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Online Sources for Basic Music Theory
Understanding Basic Music Theory
Understanding Basic Music Theory is a comprehensive insight into the fundamental notions of music theory: music notation, rules of harmony, ear training, etc. It covers most of the topics needed to understand and develop your musical skills.
This resource has a number of free tools for learning basic music theory, including customizable ear training sessions, elementary notation, rhythm and meter, and key signatures. Matrix calculators (12-tone) and a staff paper generator are also included.
Open Music Library
The Open Music Library
is an initiative from Alexander Street to build the world’s largest free index of digital resources for the study of music.
Curated by a community of music scholars, students, teachers and librarians, the Open Music Library
brings together peer-reviewed journal articles, books and music scores from the world’s digital collections.
Contains ratings and reviews of more than 400,000 record albums. Search by artist, album, song, style, or label. Access information on new releases, music styles, music maps (guides to the evolution of a musical genre), articles, and a glossary. Entries on artists include a musician/musical group's history, roots and influences, musical style, discography, guest performances, and reviews.
A music review site hosted by the Archives of African American Music & Culture at Indiana University. Their goal is to promote black music by providing readers with monthly updates on interesting new releases and quality reissues in all genres─including gospel, blues, jazz, funk, soul, R&B, world music, and hip-hop—as well as classical music composed or performed by black artists. They feature reviews of some of the best new discs and DVDs.
An American online magazine which generally concentrates on new music, but journalists have also reviewed reissues and box sets.
Listen: Music & Culture
Listen: Music & Culture
An award-winning print quarterly founded in 2009, Listen: Life with Music & Culture, now listenmusicculture.com, celebrates excellence in music and culture, and the people and places that contribute to its creation. Listen champions a life filled with genuine cultural appreciation and activity, and showcases music and musicians of the highest quality, advocating for works of tremendous artistic value — irrespective of genre.
Suggested Music Industry Websites
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
ASCAP is home to more than 640,000 music creator members across all genres - the greatest names in music, and thousands more in the early stages of their careers. They license over 10 million ASCAP songs and scores to the businesses that play them publicly, then send the money to members as royalties.
Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI)
Since its founding in 1939, BMI’s goal has been to respect, nurture and represent songwriters so that their music can be heard. BMI helps aspiring songwriters through workshops and showcases while offering diverse award-winning content to our licensees.
IFPI represents the interests of 1,300 record companies from across the globe and serves as the voice of the recording industry worldwide.
Recording Industry Association of America
RIAA is the trade organization that supports and promotes the creative and financial vitality of the major music companies.
Billboard Magazine publishes news, videos, reviews, and music charts relating to popular music.
Country Music Hall of Fame
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum seeks to collect, preserve, and interpret the evolving history and traditions of country music. Through exhibits, publications, and educational programs, the museum teaches its diverse audiences about the enduring beauty and cultural importance of country music.
The Motown Museum, founded in 1985, tells the story of Berry Gordy's vision turned into one of the most successful record companies and musical genres of all time.
National Museum of Hip-Hop
The National Museum of Hip-Hop (NMoH) was founded in 2006. Its is to preserve and interpret Hip-Hop Culture by providing accessible authoritative content and education to an audience ranging from youth to scholars worldwide.
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's mission is to engage, teach and inspire through the power of rock & roll. It was founded in 1983 and archives the history of the best-known and most influential artists, producers, engineers, and other notable figures of rock & roll.
American Jazz Museum
The mission of the American Jazz Museum is to celebrate and exhibit the experience of jazz as an original American art form through performance, exhibition, education, and research at one of the country's jazz crossroads.
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