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Music Education: Find Books

This guide is designed specifically for music education research and resources.

Featured Books in Music Education

Use SUMMON to Find Books & Ebooks at SU Libraries

SUMMON searches:

  • Print books at SU Libraries, including full-text indexing for titles also in Google Books
  • Ebooks from various publisher collections
  • Public domain digital book scans in HathiTrust Digital Library

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Choosing Keywords for Music Education Topics

Browsing books and choosing different keywords can be a good place to start when you are beginning research. Try some of the following strategies, or search using your own terms:

Start with a basic heading

  • Music instruction and study
  • Folk music instruction and study
  • School music instruction and study
  • World music instruction and study
  • Music in education

Add other endings to get more specific

  • Research
  • Social aspects
  • Psychological aspects

(examples: Music instruction and study research,  music instruction and study psychological aspects)

Related education headings

  • Multicultural education
  • Early childhood education
  • Cognitive learning

Related music cognition headings

  • Musical perception
  • Music -- social aspects
  • Music -- psychological aspects
  • Music -- physiological effect
  • Auditory perception
  • Cognition
  • Music and science

Search WorldCat

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WorldCat is a world catalog of libraries that participate in SU Libraries' inter-library loan network. Search here for books, scores and recordings in other libraries, and we will borrow it for you, free of charge.

Find something you like? Collect the citation and place an inter-library loan request. PDFs of articles usually arrive in 1-2 days, and books usually arrive in 5-8 business days.

  • Use the advanced search and the same subject headings from the SU catalog.
  • Be sure to limit by format (book, musical score, recording)
  • If on-campus, look for the "Interlibrary Loan" link to transfer the citation directly to our ILL request form.

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