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recommended web sites

Musicals101 is billed as "The Cyber Encyclopedia of Musical Theatre, TV and Film" and the educator/theatrical professional who created the site has compiled an extensive collection about musicals. There are numerous introductory features about people like Noel Coward, George M. Cohan, Al Jolson, and Ethel Merman. Some of the reference sources especially helpful to school productions are the performance rights index, how to find recordings and scripts, and how to put on a musical. There are brief entries about over a hundred Broadway theatres from the early 1900s to today. For musical theatre lovers, this is a great site to roam about.
Subject: The Arts
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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum
Not all inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame are hard core rock and roll, ranging from Pete Seeger to Johnny Cash to Aretha Franklin and Mahalia Jackson. There are biographical sketches of the inductees including non-Performers, "sidemen" and early influencers who are given also their due. Special exhibits include brief notes about clothing, instruments, and other memorabilia. Using the timeline, you can browse by era, artist, genre, or events. The Visual Timeline requires the Shockwave Player.
Subject: The Arts; Science & Technology
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The John and Ruby Lomax 1939 Southern States Recording Trip
John and Ruby Lomax traveled 6500 miles in 1939 to record folk songs mostly in Texas, but also Louisiana, Florida, Georgia, and other southern states. They carried their recording equipment in the trunk of the car. This Library of Congress collection is supplemented with photos, fieldnotes, audio clips, and biographies of the Lomaxes. Some of the song genres include prison work songs, lullabies, blues, spirituals, farm calls, and humorous songs. Of the over 300 songs, about 100 are in Spanish. The Library of Congress Learning Page has a site for teachers and students related to the Lomax collection at http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/ndlpedu/collections/lomax/. Audio is in MP3 format.
Subject: The Arts; Social Studies
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American Folklife Center
Among the music collections at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, you'll find online collections about fiddle tunes, Hispano music and culture, music festivals, Omaha Indian music, and Northern California Folk Music from the Thirties. Each collection is rich in audio, images, and text. To learn more about ethnographic field collection there is a concise description. A Teacher's Guide to Folklife Resources offers a list of materials that will be useful to educators who wish to incorporate folklife projects and programs into their teaching.
Subject: Social Studies
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recommended books

A Treasury of Children's Songs: Forty Favorites to Sing and Play Metropolitan Museum of Art
Published October 2003
Grades: PreK-2; 3-5
Subjects: The Arts
A Treasury of Children's Songs: Forty Favorites to Sing and Play Metropolitan Museum of Art October 2003 This collection pairs 40 classic children's songs from America, Britain, and Europe with art -- paintings, textiles, and prints -- from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Music lovers will find work songs, play songs nursery and nonsense rhymes and ballads. Music and lyrics are included.
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Sonata for Jukebox: Pop Music, Memory, and the Imagined Life
By Geoffrey O'Brien
Published March 2004
Grades: 6-8; 9-12
Subjects: The Arts
It's the same old song. Or is it? Music fills most of our lives. How important it is in defining who we are becomes obvious during generational tiffs that usually include the phrase "your music." The author examines his own relationship to music and meditates on the ways music becomes a gateway to the inner self. The book includes an appendix, a jukebox of the mind, with 150 songs spanning 1928 to 1982.
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The New York Times Essential Library: Classical Music: A Critic's Guide to the 100 Most Important Recordings
By Allen Kozin
Published August 2004
Grades: 6-8; 9-12
Subjects: The Arts
Classical music fans, especially those interested in collecting special recordings, will find Kozin's guide a useful resource. The book gleans 100 recordings from 900 years of music, and as the author states in his preface, there are decades that could have yielded 100 entries. The text provides information about the pieces, composers, performers, performances, and the recording process. An appendix lists 100 more recordings "you should own, or at least know about." Compulsive collectors beware.
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Playback: From the Victrola to Mp3, 100 Years of Music, Machines, and Money
By Mark Coleman
Published January 2004
Grades: 6-8; 9-12
Subjects: Science & Technology
Edison's invention of the phonograph in 1877 launched the recorded music industry. Until then, the experience of music was limited to live performance. In this brief history, Coleman outlines the development of recording technology from wax cylinders to MP3 files. Does your dad drive you crazy by calling a CD a record? A lot has changed since 1982 so be patient.
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