Subject Guides

Music

Databases

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
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.

Music Online
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. 

NAXOS Music Libraries:

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.




Web resources

I Hear America Singing
A digital library of music and performing arts, provided by the Library of Congress.

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.

Rhythmweb
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.

SoundJunction
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

Encyclopedias

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

Encyclopedia of contemporary Christian music

Encyclopedia of world pop music

The Garland encyclopedia of world music (electronic resource)

International dictionary of black composers

Musicians & composers of the 20th century (electronic resource)

The new Grove dictionary of jazz

The new Grove dictionary of music and musicians

The Oxford companion to music (electronic resource)

Finding books

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 1951-1960

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.

M1-5000 Music
M1-1.A15 Music printed or copied in manuscript in the United States or the colonies before 1860
M1.A5-3.3 Collections
M1.A5-Z Miscellaneous
M2-2.3 Musical sources
M3-3.3 Collected works of individual composers
M5-1480 Instrumental music
M5 Collections
M6-175.5 One solo instrument
M176 Motion picture music
M176.5 Radio and television music
M177-990 Two or more solo instruments
M1000-1075 Orchestra
M1100-1160 String orchestra
M1200-1270 Band
M1350-1366 Other ensembles
M1375-1420 Instrumental music for children
M1470-1480 Aleatory music. Electronic music. Mixed media
M1490 Music printed or copied in manuscript before 1700
M1495-2199 Vocal music
M1495 Collections
M1497-1998 Secular vocal music
M1497 Collections
M1500-1527.8 Dramatic music
M1528-1529.5 Two or more solo voices
M1530-1609 Choruses
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
M1999 Collections
M2000-2007 Dramatic music
M2010-2017.6 Choral services, etc.
M2018-2019.5 Two or more solo voices
M2020-2101.5 Choruses
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
M5000 Unidentified compositions
ML1-3930 Literature on music
ML1-5 Periodicals. Serials
ML12-21 Directories. Almanacs
ML25-28 Societies and other organizations
ML29-31 Special collections
ML32-33 Institutions
ML35-38 Festivals. Congresses
ML40-44 Programs
ML45 Circulars and advertisements
ML46 Scrapbooks
ML47-54.8 Librettos. Texts. Scenarios
ML55-89 Aspects of the field of music as a whole
ML93-96.5 Manuscript studies and manuscripts
ML100-109 Dictionaries. Encyclopedias
ML110-111.5 Music librarianship
ML112-112.5 Music printing and publishing
ML112.8-158.8 Bibliography
ML159-3785 History and criticism
ML159-161 General works
ML162-197 By period
ML198-360.6 By region or country
ML385-429 Biography
ML430-458 Composition and performance
ML459-1380 Instruments and instrumental music
ML1400-3275 Vocal music
ML3300-3351 Program music
ML3400-3465 Dance music
ML3469-3541 Popular music
ML3544-3776 Folk, national, and ethnic music
ML3780 Music on particular topics
ML3785 Musical journalism
ML3790-3792 Music trade
ML3795 Music as a profession. Vocational guidance
ML3797-3799.5 Musical research
ML3800-3923 Philosophical and societal aspects of music. Physics and
  acoustics of music. Physiological aspects
ML3800 General works
ML3805-3817 Physics and acoustics
ML3820 Physiological aspects of music
ML3830-3840 Psychology
ML3845-3877 Aesthetics
ML3880-3915 Criticism
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.

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