Academic Search Premier
The world's largest scholarly, multidiscipline, full-text database designed specifically for academic institutions. Contains indexing and abstracts for over 8,450 journals, with full text for more than 4,600 of those titles. Over 3,600 journals are peer-reviewed.
African American Music
Listen online to recordings of jazz, blues, gospel, and other forms of African American musical expression. NEW: Content from African American Music is now a part of American Song.
African American Music Reference
This database offers text reference, biographies, chronologies, sheet music, images, lyrics, liner notes, and discographies which chronicle the diverse history and culture of the African American experience through music. It is constantly expanding to include comprehensive coverage of blues, jazz, spirituals, civil rights songs, slave songs, minstrelsy, rhythm and blues, gospel, and other forms of black American musical expression.
American Song is a history database that contains 50,000 tracks from America's past. The database includes songs by and about American Indians, miners, immigrants, slaves, children, pioneers, and cowboys. Included in the database are the songs of Civil Rights, political campaigns, Prohibition, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, anti-war protests and more.
Classical Music Library
Classical Music Library is a fully searchable classical music resource—a comprehensive database of distinguished classical recordings.
Classical Music Reference Library
This database offers comprehensive coverage of all classical genres, spanning music from the Medieval period to the 21st century, including definitions of musical terms and biographical information on the major classical composers and artists.
Contemporary World Music
This database from Alexander Street Press contains important genres such as reggae, worldbeat, neo-traditional, world fusion, Balkanic jazz, African film, Bollywood, Arab swing and jazz, and other genres such as traditional music - Indian classical, fado, flamenco, klezmer, zydeco, gospel, gagaku, and more.
International Index to Music Periodicals with Full Text
Provides indexing and abstracts for more than 440 international music periodicals, plus full text for 130 journals.
Jazz Music Library
Thousands of jazz artists, ensembles, albums, and genres.
Online music resource that cross-searches all of the library's Alexander Street Press music databases. Includes African American Music, American Song, Classical Music Library, Contemporary World Music, Jazz Music Library, and Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries.
Music Online: Classical Scores Library
A comprehensive database of classical scores, representing the major composers output, spanning all genres and time periods from the Western classical canon.
Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries
An encyclopedia of the world's musical and aural traditions, with 35,000 tracks of music, spoken word, and natural and human-made sounds.
I Hear America Singing
A digital library of music and performing arts, provided by the Library of Congress.
The MHN Instrument Encyclopedia
A joint project of the University of Michigan's School of Information and School of Music. Instruments are divided into several basic categories (percussion, strings, etc). You can search by category, by geographic region or use a Search form. Entries include a description, a list of references, illustrations and links to related instruments.
Now what a time
The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress presents music and contextual information from the Fort Valley (Georgia) State College Folk Festivals in the early 1940s (the only American folk festival featuring African American performers that was organized entirely by African Americans). The music played includes traditional folk, blues and gospel from the late 19th century to the early 20th century. The documentary collections include 108 songs and instrumental pieces in a downloadable mp3 format.
This site covers the world of rhythm and percussion based music including jazz, reggae, African pop, samba and more. Contents can be searched by culture or instrument type. The Rhythmweb Radio offers sound files.
Award-winning site for listening to, exploring, discovering and creating music.
The Symphony: An Interactive Guide
This site has composer biographies, a time line and guides to musical instruments, forms and structures. Sound files are available via RealAudio. The text is drawn from standard music reference sources.
Virtual Instrument Museum
Provides information and multimedia offerings for musical instruments from Wesleyan University’s World Music Instrument Collection
Cambridge History of Music (electronic resource) includes:
- The Cambridge History of Nineteenth-Century Music
- The Cambridge History of American Music
- The Cambridge History of Twentieth-Century Music
- The Cambridge History of Seventeenth-Century Music
- The Cambridge History of Western Music Theory
The Garland encyclopedia of world music (electronic resource)
Musicians & composers of the 20th century (electronic resource)
The Oxford companion to music (electronic resource)
By subject search
Below are some links to various subject searches in the catalog. The subject search is a specific and helpful way to find materials about your area of interest. Explore these or try some of your own subject searches using the "Subject" tab in Foxtrax. For more information on "power searching" by subject, ask your reference librarian.Easter music
Jazz musicians United States Biography
Music Instruction and study
Piano Instruction and study
Piano music (4 hands)
Piano music 18th century History and criticism
By call number
If you want to browse for books in the library, use the call numbers below to find the subject areas that are of interest to you. You can use them to browse the reference section or the main stacks. The Library of Congress website may have a more detailed outline of call numbers for your subject area.
|M1-1.A15||Music printed or copied in manuscript in the United States or the colonies before 1860|
|M3-3.3||Collected works of individual composers|
|M6-175.5||One solo instrument|
|M176||Motion picture music|
|M176.5||Radio and television music|
|M177-990||Two or more solo instruments|
|M1375-1420||Instrumental music for children|
|M1470-1480||Aleatory music. Electronic music. Mixed media|
|M1490||Music printed or copied in manuscript before 1700|
|M1497-1998||Secular vocal music|
|M1528-1529.5||Two or more solo voices|
|M1611-1624.8||One solo voice|
|M1625-1626||Recitations with music|
|M1627-1853||Folk, national and ethnic music|
|M1900-1985||Songs of specific groups or on specific topics|
|M1990-1998||Secular vocal music for children|
|M1999-2199||Sacred vocal music|
|M2010-2017.6||Choral services, etc.|
|M2018-2019.5||Two or more solo voices|
|M2102-2114.8||One solo voice|
|M2115-2146||Hymnals. Hymn collections|
|M2147-2188||Liturgy and ritual|
|M2190-2196||Sacred vocal music for children|
|M2198-2199||Popular religious and devotional music|
|ML1-3930||Literature on music|
|ML25-28||Societies and other organizations|
|ML45||Circulars and advertisements|
|ML47-54.8||Librettos. Texts. Scenarios|
|ML55-89||Aspects of the field of music as a whole|
|ML93-96.5||Manuscript studies and manuscripts|
|ML112-112.5||Music printing and publishing|
|ML159-3785||History and criticism|
|ML198-360.6||By region or country|
|ML430-458||Composition and performance|
|ML459-1380||Instruments and instrumental music|
|ML3544-3776||Folk, national, and ethnic music|
|ML3780||Music on particular topics|
|ML3795||Music as a profession. Vocational guidance|
|ML3800-3923||Philosophical and societal aspects of music. Physics and|
|acoustics of music. Physiological aspects|
|ML3805-3817||Physics and acoustics|
|ML3820||Physiological aspects of music|
|ML3916-3918||Social and political aspects of music|
|ML3919-3920||Moral influence of music. Therapeutic use of music|
|ML3921-3921.8||Religious aspects of music|
|ML3922||Music in the workplace|
|ML3928-3930||Literature for children|
Google search: Music
This Google Custom Search engine searches quality, discipline specific web sites selected by the librarians.