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Encyclopedia Britannica

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Music in American Life, University of Virginia

This website is the companion to an exhibit about music in U.S. history. Click on the links on the left sidebar. 

Performing Arts Encyclopedia

American Music 1880s - 1950s (UCLA) 

PBS: American Roots Music

Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History

See links--this site has some great, in-depth info on: 1940s, 1950s rock, 1960s protest music, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s. 

Biography In Context database through Alameda County Library

This is awesome for looking up individual musicians. You need a library card to access this resource. You can get one here.

Music database through Alameda County Library

This is primarily good for finding specific songs from different periods and genres. You need a library card to access this resource. You can get one here.

Summary of Western Classical Music History

This page is by a guy who is currently a music professor at Columbia University, but was written when he was a student there. It has a paragraph about each type of music as well as links to hear a sample.



Medieval and Renaissance Instruments

 Medieval Studies, Georgetown University



 Medieval and Renaissance Instruments

 Music in the Renaissance (Metropolitan Museum of Art)



Music of the Baroque

This performing ensemble out of Chicago has some good pages explaining this type of music. 

Baroque overview: Classic FM

From the United Kingdom's only 100% classical radio station.

What is Baroque Music?

From a Chicago-based Baroque music performing group.

Baroque: Britannica



University of Kansas: Classical period



Beginner's Guide to Romantic Period Music

 Jazz and The Blues:

 Ken Burns' Jazz

 Jazz in New Orleans

From the National Park Service 

New Orleans Style Jazz

PBS New Orleans Jazz

PBS "The Devil's Music: 1920s Jazz"

The Blues 

Louis Armstrong Bio

Duke Ellington 


Contemporary Art Music:

Contemporary/Modern Art Music

From Western Michigan University's music dept. 



ProjectMusicWorks History of Gospel


 African Music:


This public radio project that showcases contemporary African music started as a weekly NPR show. You'll find articles, interviews, album reviews, music videos and audio here.

Encyclopedia Britannica


Indian Classical Music:

Indian Music Overview

By a UCLA History professor 

Indian Music, University of Redlands 

Library of Congress, a video of South Indian Classical Music 


Polynesian Music:

Britannica: Oceanic music

 Musical Culture in French Polynesia

This is from the website of a study abroad program that studies the ocean and oceangoing/island cultures 


Click on the play button to listen to some samples of Polynesian music from the Smithsonian Folkways program, Washington D.C.



Music of 1900-1909, Library of Congress

Tons of audio recordings in this one!

 African-American Sheet Music, 1850-1920 (Library of Congress)


University of Michigan--music of the 1920s

Music of the Roaring 20s

This interesting project from ESPN explores the history of the time period from the perspective of a pitcher on the Yankees. This is their page about the music of the time; contains a playlist.



"Brother Can You Spare A Dime"? 

In this interesting NPR interview, a composer analyzes why the most famous song of the Great Depression was important, musically and historically.

Woody Guthrie (PBS)

Library of Congress--Songs of the Great Depression and Dust Bowl Migrants

This source includes original audio recordings from the 1930s.

Art and culture in the Great Depression--scroll down to music

Smithsonian Magazine--Playlist of the Great Depression

Using Music to Teach About the Great Depression

This document for teachers from the largest professional association for Social Studies teachers in the U.S. makes a lot of good connections between historical events of the time, and that period's music.