American Masters VIDEO - Companion website for the TV series, examining the lives, works, and creative processes of outstanding American cultural artists. Covers film & TV, literature, music, visual arts, performing arts, and more. For middle school and high school students. Includes video clips & previews, timelines, and articles about dozens of actors, musicians, writers and artists. (PBS / WNET; site includes advertisements)
Artopia VIDEO INTERACTIVE - A fun interactive site for exploring the styles, principles and processes of visual and performing arts, including Dance, Media Arts, Music, Painting, Sculpture, and Theater. For middle school students. (South Carolina Educational Television Commission)
ArtsEdge AUDIO VIDEO INTERACTIVE - Articles, journals, interviews, multimedia presentations, and other materials for exploring and learning about the arts; designed for students and teachers, K-12, as well as families. (Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts)
Culture Street NEW! VIDEO INTERACTIVE - This site aims at encouraging creativity in the classroom and beyond, with interactive resources to inspire young people to get started and share their work. The Have a Go section features games, guides, quizzes, workshop videos, and more. (Funded by Arts Council England)
Eastern Art Online - Discover art from the Islamic Middle East, China, Japan, Southeast Asia, India and the Himalayas, including ceramics, textiles, sculpture, metalwork, paintings, prints, and other decorative arts, spanning over 5,000 years of cultural and artistic development. 'Eastern Art Online is designed to provide layers of information about the objects and the stories they tell,' with high quality images and up-to-date information for each object (Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford). Museums of India NEW! presents the digitized collections of 10 selected museums, featuring online displays of paintings, manuscripts, sculptures, ethnographic collections, costumes & textiles, coins, jewellery, photographs and prints; includes an interactive timeline, 3-D objects, and more (Ministry of Culture, Government of India). The Virtual Museum of Japanese Arts explores the fine arts, performing arts, and other aspects of Japanese culture such as flower arrangement, tea ceremony, calligraphy, bonsai, and martial arts (Produced for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs by Kodansha International Ltd.). Pakistan: Arts & Culture AUDIO VIDEO explores the music, theatre, dance, and visual arts of Pakistan; for many additional multicultural arts resources, covering Africa, Asia, Latin America, Russia, Ancient Empires, and more, see ArtsEdge: Global Cultures VIDEO (Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts).
Harlem Renaissance: Drop Me Off in Harlem AUDIO VIDEO - Explores the creative and intellectual voices of artists, musicians, actors, writers, and activists who flourished during the cultural flowering of Harlem between 1917 and 1935. Includes primary sources to read, listen to, and watch. Includes suggested study questions and activities (2003, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts).
Media College - Hundreds of free tutorials covering video & television production, audio work, photography, graphics, web design and more. High school and up. (1995 - 2012 by Wavelength Media, a New Zealand multi-media company; site includes advertisements) [NOTE: Tutorials on basic concepts and techniques are useful, but information on specific equipment, hardware & software is outdated.] See also Film Technique Study Guides, below.
Performing Arts Resources: Music, Theater, & Dance Exhibits AUDIO VIDEO - Select a topic from the Special Presentations list to explore the diversity of American performing arts. Includes such varied online exhibits as Patriotic Melodies, Dolly Parton and the Roots of Country Music, the Katherine Dunham Dance Collection, and Sousa's Transit of Venus March. See also Performing Arts Webcasts VIDEO . (Library of Congress)
Tinkering Studio - Features a collection of inventive experiments & activities for exploring 'art, science, technology, and delightful ideas' (Exploratorium Museum).
Archive of American Architecture - Nearly 1,500 images of American houses, churches, and commercial / institutional / industrial buildings, from the 17th century to the 20th. Includes some background material. (Professor Jeffery Howe, Boston College)
Archive of European Architecture - A collection of images of European houses, churches and other structures, from prehistoric times to the 20th century. (Professor Jeffery Howe, Boston College)
Cities & Buildings - A large database of excellent photographs of buildings from around the world, searchable by keyword and/or country. There are multiple views of each building, interiors and exteriors. When your search results appear, click on a thumbnail for a larger picture along with basic facts about the building including site, architect, date of contruction, etc. (Professor Meredith L. Clausen, University of Washington)
Arts - General
African Art - A printable guide offering six different activities to help you learn about African art. Part of the National Museum of African Art website, which offers additional education resources (Smithsonian Institution). See also Art & Life in Africa (University of Iowa Museum of Art).
