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Popular Music

Library resources on rock, jazz, hip hop, videogame music, and other popular genres

Composition and Songwriting

Recommended Books

The recommended books below include tutorials for composing and songwriting in many of the popular genres covered in this guide. Most are classified in MT 67 (Composition. Popular music) while others can be found under related topics like improvisation, instrumentation, and arranging. The Jazz and Musical Theatre research guides, respectively, also have dedicated pages on Improvisation and stage Production and Composition. Books are sorted by their call numbers for ease of browsing. Hover over the info icon to see a description.

Interlibrary Loan

Users are encouraged to search for items beyond University Libraries' catalog via RILM Abstracts of Music Literature and WorldCat. Materials not available in print or online may be requested through Interlibrary Loan. Please allow up to seven days for electronic delivery and up to fourteen days for delivery of physical items.