- Finale Templates for men’s and women’s barbershop
- Blank score paper – women’s barbershop (PDF)
- Blank score paper – men’s barbershop (PDF)
- Free downloads from sheetmusicplus.com – Free sheet music and score paper in a variety of formats
- Barbershop Connections.com
- Helping You Harmonise – Blog by Dr. Liz Garnett
- Learning Tracks – Jen Cooke
- Learning Tracks – Donya Metzger
- Learning Tracks – Kim Newcomb (NewVoice Studio)
- Learning Tracks – Melissa VanHousen (MelVan Tracks)
- Learning Tracks – Tim Waurick (TimTracks)
- MuseScore – Free open-source software for Windows, Mac, Linux; also offers mobile apps.
- Noteflight – Web-based platform for creating and selling music.
- Staffpad – Notation app for the MS Surface platform.
- Scoring Notes – Excellent blog focusing on music notation programs, music technology, and music preparation. From NYC Music Services, a music preparation company in New York City. Covers all the major programs but especially good for Sibelius and Dorico
- Finale Blog – From MakeMusic, the makers of Finale
- Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project – UC Santa Barbara, Davidson Library. Historic recordings from the era of Edison wax cylinders. Many pre-1938 barbershop quartets are in this collection, digitized and freely available.
- The Great 78 Project – Community project for the preservation, research, and discovery of 78rpm records. Part of the Internet Archive
- The Shellac Stack – A great podcast, hosted by Bryan Wright, that plays 78rpm records from the first half of the 20th century. Not limited to barbershop; great variety and great fun!
Selected Sheet Music Collections
- Sheet Music Consortium – Hosted by the UCLA Library; provides access to sheet music collections at more than 30 libraries all over the world
- World War I Sheet Music – Library of Congress
- Historic American Sheet Music – Duke University, Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library
- IN Harmony: Sheet Music from Indiana – Created by Indiana University; includes collections from Indiana University Lilly Library, Indiana State Library, Indiana State Museum, and Indiana Historical Society
- Lester Levy Sheet Music Collection – Johns Hopkins University Library
- Archive of Popular American Music – UCLA Library
- Historic U.S. Sheet Music Collection – University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
- Digital Commons, University of Maine, Vocal Sheet Music Collection – has a lot of public domain titles.
Copyright and Public Domain
(Please note: I’m not an attorney and cannot give legal advice. I’ve found these sites helpful in educating myself about copyright matters. Consult an attorney if you have questions about a specific copyright issue. These sites are US-specific; users from outside the US should consult copyright resources in their home country.)
- Cornell University, Copyright Information Center – see especially their chart, Copyright Term and Public Domain in the United States
- Dear Rich – Excellent blog on all areas of intellectual property (copyright, patent, trademark), written by a practicing attorney.
- The Evolution of Copyright in Music – Podcast from Northwestern University, Pritzker School of Law. An interesting discussion of how new technologies have shaped the copyright law, starting with piano rolls and ending with today’s digital distribution.
- Legal Encyclopedia: Patent, Copyright, and Trademark – From Nolo, a publisher of law books geared toward the consumer market. Contains links to related books on intellectual property and copyright published by Nolo.
- Public Domain Information Project – A good source for information about public domain music; also publishes songbooks of public domain titles
- U.S. Copyright Office
- Public Domain Information – Excellent blog post from Glenda Lloyd, a Sweet Adeline arranger in Australia, about differences in public domain laws around the world.