If you are viewing the Virtual Gallery from home, you will need your Orange County resident library card to access some of the resources.
Enjoy these video presentations from local musicians performing at the Library.
Think of this as a classic book club, but with your own musical instruments. It's a chance for individuals to perform and share in their favorite musicians, bands, songs, musical software, and any other talents. It's fun, exciting, and a great opportunity for the whole family to broadcast themselves. We use YouTube, have listening sessions, rock jams, group discussions, and simply allow for a joint appreciation in everything music. It's all about "Self-Expression," one music lover at a time!
Whether you are seeking information on Beethoven or Beyoncé, this database is an excellent resource for biographies from classical to contemporary musicians, all in one place.
Download free and legal music, compliments of the Orange County Library System! You will need your library card number and personal identification number (PIN) to access this resource.
Follow along with Timmy Thingvall in order to find music at the Library. Learn how to search the catalog for music with this brief tutorial.
This database from Alexander Street Press provides streaming audio, video, reference, and musical scores for a multitude of genres, from American Song, Classical, Contemporary World, and Jazz music to the encyclopedic Smithsonian Global Sound. Create, edit, and save playlists and download free classical and world music.
Find music and voice lessons using the U.S. Businesses Custom Search tab of this database. Limit your geographic search by zip code, county, or city and search the following terms under ‘Business type’: “Music Education – Instrumental”, “Fine Arts Schools” and “Art Instruction and Schools”.
The library has many popular children’s music artists to choose from, including Kidz Bop tunes!
Sing and dance along to all your favorite songs with this collection of children's videos featuring music, of course!
These novels for teens are all about rock bands.
Explore these interactive music websites.
Learn about classical composers online with Classics for Kids. Classics for Kids® has been honored with a National Community Impact Award for Engagement by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting in recognition of its innovative on-air and online services for children.
Chuck Vanderchuck’s “Something Something” Explosion is an immersive, interactive online experience with the goal of helping kids understand music, ear training, and music composition. Kids, ages 6-9, can view animated videos highlighting different musical genres: Salsa, Jazz, Rock, Country, and Reggae.
Pop Music Quiz - 2010+ Edition
Teens love music. Show the world and your friends what you know about pop music with this free app for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad.
This free application lets you create a personalized streaming radio program. Select one of your favorite songs or artist and let Pandora do the rest! This application is available for multiple mobile devices
Find out what music you’re hearing with this free application. Hold up your phone and it will identify the recording. This application is available for multiple mobile devices.
Get this app for instant, free streaming music on demand and create playlists full of songs you love and new ones you will discover along the way.
iHeartRadio is a free radio service that lets you find live stations or create commercial-free, custom stations featuring songs from an artist and similar music.
Create a free profile on last.fm that shows every artist, album, and track you’ve ever played and connect with other social music listeners to share image galleries and tour dates of your favorite musicians.
For a local spin on the music industry, read what Orlando Sentinel music critic Jim Abbott thinks about concerts, albums, and artists making news in the industry and Central Florida.
Learn about jobs and careers associated with the music industry. This collection also includes information on music promotion and marketing.
Check out these live concert DVDs. This collection features an array of artists in multiple genres.
Discover the ways you can appreciate music. Browse these selections for an assortment of information.
The Library has numerous musicals on DVD for your viewing enjoyment. In this list, you'll find some of the latest titles that have been added to the collection.
From Satchmo to Eno, read about a variety of musicians and musical groups with these titles.
The library offers many different genres of music to enjoy on compact disc. This listing shows current popular music in our collection.
Learn how to read music, write songs, or play the guitar, keyboards, piano, violin, or trumpet with these library materials.
The Orange County Library System now offers more than 200 e-magazine titles through a new service, Zinio for Libraries. The e-magazines specific to music, Billboard, Electronic Musician, Guitar Player, and Rolling Stone, can be read on your computer and a variety of mobile devices.
Music Appreciation, History, and Reviews
AllMusic is a comprehensive resource for albums, bands, musicians and songs which includes reviews, ratings, editors' picks and sound samples for all varieties of music.
Since 2006, "National Geographic World Music showcases international artists and musical performances in an interactive and immersive online environment, supporting the core aim of National Geographic to inspire people to care about the planet. The site uses the language of music as a medium to tell the stories of the world."
Located in Cleveland, Ohio, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum "exists to collect, preserve and interpret the impact rock has made on our world." Learn about the Museum, past and current inductees, and ongoing exhibits.
Instrumental Music Education
This NPR Radio program is based in Boston and hosted by Christopher O’Riley; it is “the preeminent showcase for America’s best young classical musicians” ages 8-18.
National Music Week
The origin of National Music Week can be found in the history of the National Federation of Music Clubs, an entity that offers Florida musicians and music students the Florida Federation of Music Clubs and the Orlando Music Club. These organizations strive to support music education and creative performing arts throughout the state and in Orlando.
NAfME addresses all aspects of music education from advocacy to resources for teachers, parents and students, in addition to hosting professional development events.
OrlandoFest is a locally non-competitive or competitive gathering that provides student groups an inspiring and educationally meaningful music festival experience at Universal Orlando Resort.
Local Popular Music Event Venues
- Amway Center
- Florida Music Festival
- Hard Rock Live Orlando
- House of Blues
- Rock the Universe
- UCF Arena
Popular Music Awards
- Academy of Country Music Awards
- American Music Awards
- MTV Video Music Awards
- World Music Awards