Classical Archives Music Site, 10 Things You’ve Never Done With It

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If you consider yourself “tech” savvy and are a musician/composer/educator and haven’t heard of then maybe you need to re-evaluate the state of your “savvyness”.  The Classical Archives, incorporated in 2000, is the largest classical music site on the web.  It currently boasts over 40,000 full length classical music files by over 2,000 composers!


The most amazing thing about the archives is that you can access almost all of it for free (with some small limitations).  Registered Free Users may access up to 5 unrestricted files per day (over 1,000 per year!). For a meager $25.00, Subscribers may access 100 files per day!

When you get into the “nitty gritty” of the Classical Archive’s copyright policy, you will find that they freely allow you copy a certain number of files to be used for both commercial and non-commercial reasons within certain limitations. 

The copyrights (if any) of the work (the score or composition) performed in the media file. These belong to the composer, his/her publisher, estate, or other appropriate copyright holder. As a rule, the compositions represented in the CMA are now in the public domain (composed before 1923) or the contributor of a performance of a non-public domain composition must have received the express permission to make the media file from the appropriate copyright holder. Otherwise the media file is not allowed in the CMA.

That statement makes great news for arrangers!  MIDI files from almost any composer may be found on this site.  As midi files are easily read into any notational program you may easily “view” the scores of what you are listening too!  In addition, you can easily pull notation to arrange your the composition for your own ensemble requirements, etc. with programs like Sibelius and Finale.


  1. Stream HI-FI classical radio stations:
  2. Research detailed biographies of composers, conductors and famous musicians.  As classicalarchives employs their own musicologist(s), you can be sure that the materials have been reviewed and have an authoritative weight to them:
  3. View the Timeline of Composers:
  4. Watch Videos from the “Screening Room”:
  5. View the list of all Women Composers:
  6. Get Classical Archive free ringtones:
  7. View the crossover “liberties taken” collection of classical music:
  8. Read GREAT articles and editorials by great minds:
  9. Watch the music as it plays (midi files).  Download the FREEWARE NoteWorthy Player (Another Great Freeware from NoteWorthy Software Inc.) from here:
    , then open the .mid files with it!  
  10. Start a conversation with the people at CMA:
    ; if you have a technical question, START A CONVERSATION with us!


As you know, I am a FAN of using the schools libraries and Internet labs for music purposes; after all, WHY SHOULDN’T YOU HAVE ACCESS TO IT LIKE ALL THE OTHER SUBJECT TEACHERS!


Have your school LIBRARY purchase a library purchase an ANNUAL subscription for only $750.00 per year (at least PROPOSE IT)! They have more money for the budgets than music programs, let them spend it on you- FOR ONCE!

If that’s not an option, have them bookmark the Classical Archives anyway, list it with their subject lists for MUSIC.  Then, you can still use it, but each student will have to have register for the FREE version… Still a GREAT idea!

Let US know what you are doing or using The Classical Archives for or if you will be doing something with it now you’ve read this!  Your Comments are Welcome!

                                             ~J. Pisano

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Joseph M. Pisano, Ph.D. is an industry innovator, education clinician and lecturer, trumpeter and conductor, and the creator of many education websites. He is currently the Vice President of Innovation and Engagement at Keystone Ridge Designs, Inc. After twenty-three years as a professor and administrator at Grove City College, he made the move into industry in 2018.  As one of the youngest full professors in Grove City’s history, he served in various roles over his tenure including the Technical Director of the Pew Fine Arts Center, Assistant and Associate Chairs of Music and Music and Fine Arts, Director of Music and Fine Arts Technology, Director of Jazz Studies, Stage Manager, and he finished his tenure as the Director of Bands where he directed the college’s Symphonic Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Pep Bands, and various small ensembles.

He been named a TI:ME Teacher of the Year, received the JEN Jazz Educator Award, the PA Citation of Excellence, and named a “member for life” of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association. He is a past Vice President of the Technology Institute for Music Educators, an associate member of the American Bandmasters Association,  a past President of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association, and a member of various education and music honoraries. He has written for numerous publications including DCI Magazine, Teaching Music Magazine, and was the Educational Editor for In-Tune Monthly Magazine for eight years; he has contributed hundreds of articles to various publications. He is an active conductor, trumpeter, clinician, and educator. Find out more at his website

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