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Music Reference Collection

Music Reference Collection contains a variety of essential reference materials allowing users to chronicle the history of music of diverse origins and walks of life.  The comprehensive collection of reference materials covers virtually every time period, genre, cultural group, and geographic region and contains the highest quality content.


Perfect for music scholars and faculty, the Music Reference Collection delivers some of the most acclaimed music text content from the world’s best publishers. 
Includes the full content of:

Music Online: African American Music Reference

  • Chronicle the diverse history and culture of the African American experience through music.
  • Full text from major reference works.
  • Biographies and personal narratives from oral histories.
  • Manuscripts, song-sheets, lyrics, discography data, and other text sources cover jazz, spirituals, civil rights songs, slave songs, minstrels, rhythm and blues, gospel, and other forms of black American musical expression.

Music Online: Classical Music Reference Library

  • Includes the authoritative reference titles Baker's Dictionary of Music, Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, and Baker's Student Encyclopedia of Music.
  • Biographical information on major composers and artists.
  • Score and lyric excerpts, plus musical and notational terms.
  • Photographs and images of people, instruments, and ensembles.

Music Online: The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music

  • The full-text of the ten-volume print encyclopedia (more than 9000 pages) that allows for in-text searching.
  • 300+ associated audio examples.
  • Musical illustrations, photographs, and drawings.


Included in Music and Dance Online