Music Research Guide

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Try these databases first to find journal articles in this discipline.
  • Music Periodicals Database (1874 to present)
    Provides indexing and abstracts for more that 425 international music periodicals, plus full text for around 140 journals.
  • Music Index Online (1974 to present)
    Featuring digitized content from 1970 to the present, the Music Index contains cover-to-cover indexing and abstracts of articles about music, musicians and the music industry for more than 480 periodicals. It also provides selective coverage for more than 200 periodicals.
  • Arts & Humanities Database
    Full-text publications that focus on art, architecture, design, history, philosophy, music, literature, theatre and cultural studies.
  • Performing Arts Periodicals Database (1864 to present)
    Covers a broad spectrum of the arts and entertainment industry - including dance, drama, theater, opera, film, television and more.
  • Jazz Discography - TJD Online (1896-2008)
    Comprehensive discography of all categories of recorded jazz compiled from existing general and individual jazz discographies as well as international jazz periodicals.
  • RIPM Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals (1800-1950)
    RIPM was established to provide access to eighteenth-, nineteenth- and twentieth-century periodical literature dealing with music.
  • Folk Music Index
    Index to recorded and print resources.
  • RILM Abstracts of Music Literature (1967 to present)
    Covers literature on music from all over the world.

For more databases, use the subject filter on A-Z Databases

Use these encyclopedias and reference works to get started on a topic.
  • Oxford Music Online
    Oxford Music online is the access point for Grove Music Online and Oxford Dictionary of Music, Oxford Companion to Music, and the Encyclopedia of Popular Music.
  • Oxford Bibliographies Online-Music
    Scholarly bibliographies that provide authoritative guides to nearly 200 topics in music, written and reviewed by academic experts, with original commentary and annotations.
  • Classical Music Reference Library
    Classical Music Reference Library brings together more than 40,000 pages of essential reference materials, spanning the entire history of Western classical music, in a unified online database. Included are the authoritative reference titles Baker's Dictionary of Music, Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, and Baker's Student Encyclopedia of Music.
  • African American Music Reference
    Essays and images for study of all forms of black music: blues, spirituals, jazz, rap, and more.
  • Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online
    Comprehensive online resource devoted to music research of all the world's peoples.
  • Oxford History of Western Music
    An account of the evolution of western music by Richard Taruskin.
  • LiederNet Archive
    The LiederNet Archive is the world's largest reference archive of texts and translations of art songs and choral works. 133,778 vocal pieces have been cataloged. 24,579 translations are available.
Also see the Primary Sources research guide.
Find images and streaming audio and video in these collections (also see the Images Research Guide).
  • Music & Performing Arts
    Cross-searches audio, video, scores, and full-text reference content from all Alexander Street Press music databases.
  • Classical Music Library
    Classical music recordings (14,000+ albums) including vocal, choral, chamber, orchestral, solo instrumental music and opera.
  • Popular Music Library
    Includes hundreds of thousands of tracks from major genres in world pop music, including alternative, country, Christian, electronic, hip-hop, metal, punk, new age, R&B, reggae, rock, soundtracks and many more.
  • Jazz Music Library
    Streaming jazz recordings. Includes nearly 11,000 titles.
  • Naxos Music Library
    Streaming music; listen to songs or the complete CD. Most extensive collection of classical music available, but also includes jazz, world music, spoken word, and more. Adobe Flash Player 10 is required for streaming.
  • Naxos Music Library Jazz
    Over 100,000 tracks of top jazz music from 260 labels including Fantasy, Blue Note, ACT, Effendi, Atlantic and Elektra.
    Collection of live broadcasts, archived concerts, artist portraits, documentaries and education programs for classical music, operas, and ballets.
  • Smithsonian Global Sound
    In partnership with Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, a virtual encyclopedia of the world's musical and aural traditions.
  • Database of Recorded American Music (DRAM)
