Hi! It’s Saturday, February 2, 2013, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!
Library of Congress: National Jukebox
Age Range: All (with parental supervision, see warning below)
The Library of Congress provides a “National Jukebox” that makes historical sound recordings available to the public free of charge. This exhibit transforms your computer into a gramophone featuring more than 10,000 78rpm disc recordings issued by the Victor Talking Machine Company between 1900 and 1925. You can listen to a broad range of songs including marching band music, novelty tunes, hits from musical theater productions, dance tunes, and opera arias. You’ll also find spoken recordings.
When you get to the site, you’ll see the music audio player – and just above it this:
WARNING: Historical recordings may contain offensive language.
These music selections are presented as part of the record of the past.They are historical documents which reflect the attitudes, perspectives, and beliefs of people in a very different time period. For that reason, they may contain content that is offensive to users. As always, PARENTS SHOULD PREVIEW THE SITE and supervise all Internet activity.
Once you get past the disclaimer, look below the audio player to find a menu of featured recordings and playlists. Use the menu in the left margin that includes:
*Browse all of the Recordings – Search by language, target audience, record label, date range, composer, lyricist, performer and genre.
*Artists – Browse the artists from A-Z. Find recordings by music greats such as opera Singer Enrico Caruso, Broadway legends Al Jolson and Fanny Brice, whistling virtuoso Charles Kellogg, composer and band leader John Philip Sousa, and thousands more.
*Genres – Find a wide selection of genres of music including classical, opera, religious, popular music, blues, ethnic music, humorous songs, etc.
This is an AMAZING musical resource that takes time to explore. Bookmark it to return often.