Encyclopedias and other reference books provide excellent historical overviews that will help you put topics -- and the historians writing about them -- into context. The resources are a great way to
Grove Music Online is a great place to start. Found in the Oxford Music Online suite, it includes articles on jazz, opera, musical instruments, world music and American music. Check out the article on Brazil.
The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music (online version here) takes a cultural approach to its focus on the music of all the world's peoples. Each volume is arranged topically, regionally, or by ethnic group, and is complemented by an extensive index. See volume 2 for information on Brazilian music.
Take a few minutes to browse the music reference books (both libraries have similar sources), searching from call numbers ML100 to ML199. You have several books on reserve in the Music Library.
We use the Library of Congress Classification System to gather like items together. You can browse the shelves to discover music works that you never knew existed. If you're looking for information on Cuban dance, popular, or vocal music, a quick search through the blued MLs may hold some surprises....ah, serendipity!
Music searchers are lucky, because “M” is for music!
Music scores are located under M
Books about music are located under ML
Music teaching materials (both scores and books) are located under MT
Here is a selective overview of the call numbers for music:
ML Literature on Music
MT Musical Instruction and Study
Note: Music library sound and video recordings use a separate classification system.
If you’re looking for music for particular performance forces, use our Music Instrumentation Search
Generally, books about music are located in Tutt Libary. Seay Library houses scores and sound/video recordings. Both libraries provide music reference collections.