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Open Access Music Resources

 

If you are doing research on a music topic, looking for an older music score, or want to spend some time exploring different kinds of music, the following open access music resources are free and useful.

 

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Open Music Library from Alexander Street Press Journal articles, musician biographies and scores; plan to add audio recordings in the future

Sibley Digital Scores

Scores from the digital collection of the Eastman School of Music

Smithsonian Folkways

Music from around the world, browsable by folk genre and geographical location
Free materials are listed under “radio and playlists”,  “video”, and “tools for teaching”

RIPM (Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals) & RILM (Retrospective Index to Music Literature)

Index to music periodicals dating from 1760-1966 plus archive of full text music articles searchable by language

 

International music scholarship database

Includes article abstracts and music encyclopedia articles

ChoralWiki: Choral Domain Public Library

A source of free choral and vocal scores, texts, translations, and forums to communicate with fellow musicians

The Mutopia Project

Public domain sheet music collections organized by volunteers

The Library of Congress Performing Arts Encyclopedia

Sheet music, presentations, audio recordings and other materials (also includes theater and dance)

The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America

See and hear American history through song

Strachwitz Frontera Collection of Mexican and Mexican American Recordings

Over 100,000 recordings reflecting Mexican and Mexican-culture, maintained by the UCLA Library

Todo Tango

Tango lyrics, music, recordings and songs are available on this Website declared by Argentina to be of national interest

University of Michigan index of Open Access Music Journals

Freely available scholarly journals brought to you by the University of Michigan.

Recorded Song Archives, including the Judaica Sound Archives

A digitized music collection housed by the Florida Atlantic University Archives that includes an extensive archive of recorded Jewish Music

FMA (Free Music Archive)

Audio tracks that are free and legal to download; searchable by genre
Project Gutenberg Sheet Music Project
Thousands of pieces of music digitized and freely downloadable.

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