Music Library & Bill Schurk Sound Archives

The Music Library and Bill Schurk Sound Archives (ML/BSSA) support curriculum in Music, Popular Culture, and American Culture Studies. With almost a million recordings, the Bill Schurk Sound Archives represents the largest collection of popular music recordings in an academic library in North America. Our collections also include books, scores, and video formats covering music studies from multiple angles. Users from the campus, the community, and the world are welcome to use our materials on site. We have something for everyone!

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Streaming audio from independent record labels from 1975 to the present, representing music largely ignored by the commercial recording companies. Genres include classical, jazz, folk, world, contemporary and electronic music.
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Met Opera on Demand includes more than 450 Met performances, encompassing dozens of Live in HD productions, classic telecasts from the 1970s, '80s, '90s, and '00s, and hundreds of radio broadcasts dating back to 1936. Use is for individual study only, not intended for classroom or public playback.
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Streaming audio for American roots and pre-1960 American popular music from labels such as Rounder, Rebel and Smithsonian Folkways.
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Streaming audio for over 35,000 CDs from the genres of classical, world/folk, new age, pop and rock, and Chinese music. Access limited to 20 users at a time.
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Streaming audio reserves are available to allow students to complete course listening or viewing 24/7 online.
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JSTOR includes image and full-text online access to back issues of selected scholarly journals in history, economics, political science, demography, mathematics and other fields of the humanities and social sciences.
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The Music Index Online contains citations from more than 875 international music journals including history, theory, performance, ethnomusicology, education, and popular music. It also includes citations for dissertations, reviews, and obituaries.
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The publications in Music Magazine Archive support scholarly research areas such as race, class, gender, American studies, youth culture, and more in rock and folk periodical titles. All material is represented in the original publications, preserved in its original context, fully searchable and in high-resolution full color. 

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RILM is an international bibliography of scholarly writings on music and related disciplines. RILM provides a broad, international coverage and concise abstracts.
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"The Composer Diversity Database was created to allow conductors, performers, presenters, educators, and researchers a tool with which to expand and broaden their scope of composers and repertoire.

"In order to use the database, simply click one or multiple checkboxes at the top of the page. Each checkbox will filter only the names that fall under that category. Multiple categories may be selected—in fact, a search with several different filters (i.e. living-female-chorus-South Asian) may be the most efficient way to use the database."

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“IPA Source was developed to benefit singers, teachers, and all those interested in the correct and knowledgeable performance of vocal literature. What started in 2003 as a support site for students in a university diction class has grown into the largest collection of literal translations and International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) transcriptions on the web. The goal of IPA Source is to promote the comprehension and accurate pronunciation of foreign language texts in art song and opera in order that the singer may imbue each syllable with the appropriate emotional content.”
--IPA Source website
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“A single search of international charting albums and singles under exclusive academic licence from Billboard, the Official Charts Company. Sophisticated tools allow you to interpret, graph, analyse, compare and contrast musical trends and interactions at the touch of a button. Listen to audio samples for each track and album quickly and easily”
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"’s easy-to-use interface lets you enter up to 20-plus parameters (voice type, character age, range, ease for accompanist, descriptive characteristics, etc.) to generate a list of songs tailored to your needs from an ever-growing database (thousands of titles already!)" 
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This new Naxos service meets the needs of many artists and performing arts organisations - a place where they can find all the most important information about classical musical works -- instrumentation, playing time, year of composition, composer biographies, music notes and much more.
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Oxford Music Online is a portal that provides access to four music reference sources: Grove Music Online, The Encyclopedia of Popular Music, The Oxford Dictionary of Music, and The Oxford Companion to Music. All four resources can be searched simultaneously.
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“Rock and Roll explores the dynamic period of social, political and cultural change between 1950 and 1975... Explore our interactive chronology to learn a wealth of fascinating facts, take a tour of our visual resources, and watch video footage to experience the spectacular sights and sounds of the period for yourself.”
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