Streaming music service that enables listening and learning on campus and home computers. Includes 35,000 individual tracks of music, spoken word and natural and human-made sounds. Search terms enable you to browse by musical instrument, geographic area or cultural group, among other fields. Includes the published recordings owned by the non-profit Smithsonian Folkways Recordings label and the archival audio collections of Folkways Records, Cook, Dyer-Bennet, Fast Folk, Monitor, and Paredon labels. It also includes music recorded around the African continent by Dr. Hugh Tracey for the International Library of African Music (ILAM) at Rhodes University as well as material collected by recordists on the South Asian subcontinent from the Archive Research Centre for Ethnomusicology (ARCE), sponsored by the American Institute for Indian Studies. The collection also encompasses animal sounds, beer-drinking at an African homestead; calypso; classical violin instruction; drama; poetry; sounds of the deep ocean, the office, and the ionosphere; a frog being eaten by a snake; and great performances of traditional music from virtually everywhere in the world.

Search Smithsonian Global Sound, American Song, and Classical Music Library in one interface through Music & Performing Arts (Alexander Street Press).

Audio Collection 
mobile phone image This resource is mobile-enabled
Click here for the mobile app

Wherever you see the “send to mobile” icon mobile phone image, you are able to obtain a "shortlink" to enable playback on your mobile device.

Music Online provides several ways to send a shortlink to your mobile device:

  • We can send a shortlink as a text SMS message to your device.
  • We can email a shortlink to a specific address which you can then pick up on your device
  • You can enter a shortlink directly into your mobile device's web browser
  • On supported devices, you can also have your device read a special barcode, or QR-Code, directly from your computer screen.

Streaming service is currently available for:

  • Apple iPhone on 3G network or better
  • Mobile Device with Android OS
Resource is available on-campus or off-campus via EZProxy; Click the resource name to access it or here for off-campus instructions.
This resource does not provide direct access to fulltext content.

For listening in the Lucille Caudill Little Fine Arts Library, you will need to check out headphones from the Media Center. Personal headphones may also be used and will be required for listening in other campus libraries. You may also purchase recordings in digital or CD format. Download and purchase of recordings require the user to create an account and pay with appropriate credit; this activity is best done from home computers.