Online activities and background information from the Library of Congress to help students learn more about music and dance.
American Treasures: The Mighty Casey (Exhibition) American composer and educator, William Schuman, spent from 1951 to 1953 working on his first opera based on the poem Casey at the Bat by Ernest L. Thayer.
American Treasures: The New England Psalm Singer (Exhibition) Paul Revere illustrated the cover of this early hymnal.
American Variety Stage: Audio Sampler (Presentation) Listen to ten sample recordings representative of the variety acts captured on wax cylinder discs by the Edison Company between the late 1800s and early 1900s.
A Brief Introduction to the Music of Aaron Copland (Presentation) This essay covers Copland's early years through his final accomplishments.
Children's Songs (America's Library) Learn about and listen to favorite children's songs from America's past.
Dance Instruction Manuals: Video Directory (Presentation) View over 75 video clips of dancers illustrating dances ranging from the Renaissance period to twentieth century Ragtime.
Dolly Parton and Country Music (Presentation) Learn about Parton's musical roots, find out more about the history of country music and listen to several tracks from her albums.
Edison Sound Recordings: Alphabetical Title List (Presentation) This page provides easy access to the 81 sound recordings in the Edison Collection.
Fascination for Flutes (Wise Guide) Read about the Dayton C. Miller Flute Collection at the Library of Congress.
Glossary of Musical Instruments (Presentation) Link to a selection of musical instruments recorded, photographed, or sketched for the California Folk Music Project Collection.
Henry Reed: His Life, Influence and Art (Presentation) Learn about Henry Reed whose fiddle music evokes the history and spirit of Virginia's Appalachian frontier.
Historic American Sheet Music (Presentation) This collection offers a selection of representative pieces for each decade between 1850 and 1920 and a chronology of major political and international events from each period.
Home Sweet Home: Life in Nineteenth Century Ohio (Presentation) Learn how families entertained themselves by making music together . View sound recordings and sheet music from the period.
Jammin Jukebox (America's Library) Listen to a tune from America's past.
Patriotic Melodies (Presentation) See, hear and learn about the stories behind many of the songs that are now part of our American heritage.
See, Hear and Sing (America's Library) Hear a song, play a tune or watch a movie from America's past.
She Wrote the Most Famous "Hymn" of the Civil War (Wise Guide) Learn the story behind Julia Ward Howe's Battle Hymn of the Republic.
This Land is Your Land! (Wise Guide) Celebrate Independence Day with patriotic songs and other historic Library of Congress treasures.
Today in History (February 13, 1914) ASCAP (Today in History) The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers was founded in New York City. Its purpose was to protect the copyright and performance rights of the works of its members and its first director was Victor Herbert.
Today in History (September 28, 1912) Father on the Blues (Today in History) Read about the publication of William Christopher Handy's "Memphis Blues" and how it changed the course of American popular song.
Uncommon Instruments (America's Library)Learn about and listen to sounds from several unusual musical instruments.