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Music Collection Development Guidelines

General Department Information

Curricular Focus and Department Goals:

The purpose of the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music is to provide quality music instruction for students who wish to pursue music as a career and for those who wish to enrich their lives through noncareer-oriented study and/or performance. The School is committed to conducting and promoting scholarly research and creative musical inquiry and activity. Additionally, through the presentation of diverse musical programs, the School strives to contribute to the cultural vitality of the university and the community.

Departmental Areas of Concentration:
[N.B. Research areas listed only; applied/studio areas not included]:

  • Ethnomusicology: African, Asian, and Latin-American music
  • Musicology: 19th-century American and European music (particularly Beethoven studies)
  • Music Theory: history of music theory, 20th-century music, music theory pedagogy
  • Music Education: music perception, philosophy of music education

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor of Music (Performance, Music Theory, Composition, Music Education)
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Master of Music (Conducting, Music Education, Performance)
  • Master of Arts (Ethnomusicology, Musicology, Music Theory, Composition)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Music Education, Music Theory-Composition, Musicology-Ethnomusicology)

Special Programs within the School:

  • Center for the Study of World Musics. The Center is designed to initiate and coordinate activities related to the discipline of ethnomusicology and its study at Kent State University. The Center emphasizes four principal areas: basic scholarly research in the many musical systems of the world; the study of various world musics through performance taught by master musicians; the preparation of skilled teachers of world musics and ethnomusicology; and the dissemination of information on world musics through books, articles, professional papers, public lectures, and performances.
  • Kent/Blossom Music. Kent/Blossom Music is an annual music festival operated by Kent State University in cooperation with The Cleveland Orchestra and Blossom Music Center. Nationally selected student participants engage in professional artistic collaboration under the guidance of renowned master artists including members of The Cleveland Orchestra.

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Scope of Coverage

The following subject areas are collected at the research level:  Music Education, Music Theory, Composition, Musicology, Ethnomusicology

The following subject areas are collected at the advanced instructional level: Conducting, Performance/Applied Studies

Apply the Following Parameters to the Above Scope of Coverage Areas

For books and periodicals, emphasis is placed on English-language materials (including translations into English), while sources published in other languages, such as German and French, are selectively acquired. For scores, sound recordings, and videorecordings, musical works in their original language are preferred.

Date of Publication
New publications are chiefly collected, but earlier publications are regularly selected to fill gaps in the existing collection.

Geographical guidelines
No restrictions.

Society or Publisher Emphasis
Most materials published by scholarly professional organizations are acquired, and reference titles by university and academic presses are thoroughly collected.

Multiple copies
Multiple copies of materials are purchased under special circumstances only.

Popular Music
Sound recordings and videorecordings of Western and non-Western popular music (including jazz) are collected selectively; likewise, books about popular music are collected selectively.

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Material Types
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  • Books: Scholarly publications emphasized
  • Sound recordings: The preferred sound-recording format is compact disc; 78 rpm and 33 1/3 rpm (LP) analog discs are neither purchased nor accepted as gifts
  • