Education and Resources

The Tin Pan Alley Mapping Project

This unique interactive map explores both the entertainment boom and its migration through Manhattan from 1880 to 1940 using songs from the Lester Levy Sheet Music Collection.
Map and exhibit created by
Sam Bessen

with thanks to JHU Libraries Data Services team for their assistance with this project.


 The Tin Pan Alley American Popular Music Project

is proud to announce our production of two new Tin Pan Alley videos sponsored by the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) as part of its New York Music Month Extended Play, a program offering free, online events to support the music community and enthusiasts during the pandemic.​ 

"Harlem's Black & Jewish Music Culture: From Tin Pan Alley to America's Songbook"

with John Reddick

Drawing from his research and extensive collection of sheet music and theater memorabilia, John Reddick's talk weaves together the stories of Black and Jewish composers, publishers and performers of Tin Pan Alley that created the “Great American Songbook” and American popular music.


"Teaching Tin Pan Alley – Then & Now" with The Tin Pan Alley American Popular Music Project

with Lesley Doyel

Numerous songs including the iconic "Give my Regards to Broadway," "God Bless America" and "Alexander's Rag Time Band" were composed and published in Tin Pan Alley on West 28th Street between Broadway and 6th Avenue during the boom of the sheet-music business at the turn of the 20th century. This talk is a multimedia presentation by educator Lesley Doyel for children in grades 2-5 that focuses on two enduring Tin Pan Alley songs children began learning more than a century ago, and that people still sing today: Take Me out to the Ball Game and The Sidewalks of New York.

Another recent video...

"Tin Pan Alley – Uptown & Down"  produced by

Lesley Doyel and PN Fritsch for the Bloomingdale Group’s “Tin Pan Alley - Uptown and Downtown”  (held on held on September 24th 2019) and the American Popular Music Project. 

Sporting a lively soundtrack of Tin Pan Alley tunes played by incomparable pianist Richard Dowling, and produced in the communication style of the silent movie era,  "Tin Pan Alley Uptown and Down", is a seven and a half minute history of the street on which American popular music was born. (7 1/2 mins - 2019)

Author and Historian 

 John T. Reddick

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 Lesley Doyel

with members of her "Hands On History" class.

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The entire history of

Tin Pan Alley in

under 8 minutes!

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