What’s Happening In Music Online

The diversity and richness in music history includes a wide range of musical styles and traditions for dedicated audiophiles to uncover. The lives and works of composers and musicians are explored, and forgotten songs are exhumed to find an audience. The following Web sites help visitors to discover more about music’s place in a changing society.

The Making of Music


The British Broadcasting Corporation’s 1,000-year overview on the history of classical music, “The Making of Music” compiled by James Naughtie, reveals a classical tradition amassed from composers and performers’ reactions to social change or religious and state impositions that limited their craft. From Henry Purcell’s artistic freedom upon the monarchy’s restoration in England to Beethoven’s echoing of egalitarian ideals of the French Revolution, the site’s timeline spans the Medieval to the Romantic. A reference point for the neophyte or the classical enthusiast, the site illustrates the idea of classical music as a recorder of history.

by Joshua Barajas

Music History


The site is an encyclopedic, comprehensive guide to vocal and instrumental forms of music from the Gregorian chant to the orchestral experimentation with tremolo found in different musical eras. Composers of each era are also explored along with a section dedicated to modern musical trends, including what the site considers the newest trend of the 20th century: electronic music.

by Joshua Barajas

American Women's History: Music


An archival look into the impact of the oft-undervalued gender, the research database covers a wide range of topics, including women’s influence on music, historically a patriarchal realm. The site lists a number of biographical sources, erudite journals and digital and manuscript collections to further explore women’s history, including a discussion of jazz legend Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit” and folk songs sung by women.

by Joshua Barajas

DSO Kids


The children-friendly site acts as a starting point for youngsters curious about classical music. Amidst online trivia games where Beethoven pitches questions about Leoš Janáček and John Williams are excerpts of compositions from a variety of composers, help on some basic music theory, a musical memory game, and instructions on making one’s own buzzing brass mouthpiece from a two-liter bottle.

by Joshua Barajas

Online Music Scores


Instead of listening to music from an embedded, online digital player, one can download a free music score from an eclectic array of them on the site. Also included are facsimiles of early music, scores from a range of times and locales, such as Dresden to Canada, and iconography of composers and instruments from Guillaume de Machaut to the violin.

by Joshua Barajas

Digital History


To explore how music sounded as far as a century ago, the site allows visitors the chance to cherry-pick from selected songs throughout American music history. Search by type (from hymns, Tejano to Broadway, jazz and spirituals) with varied topics (World War I, Sputnik, civil rights) to explore American music from Civil War songs to The Beatles. This Web site shares what is diverse and historical in music.

by Joshua Barajas