Sidney Cox Library of Music and Dance Collection Library Subject Collection uri icon

subject description and guidelines

  • The Music Library collects printed music, sound and visual recordings, and writings about music and dance. We also provide access to databases and electronic resources supporting music and dance research.

    Printed music: the library collects broadly the art music of the western world. Works of current composers are collected as they are available; historic editions are selected based on scholarly merit. The library collects printed music of other world traditions selectively, as it is available. Popular and vernacular musics of North America are collected primarily in anthologies. Musicals are collected primarily in vocal score format.

    Audio/visual materials: the library collects audio recordings of western art music, popular and vernacular musics of North America and musics of other cultures. We collect video recordings of musical theatre and opera, performances of music in all genres, and selected historical surveys and documentaries. We also collect videos of classical ballet, modern and historical dance. The CD is the preferred format for audio recordings and the DVD for video recordings. Multiple performances of individual works are collected.

    Literature of music and dance: the Music Library collects broadly in English, German, French, Italian and Spanish, and selectively in other western European languages. The literature of music in Asian languages is held in the Asia Collections.


  • The Music Collection serves the needs of the faculty and students of the Music Department and the Dance Program as its primary mission. This includes undergraduate majors, undergraduates who take music and dance courses but do not major in the subject, graduate programs in three articulated fields: musicology, which can be subdivided into music history, music theory, and ethnomusicology; composition; and historical performance practice. In addition, the collections support primary research being carried out by members of various other departments in the University, including History, Psychology, Anthropology, Physics, English and German Studies. The collection is also regularly used by area studies and minority studies programs.