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Resources on the study of music and dance. 

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Important Resources

This collection includes sources such as dictionaries, encyclopedias and directories to help find brief explanations and general information about terms and concepts in music and dance.

Reference Sources in Music and Dance

  • New Grove dictionary of music and musicians. ML100 .N48 2001 (Reference, 2nd floor)
  • Encyclopedia of rap and hip-hop culture. ML102 .R27 B96 2006 (Reference, 2nd floor)
  • Blumenfeld's Dictionary of Musical Theater: Opera, Operetta, Musical Comedy ML102 .M875 B58 2010 (Reference, 2nd floor)
  • Continuum encyclopedia of popular music of the world. ML102 .P66 C66 2003 (Reference, 2nd floor)
  • New Grove dictionary of jazz ML102 .J3 N48 2002 (Reference, 2nd floor)
  • International encyclopedia of dance GV1585 .I586 1998 (Reference, 2nd floor)
  • Film Choreographers and dance directors: an illustrated biographical encyclopedia. GV1779 .B55 1997 (Reference, 2nd floor)
  • Social dancing in America: a history and reference. GV1623 .G56 2007 (Reference, 2nd floor)

Online Reference Sources in Music and Dance

Need Articles? Try International Index to Performing Arts Database

Search this database for full-text popular and scholarly articles and reviews on the performing arts.  Subjects include dance, musical theater, recordings, and opera. IIPA is available on McDermott Library's database page.

Subject Guide

Ellen Safley

Hear It and See It: The Naxos Music Library and the Naxos Video Library

The Naxos Music Library provides access to over 85,000 CDs.  Create your own playlists from over one million tracks of classical, jazz, folk, and rock music. 

Or watch streaming video
performances of operas, ballets, live concerts, and  dance performances on the Naxos Video Library. 

Both databases are available on McDermott Library's database page.