Amidon Choral Music

Peter and Mary Alice offer more than 30 (and adding more all the time) free downloads of sheet music of accessible choral arrangements, mostly a cappella SATB, that are steeped in traditional music. Most are Amidon arrangements; there are a few by other old and new composers and arrangers, including a selection of classic American shape note songs.

From Peter and Mary Alice Amidon 

The Music Box

The Music Box is an extensive searchable online database of more than 2500 songs that includes information on the song (where it can be found in songbooks, composers, song genre, culture) as well as a way to listen to recordings of the song by various artists.

From Rise Up and Sing

Broadside Ballads Online

Broadside Ballads Online presents a digital collection of English printed ballad sheets from between the 16th and 20th centuries, linked to other resources for the study of the English ballad tradition. The collection includes many primitive woodcut illustrations, and words, but rarely musical notation.

From the Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford

A Folk Song A Day

Jon Boden’s project to record a folk song a day yielded a total of 365 folk songs with introductions and notes. This is a searchable database, or you can scroll through an alphabetical list of the songs.

From Jon Boden

Vocal Range

This blog post looks at what is a comfortable vocal range for singers – helpful to know when leading songs.

From Jeff Kaufman

What is a Memory Prompt?

In this blog post, Amanda writes about how to use a memory prompt as a support when leading a song.

From Amanda Witman