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FORUMS (Free and Open Resources for Undergraduate Music Study): Western European historic music

FORUMS is a collection of free and open online materials to support undergraduate general education music courses internationally.

Western European historic music and instruments

Readings about Western European historic musics and instruments of the western orchestra with links to audio and visual materials. 

Western European historic music eras

In addition to the many fine commercially available textbooks for music survey course and fine music encyclopedias behind the paywall (Oxford, and others), the resources below provide free and/or open overview of typical music survey course content. 

Learning to identify the western orchestral instruments