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man with sombrero and guitarWelcome to our guide to music history!
The resources in this guide are just starting points in a very wide-ranging field. See our other guides or contact a librarian for help on specific topics.
Navigate the guide via the tabs at the top of the page, or use the links in the Contents list below:

Contents

Research: Research Methods | Reference | Articles | Books

Scores & Recordings: Music in the Library | Online Resources

Writing: Writing Methods | Citations | Copyright

Career Resources: Connect with Professionals | Learn More

Recommended Music History Books in the Library

Musicology: The Key Concepts, 2nd ed.

First edition available online.
A handy reference guide to the terms and concepts associated with contemporary musicology. Draws on critical theory with a focus on new musicology.

Writing about Music, 3rd ed.

Also available online.
Most helpful for citing or referring to musical titles or terminology. Includes information on preparing musical examples, program notes, and more.

Critical Music Historiography

Argues that methods for a critical re-evaluation of the past are needed. Tackles under-researched domains of music history as well as rethinking older historiographical concepts.

How to Write about Music

Selections from the 33 1/3 series, from a variety of go-to genres such as album reviews, personal essays, blog posts and interviews, along with tips, writing prompts, and advice from the writers themselves.

Music Research: A Handbook, 3rd ed.

Introduces the major music research tools. Appendices include citation examples for Turabian/Chicago, MLA, and APA.

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