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Recommended Music Websites
Here are some examples of types of helpful music internet resources. Place the cursor over the link for web site's content discription. If you have suggestions for additional links, please contact Julie Sweeney.
Met Opera Archives
From the Metropolitan Opera: features Opera synopses, pictures, timelines, facts
Sheet music, analysis of Mozart's music
National Geographic World Music
Comprehensive database of world music materials
Example of a very well-done composer site
Lester S. Levy Collection of Sheet Music
The Lester S. Levy Collection of Sheet Music consists of over 29,000 pieces of American popular music.
Maine Music Box
The Maine Music Box collection has more than 22,000 musical works, consisting primarily of sheet music. It includes digitized cover art and scores, music manuscripts, and a small number of accompanying mp3 synthesized sound files.
Advanced Internet Searching
When evaluating an internet source for quality and trustworthiness, consider the below aspects of the source.
- Does the Web site or document have an author? You may need to do some clicking and scrolling to find the author’s name. If you have landed directly on an internal page of a site, for example, you may need to navigate to the home page or find an “about this site” link to learn the name of the author.
- If there is an author, can you tell whether he or she is knowledgeable and credible? When the author’s qualifications aren’t listed on the site itself, look for links to the author’s home page, which may provide evidence of his or her interests and expertise.
- Who, if anyone, sponsors the site? The sponsor of a site is often named and described on the home page.
- What does the URL tell you? The domain name extension often indicates the type of group hosting the site: commercial (.com), educational (.edu), nonprofit (.org), governmental (.gov), military (.mil), or network (.net). URLs may also indicate a country of origin: .uk (United Kingdom) or .jp (Japan), for instance.
Purpose and Audience
- Why was the site created: To argue a position? To sell a product? To inform readers?
- Who is the site’s intended audience?
- How current is the site? Check for the date of publication or the latest update, often located at the bottom of the home page or at the beginning or end of an internal page.
- How current are the site’s links? If many of the links no longer work, the site may be too dated for your purposes.