Music and Music Education Research Guide

This virtual handout is intended as an overview of library resources and services of particular relevance for students in the Music and Music Education program.  The resources, primarily electronic and accessible on and off campus, have been selected as ones supporting the objectives of the program, including “preparing teachers ready to embrace the rewards and challenges of public school teaching and to creatively seek new opportunities to address the persistent need for an education in music within the changing structures of our society.”    This blog post also includes a section describing research consultation and assistance services and options for document retrieval and delivery available to all members of the Teachers College community.

Library Resources

Online Catalogs

Periodical Indexes

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

E-Collections (Text, Images, Sound)

Handbooks of Research

Reviews of Research

E-Journals

Catalogs, Discographies

Directories

Citation Indexes

Digital Archives

Bibliography and Citation Management Programs

Library Services and Publications

All students, faculty, and researchers also have access to a number of important library services and publications provided to support and facilitate research and study in their particular programs and disciplines.



Online Catalogs

Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) are the official subject terms prescribed by the Library of Congress for the cataloging of books and are in use in essentially all academic libraries. To find works pertaining to subjects relating to music and music education and related subjects, it may be useful to use some of the subject terms, or combinations of terms, listed below when searching the online catalogs of libraries at Teachers College, Columbia University, and other institutions.

EDUCAT – The most definitive record of the holdings of the Gottesman Libraries at Teachers College, including books, e-books, journals, e-journals, dissertations, media, and other specialized collections of all kinds.

CLIO – The union catalog of Columbia University Libraries (exclusive of the libraries of Teachers College, the Columbia Law School, and Jewish Theological Seminary), providing the most definitive record of individual libraries’ holdings of books, e-books, journals, e-journals, dissertations, media, and other specialized collections of all kinds.

  • See our library’s video tutorial on searching CLIO.
  • See also Columbia University Libraries’ video tutorials on CLIO search protocols and other features and functions:

WorldCat – The union catalog of the contents of over 10,000 libraries worldwide, providing the means to do exhaustive searching by author, title, subject, and numerous other criteria and to find locations for specific items in libraries nearby and elsewhere. Also freely accessible at worldcat.org.

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Periodical Indexes

ERIC – Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education to provide extensive access to educational-related periodical literature, ERIC (which stands for Educational Resources Information Center) provides coverage of conferences, meetings, government documents, theses, dissertations, reports, audiovisual media, bibliographies, directories, books, and monographs.  In addition to this version, made available via the ProQuest platform, also accessible via the U.S. government ERIC site and through Ebsco ERIC,.

Education Full Text – Provides comprehensive coverage of an international range of English-language periodicals, monographs, and yearbooks. Indexing coverage begins June 1983; abstracts are included beginning spring 1994; full text of some journals is available beginning in January 1996.

Education Index Retro – Provides cover-to-cover indexing for an international range of English-language periodicals and yearbooks; coverage from 1929 through mid-1983.

Education Research Complete – Provides indexing and abstracts for more than 2,100 journals, as well as full text for more than 1,200 journals, and includes full text for nearly 500 books and monographs.

Humanities Full Text – Abstracts, bibliographic indexing, and full text from scholarly sources and specialized magazines in the humanities. Indexing begins in 1984, full-text coverage in 1995.

International Index to Music Periodicals – Music journal resource with almost 800,000 indexed articles, plus detailed abstracts and full text from 1874 to the present, covering the scholarly to the popular.

International Index to Performing Arts – Draws its content from more than 210 international periodicals and also indexes articles and obituaries appearing in the New York Times and the Washington Post.

Periodicals Archive Online – Archive of hundreds of digitized journals published in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.

Professional Development Collection – Designed for professional educators, this database provides a highly specialized collection of nearly 520 high-quality education journals, including more than 350 peer-reviewed titles. The database also contains more than 200 educational reports.

RILM Abstracts of Music Literature – A comprehensive music bibliography featuring citations, abstracts, and indexes. There are currently over 540,000 records in RILM on traditional music, popular music, and classical music, representing disciplines that include musicology, ethnomusicology, pedagogy, psychology, anthropology, sociology, and others.

RIPM:  Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals – an international annotated database with detailed content analysis of writings on musical history and culture between 1800 and 1950 provided by internationally-recognized scholars and editors.  RIPM currently indexes the contents of 120 music periodicals including articles, reviews, illustrations, music examples, advertisements, press reviews, and more.