American Art - A searchable collection of paintings by American artists, with links to brief biographies and other works by the artist. You can search for specific artists or artworks, or browse by artist, artwork type or subject (Smithsonian Institution). The Phillips Timeline of American Art offers essays and images on individual American paintings, arranged year-by-year (Phillips Collection). See also Ask Art, below.
Art Detective INTERACTIVE - Set up like an old mystery movie, this fun interactive site allows you to step into Art Detective A. Pintura's shoes and try to solve the Case of Grandpa's Painting. (1997, Eduweb; site includes advertisements)
Art History Resources on the Web - A huge, well-organized directory of websites covering all periods of art (prehistoric to contemporary) from all areas of the world. Not updated frequently. (By Christopher L. C. E. Witcombe, Art History professor, Sweet Briar College; site includes advertisements)
Art History Timeline INTERACTIVE - From 20,000 B.C. to the present, with special topics and links to additional information. Covers all regions of the world (Metropolitan Museum). For more images plus curators notes on individual artworks from all eras and all regions, see also Los Angeles County Museum of Art. [NOTE: Click on CHRONOLOGY or CURATORIAL AREA in the lefthand menu.]
Art Institute of Chicago: Art Access INTERACTIVE - A collection of themed websites for students, teachers, and families on topics such as African art, African-American art, Asian art, Native American art, Renaissance art, Modern art, and more. Each site includes artworks, lesson plans, family activities, recommended books & media (including related websites), map and glossary. See the Resource Finder for more art learning sites for K-12 teachers and students. (Art Institute of Chicago)
Art Junction: Art Sparkers - Resources and suggestions for art projects and creative exploration. Elementary and middle school. (An outreach project of the Art Education Program, University of Florida)
Art Questions & Controversies - Explores a variety of controversial questions about art, such as 'Can art change the world?' 'What is art and why does it matter?' 'Do artists need training?' and 'Can art be criticized on ethical grounds?' (2007, Yale University Art Gallery)
Art through Time VIDEO - 'Take a trip across the world and back through the ages to experience the art of many cultures and historical periods.' This online course includes 13 half-hour video programs, a website with art images, accompanying text, and course guide. High school and up. Free registration may be required to view videos. (2009, Annenberg Media, THIRTEEN, & WNET.ORG)
Ask Art [NOTE: Access to full biographies and other features may be restricted to paid subscribers.] - Includes a glossary of art terms, plus informative essays on Notable Black American Artists, Notable American Women Artists, Art Styles, and many other popular topics; use the tabs and right-hand menu to navigate. (By Roger Dunbier, Lonnie Dunbier, et al.; site includes advertisements)
Color Tutorial - Explains basic principles of using color in art and design. Covers the color wheel, color combinations, color & contrast, proportion & intensity, shades & tints, and more. High school and up (By Janet Lynn Ford, a web designer; site includes advertisements). Elementary school students, see Learn About Color INTERACTIVE (Metropolitan Museum).
Comiclopedia - An illustrated compendium of over 7,000 comic artists from around the world (by a Dutch comics shop; site includes advertisements). On the Make Belief Comics INTERACTIVE website you can have fun creating your own comic strips; for all ages (by journalist Bill Zimmerman and illustrator Tom Bloom; site includes advertisements). See also Cartoon America, an online historical exhibit of American political illustrations, gag cartoons, comic strips, illustrations, animation, and caricature (Library of Congress).
Craft Revival - Select a country from the 'InCH' dropdown menu to view information about the cultural heritage of crafts, textiles, folk & tribal arts of South Asia; high school and up (Craft Revival Trust, non-profit organization; site includes advertisements).
Deconstructing Art INTERACTIVE - An interactive site that allows you to examine perspective, planes, and elements in a painting to learn about how it was made. Mixed Mediums, a related page, examines the five major media (oils, watercolors, pastels, charcoal, and gouache) used to create visual art. Middle school and up (National Gallery of Canada). See also Elements of Art slide show (©2012 Picturing Books).
Getty Museum Student Resources VIDEO INTERACTIVE - Online games, interactive web pages, activities, and videos designed to 'enhance your understanding of artists, art history, materials, and techniques.' See also Getty Art: To Do at Home INTERACTIVE. (Getty Museum)
Glossary of Art Terms NEW - Definitions, most with illustrations, of over 400 terms including artist groups and art movements, techniques, media and other art jargon. (Tate Galleries, a UK a public institution).