    Scholarly resource of recordings including New World, Composers Recordings (CRI), Albany Records, Mode, Frog Peak and BMOP.
  • Met Opera on Demand (1936 to present)
    More than 450 extraordinary Met performances, video and audio streaming.
  • American Music
    Nearly 7,000 albums of music from America's past, including civil rights, political campaigns, Prohibition, wars, and more.
  • Contemporary World Music
    Contemporary World Music delivers the sounds of all regions from every continent. The database will contain 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.
  • Naxos Video Library
    Streaming video library of classical music performances, opera, ballet, live concerts and documentaries.
  • Kanopy Streaming Video
    Kanopy offers a broad selection of thousands of streaming films, documentaries, and theatrical releases covering a wide variety of subject areas, with additional new releases launched monthly. If close-captioning is not included, it can be requested. Interactive transcripts are included. Note that US feature films are not typically part of the Kanopy offerings.
Start with these recommended freely available resources in this discipline.
  • Harvard Library Online Resources for Music Scholars
    The following guide provides a basis for beginning electronic research on a wide variety of topics in music, including historical musicology, ethnomusicology, music theory, composition, and performance practice. It collects links to archival collections, online scores and sound recordings; article indexes, discographies and bibliographies; scholarly societies; musical reference works; and a miscellany of useful websites.
  • Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies
    Maintained at San José State University. Includes Beethoven Gateway.
  • New Music USA
    New Music USA was formed by the merger of the American Music Center and Meet The Composer. We provide over $1 million each year in grant support for the creation and performance of new work and community building throughout the country. We amplify the voice of the new music community through NewMusicBox, profiling the people and ideas that energize and challenge music makers today. We stream a wide-ranging catalog of new music around the clock on Counterstream Radio and provide an online home for composers to feature their own music.
  • OperaGlass
    Information on many operas including libretti, source texts, performance histories, synopses, discographies and role creators.
  • Operabase
    Information on opera performances, artists, managers, companies, statistics and obituaries.
  • Ethnomusicology Musical Instrument Collection
    The University of Washington Ethnomusicology Division houses over 400 musical instruments from around the world. Each year since the founding of the Ethnomusicology program in 1962, one or more international artists have been invited to the campus to share their musical traditions through teaching and performance. The musical instrument collection has grown over the years as the result of these residencies, and its make-up reflects the instrumental traditions of the artists who have been our guests. Additional donations have expanded the collection to its present size. The digitized images in the musical instrument database are intended for educational and instructional use. If you cite or download images, please acknowledge the University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives. Downloading of audio or video examples is prohibited.
  • Library of Congress American Memory
    Performing Arts sites.
  • American Folklife Center
    The collections in the Center's Archive of Folk Culture include folk cultural material from all fifty states.
  • New York Philharmonic Leon Levy Digital Archives
    Current material available in the Digital Archives includes: 1,781 scores marked by Leonard Bernstein, Andre Kostelanetz, and others, 15,896 music parts marked by Philharmonic musicians, 3,235 printed programs, 1943—70, 4,069 business and planning folders, and 16,339 photographs and images.
  • Metropolitan Opera Archives Metopera Database
    Performance archive.
  • Virtual Instrument Museum
    Online museum (established fall 2003) of the World Music Musical Instrument Collection of the Music Department of Wesleyan University.
  • Monterey Jazz Festival Collection
    Each fall since 1958, the seaside city of Monterey, California, has been the site of performances by the world's finest jazz and blues performers. The festival's archive - preserved by the Stanford University Archive of Recorded Sound - contains recordings of live festival performances throughout the history of this enduring American cultural institution.

