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On this webpage you will find  OER Music textbooks along with supplemental materials and a few lecture videos

The purpose of these discipline-specific pages is to display content that might be of interest to faculty who are considering adopting open educational resources for use in their classes. This list of content is by no means exhaustive.  The nature of open educational resources is very collaborative and it is in that spirit that we encourage any comments about the content featured on this page or recommendations of content that are not already listed here. 

Open Textbook Collections

MERLOT is a curated collection of free and open online teaching, learning, and faculty development services contributed and used by an international education community.

OER Commons - Music
OER Commons provides a curated collection of textbooks and resources for instrumental and music studies.

Open Textbook Library
Browse a wide selection of textbooks on music.

The Physical Basis Of Music
The main purpose of this book is to explain certain physical considerations useful not only to a beginner learning how to play a musical instrument, but also to an accomplished musician trying to gain full technical mastery of an instrument.

Project Gutenberg - Music Bookshelf
Project Gutenberg's list of Music books in the public domain that is available freely online.

Courses and Videos

Every course on Coursera is taught by top instructors from the world’s best universities and educational institutions. Courses include recorded video lectures, auto-graded and peer-reviewed assignments, and community discussion forums.

Dance Drummer
Interactive Music by drums: African Music - Traditional West African Drumming - Percussion Lessons - Instructional Movies, Texts, and Manuscripts - Drum Set Orchestrations - Interactive African Instrument Museum - Online Music Education - Anlo-Ewe History, Ethnology, Ethnomusicology .

Future Learn - Music
Travel through the history of musical notation and learn how to decode medieval music manuscripts or learn about the psychology of music and movement, and how researchers study music-related movements, with this free online course.

Khan Academy - Music
Course videos covering the basics of music, classical masterpieces and orchestral instruments.

MIT Open Courseware
MIT Open Courseware offers an extensive series of online courses. Course format generally includes lecture videos, interactive concept quizzes (solution key), problem sets, terms and definitions, suggested topics and links, and exams (with solution key).

Music - edX
Find online courses in jazz appreciation and hip hop culture from the University of Austin and Rice University or get an introduction to the music business from the Berklee College of Music.

Open Learn - History & the Arts (Music)
Open Learn provides eight courses such as "An introduction to music research", "Reception of music in cross-cultural perspective", and "Voice-leading analysis of music 1-3."

University Videos
This Digital Library portal contains the metadata of the YouTube Channels of the world's Top Universities.


American Memory-Library of Congress
List of scores and books available online.

Harvard: Online Resources
including historical musicology, ethnomusicology, music theory, composition, and performance practice with links to archival collections, online scores and sound recordings and more.

IMSLP: Petrucci Music Library
Sharing the world’s public domain music. The contents include searchable scores and recordings.

Internet Archive - Open Library
Electronically available musical scores and more.

Mutopia Project - Free Scores
Free Sheet Music for Everyone. 2,097 pieces of music – free to download, modify, print, copy, distribute, perform, and record – all in the Public Domain or under Creative Commons licenses, in PDF, MIDI, and editable LilyPond file formats.

RISM – Répertoire International des Sources Musicales
These primary sources are manuscripts or printed music, writings on music theory, and libretti. They are housed in libraries, archives, monasteries, schools and private collections.

Sheet Music Consortium - UCLA
The Sheet Music Consortium provides tools and services that promote access to and use of online sheet music collections by scholars, students, and the general public.

Additional Resources for Music and Scores

American Folklife Center
History and audio of American folk music curated by the Library of Congress.

HathiTrust is a partnership of academic & research institutions, offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world.

Historic American Sheet Music
Provides access to digital images for over 3,000 pieces from the collection, published in the United States between 1850 and 1920.

Internet Archive: Digital Library
Search for composers or musical scores. Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more.

Memrise - Music
Uses images and audio to help memorize vocabulary. Interactive site that saves individual progress.

Performing Arts Encyclopedia
Library of Congress Performing Arts Encyclopedia.

Traditional Music and Spoken Word Catalog
This searchable database provides bibliographic information on approximately 34,000 ethnographic sound recordings. Most were recorded between 1933 and 1950.


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