Introduction: The music program offers studio work in the performing arts, courses in appreciation, history and criticism, technical and theoretical training, and teacher preparation, at the bachelor’s and master’s degree levels. Faculty research interests are principally in performance and recording. The Holland and Terrell Libraries collections in music and theatre support student coursework and research at the bachelor's and master's levels. Students, professionals and critics of the performing disciplines need information resources beyond traditional textual materials. Musical scores, sound recordings and media materials are of equal value to the printed word. The interrelationships among these media cannot be overemphasized in a discussion of this subject.
Other disciplines in the humanities and world civilizations also rely heavily on the music collections.
Purpose: To support teaching and research at the Bachelor's and Master's levels in the fields of applied music, music education, musicology, ethnomusicology, composition and music theory, primarily on the Pullman campus. To support faculty course preparation and performance.General Collection Guidelines:
- Languages: English, with selective acquisition of Western European language materials. Where a publication consists mainly of musical notations, any language and alphabet may be represented as necessary.
- Chronological Guidelines: From antiquity to the present.
- Geographical Guidelines: No restrictions. A balance between western art music, jazz, and world music is sought.
- Types of Material: Monographs and reference books in print and electronic formats; periodicals in print and electronic formats; music scores and parts, research sets in score, music facsimiles and reprints, microfilm, sound recordings, videotapes, DVDs, and electronic databases.
- Location of Materials:
Print materials on the subject of music reside in the Holland and Terrell Libraries. The WSU Libraries’ collection of audio materials is housed in the Holland and Terrell Libraries' Media Materials & Reserves (MMR). The WSU Libraries’ collection of scores is housed as a courtesy in the departmental library in the Music Department.
**Note: The Music Department purchases and maintains its own collection of sound recordings, which is outside the purview of this statement.
- Date of Publication: Current scholarship is given primary consideration. Reprints and older editions are acquired when need is evident.
- Exclusions: Sound recordings except compact discs. Rare and early editions, multiple copies of scores for classroom and performance use. Ephemera such as brochures, programs, pamphlets, juvenilia.
Historical Musicology (see also Theory and Analysis):
Collected and/or complete works of selected composers. Miniature and study scores for all major works.
Performing editions of traditional standard chamber works, and less-known chamber works at the discretion of the selector and/or per faculty request.
Important selected folk music collections and scores of non-Western music..
Anthologies and "monument" editions of early music.
Reputable performing editions and arrangements of early music..
Oratorios, operas, operettas, and important musicals; piano-vocal scores are acquired as a priority; full or miniature scores are also acquired when possible, particularly for major works.
NOTE: Selected different editions of works in the above categories are often desirable and necessary.