Clarinet concerto : Klarinett og hljómsveit = clarinet & orchestra (Áskell Másson, 1953-, composer.) Music Library; M1024 .A85 1980 x

Clarinet concerto : op. 40 (Whettam, Graham, 1927-) Music Library; M1025 .W5 op. 40 1966 x

Hänsel und Gretel : fairy-tale opera in three acts after the poem by Adelheid Wette Frost Library; M1500.H946 H292

A midsummer night's dream : opera in three acts, op. 64 = Ein Sommernachtstraum (Britten, Benjamin, 1913-1976, composer, librettist.) Music Library; M1503.B74 M52 1960 x

The Sheldon Harnick songbook. (Harnick, Sheldon,) Music Library; M1507 .S532 2008 x

Waitress : the irresistible new Broadway musical (Bareilles, Sara, composer, lyricist.) Music Library; M1508 .B364 W35 2015 x

Come from away : a new musical (Sankoff, Irene, composer, lyricist.) Music Library; M1508.S27 C66 2017 x

The band's visit : a new musical (Yazbek, David, 1960-, composer, lyricist.) Music Library; M1508.Y39 B36 2017 x

Hispanic folk music of New Mexico and the Southwest : a self-portrait of a people Music Library; M1629 .H67 2014

Sheet music collection, 1967-2016 (Cohen, Leonard, 1934-2016, composer.) Music Library; M1630.18.C64 S53 2017 x

An English medieval and Renaissance song book : part songs and sacred music for one to six voices Music Library; M1740 .E588 2000

Staging revolution : artistry and aesthetics in model Beijing opera during the cultural revolution (Fan, Xing, author.) Frost Library; M1805.3 .F36 2018

Sacred vocal music (Barsanti, Francesco, approximately 1690-1775, composer.) Music Library; M2 .R238 v.200 x

The lost child : orchestral version (Dresel, Otto, 1826-1890, composer, arranger of music.) Music Library; M2.3.U6 R4 v.45 supp. x

Sabbahtische Seelenlust (1651) Johann Rist (Rist, Johann, 1607-1667, author.) Music Library; M2138.R62 S3 2016

Italienisches Konzert = Italian concerto (Bach, Johann Sebastian, 1685-1750.) Music Library; M24.B114 I8 1990 x

The complete works (Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel, 1714-1788.) Music Library; M3 .B103 2005 x

Uncharted : creativity and the expert drummer (Bruford, Bill, author.) Frost Library; ML1035 .B78 2018

Drumming Asian America : taiko, performance, and cultural politics (Ahlgren, Angela K., author.) Frost Library; ML1038.T35 A55 2018

Parading respectability (Bruinders, Sylvia, author.) Frost Library; ML1351.S87 W43 2017

The complete book of 1930s Broadway musicals (Dietz, Dan, 1945-, author.) Frost Library; ML1711.8.N3 D517 2018

Sources of identity : makers, owners, and users of music sources before 1600 Frost Library; ML172 .S68 2017

Opera and the political imaginary in old regime France (Bloechl, Olivia Ashley, author.) Frost Library; ML1727.3 .B56 2017

Studies on a global history of music : a Balzan musicology project Frost Library; ML193 .S78 2018

Nationalist and populist composers : voices of the American people (Schwartz, Steve, 1946- author.) Frost Library; ML200.5 .S38 2018

Fernando Ortiz on music : selected writing on Afro-Cuban culture (Ortiz, Fernando, 1881-1969, author.) Frost Library; ML207.C8 O77 2018

Film (Audissino, Emilio, author.) Frost Library; ML2075 .A92 2017

Czech music around 1900 Frost Library; ML247 .C925 2017

Musicians' migratory patterns : the Adriatic coasts Frost Library; ML250 .M94 2018

The Montpellier codex, the final fascicle : contents, context, chronologies Frost Library; ML2627.2 .M66 2018

Renegotiating French identity (Fulcher, Jane F., author.) Frost Library; ML270.5 .F87 2018

From vocal poetry to song : towards a theory of song objects (De Surmont, Jean-Nicolas, 1968-, author.) Frost Library; ML2800 .D413 2017

Music in the West Country : social and cultural history across an English region (Banfield, Stephen, 1951- author.) Frost Library; ML286.7.W4 B36 2018

Making congregational music local in Christian communities worldwide Frost Library; ML3000 .M16 2018

Chant, liturgy, and the inheritance of Rome : essays in honour of Joseph Dyer Frost Library; ML3082 .C475 2017

Sixteen cantigas de Santa Maria with dotted rhythm (Cunningham, Martin G., author.) Frost Library; ML315.2.A54 C86 2017 x

