Whether looking for
words & music to a song, information on a rock
group or the libretto of an opera, Ocean County
Library (Toms River) can supply both print and electronic
resources. Requests for information can be made
through any branch.
limit sheet music requests to three at one time.
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Music Collection (Toms River Branch)
1600 songs in the library sheet music holdings.
400 books containing sheet music. Genres range from
classical, to rock n roll, to musicals, to jazz
Fakebook Sheet Music (Excel format)
of Sheet Music Magazine 1977- present and
Songbook Sheet Music (Excel format)
Sheet Music Magazine Database (Excel format)
of Keyboard Classics Magazine.
Keyboard Classics Database (Excel format)
indexes to help locate music in collections.
You may request copies of songs through your local branch's Reference Department. Requests are limited to 3 songs per person, per request.
Country music news, tour dates, artist, radio,
information, and reviews.
Information on artists, reviews, tours, history
of country music and music on the Web.
Opry headlines, shows, information, and history.
Listen to performances and download music.
Music Home Page
Folk Music home page is the source for albums and
songs, artists, concerts, labels, radio stations,
Music of America and the British Isles
This is a great site for Irish, Scottish, Welsh,
English and American folk music, lyrics, history
Jazz is a collection of
feature articles, artist profiles, interviews, photo
gallery, reviews, and concert information. (includes
Fusion, Dixieland, Big Band, Blues, etc.)
Hot Jazz Archive
The archive provides a history of Jazz before 1930
which includes information on bands and performers,
as well as scholarly essays and audio clips.
The Jazz Online web site introduces various
styles of jazz, reviews of current releases, musician
profiles, discussion groups, sound clips, and links.
on artists, pictures, readings/bibliography and
links to other Blues sites
are housed at BluesNet.
A comprehensive collection
of Blues links including; artists, profiles, history,
reviews, lyrics, plus regional blues bands and music.
Information on composers
and their works, timelines, reviews, articles, recommended
CD’s, links. Site is searchable.
provides an introduction
to classical music that includes the six main periods
of classical music history, including discussion
of historical themes, composers and their works,
and a glossary. This web site is produced by W.W.
Norton & Company and Sony Essential Classics.
A guide to composers and music from the Middle
Ages to the present.
This site includes: concert reviews, artist interviews,
music reviews, daily news, music charts, and original
stories from the staff. Site is searchable.
Europe’s largest independent rock music archive.
Contains information on bands, brief biographies
of artists, timelines, articles, interviews, posters,
and photographs. Site is searchable.
& Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
Daily features, information on inductees, searchable
Operabase provides detailed
schedules for two years of 500 opera houses and
festivals worldwide. This site is searchable by
any combination of composer, title, date, location,
singer/role, conductor or producer. The site also
provides access to box office ordering information.
Operaglass includes libretti, discographies, composers,
companies, performances, and synopsis.
A collection of over 1,000
operatic arias, translations of some operas, information
on opera companies, and links to other opera sites.
and Sullivan Archive
Information on the composers,
their operettas, societies, companies and festivals,
and links to other sites.
This GMA site includes the Hall of Fame, the
Dove Awards, events, news, profiles of members,
tour schedules and charts.
Gospel Music Directory
A gospel music site containing information on gospel
groups, songwriters, organizations, businesses and
This site includes
information on events, videos, books, Gospel music
business and the Stellar Awards.
A big band site that provides
information on big bands, current and historical
and is searchable by band name, musician, and song
title. The site also provides information by region.
This swing music site
includes: album reviews, articles, news, tour dates,
merchandise and links.
A very inclusive site that includes articles, news,
downloads, a music shop with sheet music and instruments,
An online encyclopedia of musicals in theatre, film
and television that includes reviews, essays, chronologies,
photos and biographical information.
The official database for Broadway Theater information.
Record of productions from the very beginning of
New York theater. Site is searchable.
A theater site with links to shows, composers, performers,
lyrics, magazines, awards etc. that pertain to the
musical theater. The links are
annotated and ranked by the author.
and Hammerstein Organization
This site represents songwriters, performers and
stage musicals and provides production requirements,
musical numbers and discography information.( Also
includes show synopses, and short biographies of
composers and writers.)
A musical site that includes
a song list, synopsis, cast list and links about
various musicals plus a discussion forum.
AND FREE SHEET MUSIC
Café/Digital Traditional Folk Song Database
Mudcat includes lyrics of folk songs
with a link to a MIDI sound file. The site is also
Here is a collection of lyrics from top 40 rock
and pop hits from 1939-1999. The site also provides
a link to some of the artists.
