This guide provides resources for general music appreciation, preparation of term papers at the undergraduate level, exploration of careers or graduate study.
Burnim, Mellonee V. and Maultsby, Portia K. (2006) African American Music: An Introduction. New York: Routledge. Founders Library. ML 3556 A34 2006
Burns, Kristine H., ed. (2002) Women and Music in America Since 1900, 2 vols. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press. Founders Library: Reference. ML82 W625 2002
The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, 10 vols. (2002) New York: Routledge. Founders Library: Reference. ML 100 G16 1998
Larkin, Colin, ed. (1995) The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music, 6 vols. Enfield, Middlesex, England: Guinness Publ; New York: Stockton Press. Founders Library: Reference. ML102 P66 G84 1995
Larkin, Colin. (2002) The Virgin Encyclopedia of Popular Music. London: Virgin Books: In association with Muze UK. Founders Library: Reference. ML102 P66 V57 2002
Machlis, Joseph and Forney, Kristine. (2007) Enjoyment of Music. New York: W.W. Norton and Company. Founders Library: Reference.
Tyrell, John and Sadie, Stanley, eds. (2001) The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 29 vols. 2nd ed. New York: Grove Press. Founders Library: Reference. ML 100 N48 2001
Storr, Anthony. (1992) Music and the Mind. (New York: Free Press; Toronto: Maxwell Macmillan Canada; New York: Maxwell Macmillan International. Founders Library. ML 3830 S87 1982
Southern, Eileen. (1997) The Music of Black Americans: a History. New York: Norton. Founders Library. ML 3556 S74 1997
Databases Available Via Sterling
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Grove Music Online
Grove Music Online is a dynamic music resource on the web, including the full text of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, second edition; The New Grove Dictionary of Opera; and The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, second edition.
Doctoral Dissertations in Musicology Online
Electronic access to a comprehensive archive of articles from journals in the arts, humanities, social sciences, mathematics, ecology and botany.
A center for scholarly research on a variety of subjects and disciplines.
Project Muse R
Provides full text access to over 160 journals. Full text is accessible only for Johns Hopkins University Press journals; bibliographic information and abstracts are given for non JHUP publications. Sites of periodicals that emphasize music include: Asian Music; Computer Music Journal; Early Music; Journal of the Royal Musical Association; Latin American Music Review; Leonardo Music Journal; Music and Letters; Philosophy of Music Education Review; Women and Music: A Journal of Gender and Culture
Butterworth, Neil. (2005) Dictionary of American Classical Composers, 2nd ed. New York: Routledge. Founders Library: Reference. ML106 U3 B87 2005
Levy, Kenneth. (1983) Music, A Listener's Introduction. New York: Harper & Row. Founders Library. ML 160.L592 1983
Kamien, Roger. (1984) Music, An Appreciation. New York: McGraw-Hill. Founders Library. MT6 K22 M9 1984
McLeish, Kenneth and McLeish, Valerie. (1986) Listeners' Guide to Classical Music: An Introduction to the Great Classical Composers and Their Works. Harlow: Longman. Founders Library. ML100 M354 1986
Gospel and Spirituals
Anderson, Robert and North, Gail. (1979) Gospel Music Encyclopedia. New York: Sterling Publishing Company. Founders Library: Reference. ML102 G6 A5
Goff, James R., Jr. (2002) Close Harmony: A History of Southern Gospel. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press. Founders Library: Reference. ML3187 G64 2002
Heilbut, Anthony. (1992) The Gospel Sound; Good News and Bad Times, 4th ed. New York: Limelight Editions. Divinity Library. ML 3187 1992
Lovell, John. (1972) Black Song: The Forge and the Flame: The Story of How the Afro-American Spiritual Was Hammered Out. New York: Macmillan. Founders Library. ML 3556 L69 Founders Library; Pollock Collection: ML 3556 L69
Warren, Gwendolin Sims. (1997) Ev'ry Time I Feel the Spirit : 101 Best-loved Psalms, Gospel Hymns, and Spiritual Songs of the African-American Church. New York: Henry Holt and Co. Divinity Library: Reference. M 1670 .W371 1997 Divinity Library: Reference. M 1670 W371 1997
Hip Hop and Rap
Howard University Libraries. "Selected Resources on Hip Hop." Subject Guide on Hip Hop Music and Its Cultural Impact. Available at: Library System: Howard University: Information and Research Assistance: Guides: Selected Readings on Hip Hop.