Luther's liturgical music : principles and implications (Leaver, Robin A., author.) Frost Library; ML3168 .L43 2017

Congregational music, conflict, and community (Dueck, Jonathan, author.) Frost Library; ML3169 .D84 2017

Artistic research in music Frost Library; ML33.G46 A78 2017

What the doctor overheard (Müller, Leopold, 1824-1893, author.) Frost Library; ML340.4 .M85 2017

The pop palimpsest : intertextuality in recorded popular music Frost Library; ML3470 .P6615 2018

Right to the juke joint : a personal history of American music (Mullen, Patrick B., 1941-, author.) Frost Library; ML3477 .M78 2018

Memphis rent party : the blues, rock & soul in music's hometown (Gordon, Robert, 1961-, author.) Frost Library; ML3477.8.M46 G69 2018

Thinking about music from Latin America : issues and questions (González Rodríguez, Juan Pablo, author.) Frost Library; ML3487.A1 G6613 2018

Sounds northern : popular music, culture and place in England's north Frost Library; ML3492 .S68 2018

Rocking the boat : migration and race in contemporary Spanish music (Bermúdez, Silvia, author.) Frost Library; ML3498 .B47 2018

Vamping the stage : female voices of Asian modernities Frost Library; ML3500 .V36 2017

Jazz and the philosophy of art (Brown, Lee, 1932-, author.) Frost Library; ML3506 .B78 2018

The jazz bubble : neoclassical jazz in neoliberal culture (Chapman, Dale, 1972- author.) Frost Library; ML3508 .C47 2018

DC jazz : stories of jazz music in Washington, DC Frost Library; ML3508.8.W27 D3 2018

Pioneers of the blues revival (Cushing, Steve, author.) Frost Library; ML3521 .C87 2018

Country music USA (Malone, Bill C., author.) Frost Library; ML3524 .M34 2018

The musical artistry of rap (Connor, Martin E., 1990- author.) Frost Library; ML3531 .C663 2018

Twilight of the gods : a journey to the end of classic rock (Hyden, Steven, 1977-, author.) Frost Library; ML3534 .H927 2018

Widespread Panic in the streets of Athens, Georgia (Lamb, Gordon, author.) Frost Library; ML3534.3 .L36 2018

Unlimited replays : video games and classical music (Gibbons, William (William James), 1981- author.) Frost Library; ML3540.7 .G53 2018

Selling folk music : an illustrated history (Cohen, Ronald D., 1940-, author.) Frost Library; ML3551 .C584 2018

Spirituals and the birth of a black entertainment industry (Graham, Sandra J. (Sandra Jean), author.) Frost Library; ML3556 .G77 2018

Lead Belly, Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan and American folk outlaw performance (Carpenter, Damian A., author.) Frost Library; ML3570 .C37 2018

Masks of Charos in modern Greek demotic songs : sources, representations, and context (Bzinkowski, Michał, author.) Frost Library; ML3604.6 .B95 2017

Musical minorities : the sounds of Hmong ethnicity in Northern Vietnam (Ó Briain, Lonán, 1983- author.) Frost Library; ML3758.V5 O25 2018

Dawn of the DAW : the studio as musical instrument (Bell, Adam Patrick, author.) Frost Library; ML3790 .B33 2018

Copyright's excess : money and music in the US recording industry (Lunney, Glynn, 1962- author.) Frost Library; ML3790 .L8 2018

Mixing with impact : learning to make musical choices (Oltheten, Wessel, author.) Frost Library; ML3790 .O49 2018

Music by the numbers : from Pythagoras to Schoenberg (Maor, Eli, author.) Frost Library; ML3805 .M3 2018

Inner sound : altered states of consciousness in electronic music and audio-visual media (Weinel, Jonathan, author.) Frost Library; ML3838 .W33 2018

Counterpoints : dialogues between music and the visual arts (Junod, Philippe, 1938-, author.) Frost Library; ML3849 .J8613 2017

