Dartmouth College Library provides a number of music-related online resources, including streaming audio and video as well as electronic scores and reference material, all of which can be accessed via the Library Catalog.
The Library subscribes to five streaming audio databases: Database of Recorded American Music (DRAM), Smithsonian Global Sound, Classical Music Library, Naxos Music Library, and Jazz Music Library. Within these databases you can create playlists and listen to music at your computer and on your smartphones.
Classical Music Library and Naxos Music Library each contain a continually growing collection of recordings from the world’s greatest classical labels. The collection covers work from all major genres and time periods from medieval to contemporary. Jazz Music Library is the largest and most comprehensive collection of streaming jazz recordings available online. It includes recordings from legendary jazz labels, such as Verve and Impulse, and artists from the earliest beginnings of jazz to modern day performers, such as Diana Krall and Buddy Guy. DRAM is a database of sound recordings, original liner notes, and essays documenting American music from independent record labels and archives.
Smithsonian Global Sound is a virtual encyclopedia of the world’s musical and aural traditions. This collection includes over 42,000 individual tracks of music, spoken word, and natural and human-made sounds from all over the world. Every two weeks, Alexander Street Press and Smithsonian Folkways Recordings offer a free music download from Smithsonian Global Sound and Classical Music Library. All tracks are owned by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings or Alexander Street Press and are available, free of charge, for a limited time. You can sign up to receive an email notification every time a new download is available.
The library also provides two streaming video resources. Dance in Video contains footage of 20th century performances of many genres—jazz, contemporary, ballet, and improvisational to name a few— as well as instructional videos. Opera in Video provides over 500 hours of footage from nearly 300 operatic works, including staged productions as well as interviews and documentaries.
In addition to streaming content, the Library provides online access to several music-related print resources. The Classical Scores Library contains more than 30,000 works that can be viewed on your smartphone or tablet. The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online and Groves Dictionary of Music Online supply an incredible store of reference information about almost any music subject.