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Music History: NAXOS

About NAXOS Music Library

Naxos Music Library [NML] is the world´s largest online classical music library. Currently, it offers streaming access to more than 125,000 CDs and 2 million tracks. 

The library offers the complete Naxos and Marco Polo catalogues plus the complete catalogues or selected titles from over 650 classical, jazz and world music labels with more labels joining every month. Classic pop and rock music as well as Chinese orchestral music are also represented.

And . . . There's an app for that


NAXOS Mobile App

NML AppNML Jazz App


Download the NAXOS Mobile App and the Naxos Jazz App (on iOS)

Here for NML on Google Play
Here for NML on Amazon App Store

Wait!  Before you do that, you will want to go to NML (or NML Jazz) while on campus or after logging in through the proxy server.

  • Visit the Playlist section which is on the top menu bar
  • Click “Sign Up” on the Student / Member Playlists title bar
  • The email address and password you assign also act as your login credentials for the NML mobile apps
  • Complete the registration process by clicking the activation link in your email
  • Congratulations! You’re now ready to save personal playlists, and enjoy NML everywhere through the Mobile Apps!

Unfortunately, NAXOS Video Library does not have an app…yet.


A vast array of background information is available. Resources include:

  • Audio book transcriptions about the history of classical music and opera with listening examples.
  • Libretti and synopses of over 700 operas.
  • A pronunciation guide for composer and artist names.
  • A glossary.
  • An overview of important musical terms.
  • Work analyses and
  • Work details with instrumentation, publishers, duration, work information and available recordings.

Subscribers can also listen to classical music podcasts. A comprehensive online encyclopedia of classical music is in development.

Instructional Videos


Be sure to log out when you are through!

Click on located at the top, left of the page.

This is an important courtesy to your fellow users as our subscription only allows ten simultaneous users.

New NAXOS media player!

  • More mobile accessibility. HTML5 cooperates far better with mobile devices than Flash does. Is a mobile app not yet available for your tablet or smartphone? For most users, this new player will work through your main mobile internet connection—no app needed! Simply log in and access music on your mobile internet browser just as you would on your computer.
  • More track information. The HTML5 player displays more information for each track, allowing you to find just the one you need. This is especially helpful when streaming, say, a disc or playlist full of Vivaldi works where half the tracks are simply titled “Allegro.” Now track lists in the player will include the rest of the work title so you can quickly identify which of those Allegros is THE Allegro.
  • More flexibility in player size. Previously, the player stayed the same size no matter how you expanded the window. Now, the player design adjusts to better fit the size of the window.


Visit our FAQ page or our blog for details.


NML can be accessed from any computer, anywhere, anytime. With the new iPhone / iPod Touch App / Android App subscribers can also access the service on the go.

The contents can be searched by composer, work, genre and label; by keyword search and by a sophisticated advanced search engine with up to 11 combined search criteria. In addition to allowing subscribers to listen to recordings, NML provides liner notes for most recordings. Listeners can create personalized playlists or use predefined Naxos Music Library playlists. For student around the world the library also offers playlists for graded music exams (ABRSM, Trinity/Guildhall) in various categories and grades.


Naxos Music Library is also an e-learning resource:

  • For American students and teachers, the Naxos music listening curriculum resource is designed to support any K-12 music curriculum in the United States. The concepts and examples in this resource are designed to be used when teaching the Music Educators National Conference (MENC) Standards.

NML´s Junior Section allows parents and primary school teachers to introduce the world of classical music to young children. The children can listen to the audio book “The Story of Classicsl Music” or explore the interactive learning world where they can learn about composers, musical instruments, national flags and anthems and how to read music. A dictionary, a variety of quizzes and games are also available. Music For Kids is suitable for teaching children how to sing and dance and introduces selected world music tracks. The online version of the CD-ROM that accompanies the Naxos book “Meet the Instruments of the Orchestra!” with comprehensive texts, sound files, a glossary and historical information, all about the instruments of the orchestra is also part of NML.

Accessing NAXOS

Go to the Library's Databases page and click on the NAXOS link. If you are on campus, you will be taken to NAXOS. If you are off campus, you will be asked to log in with your AU email name and password.

You may also click on any NAXOS link located on any of the library's Research Guides or web page. 

Once you have arrived you will see a greeting in the upper left corner saying - Welcome Anderson University.

You may search and listen to the music of your choice, your instructor's playlists, or view/listen to any of the documents or playlists located under the Resources tab. No additional login is required.


Personal Accounts

Users may create Personal Accounts if they wish to create and access personal playlists. This is not necessary for accessing public playlists created by Faculty or NAXOS.

Instructions for creating a personal account:

  • Click on the Playlists Tab.
  • Click on the Sign Up Link (Located in the upper right hand corner.)
  • Fill in the form and submit.

Instructions for accessing a personal account.

  • Click on the Playlists Tab.
  • Click on the Login Link (Located in the upper right hand corner.)
  • Enter your full email name and password, and submit.

Faculty Playlists

Click on the Playlist Tab

The buttons containing green triangles are playlists located in the yellow folder - Current AC Prof.

If the playlist you want is not there, click on one of the other yellow Playlist Folders, and then click on the playlist of your choice.

Once you have opened a playlist you may listen either to the entire playlist or to individual selections.

For more information on playlists click on  View/Download Playlist User Guide