Rock’s Backpages:  The Ultimate of Rock Music Writing and Journalism – Rock reviews, articles, and interviews from the late 1950s to the present day.

Scopus – Abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and quality web sources with smart tools to track, analyze, and visualize research.

Web of Science Comprising the Arts & Humanities Citation Index, the Social Sciences Citation Index, and the Science Citation Index Expanded, this database supports searching by topic, author, or publication name, and is also a major means for doing cited reference searching, to find articles that cite a person’s work.

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Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

Encyclopedia of Education (2nd Edition) – The 2003 version of the classic resource in education and related fields.

Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online – Comprehensive online resource devoted to music research of all the world’s peoples; includes entries by more than 700 expert contributors from all over the world comprising  1,210 essays and images from 10 sources and hundreds of audio examples.

Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance – provides information about theater and performance from ancient Greece to current developments around the globe. Areas covered include performances in playhouses, dance, opera, radio, film, television, and popular performances.

Oxford Music Online (formerly Grove Music Online) – Provides access to multiple  Oxford music reference resources, including the Encyclopedia of Popular Music, Grove Music Online, The Oxford Companion to Music, and The Oxford Dictionary of Music.

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E-Collections (Text, Images, Sound)

African American Music Reference – Offers comprehensive coverage of blues, jazz, spirituals, civil rights songs, slave songs, minstrelsy, rhythm and blues, gospel, and other forms of black American musical expression, comprising 4,426 essays and images from 128 sources.

American Memory – a gateway to the Library of Congress’s collections of digitized American historical materials.  The site’s mission is to provide ” free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience.”

American Song – A history database comprising songs by and about American Indians, miners, immigrants, slaves, children, pioneers, and cowboys; included are the songs of Civil Rights, political campaigns, Prohibition, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, anti-war protests, and more.

Classical Music LibraryIncludes recordings from major labels, independent labels, and self-published recordings from major musical groups; also includes program notes, composer biographies, and images cross-referenced to the recordings.

Classical Scores Library – Collection of digitized scores of important classical music, manuscripts, and unpublished material.

Database of Recorded American Music – A scholarly resource of streaming online music, primarily American, including CD-quality audio, liner notes, and essays from New World, Composers Recordings, and other important labels.

Music Online : Classical Music Reference Library – Brings together reference materials, spanning the entire history of Western classical music. Provides coverage of all classical genres, from the Medieval period to the 21st century.

Naxos Music Library – Collection of audio music containing the Naxos, Marco Polo, and Da Capo catalogues;  includes classical music, historical recordings, jazz, world and folk music, along with textual notes on the works being played and biographical information on composers or artists.

Naxos Music Library:  Jazz – Includes thousands of titles from the Fantasy catalogue and Naxos Jazz. Works may be searched by featured artist(s), disc/song title and catalogue number.

Opera in Video – A streaming video database that will contain approximately 250 important opera performances, captured on video through staged productions, interviews, and documentaries.

Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries – Produced in partnership with Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, a virtual encyclopedia of the world’s musical and aural traditions, providing educators, students, and interested listeners with an unprecedented variety of online resources that support the creation, continuity, and preservation of diverse musical forms.

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Handbooks of Research

MENC Handbook of Musical Cognition and Development – Drawn from The New Handbook of Research on Music Teaching and Learning (Oxford, 2002), this handbook covers the latest theoretical and practical techniques that explain meaning and understanding in music.

MENC Handbook of Research Methodologies – Combining key selections from the Handbook of Research on Music Teaching and Learning (1992) and the New Handbook of Research on Music Teaching and Learning (2002), this resource presents comprehensive coverage of the most important issues in music education research.

The New Handbook of Research on Music Teaching and Learning (2002) – “Covering a broad range of topics and addressing the issues of music education at all age levels, from early childhood to motivation and self-regulation, this handbook is an invaluable resource for music teachers, researchers, and scholars” (publisher’s description); a companion to the first Handbook of Research on Music Teaching and Learning (1992).  Both available in print only.


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Annual Reviews of Research

Review of Research in Education A publication of the American Educational Research Association, the RRE provides an annual overview and descriptive analysis of selected topics of relevant research literature through critical and synthesizing essays.

