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Fine Arts Open Resources: FA2013: Fine Arts-Music

This libguide organizes open resources for faculty.

OER Resources for Fine Arts: Music

Arts and Humanities
Yale University
Provider Set:
Open Yale Courses
Material Type:
Full Course, Lecture, Syllabus
Media Format:
Audio, Text/HTML, Video
This course fosters the development of aural skills that lead to an understanding of Western music. The musical novice is introduced to the ways in which music is put together and is taught how to listen to a wide variety of musical styles, from Bach and Mozart, to Gregorian

The Basic Elements of Music

"An introduction to the basic element of music called rhythm, with some definitions."

GALILEO Open Learning Materials


"Understanding Music: Past and Present is an open Music Appreciation textbook co-authored by music faculty across Georgia. The text covers the fundamentals of music and the physics of sound, an exploration of music from the Middle Ages to the present day, and a final chapter on popular music in the United States."

Free Music Archive

The Free Music Archive offers free downloads under Creative Commons and other licenses.

American Public University System


Introduction to Music Appreciation is about listening, appreciating, understanding, and discussing music. It explores the history, aesthetics, and criticism of Western music for an enhanced understanding of the topic. Chapters include:

  1. Musical Elements, Critical Listening, and Course Overview;
  2. Early Western Art Music;
  3. The Baroque Era;
  4. The Classical Era;
  5. The Romantic Period;
  6. Twentieth-Century Music;
  7. Jazz; and
  8. Music of the World.

The 40 Best Sources of Free Music Education Online

SUNY OER Courses

"SUNY OER Services offers template courses that can serve as starting points for your own development. You can mix, match, and adapt anything from the courses below quite easily.

These courses are delivered via the Lumen Learning platform, and can be integrated into your LMS (Blackboard, Canvas, Moodle) quite easily."