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The Edinburgh University Collection
of Historic Musical Instruments
This site is part of the Edinburgh University Faculty of Music home page. The Electronic
Picture Gallery contains several photographs of instruments from the 16th through the 19th
This well-designed site contains a detailed synopsis of the History of Jazz around the
world. In addition, there are photographs, sound clips and links to other online
Lush Lives: Ladies of Jazz from
This site is dedicated to women in Jazz from 1930 to 1990 and contains numerous short
biographies and photographs.
This site was developed by WNUR-FM radio at Northwestern University. It contains essays on
the various styles of Jazz, biographies of important Jazz musicians, information on Jazz
education and musicianship and other Jazz resources on the Internet.
The Red Hot Jazz Archive
This site is an excellent resource on the history of Jazz before 1930. It contains several
biographies, well-written essays, and some fascinating film clips from the late 1920s and
This Day in Rock and Roll History
This is a great site for anyone interested in Rock and Roll trivia.
This excellent site was created by a team of students for ThinkQuest. The site is
dedicated to the discovery of the violin and is divided into seven sections: the history
of the violin; how the violin is made; musicians who made the violin popular; playing
techniques; the string family; the science of sound production; and links to other
references on the web.
Electronic Music Interactive
Developed by the University of Oregon, this site is an interactive exploration of
electronic music. It contains easy to understand explanations about the electronic
production of sound and provides a comprehensive glossary of terminology.
The Classical MIDI Connection
If you are interested in MIDI files, this site contains hundreds of MIDI files of
music from every period in music history. In addition, there are valuable sections on MIDI
basics and MIDI sequencing.
Jazz Strings Home Page
This site is devoted to jazz on bowed string instruments, particularly the violin.
Fractal Music: The Sound of Chaos
This engaging site examines music composition using fractal programs. Listen to examples
of fractal music and try your hand at creating your own fractal tune!
Women in Music
This vast site contains biographies, photographs, sound files and links to numerous online
resources on women in music before and during the 20th century.
Music Heritage Network: Instrument
This site was developed in cooperation with the University of Michigan School of
Information and the Stearns Museum of Musical Instruments and features musical instruments
from around the world.
Welcome to the Brain Opera
Created by composer Tod Machover at MIT Media Laboratory, the Brain Opera was a
first-of-its kind musical experience that combined live audiences with online
participants. The Brain Opera toured worldwide from 1996-1998 and will be permanently
installed in Vienna, Austria in July 2000.
Funbrain: Music Games
This is an online game that teaches note reading.
The Braille Music Page
This page gives a brief overview of the most common Braille music symbols.
Kabuki for Everyone
This site is a brief explanation of Kabuki music and contains photographs and sound files
of typical Kabuki instruments.
How Things Work: Violins and Pipe
Based on the book, How Things Work: The Physics of Everyday Life, this site offers
explanations on the physics of violin and organ sound production.
A Guide to Medieval and Renaissance
Hosted by the Iowa State University, this site describes typical Medieval and Renaissance
instruments. There are photographs and sound files of each instrument represented.
Mathematics and Music
This site describes the relationship between mathematics and music. An explanation of the
Mozart Effect is also included.