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Arts Toolkit

Arts Toolkit: Music


Links There are so many music-related sites on the Internet that it is hard to know where to begin ... so we’ve gathered together some cool web sites to get you started.


PBS provides the nation with programs about the great musicians and music of the world. Check out these sites:

  • American Masters
    Look for information about Louis Armstrong, Leonard Bernstein, James Brown, Aaron Copland, Bob Dylan, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, George Gershwin, Woody Guthrie, Billie Holiday, Bob Marley, Yehudi Menuhin, Joni Mitchell, Charlie Parker, Cole Porter, Muddy Waters, Hank Williams, and many more.
  • Great Performances
    Explore information, classroom resources, multimedia presentations, and interactive features to accompany the hundreds of extraordinary musical performance programs that have entertained and inspired television audiences for more than 30 years. You’ll find everything from musical theater to opera, classical music to contemporary musical performances in many genres.
  • Sites associated with special, in-depth series such as American Roots Music, The Blues, Broadway: The American Musical, Jazz, and much more.

Lesson Plans

Hosted by the Kennedy Center, this site includes lots of music lesson plans.

PBS TeacherSource
Includes an Arts & Literature section with lesson plans and an e-newsletter that keeps you updated on PBS arts resources.

Kentucky Resources

Kentucky Department of Education Teaching Tools
Access to standards-based resources, including the arts curriculum documents.

Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts
Performance schedules and information on professional development opportunities.

Kentucky Arts Council
Information about artists’ residencies, touring programs, funding opportunities, and other educational resources.

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