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Art of Teaching Music

Resources for research in music education

The library catalog, journals, and databases


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OneSearch (EDS, or Ebsco Discovery Service) cross-searches all of the library's resources, including books, scores, audio materials, videos, journal articles, and electronic resources. There will be much more material with which to deal when executing a query using OneSearch.

 Library of Congress Subject Headings, and why they are important in an online environment

Music -- instruction and study

School music -- instruction and study

Choral music -- instruction and study

Instrumental music -- instruction and study


Music Education Journals at Talbott (open entries; closed entries)

American Dalcroze Journal. 1999-2015 (print only).

American Music Teacher. December 1999- (print and online; Education Full Text).

American Suzuki Journal. 2009- (print only).

British Journal of Music Education. v.1, no.1 (1984) - v.31, no.3 (2014) (print only, Indexed in RILM).

The Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education. 1963 – (print only, shelved by title in PERIODICALS). 

Bulletin of Historical Research in Music Education. 1980 – 1999 (title change) Journal of Historical Research in Music Education 1999-2014 (online through JSTOR).

Contributions to Music Education.  Print: v.1 (1972) - v. 37, no. 2 (2010). Online access, via databases Education Full Text; Omnifile Full Text (2005)-.

International Journal of Music Education. 2004 – (Online only).

Journal of Research in Music Education. 1953-2014 (online from JSTOR); 1996-2011 (online from Education Full Text); 2001- (online from Ebsco Academic Search Premier).

Kodaly Envoy. v. 22 (1995)- (print only).

Music Educator’s Journal [NafME]. 1934-2014 (online from JSTOR); 1990- (online from Ebsco Academic Search Premier).

Orff Echo. 1979- (print only).

Philosophy of Music Education Review. v.1 (1993)- (print and online).

Teaching Music. 1993- (print only at Talbott. Some missing issues; available online through NafME site).

Update: Applications of Research in Music Education. 2003-2016 (online from Ebsco Academic Search Premier).



Citing sources - why cite?

  • allows your readers to locate the sources you used in order to verify the information, or to do their own research on that subject.
  • shows how your research builds on the research of others.

Bibliography and Citation Tools


Databases and Indexes 

Education Full Text

  • Publications – Thesaurus – Indexes
  • Thesaurus can help you generate multiple, related terms

ERIC (U.S. Department of Education's Educational Resource Information Center)

  • Thesaurus – Indexes

Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians

Full texts of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2nd Edition (2001), The New Grove Dictionary of Opera (1992), and The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, 2nd Edition (2001), as well as all subsequent updates and emendations. Including more than 50,000 signed articles and 30,000 biographies contributed by over 6,000 scholars from around the world.


Digital library of academic journals, books, and primary sources. As of 10/10/2018, there are 76 music titles indexed, and 171 education journals indexed.

Music Index

The Music Index is a comprehensive guide to music periodicals and literature featuring digitized content from 1970 to present.

National Center for Education Statistics

  • Data repository which contains statistics for school districts, colleges. Search zipcode 08540. Enrollments, demographics, student-teacher ratios.

‚ÄčOxford Handbooks Online

Incorporates the 2 v. Handbook of Music Education, Music and Disability Studies, Philosophy in Music Education, Qualitative Research in American Music Education, Social Justice in Music Education.

RILM Abstracts of Music Literature

An international database of abstracts in English of current scholarly literature on music in all languages including books, articles, commentaries, prefaces to editions, dissertations, and reviews.

Teacher Reference Center 

National Teacher Reference Center provides indexing and abstracts for hundreds of periodicals. In addition, 96% of journals indexed in TRC are peer-reviewed.

Topics include: Assessment, Best Practices, Continuing Education, Current Pedagogical Research, Curriculum Development, Elementary Education, Higher Education, Instructional Media, Language Arts, Literacy Standards, School Administration, Science & Mathematics, and Teacher Education.

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