Allmusic is a free, comprehensive database created by the All Media Guide (AMG) editorial staff and hundreds of expert contributors. Users may search by artist/group, album title, song title or classical work and view biographical information, discographies, awards, and CD purchase information. An additional feature is listings of similar artists, influences, and followers. This is one of the best resources to quickly find a composer of a particular song and a list of all artists who have performed that song.
Yahoo Music now provides an extensive database of lyrics to popular songs. Content may be searched by artist or song title. Lyrics are usually provided by Gracenote, a company providing embedding software to iTunes and a media database of more than 70 million tracks and 5 million CDs.
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) are the two largest performing rights organizations, licensing and distributing royalties for millions of compositions. Websites for both companies provide a title search, and contact information for obtaining permission to perform each song.- Return to top
The Internet Public Library (IPL) is a public service organization and learning/teaching environment founded at the University of Michigan School of Information. The IPL’s stated goal is to “maintain a balanced and broadly representative collection of websites for information, reference and research.” The links selected by the IPL are organized according to subject. IPL also offers an “Ask A Question” e-mail service and posts frequently asked reference questions and their answers.
The Experience Music Project (EMP) is a music museum located in Seattle, Washington with a stated goal to “tell the story of the creative, innovative and rebellious expression that defines American popular music.” The museum’s website EMPLive.org features extensive content:
EMP Online Exhibits Free online exhibit offerings include “Hendrix & Dylan,” “Hip Hop Timeline,” “Life of Quincy Jones” and “Riot Grrrl Retrospective.”
EMP Oral Histories EMP has created an online archive of video interviews with musicians, producers, and other key figures that have shaped American popular music. Visitors may browse videos by interviewee, including Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, Elvis Presley and Jimi Hendrix.
The Jazz Research Portal is a launch site intended for university students and independent scholars. The University of North Texas Music Library has compiled links to jazz websites, including online journals, historical jazz websites and homepages for such artists as Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, and Charlie Parker.- Return to top
This service provides thousands of books electronically. Users must first create a free NetLibrary account to browse or "check out" ebooks online. Titles include reference books, guides to computer software, programming languages and operating systems, books on music and musicians, modern works of fiction, science and history as well as classic texts.- Return to top
Established in 1995, Pitchfork is the most-visited independent-focused music publication online. Content is posted daily, and includes music news, album reviews, tour announcements, music video debuts and "Best Of" lists.
The Hood Internet, a blog run by two Chicago DJs, showcases mashups of popular songs. New mashups are posted almost daily, complete with original artwork and available free through streaming audio. Some examples of the Hood Internet's artist combinations are The Shins vs. Crime Mob, Pete Bjorn & John vs. Sisqo, and R. Kelly vs. Broken Social Scene.
Winner of Spin Magazine's "Best Blog" in 2004 and a Forbes Magazine "Best of the Web" pick, Stereogum regularly posts mp3s of new tracks, music news, album reviews, tour announcements, and music industry gossip.- Return to top
Free printable blank sheet music for treble, bass, alto, tenor, percussion, 4 string, 5 string, 6 string, 7 string, piano, G & F clefs, guitar, bass, and mandolin.- Return to top
Berklee Public Resources
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Limited Access Resources
CD Sheet Music (Berklee Library Only) - Show Description
PLEASE NOTE: This resource is available ONLY at the Library Reference Desk computer search station.
It contains public domain classical works available in printable format, and is divided into vocal, piano, and woodwind collections. Works are arranged by composer's name and title, and include lieder, arias, methods, exercises, ensembles, and the complete piano works by several classical composers.
Music Therapy Archive (Berklee Library Only) - Show Description
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This database includes the American Music Therapy Association's complete collection of the music therapy journals full text. Includes the Journal of Music Therapy, Music Therapy, and Music Therapy Perspectives beginning 1950 through 2003. Please see a reference librarian for additional help regarding this resource.