• Useful Weblinks Maker Archive  Based on the Brompton’s Book of Violin and Bow Makers, this is a resource for finding out more about  your violin maker.

American Vernacular Music Manuscripts ca.1730-1910  By no means solely American music, this database of digitised manuscripts includes manuscripts by immigrants too, eg old Scottish music.  (Internet Archive) – digitised books and music

Ayrton, PatrickThe Art of Improvisation in the Styles of the 17th and 18th Centuries (downloadable worksheeets)

Bach, C P EVersuch uber die wahre Art, das Clavier zu spielen (1753 original & other early editions, on IMSLP)

BBC Two Ten Pieces Project – a great initiative for primary schools, endorsed by Nicola Benedetti

Big Bach Download – audio of complete Bach organ music to download.

Bizet Catalogue – online list of Bizet’s works, essential information about history and content. Info on manuscript and printed sources, documentary materials relating to the composition, performance and publication of each work.

Chamber Music Index – RCS catalogue guide

Chicago Manual of Style  (referencing system recommended by Dr Argondizza.  We found it on University of York website).

Choral Public Domain Library (CPDL) – this choral wiki, updated daily, permits unrestricted downloads and no-edit viewing

Cohen, Dalia, and E. Inbar (2002), ‘Music imagery as related to schemata of emotional expression in music and on the prosodic level of speech’, in, R. Godoy and H. Jorgensen, eds, Music Imagery. Lisse: Swets & Zeitlinger.  Most of this article can be read on Google books here:-

Czerny, Carl, The Art of Preluding, op.300 [IMSLP] = L’Art de Preludier au Piano, op.300

Czerny, CarlSystematische Anleitung zum Fantasieren auf dem Pianoforte, Op.200 [IMSLP] = A systematic introduction to improvising on the pianoforte, op.200, original 1829 edition

De Jong, K, and T. Noll (2008), ‘Contiguous Fundamental Bass Progressions’, article from Dutch Journal of Music Theory, 2008 (Feb) [sourced via repository – click here]

De Jong, K. (2015). Navigating through Harmony. Research report. Accessible through:   Royal Conservatoire Den Haag: Research Catalogue.

Digital Gallery, National Library of Scotland  (Fully digitised documents – the Scottish music collection is fab).

Digital Resources for Musicology – lots of really useful material for teaching and learning.

Dolan, David. (2005). ‘Back to the future: Towards the revival of extemporisation in classical music performance’, in: G. Odam & N. Bannan (Eds.), The reflective conservatoire: Studies in music education (pp. 97-­‐132). Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate Publishing.   but can also be found here:-

Dolan, David, et al, ‘The Improvisatory Approach to Classical Music Performance: an Empirical Investigation into its Characteristics and Impact’, Music Performance Research 6, 1-28 [Online journal, click here]

Early American Secular Music and its European Sources, 1589-1839: an index

Early Gaelic Harp Info – by harpist Simon Chadwick

Editing Robert Burns for the 21st Century: an AHRC-funded Project to produce a multi-volume edition of the Works of Robert Burns (University of Glasgow)

Encore — sets of orchestral and choral music in UK Libraries (these will only be sets that libraries have been able to purchase — most modern material has to be hired commercially from publishers).

Full English Digital Archive The English Folk Dance and Song Society’s digital archive of English folk song recordings: national songs don’t live in watertight compartments, so you’ll find some Scottish and other material there too!

Gjerdingen, Robert O., Research Into the History, Theory and Cognition of Music [website hosted by Northwestern University]

Highland Music Trust – free downloads of some Scottish music collections, and modern editions of others for purchase.

Historical Music of Scotland (HMS.Scot) – details and locations of 200+ early Scottish fiddle tune collections, and 22 fully digitized collections

IMSLP (Petrucci Music Library)

Internet Archive (  – digitised books and music

Mooiman, Bert, and Karst de Jong,Historically inspired improvisation‘, Arts and Humanities as Higher Education, August 2016 [free online journal]

Music Manuscripts Online  (The Morgan Library and Museum)  – you can find Beethoven manuscripts here, for example.

Musica Scotica – Editions, studies and recordings of Scottish music; also a welcoming annual conference.

Opera Libretti  (IPA Source suggests more resources)

Opera Libretti – Baroque (not pronuciation or translation)

Opera Librettti – Italian (not pronunciation or translation)

Partifi (An automated tool for creating parts from music scores)

RISM Online catalogue of musical sources (search page)

SALSER Listing of which Scottish libraries hold which journals

Scottish Music Index – the 18th and 19th century printed collections – Charlie Gore’s index to identify and locate tunes, but does not give whole tunes. (small personal subscription required)

Skinner, James ScottThe Music of James Scott Skinner: the ‘Strathspey King’ – University of Aberdeen website, includes some digitized material and scans of his handwritten manuscripts. Visit the Music page!

Soundscape: the Journal of Acoustic Ecology World Forum For Acoustic Ecology (WFEA)

Tobar an Dualchais (Kist o’ Riches) – 34,000+ oral recordings made in Scotland and further afield, from the 1930s onwards. (Stories, songs, music, poetry and factual information).


  • Music Blogs

Whittaker Live


  • Funding

AHRC Funding Opportunities  (Arts and Humanities Research Council)

Enterprise Music Scotland

Musicians Benevolent Fund


  • Organisations

Benslow Music (charity supporting young musicians)

Cherubim Music Trust (charity supporting young musicians)

Edinburgh Libraries Online Catalogue (public libraries)

Edinburgh University Reid School of Music

English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS)

Glasgow Libraries online catalogue (public libraries)

Glasgow University Music Department

Music Encoding Initiative (MEI)

National Jazz Archive

National Library of Scotland

NYOS (National Youth Orchestra of Scotland)

Sabhal Mor Ostaig (Gaelic College, Skye)

Scottish Composers Collective  (on SoundCloud)

University of West of Scotland, Music Technology

Vaughan Williams Memorial Library useful for folksongs; also look for digital collections, The Full English