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Research Guide: Music For Teachers

Music 3810, 3824, 4822 & 4842

Dr. Priest's web site and syllabi may be found at

Finding Music and Recordings

Using Catalogs:

  • Use Stewart Library's online catalog to find musical recordings housed in our collection.
    • Search by general keyword or alphabetically browse by author/composer, title or subject
    • Be sure to limit by Audio Recordings (musical) under Limits at the bottom of the screen.
  • Use WorldCat to find music in other libraries, locally and globally
    • Select Speaker Sound Recordings. Be aware that sound recordings may not be available via interlibrary loan

Audio tapes, CDs and videos are housed on the Lower Level of Stewart Library in the Media/Reserve collection. Ask at the Circulation Services desk for assistance.

  • Excellent collections of curriculum and music on CD for teachers can be found on the Lower Level, North. Check the library catalog for location and availability.
    • Spotlight on Music
    • Share the Music
    • Making Music
    • The Music Connection
    • Roots and Branches: a legacy of multicultural music for children 
    • Changing Directions (music for folk dance)
    • Rhytmically Moving (accompanies Teaching Movement and Dance text)

From the Internet:
Many different types of music are available on the Internet. These can be stored in many different file types. Use the Web Resources links below and Search Engines to search for audio files on the Internet. Try using AltaVista's Audio Search

From Online Stores: Order music online from Amazon.Com, Barnes and Noble or many other stores.

Interlibrary Loan:  If we do not own a particular CD, Video or other media needed, we can try to borrow it for you from another library through Interlibrary Loan.  Be aware that it is often difficult to borrow media as many libraries do not lend audio tapes, CD's or videos.

Finding Books and Scores

Using Catalogs: Use the WSU Stewart Library's online catalog to find scores and other books on music. You can search by keyword or alphabetically browse by author, title or subject. Use WorldCat to find books in other libraries.

Scores: Use the library catalog to find scores in the library. Search by keyword and limit your search by Format to Music scores. You can also do an alphabetical search by author (includes composer), title or subject; note that the Format limits mentioned above do not work when doing alphabetical searches. Use WorldCat to find music in other libraries. Scores are generally found in the M 1 - M 1490 call number range on the Top Level of the library.

Music Books: Most music books are found in the General Collection under the call number "M" on the Top Level of the library. It is useful to browse the shelves to get an overview of the music collection.

Useful call number areas for music are:

  • M 1 - M 1490 -- instrumental music 
    • scores -- most scores are located in this area, the exact call number depends on the musical form and number of instruments
  • ML 1 - 3930 -- literature on music
  • ML 100 - ML 158 -- reference works on music
  • ML 159 - ML 3739 -- history and criticism
  • ML 385 - ML 429 -- biography
  • ML 430 - ML 455 -- composition
  • ML 3930 -- literature on music for children
  • MT 1 -- MT 960 -- musical instruction and study
  • MT 1 -- pedagogics
  • MT 2 - MT 5 -- history and criticism
  • MT 7 -- music theory
  • MT 20 - MT 32 -- special methods
  • MT 40 - MT 67 -- composition
  • MT 170- MT 810 -- instrumental techniques
  • MT 220 - 255 -- piano

Books on education are found under the call number L. Books and periodicals that check out are located in the General Collection on the Top Level of the library. Reference books are located on the Middle Level, north side.

The Young Peoples Collection of children's literature and the Curriculum Library of teaching resources, including music text/CD sets, are located on the Lower Level, north end. These are arranged by Dewey Decimal System as used in most school media centers and school libraries (370 for Education, 780 for Music). Located here are the curriculum series:

  • Share the Music
  • Making Music
  • The Music Connection
  • Teaching Movement & Dance : a sequential approach to rhythmic movement - General Collection - 2nd Floor, GV1753.5.W45 1998 

Subject Headings: Useful Library of Congress Subject Headings are: 

  • Music -- Instruction and study -- Juvenile
  • School music -- Instruction and study 

Also use a general keyword search in the catalog. Other useful terms may include: music, education, grades K-6 (or K-8 or K-12), curriculum, study and teaching, High School teaching.

From Bookstores: Order books online from Amazon.Com, Barnes and Noble or one of the other sources found on our list of Book and Book Review sources.

Interlibrary Loan: If we do not own a particular book or article you need, we will borrow it for you from another library through Interlibrary Loan.

Reference Resources

Reference resources include encyclopedias, dictionaries and other materials you use to "refer" to. Use these resources for background information on a topic. For home or off campus access use your WSU username and password.


  • Oxford Music Online [Now includes Grove Music Online] - Universally acknowledged as the unsurpassed reference resource on all aspects of music. Be aware, this database subscription provides access for only 6-8 simultaneous users at a time from WSU.
  • Credo Reference - A selection of full-text reference resources, including several in music. Be sure to limit your search to Music in the drop-down list next to the search box.
  • Oxford Reference Online - A selection of full text reference resources, including several in music. Look under Performing Arts to find the music resources.

