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FORUMS (Free and Open Resources for Undergraduate Music Study): Music notation and writing about music

FORUMS is a collection of free and open online materials to support undergraduate general education music courses internationally.

About Music notation and writing about music

Free online music notation programs (some require log in).  Tools for reading and writing about music (online music glossaries and dictionaries).  Materials on conducting research on music online and in the library. Citation styles and formats.   

Reading and writing music (music notation)

Reading and writing about music

Writing about music includes varied forms of writing form informal "low stakes" reflections to concert reports, concert reviews, and formal academic research papers. Ask your professor for clarity on the type of writing she or he expects for particular assignments.

Citation styles used in music writing:  MLA is a common undergraduate writing style format.  In music, Chicago style is usually used for music history papers, and APA style is used in music psychology and music education.  Ask your professor what style format you should use in writing your class work.  Many word processing programs and some online sites will format your work. The Purdue OWL link (above) describes each of these styles and more.


Future directions for this page may include resources on digital literacy, music library resources, music-specific written materials (programs, program notes, for example), music references and tools (encyclopedias, dictionaries, RILM, Music Index), and other challenges for gen ed students reading about music (how is Tschaikovsky spelled and listed in your college's library?).