Inside Art INTERACTIVE - 'What if you were trapped inside a painting and had to solve a mystery to get out? This site allows you to explore a painting from the inside out.' Fourth grade and up. (1997, Eduweb; site includes advertisements)
Introduction to the Visual Arts - This online study guide provides a useful outline for the basic history and principles of the visual arts (architecture, painting, and sculpture), with links to relevant illustrations and definitions of terms. Twenty chapters, one covering each topic; expect broken links. High school and up. (2008, Ralph Larmann, Associate Professor of Art, University of Evansville; site includes advertisements)
Latino Voices in American Art VIDEO - 'Goes behind the scenes and uses photographs, videos, and other resources to reveal the artists and their works. Explore each section to learn how they express universal cultural experiences.' See also Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art.(Smithsonian Institution)
Leonardo Da Vinci: Mind of Leonardo - Explores Leonardo da Vinci's mode of thinking and his efforts to understand 'the laws that govern all of the wondrous operations of man and nature.' High school and up (Institute and Museum of the History of Science, Florence, Italy). See also Universal Leonardo; high school and up (University of the Arts, London, UK) and Renaissance, below.
Met Media for Kids UPDATED! VIDEO INTERACTIVE - Videos, a 5000-year time machine, blog, and interactive museum map, from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. For kids aged 7 - 12. Tate Kids NEW! VIDEO offers games, videos, activities and more; for kids aged 4 - 12 (Tate Galleries, a UK a public institution). NGA Kids INTERACTIVE offers an entertaining and informative introduction to art and art history, featuring a variety of online art-making tools that encourage exploration and creativity; suitable for all ages (National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.).
Modern Art Insight - Explores modern and contemporary art movements & artists with biographies, key ideas, important works, influences & connections, and more. Also includes timelines and a blog; high school and up (The Art Story Foundation; non-profit organization). MOMA Learning VIDEO offers 'tools and strategies for engaging with modern and contemporary art,' including slideshows, worksheets, follow-up questions, hands-on activities, and other resources for use in the classroom or for independent study (Museum of Modern Art). Modern Art Terms Glossary defines modern art terms, including art movements, styles, materials, and techniques. Most definitions provide links to related artists and images, and a drop down menu to retrieve more detailed information on the topic (Museum of Modern Art). See also Glossary of Art Terms, above.
Photography: Drawing with Light - Examines the history of photography from the earliest projections of light images to the digital age. Includes activities, artworks & artists, chronology, and glossary. (National Gallery of Canada)
Printmaking History - A brief overview of printmaking through the centuries. Also includes a Glossary which defines printmaking techniques from Aquatints to Woodcuts. (International Fine Print Dealers Association)
Renaissance: Italian Renaissance Learning Resources - Explores eight different themes in Italian Renaissance art, with essays, images, glossary, and primary source texts; high school and up (National Gallery of Art and Grove Art Online). Florence at the Dawn of the Renaissance VIDEO explores the artistic community that gave rise to the Italian Renaissance; use the left-hand menu to navigate. High school and up (Getty Museum).
Smart History VIDEO - A large collection of instructional videos exploring art and artists 'from around the world and across time.' Arranged by time period. (Edited by Dr. Beth Harris, Dr. Steven Zucker, et al. Khan Academy; non-profit organization)
Surrounded by Beauty: Arts of Native America - There is no equivalent in the many Native American languages for the word art, yet Native Americans create everyday objects of extraordinary beauty. This website presents zoomable images of Native American objects with explanatory text. (Minneapolis Institute of Arts)
Web Gallery of Art - 'A virtual museum and searchable database of Western (European) fine arts of the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Realism, and Impressionism periods (1000-1900).' (By Emil Kren and Daniel Marx, art enthusiasts). Artcyclopedia [CAUTION: This site includes links to Wikipedia articles.] provides links to online pictures of famous art works and artist biographies, but expect some broken links. Searchable by artist's name, title, or other keyword (by John Malyon, art enthusiast; site includes advertisements).
WebMuseum - Browse the alphabetical artist name index for biographical information and pictures of works, or browse by time period / place/style. (By web designer Nicolas Pioch et al.; sponsored by iBiblio et al.)
