Music

Articles
Course guides
Books
Scores
Listening
Visual resources

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Primary subject databases
Database Description
Oxford Music Online New Grove Dictionary, Grove's Opera and Jazz dictionaries, and other music reference works. View Full Description

Main databases

Secondary subject databases
Database Description
Music Periodicals Database Index and full text for international music periodicals, from scholarly journals to popular sources. View Full Description
RILM Abstracts of Music Literature Index to music literature in various formats from around the world. View Full Description

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Tertiary subject databases
Database Description
Cambridge Histories The complete collection of this series covering history of Britain, science, art, politics and religion among others. View Full Description
Canadian Business & Current Affairs Database Provides access to Canadian journals, magazines and news resources on all topics. View Full Description
Canadian Music Periodical Index Citations to articles from Canadian music journals, newsletters and magazines. View Full Description
Education Source Scholarly research and information relating to all areas of education. View Full Description
Google Scholar (with Laurier content access) Searches for articles and web resources from academic publishers and universities. View Full Description
Iter: Gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance Interdisciplinary bibliography of scholarly research on the period from 400 to 1700. View Full Description
JSTOR Current and back issues of journals in arts and sciences. View Full Description
Music & Performing Arts Streaming audio and video plus scores and reference works. View Full Description
Opera in Video Opera performances plus interviews and documentaries. View Full Description
ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global International database with full text and/or abstracts for doctoral dissertations and selected master's theses. View Full Description
Scholars Portal Journals Several thousand full-text electronic journals; especially strong in sciences and social sciences. View Full Description

Course guides

Course guides organized by course number and course title
Course # Title
MU100 Music and its Contexts
MU109A Practical Study - Voice

Books: Primo catalogue

  • search for your keyword(s) in the Primo catalogue
    • from the results page, limit to "books" under "refine my results"
    • check subjects under "refine my results" or under "details" for individual books
    • for thematic catalogues, add the phrase "thematic catalogs" to your search
  • books from M to MT are on the 4th floor of the Laurier Waterloo Library
  • use "requests" to have a book delivered from another location in Primo

Browsing the shelves (4th floor)

  • M = the music itself (scores, printed music, recordings)
  • ML = books about music history and literature
  • MT = books about music theory, education and methods

Other book resources

Scores in print

  • use the Primo Catalogue to find scores at Laurier, University of Waterloo and University of Guelph and the Annex
    • enter your keywords. Examples: composer, title, subject, instrument, form (sonatas, songs, etc.), opus number (the more keywords you use, the fewer the results)
    • from the results page, click on "Scores" under "Refine Results"
    • not finding your item? Try searching for just the composer's name, or add a keyword for works: "complete works" or werke (German), oeuvres (French), opera (Latin), opere (Italian) or obras (Spanish).
    • your score may be part of a collected edition. Check Oxford Music Online to identify the volume you need
    • WorldCat, a database of many library catalogues, may help you identify your score in a collection
    • find scores on the 4th floor: on the shelves by Regina St. or in the Ensemble Collection
    • use "requests" to have a score delivered from another location in Primo

Ensemble Collection

  • located near the elevators on the 4th floor of the Waterloo campus Library
  • limited hours; contact Christina Kerr to make an appointment
  • comprised of orchestral, choral and chamber scores plus individual parts
  • identify items using the Primo catalogue
  • request items using "requests" in Primo, or visit the Ensemble Collection
  • when the Collection is closed, pick up and return materials at the main floor service desk
  • for faculty requests, allow at least two weeks for processing. Due date is one week after the concert date
  • ensemble materials may be rented by outside users with permission of the Faculty of Music

Online scores

Classical Scores Library
Scores and manuscripts from the Renaissance to the 21st century.
International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP)
Large and growing collection of high-quality public domain scores.
Art Song Central
Archive of standard classical and traditional repertoire. Includes IPA transcriptions for the German, French, Italian and Latin songs.
Choral Public Domain Library
Large collection of public domain choral music. Includes texts and translations.
Neue Mozart-Ausgabe
Complete works of Mozart in digitized format. Includes critical commentaries.
Sheet Music from Canada's Past
Hundreds of pieces of music chosen from the historical collection of the National Library of Canada. To find full-image scores, browse for "printed music."
Sheet Music Consortium
Brings together sheet music collections from various libraries and archives.
Other Music Score Websites (via IMSLP)
Comprehensive list of links.

Recordings in the Library

Use the Library's Primo Catalogue to identify recordings. Steps:

  • enter keywords. Examples: composer, title, subject, instrument, form (sonatas, songs), opus number
    • Note: the more different keywords you use, the fewer the results
  • from the results page, click on "Audio Visual" under "Refine Results"
  • items in the Laurier Library are on the 4th floor, on the shelves by Regina St.
  • for items in the Annex or at other locations, click on "Requests" to have the item sent to Laurier
    • Note: items at UG cannot be requested; only faculty can request items from UW
  • Laurier students may borrow listening materials for class presentations. A note from a member of Laurier Music Faculty is required. Loan period is 24 hours, with no renewal.
  • Laurier Music faculty may borrow listening materials for one-week, except for materials on Reserve.
  • Listening Equipment

Online resources

Naxos Music Library
Large, growing music-streaming collection, particularly for classical music.
Music & Performing Arts
Includes Classical Music Library, plus American song, world music and jazz.
Opera in Video
Opera performances on video, along with interviews, and documentaries.
Canadian Music Centre
Choose Centrestreams and create an account to hear archival recordings by Canadian composers.
British Library Sounds
Includes classical music, jazz, world music, dialects, sound recording history.
Recorded Sound Reference Center (Library of Congress)
Historical recordings, including songs, band music, folklife, vaudeville, spoken word and more.
Virtual Gramophone (Library and Archives Canada)
Early 20th century recordings with Canadian content.