Black music encompasses an incredibly rich universe of sound in genres ranging from folk to Western classical to jazz, rock, and hip-hop. This page provides some resources and approaches to exploring that universe. These are just starting places for you to begin to access the wealth of media and writings about Black music.
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 Black music, though, include:
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.
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.
There are many online resources devoted to diversity in music. Here are just a few essential ones.