Multimedia resources from the Library of Congress that support instruction about music and dance. These resources include expert presentations, exhibitions, bibliographies, Webcasts, and other online materials.
Alan Lomax Collection (American Folklife Center) Explore traditional music, dance, tales, and other forms of grassroots creativity in the United States and abroad collected by Alan Lomax during the 1930s and 1940s.
Amazing Grace (Performing Arts) Explore the history of the hymn through items from the collections of the Library of Congress, from the earliest printing of the song to various performances of it on sound recordings.
The American Brass Band Movement: A Historical Overview (Presentation) This essay outlines the history of the American brass band movement from the 1850s through the post Civil War period.
American Choral Music, 1870 - 1923 (Presentation) This collaboration of the American Choral Directors Association and the Library of Congress provides access to significant choral music in the public domain by the leading American composers of the time.
American Treasures of the Library of Congress (Exhibition) Enter the term "music" in the search box at the top of the page and explore America's history through some of its music related treasures.
Celtic Roots: Stories, Songs and Traditions From Across the Sea (Webcast) View a cybercast of this 2002 Library of Congress children's program celebrating Irish immigrants who arrived in America in the 1880s. Background information, activities and resources are included.
A Century of Creativity: The MacDowell Colony 1907-2007 (Exhibition) Learn about the history of this creative sanctuary to artists, writers and composers. Leonard Bernstein and Aaron Copland both spent time working on their compositions at the MacDowell Colony.
Civil War Sheet Music (Performing Arts) This collection of more than 2500 pieces offers a contemporary perspective from both sides of the conflict.
The Development of an African-American Musical Theatre 1865-1910 (Presentation) This timeline offers a sampling of music from the period.
Folk-Songs of America: The Robert Winslow Gordon Collection, 1922-1932 (Presentation) Listen to samples of wax cylinder recordings of folksongs collected by the first head of the Archive of Folk Culture, Robert Winslow Gordon.
The Gerry Mulligan Collection (Presentation) Find scores, a discography and oral biography of this jazz legend and arranger, composer, performer and band leader.
The Gershwin Prize for Popular Song (Presentation) This Library of Congress award celebrates the work of an artist whose career reflects lifetime achievement in promoting song as a vehicle of musical expression and cultural understanding.
The Guarneri Twin Violins (Performing Arts) These early 18th century violins made from the same piece of wood are now part of the Library of Congress collections.
A Guide to Harlem Renaissance Materials (Library of Congress Bibliography) This online guide presents the Library's resources as well as links to external Web sites on the Harlem Renaissance
In Performance: Choral Works from the Collection (Presentation) Listen to twelve pieces selected from the collection Music For The Nation: American Sheet Music, 1870-1885 sung by Library of Congress "Music for the Nation" singers.
Internet Resources for Music, Theater and Dance (Performing Arts) Link to selected Internet resources outside of the Library of Congress.
Jazz on the Screen (Performing Arts) This searchable jazz and blues filmography documents the work of major jazz and blues figures in cinema, television and video productions.
The Katherine Dunham Collection (Presentation) Performer, choreographer, and teacher, Dunham changed the face of American modern dance. View videos of dance technique and performance!
Library of Congress Presents: Music, Theater, and Dance (Performing Arts)This portal to the performing arts features music, theater and dance collections of the Library of Congress.
A Literary Evening with John Prine and Ted Kooser (Webcast) Listen to the discussion between songwriter and poet as they compared and contrasted the emotional appeal of the lyrics of popular songs with the appeal of contemporary poetry.
Lyrical Legacy (Presentation) Lyrical Legacy helps teachers explore eighteen American songs and poems from the digital collections of the Library of Congress.
Making a Statement through Song and Poetry (Professional Development) These online workshop materials will help educators use Library of Congress primary-source materials to explore the legacy of American song and poetry in their classrooms.
Ragtime (Performing Arts) See, hear, explore and learn about ragtime, a uniquely American, syncopated musical phonomenon.
The Roger Reynolds Collection (Performing Arts) This collection includes a biography, manuscript sketches, audio files, and an interview with Roger Reynolds, winner of the 1987 Pulitzer Prize.
Songs for Our Times (Online Activity) Songs express what people think and feel, even as they introduce people, places and events. In this activity, you can explore the past through songs of the time.
Spaelimenenir: Pan Scandinavian Music and Storytelling (Library of Congress Live) Use this guide to learn more about Scandinavian music, story, and dance.
Spaelimenninir: Music and Stories from Scandinavia (Webcast) View a performance of traditional and contemporary folk music and song from Scandinavia.
Take Me Out to the Ball Game (Presentation) Learn the history of this popular classic, link to the sheet music, and access more than 140 other baseball-related songs.
Transit of Venus March (Presentation) Celebrate the 2004 Transit of Venus with John Philip Sousa's 19th century march.
Volcano of Delight (Performing Arts) This sheet music collection consists of approximately 9,000 items published from 1800 to 1922.
Western Social Dance: An Overview of the Collection (Presentation) This guide to the An American Ballroom Companion collection includes the special presentation - How to Read a Dance Manual.
West Side Story: Birth of a Classic (Exhibition) This exhibition celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of this 1957 musical.