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General Reference

  • 20 Incredible TED Talks for Both Music Students and Lovers
  • Australian Music Centre
    The national service organisation dedicated to the promotion and support of both the artform of music and the creators and performers of contemporary classical, improvised jazz, experimental music and sound art in Australia.
  • British Library Sounds
    Listen to a selection from the British Library’s extensive collections of unique sound recordings, which come from all over the world and cover the entire range of recorded sound: music, drama and literature, oral history, wildlife and environmental sounds.
  • Classical Music Reference Library
    More than 40,000 pages of essential reference materials, spanning the entire history of Western classical music, in a unified online database.
  • Great Performances
    This site from PBS has video clips of many famous performances.
  • Metronome
    An online metronome ideal for quick and easy use while practicing music, this music tool helps with your rhythm as well as tempo selections.
  • Musipedia
    A searchable, editable, and expandable collection of tunes, melodies, and musical themes.
  • NAXOS: Glossary
    A glossary of musical terms.
  • Science of Music
    Explore the science of music through online exhibits, movies and questions.
  • World Music Network
    The number one spot for all things ‘world music’

The Story of Music

Nobody knows how music began, but we've been making it since prehistory. Lend your ears and eyes for a musical trip down the ages, accompanied by Pythagoras, Beethoven, Thomas Edison and other star turns.


Instruments of the Orchestra

Classics for Kids: The Orchestra: An interactive chart of the instruments of the orchestra.

Listen by instrument.

Oregon Symphony: Instruments of the Orchestra: Descriptions of the string, brass, woodwind and percussion instruments of the orchestra.

Philharmonia Orchestra: Instruments: Expert players guide you through the intricacies of the instruments they play. Choose an instrument from one of the sections.   

Orchestra layout.svg
"Orchestra layout" by Darkdoc - Own work. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.


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