PRINT REFERENCE RESOURCES (Encyclopedias and Dictionaries)

Listed below are some selected examples. Browse the shelves in the reference collection, Middle Level under the call number M and on Reference Table 3A to see many more reference books on music:

  • Infinite Elvis: An Annotated Bibliography (REF ML 134.5 .P73 H56 2001)
  • Music Hound: This series includes Music Hound titles on Rock, Jazz, Blues, R&B, Country and Folk. All in the M section of the reference collection, main level
  • New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (REF Index Table 3A) -- This contains long articles on a wide variety of subjects. Each article has a bibliography. Online version is listed above.
  • New Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments and Instrument Makers (REF Index Table 3A) -- Information on instruments, their history and evolution.
  • New Harvard Dictionary of Music (REF ML 100 .N485 1986) -- has definitions of musical terms and historical articles. See "Education in the United States" for a history of music teaching practices.
  • Rap Whoz Who (REF ML400 .S77 1996)
  • Rocket Man: The Encyclopedia of Elton John (REF ML410.J64 B4 1995)
  • Virgin Encyclopedia of Popular Music (REF  ML102 .P66 V57 2002)
  • The Library also owns more subject specific dictionaries and encyclopedias including: The New Grove Dictionary of American Music, The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, The Encyclopedia of Popular Music,The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music in America, and many others  found in the M's in the reference collection on the main level. 

Finding Articles


To find articles on your topic you should begin by using our article databases. Search by subject or keyword in these databases. Off-campus access requires your WSU username and password. If the full text of an article is available in a database, there will be a PDF Full-Text or HTML Full-Text link. If not, there will often be a Find Full-Text link that will take you to WSU's Article Access screen which will tell you if we have the full-text in another article database or in print.

  • Academic Search Premier - Covers most topics and includes over 1000 education titles and 100 music journals, many with full text
  • Arts & Humanities Search - Citations from many of the world's leading arts and humanities journals from 1980 - present
  • EbscoHost Education Databases - Cross-database searching for several education databases, including ERIC, selected full text
  • Education Full Text - Citations, abstracts and some full-text articles on all aspects of education, including music educations
  • ERIC - Citations, abstracts and some full-text for articles and other documents on all aspects of education, including music education
  • RILM -- Répertoire International de Literature Musicale - Citations and abstracts of scholarly literature in music from 1969 - present
  • IIPA -- International Index to Performing Arts - Citations, abstracts and some full-text articles from journals and magazines on all aspects of the performing arts, including dance
  • JSTOR  Archive of full text articles from scholarly journals in many fields, including music - coverage goes from the 1st issue to 5 years ago for most journals
  • PsycINFO - Index to scholarly literature in the broad field of psychology, including some full-text articles - covers several journals on music education and the psychology of music


Another resource for finding scholarly articles is Google Scholar ( When accessing Google Scholar from off-campus for the first time, click on Scholar Preferences to the right of the search box. In the Library Links box, type in Weber State and click on Find Library. Then click on the box next to Weber State University - Full-Text@My Library. Finally, click on the Save Preferences box at the bottom right corner of the screen. Then as you search for articles in Google Scholar, look for articles that include a Full-Text@MyLibrary link. If you click on the link, it will take you to WSU's Article Access page where you will (hopefully) find a link to the full-text of the article or link to our library catalog for journals we only have in print. You will need to enter your WSU user name and password when prompted. This is a good way to find scholarly articles, but be aware that many WSU article databases are NOT linked to Google Scholar. You should NEVER depend only on Google Scholar for finding articles.


Current magazines and journals on music and music education can be browsed in the Current Periodicals Area, on the middle level, south endincluding:

  • American Music Teacher  MT 1 .A512
  • Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education  ML 1 .C332
  • Journal of Research in Music Education   ML 1 .J86

Bound volumes of older issues are found in the General Collection on the Top Level.


Web Resources

Here are some WWW sites to get you started. Most of these will take you to other links, so explore!

Research Tips

  • Clearly identify your information need
  • Identify key words and search terms to match your topic
  • Develop search statements using advanced search techniques
    • Boolean logic, adjacency searching and truncation
  • Use the Online Catalog to find books
  • Use Education and Arts & Humanities article databases to find journal articles
  • Go back to the online catalog to see if the journals are in Stewart Library and where they are located
  • Use Interlibrary loan to get materials that are not in Stewart Library
  • Use search engines to find Web information
  • Carefully evaluate the information you find for usefulness and quality
  • Revise your search terms and strategy to expand or narrow your results, be creative, look in other areas
  • Use appropriate style to document and cite research
  • Ask for HELP from Reference staff  via phone, chat, or email

Updated December 29, 2008 . Please send comments to Wade Kotter, Social Sciences Librarian.
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