Music resources hit all the right notes

Posted: Monday, June 7, 2010, 9:47 am

Whether you are a bebop buff or a classical connoisseur, devoted to doo-wop or have a zest for zydeco, Worthington Libraries has something for you.

Music Online offers instant access to musical recordings in a variety of styles for personal pleasure or classroom use. Search by genre, instrument, performer or track title. Browse by cultural group to find Bantu folk music, or by historical event to find songs inspired by the first moon landing in 1969—and more!

Want to focus on your favorite genre? Limit your search to one of these specialized databases:

  • American Song includes country, folk, bluegrass, American Indian, blues, gospel, shape note singing, doo-wop, Motown, R&B, soul, funk and others.
  • Classical Music Library provides access to vocal and choral music, chamber, orchestral, solo instrumental and opera.
  • Contemporary World Music offers sounds from every continent including reggae, worldbeat, Bollywood, fado, flamenco, klezmer, zydeco, gagaku and more.
  • Jazz Music Library covers thousands of jazz artists, ensembles, albums and genres.
  • Smithsonian Global Sound is a virtual encyclopedia of the world's musical and aural traditions with online resources that support the creation, continuity and preservation of diverse musical forms.

All databases allow you to create playlists to save your personal favorites, produce class viewing/listening assignments or as use as a teaching resource. Playlists can be bookmarked, annotated, edited, copied and shared.

Note that recordings available through Music Online play though an audio player, but cannot currently be downloaded.

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