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Research Guide:

MUSIC 4312: Keyboard Pedagogy II


Finding Music Recordings and Scores

Using Catalogs: Use the library's online catalog to find musical recordings and scores. When you search by keyword, be sure to limit your search by Format to Audio Recordings (musical) when searching for recordings and Music scores when searching for 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. For home or off campus access please use your WSU Login.

Audio recordings are located in the Media/Reserve collection on the Lower Level. Music scores are located under the call number M section on the Top Level.

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 Hotbot and do an advanced search and limit to real media and/or audio, or  try AltaVista's Advanced Audio Search.

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 order media as many libraries do not lend audio tapes, CD's or videos.


Finding Books

Using Catalogs: Use the library's online catalog, to find books on music, musical instruments, musicians, music education, and other music topics. You can search by keyword or search alphabetically by author, title and subject. Use WorldCat to find books in other libraries. 

Music Books: Most music books are found in the General Collection under the call number M on the Top Level. 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 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 650 - ML747 -- piano, clavichord, harpsichord, etc.
  • 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"  

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. 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:

  • Spotlight on Music (with CDs) - Media/Reserve Desk
  • Share the Music (with CDs) - Media/Reserve Desk
  • The Music Connection (with CDs) - Media/Reserve Desk  

Subject Headings: Useful Library of Congress Subject Headings are: 

  • PIANO -- METHODS -- GROUP INSTRUCTION
  • PIANO -- METHODS -- JUVENILE
  • PIANO -- INSTRUCTION AND STUDY
  • PIANO -- PERFORMANCE
  • PIANO -- PRACTICING
  • PIANO -- STUDIES AND EXERCISES -- JUVENILE
  • PIANO MUSIC -- TEACHING PIECES
  • PIANO -- STUDY AND TEACHING
  • PIANO WITH ORCHESTRA -- SCORES
  • MUSIC -- INSTRUCTION AND STUDY
  • MUSIC -- THEORY
  • MUSIC -- STUDY AND TEACHING
  • MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS -- STUDY AND TEACHING
  • SCHOOL MUSIC -- INSTRUCTION AND STUDY
  • COMPOSERS -- STUDY AND TEACHING

Also use a general keyword search in the catalog. Other useful terms may include:

  • piano pedagogy
  • piano music juvenile
  • music education
  • piano scores
  • practice music

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 please use your WSU Login.

ONLINE REFERENCE RESOURCES

  • Oxford Music Online (WSU) [Now includes Grove Music Online] - Universally acknowledged as the unsurpassed authority on all aspects of music. Be aware, this database subscription provides access for only 8 simultaneous users at a time from WSU.Finished? Click on logout.
  • Credo Reference : Music (WSU) - music handbooks, dictionaries & biographies
  • Oxford Reference Online (WSU) - music dictionaries & biographies - Limited simultaneous use. Finished?  Click on logout.

PRINT REFERENCE RESOURCES (Encyclopedias and Dictionaries)

Listed below are some selected examples. Use the catalog or browse the shelves to see many more reference books on Music.

  • New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (REF 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 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.
  • Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians (REF ML 105 .B16 1992) -- the 8th edition of this standard biographical work.
  • The Library also owns a number of more subject specific dictionaries and encyclopedias including: The New Grove Dictionary of American Music, The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music in America, and many others.

REFERENCE BOOKS ON PIANO AND RELATED SUBJECTS

Listed below are some selected examples. Use the catalog or browse the shelves to see many more reference books on Piano and related subjects.

  • Butler, Stanley. Guide to the best in contemporary piano music; an annotated list of graded piano solo music published since 1950. 1973. (REF ML 132 .P3 B8)
  • Chang, Frederic. Team piano repertoire: a manual for multiple players at one or more pianos. 1976. (REF ML 128. P3 C48)
  • Friskin, James. Music for the Piano: a handbook of concert and teaching material.. 1954. (REF ML 128 .P3 f7)
  • Graham, Beverly. Suzuki pianist's list of supplementary materials: an annotated bibliography. 1981 (REF ML 128 .P3 G7 1981)
  • Hinson, Maurice. The piano teacher's source book: an annotated bibliography of books related to the piano and piano music. 1974. (REF ML 128 .P3 H55)
  • Music Education League. Comprehensive guide for piano teachers and piano auditions syllabus. 1963. (REF ML 132 .P3 M88)

Finding Articles

ARTICLE DATABASES

To find articles on your topic you need to use article databases, also known as periodical indexes. Each database usually covers a group of subject related journals. Search by subject or keyword in these indexes. For home or off campus access please use your WSU Login.

NEWSPAPERS

  • Many other newspapers and broadcast news services are available on the Web.

BROWSING CURRENT PERIODICALS

Current magazines and journals on music and music education can be browsed in the Current Periodicals Area, including:

  • American Music Teacher -- MT 1 .A512
  • Clavier -- ML 1 .C617
  • Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education -- ML 1 .C332
  • Journal of Musicology -- ML 1 .J864
  • Journal of Music Theory -- ML 1 .J68
  • Journal of Research in Music Education -- ML 1 .J86
  • Keyboard Companion -- ML 1 .K59
  • Musical Quarterly -- ML 1 .M9872
  • Piano & Keyboard (before 1993 was called Piano Quarterly) -- ML 1 .P581

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

ELECTRONIC JOURNALS AND MAGAZINES


Web Resources

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


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Updated December 29, 2008 .
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