Holiday Sheet Music

Are you planning to play or perform Christmas songs this season? You may be interested to know the Main Library has a Sheet Music Collection. Sample titles include: Christmas Joy!: 20 Seasonal Songs from Top Christian Artists: Piano, Vocal., Guitar Christmas Carols for Vocal Duet Ultimate Christmas Showstoppers Christmas : a treasured anthology of choral […]

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December 13th is Violin Day

The violin is an incredibly versatile musical instrument, allowing for music of great passion and incredible delicacy. Violin Day salutes violinists, and encourages you to listen to music featuring violins. The Violin: A Social History of the World’s Most Versatile Instrument The Violin Maker: Finding a Centuries-Old Tradition in a Brooklyn Workshop Violin Dreams

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Country Music Month

Pilgrimage to Dollywood: A Country Music Road Trip Through Tennessee American Ballads: The Photographs of Marty Stuart Country Music Broke My Brain: A Behind-the-Microphone Peek at Nashville’s Famous and Fabulous Stars The Encyclopedia of Country Music: The Ultimate Guide to the Music Country Music CD’s can be found by clicking here.

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Classical Music Month

  The Cambridge Companion to the Symphony Few genres of the last 250 years have proved so crucial to the course of music history, or so vital to public musical experience, as the symphony. This Companion offers an accessible guide to the historical, analytical and interpretative issues surrounding this major genre of Western music, discussing […]

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Patriotic Music

American patriotic music is a part of the culture and history of the United States. Learn the words and the stories behind them. Music for Patriots, Politicians and Presidents 101 Patriotic Poems, Songs and Speeches This Land is Your Land: Woody Guthrie and the Journey of an American Folk Song Of Thee I Sing: Lyrics and […]

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June is African American Music Appreciation Month

On June 7, 1979, President Jimmy Carter declared June the month to honor African American music. In the years since, several presidential administrations have acknowledged the month by holding formal events at the White House. On June 2, 2009, President Barack Obama decreed the name was changed to African-American Music Appreciation Month. Learn more about […]

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Rolling Stones 50 Years Ago

The Rolling Stones released their first album The Rolling Stones in the UK on April 16, 1964.  The US version was released on May 30th with the sub-title England’s Newest Hit Makers.  Learn more about this remarkable group by checking out these titles. The Rolling Stones: 50 Years of Rock’n’Roll 50 Licks: Myths and Stories […]

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March 3 is National Anthem Day

The Star- Spangled Banner is the National anthem of the United States of America. It was written by Francis Scott Key and became our national anthem on          March 3, 1931. There are four verses but only the first is commonly sung.   Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light What so proudly […]

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Jazz began in the United States

Jazz was born in the late 1800’s out of a mix of African and European music traditions. One key elements of jazz is improvisation—the ability to create new music spontaneously. Another is syncopation. When musicians syncopate their music, they take patterns that are even and regular and break them up, make them uneven, and put […]

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Singer, Song Writer, Book Writer

You may have caught Steve Earle’s recent show in Kent, or maybe you’ve listened to his music on CD. You may not know that Steve has written books, as well as a thoughtful introduction to James Agee’s A Death in the Family.  Click on the covers to find Earle in our collection.     “[James […]

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