Music Education

Leighton: Music Lesson (1884)

This guide is designed to help you find information relating to the field of music education. Use this as a starting point, or browsing tool. As always, consult our catalog for complete holdings information, and when uncertain, ask at the Reference Desk!


Suggested Call Numbers for Shelf Browsing

Below are general call number ranges. For specific call numbers, consult the Library of Congress Classification Schedule in the blue book at the Reference Desk, and/or our catalog.

ML3830-ML3840 Music psychology
ML3840-ML3877 Aesthetics
MT1 General musical instruction and study
MT2 Music history
MT6-7  Music theory
MT10-MT11 Teacher’s manuals
MT20-MT32  Systems and methods
MT22 Jacques-Dalcroze
MT23 Kodaly
MT26 Orff
MT35 Notation, ear training
MT170-MT801 Technique books – arranged by instrument
MT820-MT893 Singing and voice
MT898-MT949 techniques for children
NX (Arts in general)
NX180  Arts in relation to other subjects
NX220 Arts audiences
NX230 Citizen participation in the arts
NX280 Study and teaching, research
Music Education Resources (ML and NX materials on 3rd floor; MT materials on 4th floor).


Suggested Subject Headings for our catalog

Children’s songs
Choral conducting
Ear training
Education- research
Folk songs
Instrumental music -instruction and study
Music- examinations, questions
Music- Instruction and study
Music- juvenile

Music teachers
Musical ability
School music
Sight-reading (music)
Singing games
Social sciences – research
Surveys – methodology


Selected Print Resources for Music Education

Abeles, Harold F. Foundation of Music Education. NY: Schirmer; Toronto : Maxwell Macmillan Canada, 1994.
          MT1 .A1415 F77 1994

Bowman, Wayne, and Ana Lucia Frega, editors. Oxford Handbook of Philosophy in Music Education. NY:
          Oxford University Press, 2012. MT1 .O98 2012

Colwell, Richard, editor. Handbook of Research On Music Teaching And Learning. NY: Schirmer; Toronto: Maxwell
          Macmillan Canada, 1992. MT1 .H234 1992

Froehlich, Hildegard C. Inquiry in Music Education: Concepts and Methods for the Beginning Researcher. New,
          revised ed. NY: Routledge, 2013. MT1.F925 I58 2013

Kantorski, Vincent. A Bibliography of Source Readings in Music Education. Warren, MI : Harmonie Park, 1997.
          ML128 .I64 K16 1997

Keene, James A. A History of Music Education in the United States. Hanover, NH : University Press of New
          England, 1982. MT3 .U5 K26 1982

Mark, Michael L. A History of American Music Education. NY: Schirmer; Toronto : Maxwell Macmillan Canada,
          1992. MT3 .U5 M345 H6, 1992

Mark, Michael L. Music Education: Source Readings from Ancient Greece to Today. 4th ed. NY: Routledge,
          2013. MT2 .M9871 2013

McPherson, Gary E. and Graham F. Welch, editors. Oxford Handbook of Music Education. NY: Oxford University
          Press, 2012.

Music Education Research : An Anthology from the Journal of Research in Music Education. Reston, VA : MENC,
          1998. MT2 .M987 1998

Music of the World’s Cultures: A Source Book for Music Educators. Nedlands, WA : CIRCME, 1998.
           ML128 .I64 M987 1998

NYSSMA Manual: A Resource of Graded Solo & Ensemble Music: Suitable For Contests and Evaluation Festivals.
           [Westbury, N.Y.] : The Association. Ref. ML27 .N533M

Simons, Gene M. Early Childhood Musical Development: A Bibliography of Research Abstracts, 1960-1975.
           Reston, Va. : MENC, 1978. Ref. ML128 .I64 S611

Volk, Therese M. Music Education and Multiculturalism : Foundations and Principles. NY: Oxford UP, 1998.
           MT4 .V916 M98 1998

Walters, Darrel L. and Cynthia Crump Taggart. Readings in Music Learning Theory. Chicago: G.I.A. Publications,
           1989. MT1 .R287 1989


Current Periodicals

American Dalcroze Journal MT22 .A512
American Music Teacher ML1 .A512T or online
American String Teacher ML1 .A512S
American Suzuki Journal MT262 .A512
Analisi: Revista di Teoria e Peagogia musicale ML5 .A532
Arts Education Policy Review NK1160 .D457 or online
Australian Journal of Music Education ML27 .A929ME or online
British Journal of Music Education ML5 .B8615 or online
Bull. of Historical Research in Music Education ML1 .B936 or online
Canadian Music Educator ML27 .C212E
Contributions to Music Education ML27.U5 O375 or online
Council for Research in Music Education Bulletin ML1 .C854R or online
Educational Music Magazine ML1 .E24
Early Childhood Connections ML1 .E12
General Music Today ML1 .G326 or online
Instrumentalist ML1 .I59
International Journal of Music Education ML27 .A93ME or online
International Society for Music Education Newsletter ML5 .I6128
Jazz Educators Journal ML1 .N277JE
Journal of Historical Research in Music Education
ML1 .B936 or online 
Journal of Music Teacher Education ML1.J86 M98 or online
Journal of Research in Music Education
ML1 .J86ME or online
Journal of Singing ML27 .U5 N27 T2 or online
Kodály Envoy ML1 .K76E
Music Education Research
ML5 .M9725 or online
Music Education Technology
Music Educators Journal
ML27.U5 MS8J or online
NACWPI Journal ML27.U5 N27AC
National Association of Teachers of Singing Bulletin ML27.U5 N27 T2
National Association of Teachers of Singing Journal  ML27 .U5 N27 T2 or online
National School Orchestra Association Bulletin ML1.N111 B9
The Orff Echo ML1 .O67
Philosophy of Music Education Review
ML1 .P568 or online
Psychology of Music
ML5 .P974 or online
Research and Issues in Music Education online
Research Studies in Music Education
ML5 .R432 or online
School Music News ML27.U5 N53
Teaching Music
MT1 .T252 or online
Update: Applications of Research in Music Education
ML1 .U66 or online
Victorian Journal of Music Education



Selected Online Resources 

(available via UR Libraries)

Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) (1966 – Current)

Education Index Retrospective (1929-1983)

Education (1983 – Current)


Other Web-based Resources 

Eastman School of Music, Music Education Department

River Campus Libraries Education Resources

Educational Technology Clearinghouse Music Education resources

International Society for Music Education

Music Educators National Conference

National Association of Music Educators resources

Open Directory Music Education resources



Compiled by Phil Ponella, 7/95, Rev. 7/97; Rev. by Jim Farrington 7/99, 9/10; Rev. Rick McRae 9/13