Perkins, William, ed. (1996) Droppin' Science: Critical Essays on Rap Music and Hip Hop Culture. Philadelphia: Temple University Press. Founders Library. ML3531 .D77 1996
Price, Emmett George III (2006) Hip Hop Culture. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO. Founders Library. ML 3531 P75 2006
Toop, David. (1984) The Rap Attack: African Jive to New York Hip Hop. Boston: South End Press. Founders Library. ML3556 T66 1984
Feather, Leonard G. and Gitler, Ira. (1999) The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz. New York: Oxford University Press. ML 102 J3 F4 1999
Howard University Libraries. "Duke Ellington." Subject Guide on the Life and Work of Duke Ellington. Available at: Library System - Howard University: Information & Research Assistance: Guides: Duke Ellington
Martin, Henry and Waters, Keith. (2002) Jazz: The First 100 Years. Belmont, CA: London: Wadsworth. Founders Library; Reference: ML 3506.M356 2002 Founders Library; Reference. Ask for disc at the Circulation Desk: ML 3506 M356 2002 CD-ROM
Tanner, Paul O.W., Megill, David W., and Gerow, Maurice. (2005) Jazz. Boston, MA: McGraw-Hill. Founders Library; Book: ML 3506 T36 2005 Founders Library; CD ROM. Ask for disc at the Circulation Desk: ML 3506 T36 2005 CD-ROM
Ward, Geoffrey C. Jazz: A History of America's Music. (Based on a documentary film by Ken Burns.) Moorland-Spingarn General Collection. M 78165 W2121 2000
Rhythm and Blues
Bowman, Robert M. J. (1997) Soulsville, U.S.A.: the Story of Stax Records. New York: Schirmer Books. Founders Library. ML 3792 B69 1997
Rosalsky, Mitch. (2000) Encyclopedia of Rhythm and Blues and Doo Wop Vocal Groups. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press. Founders University: Reference. ML 102 P66 R67 2000
Some Notable Howard Alumni Involved With Music and Choreography
Debbie Allen '71 Actor/Director/Producer/Choreographer
Jessye Norman '67 Opera Singer
Notable Howard University Jazz Ensemble Alumni
Howard University Resources
The Channing Pollock Theatre Collection
The Channing Pollock Theatre Collection--a non-circulating special collection devoted to the performing arts, was established in 1950 by Helen Channing Pollock, daughter of the late American playwright and critic, Channing Pollock. The collection was formally presented to the University in May 1952 during the Festival of Fine Arts. The Channing Pollock Theatre Collection includes a large number of musical scores and programs for theatrical presentations that were presented in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Department of Music
The music program at Howard University has a rich history which may be traced to 1870, when a few courses were offered.
Howard University Choirs
Howard University Community Choir
The purpose of the Howard University Community Choir is to uplift the name of Jesus Christ through the singing of gospel and other sacred Christian music.
Howard Gospel Choir
This first college choir of its kind in the nation, the Howard Gospel Choir has traveled internationally, recorded commercially and worked with notable artists to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ through song.
Selected Publications -- Music Department Faculty
Arthur C. Dawkins
Dawkins, Arthur C. "The Jazz Combo: Objectives and Benefits." In: J.R. Dunscomb and W.L. Hill. , eds. (2002) Jazz Pedagogy: The Jazz Educator's Handbook and Resource Guide,? 119-135. Miami : Warner Brothers. Founders Library, Book: ML3506 D86 2002 Founders Library, CD-Rom: ML3506 D86 2002 Founders Library, CD-ROM (Ask for CD ROM at the Circulation Desk.)
Faxio , Lorraine . (1985) "The Music Program of the Works Progress Administration: A Documentation and Description of its Activities with Special Reference to Afro-Americans." In: Jackson, Irene V., ed. (1985) More Than Dancing: Essays on Afro-American Music and Musicians. Prepared under the auspices of the Center for Ethnic Music, Howard University . Westport , CT : Greenwood Press. Founders Library. ML3556.M68. Founders Library; Channing Pollock Collection: ML3556 M68 1985
James T. Holliday
Holliday, James T. Chief Research Assistant for White, Evelyn Davidson, compiler. (1996) Choral Music by African-Americans Composers: A Selected Annotated Bibliography. Lanham , MD. : Scarecrow Press. UGL, Auxiliary Cir. Desk. ML128 C48 W5 1996 Moorland-Spingarn, General Collection. M016 7841 W582 1996
Timbrell, Charles. (1999) French Pianism: A Historical Perspective. Portland , OR : Amadeus Press. ML724 T54 1999
Timbrell, Charles. DeBussy in Performance. In: Tresize, Simon. (2003) The Cambridge Companion to Debussy. New York : Cambridge University Press. ML410 D28 C26 2003
Timbrell, Charles (2005) Prince of Virtuosos: A Life of Walter Rummel, American pianist. Lanham , MD : Scarecrow Press UGL, Cir. Desk Reserves: ML417 R796 T55 2005 CD-ROM: UGL, Cir. Desk Reserves: ML417.R796 T55 2005 CD-Rom.
Websites of Some Leading Schools of Music
The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, Washington, D.C.
Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA
Boston University School of Music, Boston, MA
The Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia, PA
Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY
Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Bloomington, IN
The Julliard School, New York, NY
Manhattan School of Music, New York, NY
New England Conservatory of Music. Boston, MA
The Peabody Institute - Music Education, Baltimore, MD
San Francisco Conservatory of Music, San Francisco, CA
University of Cincinnati College - Conservatory of Music, Cincinnati, OH
University of Maryland School of Music, College Park, MD
Music in the Washington Area
DAR Constitution Hall
DC Youth Orchestra
GW Lisner Auditorium
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
The Library of Congress: American Memory Project; Performing Arts, Music Collections
Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
National Museum of American History: Music and Musical Instruments
National Symphony Orchestra
The Smithsonian - Music webpage
Washington City Paper
WETA (classical music station)
WPFW (jazz radio station)
Wolf Trap for the Performing Arts
Careers in Music
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