Online Resources

Here is a selection of online resources for educators, students, scholars and lovers of American song.

Annenberg Learner

Annenberg Learner uses media and telecommunications to advance excellent teaching in American schools. This mandate is carried out chiefly by the funding and broad distribution of educational video programs with coordinated web and print materials for the professional development of K-12 teachers.

Song of America related materials include:

Association for Cultural Equity

The Association for Cultural Equity (ACE) was founded by Alan Lomax to explore and preserve the world's expressive traditions with humanistic commitment and scientific engagement.


• lesson plans (by U.S. region, topic, and grade level)
• sound recordings
• photographs
• radio programs
• video...and more!

Carnegie Hall: Timeline of African American Music

Encompassing the earliest folk traditions to present-day popular music, the new Timeline of African American Music is a detailed view of the evolution of African American musical genres that span the past 400 years. This exploration of African American musical traditions reveals the unique characteristics of each genre and style, while offering in-depth studies of pioneering musicians who created some of America’s most timeless artistic expressions.


Presented by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Trust for the Humanities, EDSITEment offers high-quality material on the Internet in the subject areas of literature and language arts, foreign languages, art and culture, and history and social studies.

Keeping Score

Innovative, thought-provoking classical music content on PBS television, the radio, the web, and through an education program, a national model for classroom arts integration for K-12 teachers. Brought to you by Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony.

NOTES: National Opera Teacher and Educator Source

A free online platform showcasing exemplary opera learning materials from OPERA America and its member companies (not song-related, but worth checking out!).

PBS Learning Media

Through PBS Learning Media, you have free access to thousands of innovative, standards-aligned digital resources, compelling student experiences, and professional development opportunities.

Poets & Patriots

The 2-CD set of audiophile-quality recordings tells the history of “The Star-Spangled Banner” from broadside ballad to national anthem. Brought to you by the Star Spangled Music Foundation, in honor of the anthem’s 200th birthday in 2014.

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is a nonprofit organization devoted to the improvement of history education. The Institute has developed an array of programs for schools, teachers, and students that now operate in all fifty states, including a website that features more than 60,000 unique historical documents in the Gilder Lehrman Collection. Each year the Institute offers support and resources to tens of thousands of teachers, and through them enhances the education of more than a million students. The Institute’s programs have been recognized by awards from the White House, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Organization of American Historians.

The Kennedy Center

The Kennedy Center’s free digital learning platform for arts education. Resources include lesson plans, guides, audio stories, video clips, and more!

Voices Across Time

Voices Across Time uses a wide range of historic American songs as primary sources for studying American history and literature.