For biographies and information on specific folk
music singers, visit our companion website titled
of Folksingers. There you will find
lots more websites for a select collection of performers,
too many to fit onto this page.
- Easier - Folk music is
traditional melodies, words, and songs of the common
people that are often handed down from one generation to
- Harder - Folk music
songs deal with almost every kind of human activity. Folk
music often expresses the character of ethnic and social
groups and sometimes a nation. It is the music of the
people. A folk song can express political or religious
beliefs, tell a story or describe history, or just
- Folk music is usually learned by listening rather
than by reading the notes or words. The music is shared
from person to person, from place to place, and from
generation to generation. Folk song sometimes change
either by accident or from a purposeful alteration. Folk
song melodies and words often evolve over time. Tunes are
shortened or lengthened, pitches and rhythms are altered,
and portions of one song may be combined with part of
another. Words of a song may also change over time.
- Folk songs can often be classified into different
types. The ballad, a song that tells a story often about
real events, is one of the main types of folk song.
Ballads are in stanza form, where a melody is repeated
for each of several verses, and may have a refrain that
is repeated several times. Another type of folk song is
those that deal with a particular activity, occupation,
or set of circumstances. This group includes work songs,
prison songs, war songs, and the like. There are also
spiritual songs, songs for children, songs about life's
stages, and many songs are just for celebration, dance,
- Folk Music at Wikipedia
- This site includes definitions, history, and descriptions of folk music.
- Other Comprehensive Websites:
- 2) Folk File: A Folkie's Dictionary by B.
- 3) FolkLib Index : A Library of Folk Music Links
- 4) folkmusic dot org http://www.folkmusic.org/
- 5) Folk Music Home Page http://www.jg.org/folk/folkhome.html
- 6) Folk Stuff http://www.rogo.com/folkstuff/
- 7) Folk U.S.A. by R. Daly http://www.folkusa.org/
and Ruby Lomax 1939 Southern States Recording
Trip from American Memory, Library of
- Related Websites:
- 2) American Folk Music from Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_folk_music
- 3) California Gold: Northern California Folk Music
from the Thirties from American
- Memory, Library of Congress http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/afccchtml/cowhome.html
- 4) Folk Music Archives http://folkmusicarchives.org/
- 5) This Land is Your Land: Rural Music & the
Folk Scare and the Folkniks
- This website highlights folk and protest singers of
the folk boom from the late 1950s through early
- Other Revival Websites:
- 2) Bringing It All Back Home - The Folk Music Revival by P. Jacobs http://www.loti.com/music/folk_music_revival.htm
3) Folk Music Revival at Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Folk_music_revival
4) Folk Song Club Beginnings http://www.cornellfolksong.org/history.html
- 5) Hootenanny from TVParty http://www.tvparty.com/rechootenany.html
- This online magazine concentrates on blues and folk
music and includes a database of over 8,000 songs.
- Other Online Folk Music Magazines:
- 2) Folk World (European folk music) http://www.folkworld.de/
- 3) Hornpipe: Folk Music in the Southern Regions
- 4) Roots World http://www.rootsworld.com/rw/
- 5) Sing Out! http://www.singout.org/
- After visiting several of the websites,
have fun completing one or more of the
- Make Your Own Music Instruments.
You can get started with ideas and directions
found at Make
Your Own Instruments from Mudcat for
Kids. If you have enough people, you can
start a folk music band.
- Learn to Yodel. Get started with
the lessons found at The
Internet Yodel Course. Remember the
disclaimer: 'I (we) take no responsibility
for the consequences of yodeling in social
situations. This includes: lawsuits, strange
looks, uproarious laughing, traffic
accidents, major moves (up or down) in the
stock market, . . .' Also, you might have
fun visiting the Yodel Juke Box at
('Til You Get Polyps).
- Compare and Contrast - Folk Music
Versus Rock & Roll. How are the two
music genres alike and how are they
different. Present your ideas visually using
Inspiration software. For more
information, visit another eduScapes
42eXplore project: Rock
'n Roll Music. Alternative activity - -
compare and contrast Folk music to Jazz,
Country, Rap, Hip Hop, or some other music
- Complete A Folk Music WebQuest.
Adapt or follow the procedures found at the
following webQuest site.
- Cajun Folk Music by J. Mellen
- Learn to Play the Harmonica. How
about learning to play an instrument often
used in Folk music? You can find some online
help at the following sites. Learn something
new; practice every day.
- 1) Beginners: Start Here http://www.harmonicalessons.com/beginner.html
- 2) Harmonica Info and Tips from D. Gage
- 3) Harmonica Lessons http://www.bluesharp.ca/lessons/harmonica_lessons.html
- 4) Learn to Play Harmonica http://www.coast2coastmusic.com/general/learn.shtml
- 5) This Harmonica Is For "YOU" from
Charlie The Harmonica Man
- Learn to Play Guitar. Once you
have access to an instrument, you can find
some online help at the following websites.
Keep at it; be patient.