Women in the Arts - The National Museum of Women in the Arts is dedicated exclusively to recognizing the contributions of women artists. You can browse the collection by century or browse artist profiles. The museum's CLARA: Database of Women Artists offers brief information on thousands of historic and contemporary women artists from around the world. High school and up. [NOTE: The CLARA database is still available but is no longer being updated. Artist profiles are now featured on the NMWA website.]
Arts - General
African Music & Dance - Dozens of links; high school and up. (Columbia University)
Arts Alive: Dance VIDEO - 'Interactive educational resources, videos, games, learning tools and a wealth of information designed to build your understanding of and appreciation for dance.' Dance 101 explores why people dance and introduces a variety of dance forms and styles. Making Dance provides information on the process of creating dance, the elements of choreography, and professions in dance. The site also includes biographies, videos, games & activities, and more. There are separate sections for teachers, parents, and students. (National Arts Centre of Canada)
Ballet 101 - A brief introduction to the history of ballet, tips for enjoying the ballet, common ballet terms, and more. (The Washington Ballet)
Ballet Dictionary VIDEO - Defines 170 terms from the Technical Manual and Dictionary of Classical Ballet, with photos or videos of dancers demonstrating the movements. (2008, American Ballet Theatre Company)
Ballet Repertory - An extensive index of ballets, with plot summaries, music, performance histories and other background information on ballets and choreographers. You can view the list by ballet title, choreographer, or composer. (2003, American Ballet Theatre Company)
CriticalDance Forum - Online magazine with feature articles, interviews, & reviews, and discussion forum, plus links to companies, schools, organizations and more. (Non-profit organization)
Dance Magazine VIDEO - This companion site for Dance Magazine offers articles, interviews, advice, blogs, videos, and more. Also includes Dance Magazine College Guide, a searchable directory of college and university dance degree programs. (Site includes advertisements)
World Dance: Dance Styles - A searchable Online Encyclopedia of World Dance, offering background and features of diverse dance styles and performers from around the world. (Non-profit organization: World Arts West)
Arts - General
Blooms Literary Reference Online VIDEO - Includes dozens of videos of filmed literary adaptations and filmed performances of classic plays by Shakespeare and others.
American Picture Palaces - Explores the significance of grand 'movie palaces' in the U.S. during the 1910s through the 1940s, as part of 'the rise of a pervasive culture of consumerism which dramatically altered the way Americans worked, played, and thought about their relationships to other citizens.' Text and images. For high school and up.
Film Technique Study Guides - These guides covering the techniques of screenwriting, cinematography, film editing, art direction, and animation, were written for teachers but will be of use to film students as well (Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences). See also Filmmaking and Editing VIDEO (British Film Institute), and Media College, above.
Movie Review Query Engine - Reviews of tens of thousands of movie titles from hundreds of sources including newspapers, magazines, TV, and Internet sites, US and international (site includes advertisements).
Wide Screen Museum - A nostalgic site describing the history and technological development of wide-screen and color cinematography. Includes a history of talkies, plus printable full-color reproduction of several classic movie posters. (By Martin B. Hart)
Arts - General
African Music & Dance - Dozens of links; high school and up (Columbia University). To listen to African music, go to Radio Africa UPDATED LINK! AUDIO; click on the recording title to learn more about the music you're listening to (Smithsonian Institution). See also Interactive History of African American Music [NOTE: Archived page; some media features may not work.] for an interactive timeline. (2009, Carnegie Hall).
American Routes AUDIO - A weekly two-hour public radio program produced in New Orleans, presenting a broad range of American music and exploring their shared musical and cultural threads. Includes audio interviews with hundreds of jazz, blues, pop, gospel, and folk musicians like Louis Armstrong, Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry and Ray Charles, as well as many lesser-known artists (University of New Orleans & PRI; site includes advertisements).
Arts Alive: Music AUDIO VIDEO - Learn about orchestral music, including great composers (Beethoven, Gershwin, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Ravel, Schubert, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky & Vivaldi), musicians and more. The site also offers games & activities. There are separate sections for teachers, parents, students, kids, and young artists. (National Arts Centre of Canada)
Asian Music: Radio Asia AUDIO - Explore a wide range of contemporary and traditional music from all across Asia with this series of concert recordings and accompanying information. (Smithsonian Institution)
Blues Journey AUDIO - Explores the history and style of blues music (Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts). See also The Blues [NOTE: Archived page; some media features may not work.] (PBS; site includes advertisements).