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E-Journals

American Music Teacher

American String Teacher

Australian Journal of Music Education

Bach Perspectives

British Journal of Music Education

Bulletin of Historical Research in Music Education

Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education

Canadian Music Educator

Contributions to Music Education

Discourses in Music

General Music Today

Guitar Player

Illinois Music Educator

International Journal of Music Education

Journal of Historical Research in Music Education

Journal of Music Teacher Education

Journal of Research in Music Education

Kodály Envoy

Mountain Lake Reader

Music Analysis

Music Education Research

Music Education Technology

Music Educators Journal

Music Supervisors’ Bulletin

Music Supervisors’ Journal

Music Theory Online

Philosophy of Music Education Review

Research and Issues in Music Education

Research Studies in Music Education

Revista Electrónica de LEEME [Electronic Journal of Music in Education]

Teaching Music

Triad:  Official Publication of the Ohio Music Education Association

UPDATE: Applications of Research in Music Education

Victorian Journal of Music Education

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Catalogs, Discographies

Emusicquest:  The Music-In-Print Series – Citations and order information for music scores/printed music.

The Jazz Discography – General discography of all categories of recorded jazz, from 1896 to present.

RISM.  Series A/II.  Music Manuscripts After 1600 – Catalogs music sources in manuscript format stored in libraries, archives, monasteries, schools, and private collections around the world.

Schwann Online – Catalog of current audio recordings of classical and non-classical music.

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Directories

Cabell’s Educational Directories – A collection of three subdirectories of education journals–Educational Curriculum & MethodsEducational Psychology & Administration, and Educational Technology & Library Science–each of which provides extensive publication information, links to journal websites, manuscript guidelines, and instructions for article submission.

Health and Psychosocial Instruments (HAPI) – Information on approximately 15,000 measurement instruments (i.e. questionnaires, interview schedules, checklists, coding schemes, rating scales, etc.) in the fields of health and psychosocial sciences.

Mental Measurements Yearbook (Ovid) – Produced by the Buros Institute, this database contains extensive information about and reviews of all English-language standardized tests covering educational skills, personality, vocational aptitude, psychology, and related areas, as included in the printed Mental Measurements Yearbooks.

Resources of Scholarly Societies:  Music – One of a set of subject pages in the Scholarly Societies Project, which facilitates access to the websites of scholarly societies around the world.

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Citation Indexes

Scopus – Abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and quality web sources with smart tools to track, analyze, and visualize research.

Web of Science Comprising the Arts & Humanities Citation Index, the Social Sciences Citation Index, and the Science Citation Index Expanded, this database supports searching by topic, author, or publication name, and is also a major means for doing cited reference searching, to find articles that cite a person’s work.

  • See also our library’s Citation Indexes video tutorial on citation searching via the Web of Science and Google Scholar.

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Digital Archives

Academic Commons – Columbia University’s online repository, where current faculty, students, and staff can deposit the results of their scholarly work and research.

PocketKnowledge – The social archive of Teachers College, including unpublished manuscripts and archives from the library’s collections, documents from other departments and administrative offices College-wide, and the work of TC students, faculty, and researchers.

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Bibliography and Citation Management Programs

EndNote, Refworks, and Zotero – Endnote, RefWorks, and Zotero all support retrieval and storage of references from bibliographic databases and the use of that information in formatting in-text citations, footnotes, endnotes, and bibliographies.   This page on the Columbia University Libraries website provides the most complete information available on downloading or connecting to these three packages and on getting access to online tutorials, tip sheets, and other options for help in learning and using the programs.  For direct access to pages on the individual systems, see the links below.

EndNote – This page provides the means to download EndNote, for Windows or Mac, for free, and it links to the EndNote manual and other resources useful for navigating and mastering the program.

RefWorks – By logging in via this page, you can connect to RefWorks, set up a RefWorks account, and find a tutorial and other help options.

Zotero – This link takes you to a page where you can download this free Firefox extension and find extensive documentation on its use, as well as information on groups and forums in which you may want to participate.

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Library Services and Publications

Ask a Librarian a Question – To explore a variety of kinds of research support:  submit an email reference query to librarians onsite; request a research consultation with a Gottesman librarian; review frequently asked questions via the library’s Knowledge Database.

E-Reserves – Provides online access to digital course readings, including e-journal articles and book chapters, as well as call numbers for physical course reserves materials (books, DVDs, videos, etc.).

Document Delivery – Interlibrary services for the retrieval of content (books, book chapters, journal articles, etc.) not available through the Gottesman or Columbia University Libraries.

Learning at the Library – The Gottesman Libraries’ blog via the Pressible platform, including content in many topical areas contributed by library staff members.

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