Music Reference Workshop

Learning Objectives

By the end of the Music Reference Workshop, the participant will be able to:

  1. Name the questions to ask in a music reference interview.
    • (What format do you want? What musical style is the song?, Who wrote it?, etc.)
  2. Identify the most common formats for music materials.
    • (Sound recordings: CDs, LPs, etc., Printed music: full scores, vocal scores, etc. Visual materials: VHS, DVD, etc.)
  3. Recognize the Difficulties in finding songs and instrumental music, and how to overcome them, Part 1.
    • (The problems in finding POPULAR SONGS (as well as other musical styles) include being part of a larger work, located in an anthology, in different languages, not cataloged adequately, etc.)
  4. Describe components that are used in a CLASSICAL MUSIC title (AKA Difficulties in finding songs and instrumental music, Part 2).
    • (Talk about additional difficulties in finding classical music by discussing the idea of uniform title, such as original language, music subject headings use plural form, etc. The Participant will learn more terms to use in a keyword search, such as opus number, key, etc.)
  5. Recognize the difficulties in finding WORLD MUSIC (AKA Difficulties in finding songs and instrumental music, Part 3).
    • (Search terms can vary in a catalog (ex. Senegal or Africa), traditional vs. popular music, etc.)
  6. Name free internet sites (and paid electronic resources like WorldCat) to use in answering music reference questions.
    • (, Music Selection Resources on the WWW, etc.)
  7. List basic music reference materials their library may want to purchase.
    • (Grove, Ken Bloom "American Song," "Song index of the Enoch Pratt Free Library," etc.)

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The Music Library Association is the professional association for music libraries and librarianship in the United States. Founded in 1931, it has an international membership of librarians, musicians, scholars, educators, and members of the book and music trades. Complementing the Association’s national and international activities are eleven regional chapters that carry out its programs on the local level.