Music Resources

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Music Resources

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Music Resources on River Campus


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In addition to the following titles, other reference books in the collection cover jazz, musical theater, contemporary music, biography, rock, etc. Please note that there are some music reference books in the Rhees Reference Stacks, although the majority of the music reference collection is now in the Art/Music Library.



Book OpenDictionaries and Encyclopedias


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Bibliographies and Indexes


  • 6679
    RILM Music Abstracts Via EBSCO 1967 - current
    Identifies articles on music.
  • 6823
    RIPM Music Periodicals Varies
    Identifies articles on music published between the late 1700's and the 1950's. Complements RILM Music Abstracts.
  • 6572
    Wilson OmniFile Via EBSCO 1982 - current
    Identifies articles on many subjects with some full text.
  • 6650
    Music Index 1979 - current
    Identifies articles on music.



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 The following music journals are located in the Art/Music Library on the display shelves. For a more extensive choice of music journals, students are welcome to visit the Periodical Reading Room at Sibley Library.

  • Blues Revue
  • Downbeat
  • Early Music
  • Leonardo: journal published by MIT Press
  • Listen: Life with Classical Music 
  • Living Blues
  • Opera News
  • Popular Music
  • Sondheim Review
  • Tempo: Journal of contemporary music
  • Zingmagazine: art magazine with crossover into contemporary music; occasional CDs accompany issues.


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Online Journals and Blogs



  • Roots World: an on-line magazine for world and folk music. 
  • Journal of Seventeenth-Century Music: an academic e-journal about seventeenth-century music. 
  • Musical America: the magazine, online. 
  • Music Theory Online: journal of the Society for Music Theory
  • Alex Ross: The Rest is Noise: the blog from the articulate classical music reviewer for The New Yorker magazine. Many good links to other blogs and music sites.
  • a daily digest of arts, culture and ideas
  • Studies in Musical Theatre: a new journal, available as full text online through UR's Voyager
  • Mark Swed: excellent reviews from the classical music critic of the Los Angeles Times
  • American Music: articles on American composers, performers, publishers, institutions, events, and the music industry, as well as book and recording reviews, bibliographies, and discographies.

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    Specialized Sites


  • The Blue Highway: Everything about the blues. 
  • New York Times Arts and Music: Current events and news in the arts world.
  • Musical theater site, with essays, history, calendar, photos, etc. Constantly updated. 
  • The Latin American Music Center of Indiana University. 
  • Jewish Music Webcenter: Information and links about Jewish music.  
  • Early American Music and its European Sources, 1589-1839: an index: A large database about early American music, maintained by the Colonial Music Institute.  
  • American Music Center/New Musc USA: American Music Center's online library and listening room with information about contemporary American composers.
  • All About Jazz: reviews, interviews, articls, and calendars about contemporary jazz
  • OperaGlass: Your Connection to the World of Opera. Articles, information, schedules, shopping, many links to opera-related sites.
  • Early MusiChicago: All Things Early Music in Chicago and Beyond: a site about early music in Chicago, but with many good links to other sites about early music.
  • The History of Rock Music: Piero Scaruffi's guide to just about everything about rock music.
  • Beethoven-Haus Bonn Digital Archives: Information about Beethoven, including digital scans of his manuscripts for study.
  • Center for Black Music Research: Resources for research on the music of Africa and the black diaspora.
  • The American Musical Instrument Society: All aspects of musical instruments: history, design, study.

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