- 1) Beginner Guitar Lesson Archive from
- 2) Guitar Instruction from
- 3) Guitar Lessons http://www.guitarlessons.net/
- 4) Guitar Lessons form
- 5) Guitar Lessons On Line (Links-site)
- 6) Guitar Noise Guitar Lessons http://www.guitarnoise.com/guitar/index.html
- 7) Kyle's Virtual Guitar Lessons
- 8) Online Guitar Lessons (Links-site)
- 9) Ted's (Mathews) Guitar http://www.members.aol.com/mathewsrfp/guitar.html
- Campaign for Your Favorite
Folksinger. Select a favorite all-time
folksinger. You might start by visiting some
of the websites at Biographies
of Folksingers. Then select the one best
folk performer. Identify the characteristics
that you most admire or like. Create a
promotion piece that can be used to inform
others of your selection; a poster,
multimedia presentation, website, etc.
Display the final promotion product.
Alternative project idea - - instead of a
favorite folksinger, select and promote a top
folk song - - the 'Greatest Folk Song in
- More Websites for Folk Music
Dreams from PBS
- When the European button accordion arrived in Texas,
musicians merged its use with traditional Mexican songs
to gave birth to an explosive new sound.
Roots Music from PBS
- Discover the pioneers of the musical forms that
combined in America to sweep pervasively around the
world: Blues, Country, Bluegrass, Gospel, Cajun, zydeco,
Tejano, and Native American.
of African American Music and Culture from
- This is the website of an organization devoted to the
collection, preservation, and dissemination of materials
for the purpose of research and study of African American
music and culture.
- This is the site of a filtered selection of mp3s
(some are free), CDs, discussion groups, and more for
folk, bluegrass, Celtic, and country music.
- Related Site:
- Sampler of Folk Music, 1920s-1960s
Music by D. Brown
- This links-site connects to resources for folk music,
tunes and lyrics, performers, periodicals, instruments,
and much more.
- Related Sites:
- 2) Folk Roots List from EntsWeb Entertainment
& Music Directory http://www.folkrootslist.co.uk/
- 3) International Folk Dancing and Music http://folk.uio.no/knutar/links/
- 4) Ethnomusicology, Folk Music, and World Music from
University of Washington
- Music Library http://www.lib.washington.edu/music/world.html
Music Index to Recordings by J. Keefer
- This site provides a huge database if information on
traditional and tradition-based music.
- Related Website:
- 2) Old-Time Music by D. Lynch http://www.oldtimemusic.com/
- Here you find information about the songs and
songwriters throughout American history.
- Related Website:
- 2) Thomas Hampson: I Hear America Singing from
- This website is packed with information about
instruments for folk, traditional and Celtic music.
- 2) Glossary of Folk Musical Instruments & Styles
from Around the World
- Roots Music encompasses a variety of different
musical genres and their offshoots, such as alternative
country, traditional country, American folk, blues, and
bluegrass--all forms of music that are themselves deeply
rooted in, and directly proportional to, the ongoing
development of American society and culture.
- Related Websites:
- 2) Folk and Roots http://www.folkandroots.co.uk/
- World Folk
- This is the website of an organization dedicated to
promoting contemporary and traditional folk music, and
spreading the word to fans and folk artists.
- Folk Music Around the World
Music Resources Online from African Music
- This links-site connects to numerous online resources
for African music.
Folk Music, and World Music from Univ. of
Washington Music Library
- This site provides an extensive and well-organized
set of links on the folk music of every world
- Related Website:
- 2) International Music Archives http://www.eyeneer.com/World/index.html
- Here you find information on this Spanish folk music
and dance. Site contains articles on several aspects of
flamenco, from its history to discussions on musical
theory and technique.
Instruments of Ukraine by V. Mishalow
- Explore the varied string, wind, and percussion
instruments native to this Eastern European country.
- Related Website:
- Bandura http://www.infoukes.com/bandura/band.htm
- Folk Music
of Britain, Ireland, & America
- This site contains historical background, tune
information, lyrics and midi files for the traditional
music of the British Isles and America.
- Hardanger Fiddle
Association of America
- Here is the website of an organization dedicated to
preserving and promoting traditional Norwegian folk music
and dance and devoted to Norway's national instrument,
Folk Music Links from Alegria
- This is a links site to tons of websites for Mexican
- Folk Songs
- Here is a collection of folksongs, hymns, and
spirituals of America.
- Related Website:
- 2) Anthology of American Folk Music, Edited by Harry
- This collection has words, music and information
about each song.
- This music archive contains airs, anthems, ballads,
canons, ditties, folksongs, hymns and war songs from
around the World.
Ballad Index by R.Waltz and D.G. Engle
- This site provides reference information on ballads.
It is not itself a source of song texts or of discussion
of ballads, although it contains some summary
- Here you find a collection of folk songs to sing
around the fire.
- This is a collection of traditional tunes, and new
tunes in traditional styles - Scots tunes, Irish tunes,
Scandinavian, English, French, Balkan and more.
- This site offers 600 selections of free sheet music
including classical songs, hymns, children's songs,
ragtime music, folk songs and traditional Christmas
- Websites For Teachers
Music Explorations (Grades 7-8) by D.
- This research lesson examines the qualities of Folk
Music? How are they the same and how are they different
in each country?
- As students explore traditional folktales from around
the world, they will begin to see many common themes and
literary elements emerge.
the Roots of American Music (Grades 7-12) from
- Here is a teacher's guide for using the American
Roots Music documentary series in the social studies
and history classroom.
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