Carnegie Hall Online Resources AUDIO VIDEO INTERACTIVE - Free digital resources for teaching and learning, including teacher materials (K-12), professional development resources for musicians & teaching artists, videos of concerts & artist interviews, fun educational games for kids, and more. Includes Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra.
Choral Timeline [NOTE: Archived page; some media features may not work.] - Explores the contributions of important choral composers 'from some of the earliest sacred music to the choral repertoire of the present day.' (British Broadcasting Corporation)
Classic Motown [NOTE: Spotify registration may be required to listen to some audio features.] - A brief history of Motown records, plus Artist Biographies. (Motown Records; site includes advertisements)
Classical Music: Naxos Classical Music Education - An introduction to classical music, A-Z glossary of terms, overview of musical instruments, short to medium-long biographies of composers (A-Z, or by period or country) [NOTE: scroll to the bottom of the page for 'Famous Composer Quick Links,' including Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Vivaldi and 4 others]. Also offers a guide to How To Enjoy A Live Concert, and links to other music-related sites. Most audio samples are only available to subscribers (Naxos.com). Classical Music Eras VIDEO gives overviews of each musical era from the Renaissance to the Contemporary, with links to additional information and videos (Classic FM, a British commercial radio station; site includes advertisements). From the Top AUDIO VIDEO is a radio / TV show featuring young classically-trained musicians. The show provides information, entertainment, interaction and education for pre-college aged musicians, and encourages and celebrates the commitment of young people to music and the arts. You can listen / watch online (WGBH Radio / New England Conservatory of Music). On the Keeping Score NEW AUDIO VIDEO INTERACTIVE website you can explore the music and life of eight major composers: Mahler, Berlioz, Ives, Shostakovich, Beethoven, Stravinsky, Copland, and Tchaikovsky. Also includes an interactive historical timeline and lesson plans; high school and up (San Francisco Symphony).
Contemporary Composers AUDIO - Short biographies & lists of works for twentieth-century composers like Ellington, Ives, Barber, Glass, and others. Most bios include photographs, and some include links, audio clips, and other information (G. Schirmer Music Publishers).
Country Music Hall of Fame- Short biographies of prominent country music artists from Jimmie Rodgers to Garth Brooks. (Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum)
Jazz Class at Smithsonian AUDIO INTERACTIVE - Tunes and stories about jazz musicians. 'Visit ''Jazz Classes'' to hear the elegant Duke Ellington, the scat singer extraordinaire Ella Fitzgerald, Louis ''Satchmo'' Armstrong, and swingin' Benny Carter.' Click on ''What is Jazz'' to learn more about jazz. For ages 8-15. See also History of Jazz AUDIO (Scholastic Inc.), Jazz for Young People VIDEO (Jazz at Lincoln Center), and Jazz in America AUDIO VIDEO (Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz).
Music Dictionary AUDIO - An A to Z dictionary of musical terms, with audio of the correct pronunciation for each term (Connect For Education Inc.; originally created by Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University; site includes advertisements). The Music Pronunciation Dictionary explains how to pronounce names of composers like 'Antonín Dvořák', and musical terms such as 'Baccanale' and 'Vivace'. PDF format; no audio (Iowa Public Radio).
Music Theory & History Online [NOTE: If you want to listen to the audio on this site, you will have to download & install free Scorch software.] - An extensive A to Z encyclopedia covering a wide range of topics in the history and theory of music; suitable for more advanced music students. (By Dr. Brian Blood, Dolmetsch Musical Instruments company). Music Theory Web AUDIO offers online tutorials which explain the basics of reading music, intervals, scales, chords, harmony, and musical forms, plus exercises, articles, questions, and reference (By José Rodríguez Alvira, a professor at the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico; site includes advertisement).
