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Music Performance

Resources for music study and performance

Online via Ball State Libraries' Subscription

Ball State Libraries subscribes to an online streaming music service called Naxos Music Library.  (You may have to log in if you are off-campus)  The Advanced Search is the default but you can type a keyword search in the upper right.  This works well for works with very specific titles, such as Erlkonig.  For works known by their genre rather than title (e.g., String Quartet Op. 33), use the search criteria in Advanced Search.


Other Online Listening Resources

The following are sites that stream audio recordings of classical music:

The National Jukebox is a project of the Library of Congress.  Users can stream historical recordings from the Library of Congress's collection.  The jukebox's first recordings were from the Victor Talking Machine Company.

Iowa Quartet / Stradivari Quartet : The faculty string quartet of the University of Iowa from 1960 to 1996.  Performances include some world premieres as well as standard string quartet repertoire. is an ad-supported online streaming service that allows you to store up to 200 tracks in a personal playlist for free.  The main orientation is popular music.

Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project at University of California-Santa Barbara.

Live Music Archive in "lossless" compression formats (better than .mp3), mainly uploaded by popular and rock artists to share their music

OneSearch Tips for Finding Compact Discs

OneSearch is the Ball State Libraries' integrated discovery tool for books, articles, recordings, scores, and other library material.  It also indexes selected trustworthy online resources and incorporates subscription databases such as Academic Search Premier. On the Libraries' home page, you will see a simple search box:








OneSearch treats all words as keywords, and it treats numbers as keywords, too!  You can narrow down your results by using the facets listed to the left of the search results.  For compact discs owned by the Ball State Libraries, use the "Library Location" category, and select "Education, Music and Media Counter."  For "Content Type," select "Music Recording,"