
and have fun.
Berliner and the Birth of the Recording Industry
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.
Tunes of the Old Frontier: The Henry Reed Collection
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
Search the Internet
for sound effects and musical instrument samples in these file
formats, AIFF, AU, and WAVE.
Music and Culture of the Northern Rio Grande
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
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.
Resources for Music Educators- Starting Point
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
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 Workshop is an advocate for music in schools. There are lots
of articles, inclduing how to buy an instrument.
Association for Music Education
presents the National Standards for Music Education plus links
to many resources.
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.
What a Time": Blues, Gospel, and the Fort Valley Music
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.
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.
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
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.
Guide: Children's Song Page
Some lyrics and
many midi music files.
Day in Muisc History
birthdays, broadway shows, and who was topping the charts. You
can also pick a day.
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).