S. Levy Collection of Sheet Music
A collection of American popular music 1780-1960
which concentrates on the
19th and early 20th century. Sheet music searchable
by keyword, composer, lyricist, arranger, etc..
Blues Lyrics Online
Harry provides lyrics to Blues songs
arranged by artist and title. The site also includes
guitar tabs and chords and Blues history.
This site includes lyrics and MIDI files for Christian hymns and gospel songs. The site
also provides information on composers, lyricists,
This historical site provides lyrics to songs about American history, many with social
and historical commentary. Songs are listed alphabetically
by title, writer/lyricist, subject, time period
Singing: Nineteenth-Century Song Sheets
This collection contains sheet
music of the period, especially the Civil War years.
Site can be searched by keyword.
Classical Jazz and Blues Lyrics Page
This Jazz and Blues lyrics page contains lyrics
previous to 1948. Heptunes includes an artist index
and is searchable.
American Sheet Music
This Duke University site includes 3042 pieces of
historic music from 1850-1920. The site is searchable.
A collection of song lyrics from the 1960’s through
and Sample Sheet Music
Collection of Web sites offering free downloads
of sheet music in various formats.
Free sheet music of all types including classical,
jazz, and TV themes.
Free public domain editions of classical sheet music.
Downloads are restricted to 2 per day.
Free access to classical music limited
to 3 downloads per day. For a yearly membership
fee unlimited downloads are available.
A source for available music soundtracks.
For classical music and
film lovers this site contains a list of classical
music used in films. The information is organized
Music festival site that
has details on music festivals in
North America. Search by genre, date, location,
performer or festival name.
For concert information search by artist, city or
venue for Rock, Blues, Jazz and Country. The site
also contains general information, news.
This concert site is searchable by performer, city
and venue. It is international in scope and includes
Pop, Rock, Jazz, Classical etc..
Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers(ASCAP)
ASCAP provides licensing
and copyright information for recording and broadcast
industries, theater, concert music. This site is
searchable, as well.
in Public Domain
This site includes an explanation of public domain
and copyright plus the capability to search for
songs in public domain.
Extensive music site that contains information for
songwriters, copyright forms, licensing information
and more than 7 million songs searchable by title,
author, and publisher.
This music site concentrates on the film and television
music industry with articles and news about the
AMG is a comprehensive site that includes Rock,
Country, Jazz, Folk, Bluegrass, Reggae, etc.. Site
is searchable by artist, musician, song, style or
label. It also contains biographies, discographies,
style definitions, and articles.
Search their charts, music news, reviews, tour schedules
and much more.
collection of links to guitar tab sites.
Indexed by song, composer, instrument,
Online music store for voice
and instruments sheet music with separate sections
Songbooks and sheet music for
sale for primarily popular music.
Claims to be the world's largest
sheet music retailer. Music by instrument
Musicnotes is an online sheet
music store offering more than 20,000 pieces of
sheet music and guitar tabs. The site also
contains music books, CDs, and some free sheet music.
library also has an extensive music reference section
with information on historical periods, instruments,
American Song: The Complete Musical Theater Companion. (1887-1995) 2nd. Edition. 2 Vols. 1996. R 782.14 Bloo.
Information on more than 4800 plays: Broadway, off-Broadway, off-off-Broadway touring shows, shows that closed out of town, television musicals, vaudeville, plays with songs. More than 70,000 songs and 27,000 names indexed.
Encyclopedia Of Popular Music. 3rd. Edition. 1998. R 781.64 Ency.
18,500 entries on artists, groups, composers, producers, albums, concerts, record companies, stage musicals, music schools etc.
Encyclopedia of the Musical Theater. 2 Vols. 1994. R 782.14 Ganz
Information on mainstream Western Musical Theater(English speaking world and some of Western Europe) for mostly 20th century productions. Includes plays and people.
New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. 20 Vols. 1980. R 780.3 New.
Scope from the ancient to the modern period, encyclopedic and universal. More than half the entries are on composers but also covers: scholars, writers, theorists, authors, librettists, producers, directors, dancers, publishers, instrument makers, instruments, music genres and forms, orchestras, choirs, national music traditions and various topics. Articles are signed and bibliographies are included.
The Viking Opera Guide. 1993. R 782.1 Viki.
More than 800 articles on opera composers and their operatic works (in order of composition).
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Updated 7/2010 by A. Zebrowski
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