This category holds subcategories for various styles of music, as well as sites concerned with the way genres, types, and styles may be organized. Characterizing performers and performances by style makes the vast subject of music easier to discuss and understand. Styles may include genres such as classical, rock and jazz; subgenres such as classical/opera, rock/metal, and jazz/ragtime; and types of music such as choral, Native American, and holiday. Genres may be defined by technical aspects such as instrumentation, harmony, melody, rhythm, and form, or according to schemes devised by writers and critics. Music types may be defined by these criteria as well as others such as subject matter, chronology, or performance context, and may cut across genre lines.
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All Music Guide
Portal built around articles by music journalists describing music genres, with links and reviews.
American Popular Music
Online publication contains stories that illustrate how Americans, borrowing from diverse musical traditions, have contributed to humanity’s universal language. [PDF]
DataDragon: Music Genre Sampler
Children's site with simple definitions of a few genres including rock, Celtic, and classical with artist and site links.
Ectophiles Guide by Genre
Self-described "Guide to Good Music" from a group founded in 1991 to support the music of singer Happy Rhodes. Links to artists, almost entirely female vocalists, sorted by genre such as pop, blues, experimental, performance art, beautiful and fierce, and traditional.
The Mudcat Cafe
Community collection of information on folk and blues music. Searchable database of song lyrics, research, conversations, and kids stuff.
Music Classification by Genre: System Performance
Research project completed in 2003 by Mitali Banerjee at Rice University used automatic process to determine musical genre of audio samples.
Wikipedia: Musical Genre
Brief explanation of the way styles can be defined by region, chronology, technical requirements, marketing trends, or the ideas of critics. Extensively linked to sub-genres and examples of significant artists.
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