Coptic Orthodox Liturgical Chant & Hymnody: the Ragheb Moftah Collection

From the Library of Congress, "With its roots in Ancient Egyptian music, Coptic Christian chant is one of the oldest liturgical genres still performed today. Drawing on the Ragheb Moftah Collection, this presentation explores some of the earliest music transcriptions by explorers, missionaries, and scholars in Egypt, highlighting Moftah's efforts to notate, record, and preserve all Coptic Orthodox hymns." Users can search the collection, or browse by format. Images, text, audio, and video are included.

Dayton C. Miller Musical Iconography Collection

"The Dayton C. Miller musical iconography collection complements Dr. Miller's world-renowned collection of flutes at the Library of Congress. The Miller iconography collection, unknown to many researchers, is an eclectic but important collection of about 850 prints related to wind instruments especially, but the prints include keyboard, string, percussion, and exotic instruments as well. A selection of about 120 prints dating from the fifteenth to twentieth centuries from this iconography collection is presented here for the first time."

Global Performing Arts Database (GLOPAD)

Historic American Sheet Music

"The Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library at Duke University holds a significant collection of 19th and early 20th century American sheet music. The Historic American Sheet Music Project provides access to digital images of 3042 pieces from the collection, published in the United States between 1850 and 1920." Music can be either browsed by date or searched, and are excellent quality for musicians to read. The sheet music is available for educational use.

IN Harmony Sheet Music from Indiana

"IN Harmony: Sheet Music from Indiana is a search and discovery system for accessing sheet music from the Indiana University Lilly Library, the Indiana State Library, the Indiana State Museum, and the Indiana Historical Society. Funded through a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), IN Harmony features Indiana-related sheet music - sheet music by Indiana composers, arrangers, lyricists or publishers as well as sheet music about the state. You can search the entire collection of sheet music by entering a term in the search box in the top right corner, or you can search each collection individually by selecting a specific institution below." In addition, if you have your own large collection of sheet music, Indiana University makes their cataloging software available for public use. Likewise, the music is available for non-commercial use.

Inventions of Note Sheet Music Collection

"The Inventions of Note Sheet Music Collection was established in 1997 by the Lewis Music Library at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. This sheet music collection consists of popular songs and piano compositions that portray technologies (old and new alike) as revealed through song texts and/or cover art." There are about 50 pieces of music in this collection, mostly dating from 1890-1920. Users can either browse the collection one by one, or look through a title index. This collection also contains some audio recordings of the music, indicated by a loudspeaker icon. In addition, there are links to other online sheet music and related collections.

Joseph Muller Collection of Music and Other Portraits

From the New York Public Library, "Thousands of images dating from the 16th to the early 20th-centuries, mostly engravings and lithographs, with some drawings, predominantly of composers and musicians but also including portraits of actors, heads of state, music patrons, nobility, philosophers, poets, printers, theorists, and writers, among others, amassed by Joseph Muller, a private collector," are included in this collection. Users can either browse by name, or search. Images are high quality.

Lester S. Levy Collection of Sheet Music

From Johns Hopkins University, "The Lester S. Levy Collection of Sheet Music consists of over 29,000 pieces of American popular music. The collection spans the years 1780 to 1980, but its strength is its thorough documentation of nineteenth-century America through popular music. The collection is especially strong in music spawned by military conflicts from the War of 1812 through World War I, and minstrel music is also well-represented. Other topics include music about the circus; dance; drinking, temperance, and smoking; fraternal orders; presidents; romantic and sentimental songs; schools and colleges; and transportation." The site is easy to navigate, and contains great quality images.

Music for the Nation. American Sheet Music 1870-1885

A Part of the Library of Congress' American Memory Project, Music for the Nation "consists of over 47,000 pieces of sheet music registered for copyright during the years 1870 to 1885. Included are popular songs, piano music, sacred and secular choral music, solo instrumental music, method books and instructional materials, and music for band and orchestra. " Music is easily browsed or searched, and the quality is great.

