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International Music

Resources for research and listening for folk and popular music from around the world.

Overviews of Ethnomusicology

Wade, Bonnie C. Thinking Musically: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture, 2nd ed.
ML 3798 .W33 2009

Post, Jennifer C.  Ethnomusicology: A Research and Information Guide, 2nd ed.
ML 128 .E8 P67 2011

Post, Jennifer C.  Ethnomusicology: A Contemporary Reader
ML 3799 .E79 2006

Clayton, Martin. The Cultural Study of Music: A Critical Introduction, 2nd ed.
ML 3845 .C85 2012

Nettl, Bruno & Philip V. Bohlman.  Comparative Musicology and Anthropology of Music: Essays on the History of Ethnomusicology.  Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1991.
ML 3799 .C69 1991

Nidel, Richard.  World Music: The Basics.  New York: Routledge, 2005.
ML 3545 .N54 2005

Subject Terms and Shelf Numbers

Ball State Libraries' materials use standardized subjects in OneSearch and shelf numbers from the Library of Congress for books and scores.

Library of Congress Subjects may be simple or may be subdivided by location, subject, or period.  The examples below should give you some idea of subject keywords to use when searching for this topic.  Note:  in Advanced Search you can specify format (book, compact disc, audio, or score, musical) and you can combine search words on several lines.  (See the Library of Congress Subjects beginning with M for more detail)  Here are some examples:

  • Music--Latin America--History and Criticism
  • Music -- [Country Name] -- History and Criticism
  • Music -- Social Aspects -- Latin America
  • Music -- Social Aspects -- [Country Name]
  • Musical Instruments -- [Country Name]
  • Popular Music -- Latin America -- History and Criticism 
  • Popular Music -- [Country Name]-- History and Criticism

Call Numbers consist of letters for a major division (M for scores, ML for Music Literature, or MT for Music Theory and Teaching),and  numbers for subdivision.  Additional lines indicate author or year of publication.  (See the Library of Congress Classification system for music for more detail)

  • ML 200    Music of the Americas (general works)
  • ML 330    Music of Asia
  • ML 350    Music of Africa
  • ML 410    Biographies of Composers
  • ML 3475 - ML 3505  Popular Music of Specific Countries
  • ML 3545  Folk Music