Alexander Street offers the most comprehensive suite of online audio recordings and reference material to support the teaching of teaching of American musical traditions including country, folk, jazz, bluegrass, Western, old time, American Indian, blues, gospel, R&B and shape note singing. In total, collections provide access to 122,000+ audio recordings and 40,000+ pages of reference material, including:

  • Audio recordings from acclaimed American music labels including Motown, Universal, Appleseed, Rebel, Tompkins Square, and Archeophone.
  • Recordings from the greatest American artists, such as Stevie Wonder, Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, The Supremes, Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, Phil Ochs, and Bessie Smith.
  • Complete access to the Smithsonian’s world music archives including Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, Folkways Records, Cook Records, Dyer-Bennet Records, Fast Folk, Monitor Records, and Paredon Records.
  • Exclusive audio recordings of hundreds of traditional American folk songs commissioned from acclaimed folksinger Jerry Silverman.
  • Rare and previously unpublished recordings from the archival collections of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.
  • A comprehensive reference collection chronicling the rich history of African American music.

All American music products are built around controlled vocabularies and indexing, providing a powerful tool for teaching and research. These include:

  • 100+ key events in American history, enabling users to browse for related songs.
  • 100s of distinct instrument categories.
  • Over 400 distinct genres and sub-genres
  • Data on 10,000s of artists and ensembles