Photographs from the Golden Age of Jazz: the William P. Gottlieb Collection

From the Library of Congress, "The William P. Gottlieb Collection, comprising over sixteen hundred photographs of celebrated jazz artists, documents the jazz scene from 1938 to 1948, primarily in New York City and Washington, D.C. During the course of his career, Gottlieb took portraits of prominent jazz musicians and personalities, including Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie, Earl Hines, Thelonious Monk, Stan Kenton, Ray McKinley, Benny Goodman, Coleman Hawkins, Ella Fitzgerald, and Benny Carter."

Popular American Sheet Music

"Acquired by Baylor University in 1965, this collection of approximately 30,000 titles was the life-long pursuit of the avid and well-respected sheet music collector for whom the collection is named. The collection includes many fine examples of first editions such as Jingle Bells and Battle Hymn of the Republic, as well as first editions of prominent American composers of the time such as Stephen Foster and Scott Joplin. Spanning from the late 18th century to the early 20th century, the Spencer collection complements a number of areas of study in addition to music, including Texas and American history, art, political science, sociology, theater, sports, and recreation. It is arranged in over 200 subject categories." Users can browse the collection by title or date, or search the collection.

University of Michigan's Research Guide to Online Sheet Music

While this is not in itself a sheet music collection, the music librarian at the University of Michigan, has compiled this extensive research guide to help users find resources. Included are links to about 20 online collections. Please check the copyright status of each collection before using it.

Washington State Historical Society's Sheet Music Collection

As described by the Washington State Historical Society, "The sheet music collection contains several thousand pieces. Its major focus is Washington subjects and composers, however, the collection also includes significant examples of music relating to general topics such as racial stereotypes, women, transportation in all its forms, and social values of the century from 1850 to 1950.Researchers find the collection useful for a variety of purposes other than for the history of popular music. Pieces are often selected for their graphic covers or the music may be studied for the social messages communicated through the words of a particular song or group of songs." Images can be browsed or searched.

WorldImages Kiosk

WorldImages Kiosk provides access to California State University's IMAGE project, providing access to over over 50,000 images. The database includes all areas of visual imagery, and divides these areas into different portfolios. The arts and architecture portfolio is further divided by subjects and dates, which are all then further subdivided. While this enables browsing, it can be difficult to navigate. Selected image groups:
-Music, Drama, and Literature


Since 2005, Youtube has been the most popular video hosting and sharing site on the internet. Almost any video or film clip can be found here, making it an invaluable resource for scholars teaching or studying media such as film, dance, music, and theater. The copyright policies depend on the user, so please check with him or her before using any video. Youtube official copyright policy can be found here, though it pertains mostly to those who want to use parts of videos found on Youtube for their own videos. Youtube has its own channel where tips on how to use the site can be found. Read more about Youtube here. Youtube can easily be inserted into a Powerpoint. How it is inserted depends on whether you have a Mac or a PC, and whether you will have a reliable internet connection or not.

For a PC:
With an internet connection:
The easiest approach is to embed the video directly into the powerpoint, provided that you will have an internet connection. To do this, download the Youtube Plug-in Wizard from Once it is installed, a new "insert Youtube video" button will appear in your toolbar. Simply type in the URL of the video, and follow the instructions of the wizard.

For a Mac/PC
Without an internet connection:
If you don't have an internet connection, you'll need to download the video and convert it to a file format that Powerpoint recognizes. I like to use MPEG Streamclip,, but you can also use Zamzar,, and online file converter that you don't need to download. The only drawback with this is that Zamzar emails you a link where you can download your converted video, and this can be a slow process. In addition, the conversion has failed for me several times. With both sites, you can copy and paste the URL for the Youtube video into the designated field, choose which format you would like it to be converted into, and then download it. Make sure that whichever file format you choose is supported by the Powerpoint version you will be using. I have Powerpoint 2004, and MP4 worked for me. You can find this information in your Powerpoint help section. You also need to make sure that your movie and your Powerpoint presentation are saved in the same folder, as Powerpoint does not save the movie file all together. There are many ways to do this, but this is simple what worked best for me after a lot of trial and error. You can read more about this process at Digital Inspiration , the Laundry Room, and the Powerpoint Team Blog.
Selected Channels:
-Jazz Icons
-Classical Music Only Channel
-Australian Hip Hop Channel
-Baroque Music for Concentration
-London Symphony Orchestra
-Ultimate Violin
-Royal Opera House