Music, sound, and architecture in Islam Frost Library; ML3849 .M9393 2018

Rock and romanticism : Blake, Wordsworth, and rock from Dylan to U2 Frost Library; ML3849 .R63 2018

Songwriting in contemporary West Virginia : profiles and reflections (Stimeling, Travis D., author.) Frost Library; ML385 .S735 2018

Folk music in overdrive : a primer on traditional country and bluegrass artists (Tribe, Ivan M., author.) Frost Library; ML385 .T74 2018

Experimental encounters in music and beyond Frost Library; ML3877 .E97 2017

Music & camp Frost Library; ML3877 .M877 2018

Making waves : traveling musics in Hawaiʻi, Asia, and the Pacific Frost Library; ML3917.A78 M35 2018

Performing propaganda : musical life and culture in Paris during the First World War (Moore, Rachel, 1981 December 14-) Frost Library; ML3917.F8 M66 2018

Staging the nation : opera and nationalism in 19th-century Hungary (Lajosi, Krisztina, author.) Frost Library; ML3917.H86 L35 2018

Music and society in Cork, 1700-1900 (O'Regan, Susan, author.) Frost Library; ML3917.I74 O74 2018

Resonances of chindon-ya : sounding space and sociality in contemporary Japan (Abe, Marie, author.) Frost Library; ML3917.J3 A24 2018

On site, in sound : performance geographies in América Latina (Dorr, Kirstie A., 1972- author.) Frost Library; ML3917.L29 D677 2018

Popular music and multimodal critical discourse studies (Way, Lyndon C. S., author.) Frost Library; ML3917.T9 W39 2018

Tropical riffs : Latin America and the politics of jazz (Borge, Jason, 1965-, author.) Frost Library; ML3918.J39 B674 2018

Trajectories and themes in world popular music : globalization, capitalism, identity (Bridge, Simone Krüger, author.) Frost Library; ML3918.P67 B76 2018

Hip-hop in Africa : prophets of the city and dustyfoot philosophers (Clark, Msia Kibona, author.) Frost Library; ML3918.R37 C58 2018

Destined for greatness : passions, dreams, and aspirations in a college music town (Ramirez, Michael, 1976- author.) Frost Library; ML3918.R63 R36 2018

The devil's music : how Christians inspired, condemned, and embraced rock 'n' roll (Stephens, Randall J., 1973-, author.) Frost Library; ML3921.8.R63 S74 2018

The musical language of rock (Temperley, David, author.) Music Library; MT146 .T44 2018

The music and music theory of Paul Hindemith (Desbruslais, Simon, author.) Frost Library; MT40.H53 D47 2018

Thoughts on playing the horn well : also containg suggestions for warm ups and other exercises (Wekre, Frøydis Ree.) Music Library; MT420 .W45 1994 x

Thesaurus of scales and melodic patterns (Slonimsky, Nicolas, 1894-1995.) Music Library; MT45 .S55 1986 x

Composing for voice : exploring voice, language and music (Barker, Paul, 1956-, author.) Music Library; MT64.V63 B57 2018

The singing teacher's guide to transgender voices (Jackson Hearns, Liz, author.) Music Library; MT820 .J33 2018

Klarinettenkonzert Es-dur (Backofen, Johann Georg Heinrich, 1768-1839, composer.) Music Library; $hM1024 .B33 1998

The collected works (Buxtehude, Dietrich, 1637-1707.) Music Library; $hM3 .B97 1987

Œuvres complètes de Claude Debussy. (Debussy, Claude, 1862-1918.) Music Library; $hM3 .D33 1985

Opera omnia (Rameau, Jean-Philippe, 1683-1764.) Music Library; $hM3 .R35

Musikalische Werke (Telemann, Georg Philipp, 1681-1767.) Music Library; $hM3 .T4

Leipziger Ausgabe der Werke Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdys (Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix, 1809-1847.) Music Library; $hM3.1.M54 I6

Sämtliche Werke (Hindemith, Paul, 1895-1963.) Music Library; $hM3.H62 F6