Online Learning Resources

The web offers countless resources for learning more about classical music. Here is our guide to the best of the best....for kids, adults and those who want to dive really deep.

Classical Archives
For Adults - General

Classical Archives

A repository of thousands of midi sound files of great classical works. While the synthesized sound is less than desirable, this is a good resource for "naming that tune"--learning and identifying repertoire. Some fees apply after a trial period.

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Essentials of Music
For Adults - General

Essentials of Music

Produced by WW Norton publishers and Sony BMG, in conjunction with their collection of classical recordings, Essential Classics. The site has basic overview of historic periods, composers, and a glossary of musical terms.

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Naxos Introduction to Classical Music
For Adults - General

Naxos Introduction to Classical Music

The recording label Naxos has an extensive introductory section, including glossaries, instrument histories, opera synopses and libretti, as well as some helpful essays about concertgoing protocol and advice.

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San Francisco Symphony’s Keeping Score
For Adults - General

San Francisco Symphony’s Keeping Score

This in-depth, multimedia project offers rich, interactive content in three areas: Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony, Copland and the American Sound, Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring.  The Keeping Score project also includes television and radio broadcasts on these and other topics.

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