NPR Music AUDIO VIDEO - News, reviews, interviews, audio, video, and more. Covers rock, pop, folk, jazz, classical, hip-hop, latin, R&B/soul, world and electronic/dance music. (Site includes advertisements)
The Orchestra: A User's Manual [NOTE: Archived page; some media features may not work.] - 'The aim of the user's manual is to provide information about the orchestra, orchestration, composition and instruments, for the benefit of anybody with an interest in the subject. Unlike conventional text-based orchestration manuals, this features movies of players explaining relevant aspects of their instruments and technique, audio clips and samples of the instruments, and illustrative music.' High school and up (by Andrew Hugill, a Professor of Creative Computing at Bath Spa University, UK). For younger kids, check out the New York Philharmonic Kidzone INTERACTIVE, offering games, descriptions of instruments, brief composer, conductor, & musician bios, 'make your own instrument' & 'make your own music' interactives, and more; for elementary school students (New York Philharmonic Orchestra).
Ragtime [NOTE: Archived page; some media features may not work. ''Browse by format'' does not work.] - An essay on the history of ragtime music, along with related essays, biographies, and sheet music; high school and up. (Library of Congress)
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame VIDEO [NOTE: Spotify registration may be required to listen to some audio features.] - Biographies of hundreds of rock, pop, blues, soul, R & B, jazz, and folk musicians from AC/DC to Frank Zappa, from Jelly Roll Morton to The Clash, plus related stories. See also Rock and Roll: An American Story VIDEO (Steven Van Zandt's Rock and Roll Forever Foundation), and Songwriters Hall of Fame, below.
Science of Music UPDATED LINK! INTERACTIVE - 'Maybe you've never really considered yourself very musical. Maybe you quit the flute three months after you picked it up. That's okay. Music is in all of us, and even just by popping a CD into the stereo, you're tapping into its power. These exhibits will let you mess around with music in ways you probably haven't before.' Also provides answers to questions about music such as 'Why do some songs get stuck in my head?' and 'Why does sad music sound sad?' For high school and up. See also Listen: Making Sense of Sound AUDIO VIDEO INTERACTIVE. (Exploratorium Museum)
Sheet Music - A collection of free sheet music from Project Gutenberg to download and/or print. Mostly chamber music, with composers such as Brahms and Beethoven. See also Musopen: Royalty-Free Sheet Music (non-profit organization; site includes advertisements) and IMSLP / Petrucci Music Library (International Music Score Library Project).
Songwriters Hall of Fame AUDIO - Honors and highlights the accomplishments of over 300 popular songwriters from a broad spectrum of styles, from Big Band to Rock, from Country to Broadway to R&B to Jazz and all other music genres, from every era dating back to Stephen Foster. The honorees range from George and Ira Gershwin to Hank Williams, from Duke Ellington to Bruce Springsteen, from Carole King to Stephen Sondheim. Includes biographies, photos, discography, audio clips, and more. (National Academy of Popular Music)
Sound Junction UPDATED LINK! AUDIO VIDEO INTERACTIVE - Listen to and explore rock, classical, jazz, African, pop, fusion and other music styles, watch professional musicians on video, create and compose your own music online with free software, learn about music history, and much more. (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, UK)
Early Music Instruments - Guide to early instruments such as the lute, cittern, psaltery, tabor pipe, and many others; includes line drawings of the instruments (by Diabolus in Musica, an early music trio). See also Medieval and Renaissance Instruments AUDIO VIDEO, which includes photo, description, and brief audio & video file for each instrument (Iowa State University).
EthnoMusic AUDIO VIDEO - An enormous collection of photographs with brief descriptions of musical instruments from all over the world; some also include audio or video. Searchable by keyword and/or geographic region. (University of Washington)
Guitar: Virtual Guitar & Chordbook UPDATED LINKS! AUDIO INTERACTIVE - A great interactive tool for learning about and experimenting with chords. Includes interactive Guitar Chords, Guitar Tuner, and Practice Scales, plus Basic Guitar Lessons on video VIDEO (site includes advertisements). For history of the guitar, see Museum of Musical Instruments AUDIO. For instructional articles and interviews for related instruments, see Fiddle and Harmonica (2010 - 2012, Mel Bay Publications, Inc.). See also Violin Page, below.
Instruments of the Orchestra VIDEO - Brief descriptions of each instrument, with videos of expert players guiding you through the intricacies of the instruments they play; middle school and up (Philharmonia Orchestra, UK). See also New York Philharmonic Kidzone: Instruments AUDIO INTERACTIVE, for elementary and middle school students (New York Philharmonic Orchestra).
