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Musicology Project

Resources for all genres of music:

1.Encyclopedia Britannica

We have a school subscription. Log in with the username: fremont, password: student, and search for your genre.

2.Internet Public Library: Music History 102 (A Guide to Western Composers and their Music from the Middle Ages to the Present)


Click on the links in each section!


2. 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. 


3. Performing Arts Encyclopedia


4. American Music 1880s - 1950s (UCLA) 


5. PBS: American Roots Music


6. 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. 


 7.  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.


8. 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.


9. 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.







1. Medieval and Renaissance Instruments



2. Medieval Studies, Georgetown University





1. Medieval and Renaissance Instruments




2. Music in the Renaissance (Metropolitan Museum of Art)






1. Music of the Baroque


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




2. Baroque overview: Classic FM


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




3. What is Baroque Music?


From a Chicago-based Baroque music performing group.




4. Baroque: Britannica










1. Internet Public Library: Classical or Viennese period




2. University of Kansas: Classical period




1. Internet Public Library, Romantic period





 Jazz and The Blues:



1. Ken Burns' Jazz

Try clicking on "Biographies" and "Jazz in Time" on the left.


2. Jazz in New Orleans

From the National Park Service 


3. New Orleans Style Jazz


4. PBS New Orleans Jazz


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


6. The Blues 


7.Louis Armstrong Bio


8. Duke Ellington 



Contemporary Art Music:


 1. Contemporary/Modern Art Music

from Western Michigan University's music dept. 




1. ProjectMusicWorks History of Gospel



 African Music:



 1. Afropop

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.


2. 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:


1. Britannica: Oceanic music


2.  Musical Culture in French Polynesia

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


3. Smithsonian

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




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





1. Woody Guthrie (PBS)