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Online Resources For Music Study

Subscription and open-access content for the study of both applied and academic music studies.

Recently Added Ebooks About Music

The following ebooks have been added to the Ball State Libraries' ebook collection or have recently been published online:

Music Education & Performance

  • Assis, Paulo de.  Logic of Experimentation: Rethinking Music Performance through Artistic Research, 2018.
  • Chowrimootoo, Christopher.  Middlebrow Modernism: Britten’s Operas and the Great Divide, 2018.
  • Corbett, George.  Annunciations: Sacred Music for the Twenty-First Century, 2019.
  • D’Errico, Lucia.  Powers of Divergence: An Experimental Approach to Music Performance, 2018.
  • Randles, Clint:  Music Education: Navigating the Future, 2014.
  • Westerlund, et. Cl. Visions for Intercultural Music Teacher Education, 2020.

Music History, Interpretation, & Philosophy

  • Bonds, Mark Evan: Beethoven: Variations on a Life, 2020.
  • Born, et. Al. Improvisation and Social Aesthetics, 2017.
  • Caddy & Clark.  Musicology and Dance: Historical and Critical Perspectives, 2020.
  • Cummings & Adkins.  Music Beyond Airports, 2019 (re: Eno’s Music for Airports conference).
  • De Assis, Paulo.  Virtual Works – Actual Things: Essays in Music Ontology, 2018.
  • Howard, Keith.  Sacred Music in Secular Society, 2017 (Asian Ethnology series).
  • Jensen, Frederick: Debussy, 2014.
  • Johnson, Stephen: The Eighth: Mahler and the World in 1910, 2020.
  • Kerman, Joseph.  The Art of Fugue: Bach Fugues for Keyboard, 1715-1750, 2015.
  • Kim-Cohen, Seth: Against Ambience and Other Essays, 2016.
  • Lindmayr-Brandl et. Al. Early Music Printing in German-Speaking Lands, 2018.
  • Lockwood, Lewis.  Beethoven’s Lives: The Biographical Tradition, 2020.
  • Over & zur Nieden.  Musicians’ Mobilities and Music Migrations in Early Modern Europe: Biographical Patterns and Cultural Exchanges, 2016.
  • Parke, Michelle: Queer in the Choir Room: Essays on Gender and Sexuality in Glee, 2014.
  • Peretti, Burton W.: Lift Every Voice: The History of African American Music, 2009.
  • Redmond, Shana.  Everything Man: The Form and Function of Paul Robeson, 2020.
  • Zicari, Massimo.  Verdi in Victorian London, 2016.

Jazz & Jazz History

  • Beuttler, William.  Make it New: Reshaping Jazz in the 21st Century, 2019.
  • Saito, Yoshiomi.  The Global Politics of Jazz in the Twentieth Century, 2020.
  • Wipplinger, Jonathan.  The Jazz Republic: Music, Race, and American Culture in Weimar Germany, 2017.
  • Woideck, Carl: Charlie Parker: His Music and Life, 2020.

Music Composition, Technology, and Theory

  • Jacobs, Lea: Film Rhythm after Sound: Technology, Music, and Performance, 2014.
  • Patteson, Thomas.  Instruments for New Music: Sound, Technology, and Modernism, 2016.

World, Folk, and Recent Popular Music Styles

  • Barentdregt, et. Al.  Popular Music in Southeast Asia: Banal Beats, Muted Histories, 2017.
  • Baum, Robert Craig.  Thoughtrave: An Interdimensional Conversation with Lady Gaga, 2020.
  • Christiansen, Paul.  Orchestrating Public Opinion: How Music Persuades in Television Political Ads, 2017.
  • de Assis, Paulo.  Experimental Affinities in Music, 2015.
  • Dunkel & Nitzsche.  Popular Music and Public Diplomacy: Transnational and Transdisciplinary Perspectives, 2019.
  • Gaulier & Martin. Cape Town Harmonies: Memory, Humour and Resilience, 2017.
  • Gillespie, et. All.  A Distinctive Voice in the Antipodes: Essays in Honour of Stephen A. Wild, 2017.
  • Karush, Matthew.  Musicians in Transit: Argentina and the Globalization of Popular Music, 2016.
  • Looseley, David: Edith Piaf: A Cultural History, 2019.
  • Loy, Stephen, et. Al., Popular Music, Stars and Stardom, 2018.
  • Lucas, Ann.  Music of a Thousand Years: A New History of Persian Musical Traditions, 2019.
  • Papetti, Saitis.  Musical Haptics, 2018.
  • Renza, Louis.  Dylan’s Autobiography of a Vocation: A Reading of the Lyrics 1965-1967, 2017.
  • Perry, Marc.  Negro soy yo: Hip Hop and Raced Citizenship in Neoliberal Cuba, 2016.
  • Yang, Hon-Lun: China and the West: Music, Representation, and Reception, 2017.
  • Zanfagna, Christina.  Holy Hip Hop in the City of Angels, 2017.


OneSearch Tips for Online Books

OneSearch is the Ball State Libraries' integrated discovery tool for books, articles, recordings, scores, and other library material.  It also indexes selected trustworthy online resources and incorporates subscription databases such as Academic Search Premier. On the Libraries' home page, you will see a simple search box:

After searching for your topic, you may find more resources than you need.  You can narrow down your results by using the facets listed to the left of the search results.  Some online books have been purchased or indexed by the Ball State Libraries.  Checking on "Library Catalog" will search for these curated items:








Content Type refers to specific formats:












The results list will include both physical and online books.  Click on "Full Text" to see the ebooks available through the Libraries' Catalog:

Online Historical Book Collections

Project Gutenberg was one of the first online collections of ebooks.  Most of the books are from the 19th century, many written by composers, so they are good primary sources for research on music of that period.  The site has assigned the same Library of Congress Subject Headings used in library catalogs, including Ball State's catalog in OneSearch.  Click on the links below to browse by subject:

OpenLibrary.Org allows users to upload books, so there are many books not found elsewhere.   To browse the books on music, click this link.  There is a separate listing of books about music theory at this link.

Google Books ( is the result of a collaboration between Google, libraries, and publishers to make content available online.   Usually, only public domain books are available as full-text, like Project Gutenberg above.  If only a preview is available, you can search the contents and preview just the portions that relate to your search terms.  If you want to read the book after seeing the preview, you will have to borrow it from a library or purchase the book.

Additional features of Google Books:

"My Library"  Using your or gmail account, you can curate your own library from within the Google Books domain.  You can also purchase books through Google Play and add them to free books you have selected from your library.



JSTOR Books on Music

To search for available books, use title, subject, or author keywords, select "Only Materials I Can Access," and then click on "Book."  Results for "book chapter" indicate a scholarly article that has been published in a book consisting of scholarly articles.