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Note to Faculty
Open Educational Resources (OER) are freely accessible online teaching and learning materials. They can be videos, textbooks, quizzes, learning modules and more. Using OER in your classroom will improve student engagement and success, provide immediate, equitable access to resources, save money for your students, and provide you a venue to use flexible, high-quality learning materials in your individualized curriculum. This guide collects the best-of-the-best OER and organizes them by college and department. Take a look and see what is available in your discipline.
- Open Textbook is a term used to indicate a Textbook that is fully OER.
- Public Resources are materials that are free, but licenses still protect the content in some way.
- Library Resources do not cost your students any money, and should also be considered as a means to lower the total cost of learning for your students.
- Affordable Learning Materials: course materials that cost students $50or less, in total.
Tips for finding and using OER and other affordable content:
- There are lots of OER materials out there. It takes time and persistence to find the ones that best fit your students' academic and research needs.
- Instead of focusing on the textbook that you want to replace, focus on what you want your students to know or do.
- Use the resources in this guide to find OER relevant to your discipline and courses. These links are great starting points but if you are not finding the OER that work for you, contact your subject librarian for personalized help.
- If you find an article in a library database that you want to use in a course, Library staff can help you with copyright considerations and provide access to the resource through reserves, embed in an online course, or on a website.
- Talk with your subject librarian with any questions you have about finding and using OER.
Links to more detailed information about OER and copyright:
Find eBooks owned by the Library
ECHO :: A Music-Centered Journal
An interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal created and edited by graduate students in the Department of Musicology at UCLA. Articles address music in diverse social contexts, and are not confined to any geographically, historically, or methodologically bounded genre.
Performance Practice Review
A blind, peer-reviewed open access journal devoted to the study of Western musical performance practices. It is not confined to any historical period.
Music Theory Online
A refereed, open access journal of criticism, commentary, research and scholarship.
Journal of Music History Pedagogy
A bi-annual, peer-reviewed, open-access, on-line journal dedicated to the publication of original articles and reviews related to teaching music history of all levels (undergraduate, graduate, or general studies) and disciplines (western, non-western, concert and popular musics).
Find free choral/vocal scores, texts, translations, and other useful information.
Free Music Archive
The Free Music Archive is an interactive library of high-quality, legal audio downloads directed by WFMU, the most renowned freeform radio station in America.
The Concert - Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
You are free to share and reproduce any of the Gardner’s audio files and pass this great classical music along to others. We only ask that you let people know where you found it, and don’t alter the recording or use it commercially.
Open Music Theory
An open-source, interactive, online “text”book for college-level music theory courses. This textbook is meant to support active student engagement with music in the theory classroom.
Project Gutenberg - Music Bookshelf
Project Gutenberg offers over 46,000 free ebooks, which can be read online or downloaded. These books are all in the public domain.
TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less).
Principles of Orchestration, with Musical Examples
Author, Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov. Deals with subjects such as resonance, timbre, register, and instrumental combinations and their various effects.
A free and automated tool for creating parts from music scores. Partifi is made for musicians by musicians. By freely offering this part-making tool, and by maintaining a publicly accessible library of user-contributed scores, we seek to support and encourage the study and performance of early music.
The Philharmonia Orchestra
The Philharmonia Orchestra has really done a great service for young composers and orchestrators. They’ve uploaded interviews, sample passages, and even sampled sounds of their players, and it’s all first-rate, no-cost information. It’s like getting an orchestra to talk to about many questions you might have, and the information can actually be quite useful to orchestrators at any stage of development.
Scoring Music: Writing for Specific Instruments
Author, Catherine Schmidt-Jones. Basic guidelines for musicians who would like to try writing or rewriting a piece of music for a particular set of instruments.
Instrument Studies for Eyes and Ears
Created by Don Freund, Professor of Music (Composition), Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University
Historic American Sheet Music - Duke University
Provides access to digital images of 3042 pieces from the collection, published in the United States between 1850 and 1920.
IMSLP: Petrucci Music Library
The Petrucci Music Library has a goal to create a virtual library containing all public domain music scores, as well as scores from composers who are willing to share their music with the world without charge.
The Mutopia Project offers sheet music editions of classical music for free download. These are based on editions in the public domain, and include works by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Handel, Mozart, and many others.
Sheet Music Consortium
The Sheet Music Consortium is a group of libraries working toward the goal of building an open collection of digitized sheet music.