Noteworthy Music Sites

Music Website Reviews

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Society for American Music
Founded in 1975, the non-profit Society for American Music preserves, examines and honors the music of American history and its global reach and influence. One of the important features is the membership, which allows users to network and gain access to publications of the Society. Awards are also bestowed upon stellar achievements in the music world. This is a grand introduction to American music through a reputable and information-rich website and organization.

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Classical Music for Kids
Classics for Kids is a classical music repository designed to provide children with a fun but engaging learning experience. There are radio shows, activities, games, a musical dictionary and even a directory of composers. Bright colors and appealing visuals will hold the children’s attention, and the reading material will enrich their vocabulary. There are also lesson plans and tips for teachers and parents alike on making the children’s understanding and appreciation of classical music a much more rewarding adventure.

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For Choral Tastes
Operated by the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), ChoralNet is a networking site for choral music enthusiasts. Several tabs are available that feature multiple forums, which includes legal discussions, rehearsals, and vocal pedagogy, and communities, which allow users to interact with people in particular regions or with certain interests. The resources area provides links to other pertinent Websites that will help researchers and fans alike, and the announcements section keeps viewers updated with the latest concerts, print publications, workshops, and recordings.

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A Cappella Galore
The Barbershop Harmony Society is one of the organizations that celebrates barbershop music, an a cappella musical form from the 19th century. Barbershop singing reached a commercial apex in the early 20th century through huge-selling artists such as The Haydn Quartet, and The American Quartet, and in the 1940s, a revival occurred with organizations such as The Barbershop Harmony Quartet created to celebrate the music. Background history of the organization, a list of its affiliates, educational information, and singing tools and concerts will enrich visitors with knowledge of this music that served as a precursor to doo-wop music. A grand achievement is the Old Songs Library of 750,000 sheet music pieces, which remains one of the largest musical collections in the world.

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Lone Star Artists
So many great artists come from Texas including Johnny Mathis, Scott Joplin, George Jones, Charlie Christian, Janis Joplin, Buddy Holly, and Victoria Spivey. The Texas Music Museum, founded in 1984, is dedicated to collecting oral histories, photos, and other historical material of the state’s rich musical legacy. The exhibit gallery is categorized by notable musical genres such as blues, country music, and Tejano & conjunto, and Songs of the Lone Star State displays some of the state’s most famous songs. The museum houses thousands of recordings and coordinates with various Texas music organizations in maintaining this music.

by Jeff Boyce