I am a graduate student working on an assignment for a class. I have spent several hours reviewing the MERLOT website. This particular website I found most interesting. I teach music in a multi-level classroom. I am planning to use this website to enhance the understanding of general music studies. The performances range in length from around 5 minutes to over an hour. The performances can be used to enhance a music lesson as well as other content areas. The range of performances is unbelievable, from a celebration of the USO to Flamenco dancers. This site allows for the sharing of performing arts within a classroom without traveling to a performance. The usefulness of these performances is unending.
This website is very easy to use. It has a searchable database that allows one to search by artist, keyword, date or genre. The archives date back to October 1998. There is also a calendar for upcoming performances. This feature allows for ease of use within the standards for teaching music.
The best viewing for the performances is in the original size in which it opens. The sound quality is very good. The performances are best viewed with RealPlayer 8.