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  • Aaron Copland and the American Sound — The San Francisco Symphony provides this site exploring how Aaron Copland’s music helped to define a uniquely American sound.
  • African Music on the Internet — Nice set of links from Stanford University.
  • American Roots Music — This site from PBS presents oral histories, background on folk music and the musicians and instruments that create it, and lesson plans.
  • America's Irreplaceable Dance Treasures — Brief biographies of 100 American dancers from the Dance Heritage Coalition.
  • Arts Education Curriculum Guides — The Saskatchewan Department of Education provides grade-level specific curriculum guides that include units of instruction on dance and music.
  • Atomic Platters — This site presents background on and lyrics of popular songs of the early Cold War era, songs that were influenced by the news of the day.
  • Ballet Dictionary — Definitions of terms from the American Ballet Theatre.
  • Blues Foundation — Background on the blues, plus resources for teachers, from the Blues Foundation, an organization dedicated to preserving this American musical form.
  • Boston Symphony Orchestra: Education — The Boston Symphony Orchestra provides rich print and audio resources for learning about classical music.;jsessionid=
  • Broadway: The American Musical — Lesson plans and background information on Broadway musicals and their relationship to events in history.
  • Carnegie Hall Listening Adventures — Interactive explorations provide a tour of Carnegie Hall, an introduction to the orchestra (with Benjamin Britten’s help), and an in-depth look at Dvorak’s “New World Symphony.”
  • Classics for Kids — A weekly radio program on classical music, games, lessons, a musical dictionary, and more; from radio station WGUC.
  • Consider Classical Music — The Kennedy Center provides lesson plans on composers, performers, instruments, and such themes as “stormy weather.”
  • Country Music Hall of Fame — Among the resources on this site are a history of country music, an overview of instruments used, and biographies of inductees to the hall.
  • Dance Topics — The Librarians’ Internet Index presents links on ballet, ballroom dancing, folk dancing, Indian dance, modern dance, swing dance, and tap dancing.
  • Digital Scores Collection — The Loeb Music Library at Harvard provides scanned images of rare classical music scores.
  • Down Beat's Jazz 101 — An introduction to the musical form and its many variations from the popular jazz journal.
  • Drummerworld — A comprehensive site on drumming from Swiss drummer Bernhard Castiglioni.
  • Ethnomusicology, Folk Music, and World Music — Extensive and well-organized set of links on the folk music of every world region. Maintained by the University of Washington Music Library.
  • Going Down the Crooked Road — A six-part series by Ralph Berrier, Jr., of the Roanoke (VA) Times, about his experiences traveling the Virginia Heritage Music Trail, learning about local bluegrass music.
  • Great Performances — PBS provides educational support materials to accompany many of the programs in the Great Performances series, plus a “Degas and the Dance” timeline and an introduction to “Opera Basics.”
  • Institute of Sacred Music — This Yale University center presents audio clips and in-depth articles on sacred music.
  • Interactive Gateway: Dance — Arizona State University presents a timeline of 1960s history, along with interviews with key figures in dance in that era; an eight-lesson unit on dance in the 1960s is also provided.
  • Invention of the Electric Guitar — The Smithsonian presents an exhibition on the invention and development of the core instrument of rock music—the electric guitar.
  • Jazz for Young People — An online curriculum that introduces jazz, its history, and the musicians who have shaped it. From Jazz at Lincoln Center.
  • Jazz in Time — The Kennedy Center provides this annotated timeline of the history of jazz.
  • Latin American Music Center Online Resources — Substantial list of links from Indiana University.
  • Mississippi State University Libraries: The Sheet Music Collection — This site features approximately 6,000 pieces of sheet music from a wide variety of genres.
  • Music History 102 — The Internet Public Library provides this overview well-described by its subtitle: “A Guide to Western Composers and Their Music.”
  • Music in Latin America — The Latin American Network Information Center at the University of Texas provides this list of links.
  • — Numerous lessons and trainers related to music theory, from computer scientist Ricci Adams.
  • National Geographic World Music — Users can read about musicians around the world, hear samples of world music, and subscribe to a newsletter at this informative site.
  • One More Once — Subtitled “A Centennial Celebration of the Life and Music of Count Basie,” this informative site is provided by Rutgers University.
  • Opera Is a Class Act — Education World presents this article about how teachers incorporate opera into their instruction about language and culture, as well as music.
  • A Passion for Jazz — A timeline, history, and glossary of jazz, along with information on jazz festivals.
  • Pennsylvania Ballet: Outreach and Education — Interviews with artists, information about creating a ballet, and worksheets for students are provided.
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum — Exhibitions on the history of rock and roll, plus lesson plans and other resources for teachers.
  • The Science of Music — Engaging interactive exhibits help young people explore how music is created and perceived. From the Exploratorium in San Francisco.
  • Smithsonian Jazz — A web site with oral histories from notable jazz musicians, a “This Day in Jazz History” feature, and an exhibit on the music of Duke Ellington.
  • Sound Junction — An excellent site introducing music of a variety of genres and presenting tools for creating music yourself. From the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.
  • South African Music — This site provides artist biographies, tour information for South African artists, and articles about South African music.
  • Strange Fruit: Protest Music — A companion to a film on the Billie Holiday song “Strange Fruit,” this site provides a history of protest music.
  • Sweet Chariot: The Story of the Spirituals — Comprehensive historical information and song samples related to the spirituals sung by African American slaves and their role in the 20th century as protest songs. From the University of Denver.
  • World of Opera — National Public Radio provides performances of operas, each accompanied by an introductory article and interviews with professionals involved in staging the opera.