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Music and Dance Online

Music and Dance Online

Music and Dance Online delivers the largest, most diverse catalog of music content to support the teaching and research of music and dance. The multimedia resource features works from thousands of respected partners, covers hundreds of genres from alternative rock to zydeco and from alternative dance to operatic arias, and encompasses a wide range of content formats—including scores, reference, and high definition audio and video.

Content and Scope

Music and Dance Online currently includes over 11 million audio tracks*2,500 hours of video1.4 million pages of scores, and 500,000+ pages of reference, archival primary sources, and periodicals, comprising the largest and most comprehensive online offering of in-copyright audio and video performances and scores available anywhere.

Broad-ranging materials include video of live performances, audio recordings, instructional films, previously unpublished works from acclaimed playwrights, performance posters and playbills, video interviews, and choreography not seen since the time of its original performance.

Performances showcase the best in the industry, from the dance of Mikhail Baryshnikov and Margot Fonteyn to the opera of Luciano Pavarotti and Maria Callas.


Music and Dance Online features the most significant music labels in every genre and format, including EMI, Motown, Rounder, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, Universal Music Group, the Masterclass Media Foundation, Chester Music, Novello & Company, Opus Arte, and hundreds more.

In addition to the best music labels, quality partners represented in the channel include The Joffrey Ballet, The Royal Opera House, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Royal Shakespeare Company, and more.


See an overview of the database with links to guides, tutorials, and more. Visit the Libguide.

Powerful Platform and Learning Tools

  • Bonus resources include 400,000+ playlists and hundreds of clips created by faculty and subject matter experts, including playlists matched to popular course syllabi.
  • A unique playlist tool and clip-making feature gives faculty and students the power to create, select, and share content aligned to course topics.
  • Searchable transcripts, annotation tools, and an instant citation exporter all empower users to make new connections and share what they have discovered with each other.
  • Embed features allow for easy integration with your learning management system.

Included Collections

Music Online: Listening

Music Video Collection

Music Reference Collection

Music Online: Classical Scores Library

Music Online: Music Periodicals of the 19th Century

Dance Online

*Audio track counts vary by type of institution and region