Odd Music AUDIO - 'Unique, unusual, ethnic, or experimental music and instruments... from around the globe. From gourd music to electronic odysseys, harp guitars to industrial insect metal, from the beautiful to the bizarre.' (By John Pascuzzi; site includes advertisements)
Violin Page VIDEO - Explains how to tune your violin, plus violin maintenance tips and violin fingering chart. The same site offers maintenance tips and more for cello, flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, guitar/ukelele, recorder, and piano/keyboard. Select an instrument from the 'Instruments' dropdown menu to find additional information for your instrument (Children's Music Workshop; site includes advertisements).
Blooms Literary Reference Online VIDEO - More than 20,000 critical essays from over 500 literary journals and 2,300 scholarly and critical books, plus biographies, character entries, and synopses of literary works. Also includes dozens of videos of filmed literary adaptations and filmed performances of classic plays by Shakespeare and others.
Literary Reference Center - Information on the most studied authors and their works, including drama, from antiquity to the present day. Full-text from from over 1,000 books and monographs, major literary encyclopedias and reference works, hundreds of literary journals, and unique sources. Now includes Masterplots!
Actorama.com - A searchable database of scenes and monologues from plays, films, television and books. [NOTE: Unless the scene is from a work which is in the public domain, you may get only a summary and an excerpt, not the full text.]
American Theatre Wing VIDEO - Behind-the-Curtain videos, including interviews with Broadway's leading artists. See related videos on technical aspects of theater on the How It Works page, and the full archive of Career Guides, Working In The Theatre, and other videos on American Theatre Wing's YouTube page VIDEO, featuring actors, directors, playwrights, and other theatre professionals discussing their work. The Downstage Center audio podcast archive (2006 - 2013) is still available on Podbay. (American Theatre Wing)
Art of Ancient Greek Theater AUDIO - 'Explores the many ways Greek drama was interpreted by ancient Greek artists, whose works are frequently the only surviving evidence of the performing arts in antiquity. A wide variety of objects - including sculptures, painted vases, and a rare fragmentary papyrus - brings to life the rich history of ancient Greek theater.' You can see images of the art with explanatory text, and hear lines read in ancient Greek. (J. Paul Getty Museum)
Broadway: The American Musical AUDIO - Explores the origins and development of Broadway musical theatre, with a timeline, plus information about major shows and stars. (PBS)
Costume Design (Arts Alive) - Learn about the process of creating costumes for theater, the designer's role, and effective costuming. (National Arts Centre of Canada).
History of Theatre - Covers the development of theater from ancient Greek and Roman times through the 20th century (Tupelo Community Theatre). Arts Alive: History of Theatre presents an overview of theatre history from ancient Greece to the 1950s, and brief profiles of the playwrights, directors, designers & actors who influenced its development (National Arts Centre of Canada).
Internet Broadway Database - Search this site for information on productions from the beginnings of New York theatre until today, including cast, writers, directors, crew, interesting facts, and production statistics. Get a list of every production of Hamlet on Broadway or a list of your favorite actor's credits. Find out what played at a particular theatre or what shows opened in a specified Broadway season. (Site includes advertisements)
Playwrights and Their Plays: Study Guides - Summaries of dozens of plays, plus playwright biographies, character lists, and more. The plays, by American, British, and international playwrights, range from the 16th century to the present era. Includes Shakespeare (Utah Shakespearean Festival). The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey Study Guides provide plot summaries, critical analyses, historical & biographical background, and more. The printable guides cover dozens of plays including many of Shakespeare's works, as well as other classic and more contemporary plays.
Royal National Theatre: Discover Theatre UPDATED LINK! VIDEO - YouTube channel features content for teachers and students, including hundreds of videos about theatre careers, interviews with actors, playwrights & directors, and related content.(Royal National Theatre, UK; hosted on YouTube)
Shakespeare Links - Links to some of the best Shakespeare websites. (South Plainfield Public Library)
Vaudeville! AUDIO VIDEO - A history of vaudeville theater, a form of variety entertainment which rose to popularity in America after the Civil War. Includes some short videos (.mov) and audios (MP3) of vaudeville performances (By Rick Easton, University of Virginia). Vaudeville Nation AUDIO VIDEO explores the roots, development, and performing traditions of Vaudeville, and how it served as a model for radio, early sound film, and television. (New York Public Library)