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Music: Getting Started

Find Books

Browse the library catalog by topic or perform a manual search. Learn to browse the shelves with confidence with a primer on Library of Congress call number classification for music texts!

Find Articles

If you are writing a research paper on a musical topic, look here first. Databases for scholarly articles, biographical data, and peer-reviewed music publications are readily available as electronic documents. Suggested journals for music education and world music classes are provided if you need a place to start.

Find Scores

Peruse through repositories of digitally scanned scores, or search library catalogs for physical scores. These resources are especially useful for students in theory and analysis classes, and those seeking out public domain repertoire for private lessons. Search tutorials are available if you need help.

Find Recordings

Quality reference recordings can be difficult to find in this era of streaming and condensed metadata. The library has access to some of the best art music streaming services available, both audio and video. Some of these services have mobile apps that you can use on your phone or at home!

Music Copyright

Music Copyright law is complex, but a general understanding is necessary for anyone interested in a career in music or music education. Our Copyright LibGuide contains a primer on American Music Copyright law.

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