Music Curriculum NYS

Music (Web Resources)

A Child’s Introduction to Jazz: In 1961, Julian “Cannonball” Adderley, the jazz saxophonist best known for his work on Miles Davis’ epic album Kind of Blue, narrated a children’s introduction to jazz music. Features music by Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Coleman Hawkins, Thelonious Monk and Cannonball himself.

Bach’s Complete Organ Works: They were recorded by Dr. James Kibbie (University of Michigan) on original baroque organs in Leipzig, Germany. Start with a collection of Favorite Masterworks, or get the complete works.

Bach’s Goldberg VariationsYou can download and share the newly-released recording by Kimiko Ishizaka, performed on a Bösendorfer 290 Imperial piano in Berlin. You can do pretty much whatever you want with the recording because it’s released under a Creative Commons Zero license, which automatically puts things in the public domain.

Classics for Kids: Introduces elementary and middle school children to classical music in a fun and entertaining way. The site gives you access to famous pieces of classical music online and also related lessons plans and activity sheets.

Exploring the World of Music: Learn the essentials of music theory and how music expresses culture in this instructional video series for high school classrooms.

K-12 Resources for Music Educators: Valuable resources for music educators and music students at all educational levels. Carefully researched and commercial free.

The Alan Lomax Sound Archive: This huge treasure trove contains folk songs collected by the legendary folklorist Alan Lomax from the 1940s to the 1990s, as well as interviews recorded by Lomax.  The collection has been digitized and made available online for free listening. Gives you access to 17,000 songs. More details here.

The World Music Archive: Run by the BBC, this archive allows you to sample the musical traditions of more than 40 countries. India, Corsica, China, Cuba, Iran, Brazil, Mozambique, Turkey — they’re all represented in this eclectic collection of indigenous music.



This crosswalk documents the alignment between selected learning goals from the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts (ELA), and Mathematics.

This section highlights the best of public media’s interactive resources and educational projects for use with middle school and high school students, multimedia productions created by youth, and professional development videos for educators.

iEARN enables students and teachers to design and participate in global projects as part of their regular classroom and after-school programs. All projects align to education standards and use a safe and structured online Collaboration Centre.

Provides access to digital images for over 3,000 pieces from the collection, published in the United States between 1850 and 1920.

The American Variety Stage is a multimedia anthology selected from various Library of Congress holdings. This collection illustrates the vibrant and diverse forms of popular entertainment, especially vaudeville, that thrived from 1870-1920. Included are 334 English- and Yiddish-language playscripts, 146 theater playbills and programs, 61 motion pictures, 10 sound recordings and 143 photographs and 29 memorabilia items documenting the life and career of Harry Houdini.

The Library of Congress presents the National Jukebox, which makes historical sound recordings available to the public free of charge. The Jukebox includes recordings from the extraordinary collections of the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation and other contributing libraries and archives.

The National Gallery of Art’s Children’s Video Tour – Time Travel is an exceptional online resource that takes students on a tour into famous paintings by Vincent Van Gogh, Rembrandt Van Rijn, Leonardo Da Vinci, Claude Monet and more. Each featured painting has a video that brings the painting to life by providing commentary about the artist, the model(s), and interesting details about each work of art. If you can’t take your students to the museum, this is a wonderful way to bring the museum to your students.
The Lester S. Levy Collection of Sheet Music consists of over 29,000 pieces of American popular music. The collection spans the years 1780 to 1980, but its strength is its thorough documentation of nineteenth-century America through popular music.

Includes canonical author, title of canonical work, song title, performer, album , year, and label.

A free educational video website for students and teachers.

Search and browse descriptions of more than 235 music, theater and dance resources by subject, title, or name through the Library of Congress.

A virtual library of some 2,700 pieces of sheet music published in California between 1852 and 1900, together with related materials such as a San Francisco publisher’s catalog of 1872, programs, songsheets, advertisements, and photographs. Images of every printed page of sheet music from eleven locations have been scanned at 400 dpi, in color where indicated.

These interactive fine arts, music, theatre, drama, photography, movie making, and dance websites spark kids’ imaginations, creativity and appreciation of visual and performing arts. From drawing and painting projects to multimedia, photography, film, drama and music, kids are sure to find something here that appeals to them. Teachers, take note of the section on Art Appreciation.

Student interactives and modules for the arts, foreign language, literature and language, math, science, and social studies.
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The American Folklife Center provides online access to selected portions of the Library of Congress collections. The organization creates its own online presentations on various topics and the American Memory project provides additional online access to selected collections. Online content may include audio samples of music and stories, digital images of rare letters and photographs, and video clips.

Music for the Nation: American Sheet Music contains more than 62,500 pieces of historical sheet music registered for copyright: more than 15,000 registered during the years 1820-1860 and more than 47,000 registered during the years 1870-1885. Included are popular songs, operatic arias, piano music, sacred and secular choral music, solo instrumental music, method books and instructional materials, and music for band and orchestra.

Band Music from the Civil War Era makes available examples of a brilliant style of brass band music that flourished in the 1850s in the United States and remained popular through the nineteenth century.

The mission of the Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies is to increase the Smithsonian Institution’s impact as a national educational organization. Lessons are searchable by Common Core Standards.

Search My Old Radio for over 1,700 radio shows and 51,300 episodes, including important news announcements.
Picture allows you to search for old multimedia files including 1,179,053 movies, 113,977 concerts, 1,564,191 audio recordings, and 4,380,086 texts.
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