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Research Guide to Music: Web Sources

A list of resources available through Truxal Library for researching music topics


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These are open-access websites:

American Memory: Performing Arts, Music
Digitized multimedia resources from the Library of Congress: historical sound recordings, sheet music, images, and more

Instrument Encyclopedia
Database featuring images and sound files of world instruments from the University of Michigan's Sterns Collection

The Met: Musical Instruments
More than 5,000 images from The Metropolitan Museum of Art of musical instruments and artwork containing musical instruments 

Music Theory Online: A Journal of Criticism, Commentary, Research, and Scholarship
Peer-reviewed, electronic journal of the Society for Music Theory, Inc.

National Jukebox
Historical recordings from the Library of Congress and other libraries

National Museum of American History: Music and Musical Instruments
The Museum's music collections contain more than 5,000 instruments of American and European heritage

New York Public Library Digital Collections: Music Division
One of the world's preeminent music collections, documenting the art of music in all its diversity

Petrucci Music Library
Virtual library containing public domain music scores and/or sheet music, as well as scores from composers who are willing to share their music without charge

Yale Collection of Musical Instruments
A division of the Yale School of Music

TED Talk

Benjamin Zander on music and passion

Benjamin Zander has two infectious passions: classical music, and helping us all realize our untapped love for it and by extension, our untapped love for all new possibilities, new experiences, new connections (20:43). 

For more information about this subject or this speaker, visit this talk at

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