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Music: Journals and Reference Resources


Billboard Online is like its print version with charts in numerous categories (pop, jazz, rap, country, Latin, etc.). Also has news, features, Tunes on TV (a listing of musicians that are on TV in a given week), a new release roundup and a free search tool for artists' performance itineraries.

Articles and announcements for the Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music, updated semiannually.


Biannual, peer-reviewed publication from Depauw University featuring original articles and reviews on teaching music history. All articles and issues are available free online.


The Journal of Synagogue Music, which features in-depth articles that are related to Jewish musicology and synagogue music, is offered online through the Cantors Assembly website. Issues from 1967-present are available in a downloadable .pdf format.


Musicaenclave is an electronic journal founded in 2007, published by the Maestría de Musicología of the Universidad Central de Venezuela in Caracas. It is indexed in RILM and IIMP. The complete contents are available for download as individual pdfs. Articles are accepted in English, Spanish and French.


Resources available to all include peer-reviewed scholarly articles, guides for beginners, classifieds for instruments & accessories.

Online music magazine founded in 1995 focusing on independent and pop music, including feature articles and album reviews.


Academic, peer-reviewed publication published by the Polish Music Reference Center at University of Southern California.

Website of the quarterly bilingual magazine La Scena Musicale, a Canadian publication primarily focused on Canada's classical music scene. Each issue contains comprehensive concert listings, CD, DVD & book reviews and interviews with musicians.


Online publication of the Saltire Society of New York, featuring Scottish-themed articles, events listings, and more.

As of 2010, Symphony Magazine is publishing 6 issues per year: 4 printed (Jan-Feb; May-Jun; Jul-Aug; Nov-Dec) and all 6 will be available online. Online-only enhancements include live Web links, multimedia, interactive features & additional content.


An open-access, refereed publication of the Society for Seventeenth-Century Music.

Reference Resources

Site debuted in 1991; now contains over 500,000 items. Its goal is to aid the casual listener in musical exploration. Provides biographical info & editorial reviews on artists from virtually every type of commercial music. Invaluable springboard for researchers; convenient demonstrational tool for educators. Editors maintain regularly updated curatorial blog. Visitors encouraged to sign in and submit own album ratings.


Interdisciplinary survey of materials related to King Arthur. Includes archeology, history, literature, music, and the arts.

Online resources established by the CCARH at Stanford University. The site includes an archive of the journal Computing in Musicology, a searchable database of musical themes, and a collection of scores formatted for computational musical analysis.


Index of guitar music found in published anthologies, searchable by title of work, title of publication, or composer. Includes incipits.

Billed as "the internet's premier classical music source," this site contains a chronological list of composer birthdays, individual composer timelines, composer-specific lists of works, a list of abbreviations in thematic catalogs, and lists of recommended books and scores.


Searchable international database of completed dissertations and new dissertation topics in the fields of musicology, music theory, and ethnomusicology, as well as in related musical, scientific, and humanistic disciplines. Currently contains over 14,000 records, including the corrected and updated contents of earlier printed editions of Doctoral Dissertations in Musicology.


Death notices, updated daily.

Provides online access to the bi-monthly music publication catalogues (or Monatsberichte) of the Leipzig-based music publisher Friedrich Hofmeister (1782-1864). Digitized collection includes catalogues issued between 1828-1900, which permit dating to within approximately eight weeks of any piece of printed music listed. Catalogues also include information about books, music periodicals, illustrations and portraits of composers published.


Archive that chronicles each performance in the Met's history, starting in 1883.


Searchable database including information on over 1 million composers and musicians, with extensive details on historical concert performances and venues. Individual entries include basic biographical details and citations for relevant books, articles, and reference materials.

Fun site which indexes national anthems from around the world.  Complete with sound samples and sheet music, where available.


Based at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts in Lincoln Center, the Music Division is an important research collection containing scores, books, media, manuscripts and archival materials, with a special focus on American music. Research materials are available for public use in the library's third floor reading room. For reference queries contact


Created by John Wagstaff, Music Librarian, U. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

This site is currently used by graduate students at Brooklyn College for locating significant websites in music research.


Database of musical themes searchable by pitch, interval, solfege, contour, key, and meter. Results include score excerpts and MIDI audio files. Collaborative project created by researchers at Stanford University and Ohio State University.

Additional Internet Resources

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