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Audio and Video Streaming
A-R editions' Online Music Anthology
A-R Editions' Online Music Anthology is an extensive collection of examples designed expressly for music history courses. A-R's Online Music Anthology contains many more pieces than print anthologies, all newly engraved and available online by subscription. (A-R offers complimentary access to instructors, pending approval of their requests.) Instructors can adapt the contents of the Online Music Anthology for use in a variety of courses, like any print anthology, but as an online resource, it is more powerful.

DRAM (Recorded Anthology of American Music)
Nearly 2,300 albums worth of recordings from a diverse set of record labels, including New World Records, CRI, Albany, innova, Cedille, XI, Pogus, Deep Listening and Mutable Music.

Met Opera on Demand: Student Access
Enjoy more than 500 extraordinary Met performances—including dozens of Live in HD productions, classic telecasts from the 1970s, ‘80s, and ‘90s, and hundreds of radio broadcasts dating back to 1935—anytime on your computer and iPad with the Met’s subscription streaming service.

Naxos Music Library
Thousands of audio tracks! Includes classical music as well as jazz, new age, educational.

Naxos Video Library
(user: OAMember) - Case Sensitive
(password: OPERA330) - Case Sensitive

The world's leading Performing Arts DVD distributor brings you an extensive streaming video library of classical music performances, opera, ballet, live concerts and documentaries. Watch the world's greatest opera houses, ballet companies, orchestras and artists perform on demand! Once you subscribe, stream any video in the library from anywhere in the world with an internet connection.
Abstracts and Indexes

IIMP (International Index to Music Periodicals) 
IIMP Full Text is a music journal resource with more than half a million indexed articles, plus detailed abstracts and full text from 1874 to current, covering the scholarly to the popular.

IIMPFT (International Index to Music Periodicals Full Text)
This database provides indexing and abstracts for several hundred international music periodicals from over 20 countries, plus full text for more than 140 of the indexed journals. The database currently includes over 770,000 records, the majority from the most recent ten years of publication. Some complete journal runs are included, with indexing back to 1874. Covers the full spectrum of subjects and all aspects of music, including music education, performance, ethnomusicology, musical theatre, theory, popular music forms and composition.

IPA Source
Online since 2003, IPA Source is the web's largest library of International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) transcriptions and literal translations of opera arias and art song texts. Now with over 6066 titles!

Orchestral Music Online
Orchestral Music Online is the most recent iteration of David Daniels's classic repertoire reference work used by conductors, orchestras, musicians, and musicologists throughout the world. This new online version, based on the critically acclaimed fourth edition of the printed reference work Orchestral Music: A Handbook (2005, Scarecrow Press), provides greater and easier access to more information on composers and works.

Oxford Music Online
Covers all aspects of music, including composers, performers, terminology, musical genres and forms. (Includes: New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, New Grove Dictionary of Jazz and New Grove Dictionary of Opera.)

RILM Abstracts of Music Literature
Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale (RILM) is a comprehensive bibliography of writings on music serving the global music research community. Today RILM has over 600,000 records in 214 languages from 151 countries.

RISM Series A/II:  Music Manuscripts after 1600
Published by the Répertoire International des Sources Musicale - RISM (International Inventory of Musical Sources) is an international, non-profit joint venture, which aims to comprehensively document the world's musical sources of manuscripts or printed music, works on music theory, and libretti stored in libraries, archives, monasteries, schools and private collections.

Free Through the San Francisco Public Library
A digital library of academic journals, books, and primary sources.

Music Index
This database provides vast coverage of the music field from classical to world music and contains abstracts for hundreds of periodicals.
Free Streaming Audio

Art of the States 
Audio and accompanying essays for a wide range of music from across the United States, focusing on new, unusual and lesser-known repertoire.

CBC Radio 2: Concerts on Demand 
Over 800 free concerts, in all genres, from the Canadian Broadcasting Company.

Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project
A digital collection of nearly 8,000 cylinder recordings held by the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Eduard Alekseyev Fieldwork Collection of the Musical Culture of Yakutia, 1969-1990
Original field recordings by ethnomusicologist Eduard Yefimovich Alekseyev, made in various regions in Russia, primarily representing the musical culture of the Yakut (Sakha) peoples, as well of Crimean Tartar and Ukrainian peoples.

National Jukebox 
Historical recordings from the Library of Congress.

New Music at Carnegie Hall 
Listen to new compositions that have been commissioned by Carnegie Hall.

Radio 365 
Free Internet radio offering music in many genres.

Free streaming music in many genres.

Concerts and interviews from the archives of Other Minds, a global new music community.

Sound of the World 
From BBC World Service. Charlie Gillett hosted a program of contemporary and classic tracks from around the world.

Sounds of the Met 
Over 200 historical recordings of singers who appeared at the Metropolitan Opera.

The Spotify music catalog features an incredible variety of music. You can listen to massive chart hits as well as little-known indie bands, and enjoy all musical genres and styles, from Bach to Björk.

Strachwitz Frontera Collection of Mexican and Mexican American Recordings 
The Arhoolie Foundation's digital collection of commercially produced Mexican and Mexican-American recordings, issued on 78 rpm phonograph discs during the first half of the twentieth century.

General Dictionaries and Reference
Dictionaries, encyclopedias, quotations and more.

Charles Ives Society
The Charles Ives Society was activated in 1973. The aim of the Society is to advance the preparation and publication of critical editions of music by Charles Ives—editions rigorously faithful to authentic sources and also suitable for performance. The Ives Society works in close cooperation with the Music Library of Yale University.

Chicago Manual of Style
Completely searchable and easy to use, The Chicago Manual of Style Online provides recommendations on editorial style and publishing practices for the digital age. Now offering the full contents of the 16th and 15th editions, it is the must-have reference for everyone who works with words.

Musical America
Includes searchable directories for performers, artist managers, companies, festivals, competitions and schedules.

Merriam-Webster Dictionary
Word definitions, plus Spanish-English dictionary, thesaurus and more.

Find synonyms and antonyms.

Internet Resources (Click a topic to expand the contents.)

Hathi Trust
HathiTrust is a partnership of academic & research institutions, offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world

IMSLP/Petrucci Music Library
Database of public domain scores for downloading and printing.

NMA - Neue Mozart Ausgabe Digital Edition
Free PDF scores scanned from the NMA edition of the works of Mozart.

Search engine for locating scores and other music files online.

ChoralWiki - Choral Public Domain Library
Competitions, Festivals, Scholarships
Dates of Composers
Archives and Indexes
American Memory Project (Library of Congress)
Archive of Recorded Sound (Stanford University)
Bach Bibliography
Center for Beethoven Studies (San José State)
CPANDA (Cultural Policy And The Arts: National Data Archive)
Beethoven biography database
Database for Gregorian chant
Lou Harrison Archive Institute for Music Research
Charles Ives Society
Darius Milhaud Collection (Mills College)
Mozart Project NUCMC 
A list of Archival and Manuscript Repositories in the United States, produced by the National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections, Library of Congress, with links to each resource.Harry Partch Archive
Schubert Institute Research Centre
Kurt Weill Foundation
Music Treasures Consortium
The Music Treasures Consortium provides online access to the world's most valued music manuscripts and print materials, held at the most renowned music archives, in order to further research and scholarship.Music Ref
At present the bibliography includes more than 7,300 bibliographies and reference sources, approximately 1,880 of which are annotated with critiques on use, coverage, organization, and pros and cons. Many entries also list published reviews for the corresponding sources. The bibliography is growing actively with new sources and critiques added on a regular basis.
Other Library Catalogues
Mills College
IRCAM Multimedia Library
Museum of Performance and Design
San Francisco Public Library*
San Francisco State University
Stanford University
University of California (California Digital Library)
University of California Berkeley*

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