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Diversity in Music


Asian and Pacific music is a broad term that encompasses the many musical forms and styles which were created within the Asian continent and the surrounding Pacific Islands. Below is a broad overview of sources and search tips designed to direct students towards resources about Asian and Pacific music. 

Approaches to Searching

To locate books about a specific person or topic, use the Subject Search in the OPAL Library Catalog. Each book has been tagged with specific subject headings that describe its content.

Subject headings for groups of people not associated with a nationality are relatively new, and practices are still being worked out. Some headings that have been applied to Asian/Pacific music, though, include:

  • Music -- Central Asia-- History and Culture 
  • Music-- East Asia-- History and culture
  • Music -- Social aspects -- Asia
  • Music -- South Asia --- History and culture
  • Music-- Southeast Asia -- History and Culture
  • Music -- Polynesia
  • Samoan Islands-- Songs and music


Call Numbers

Books and printed music are arranged according to the Library of Congress' Classification System. The library has circulating and non-circulating (reference) collections. Each collection is divided in to three sections.

  • M = Printed music/scores (organized by instrument/genre)
  • ML = Books about music and musicians
  • MT = Books on music theory, pedagogy, and technique

The Jones Music Library has distinct collections for music education and music therapy resources.  A complete description of the library's collections may be found here.

Electronic media

Essential Resources

There are many online resources devoted to diversity in music. Here are just a few essential ones.