The Music Collection supports teaching and research requirements of students through the Ph.D.  and D.M.A. level.  As one of the few Schools of Music in the country to offer advanced degrees in all main areas of music study including musicology, ethnomusicology, music theory, composition, all instruments and voices, opera, church music, and music and human learning, a vast array of printed and recorded music, as well as books and journal about music are required.

While English is the primary language of the collection materials are collected in whatever language is relevant to the researcher.  This includes, but is not limited to the major European languages, Middle Eastern languages, and Asian languages.  Because music is a world-wide phenomenon, and many of our students either come from foreign countries or go to them for research, foreign language material is essential.

Holdings are interdisciplinary to the extent that music scholarship draws on many subject areas, including archaeology, biology, physics, mathematics, history, literature, film studies, business administration, sound recording and preservation.

Unlike other subject areas that are able to rely on electronic and print resources, music must provide access in addition to scores of musical works (only old editions typically are available electronically) and to sound recordings (primarily through CDs).  Several streaming databases are also relevant.

Suppliers of music-related materials, whether scores, recordings or books about music are specialists, and can be based outside the US.

Special Collections such as those of former faculty and local musical luminaries are added as space and time permit.

Contact David Hunter, Subject Specialist Librarian

Related collections

Historical Music Recordings Collection
Harry Ransom Center
Briscoe Center for American History
Latin American Studies

Call Number RangeSubject
M 1-2199Music (Scores)
ML 1-3930Music Literature
MT 1-960Music Instruction and Study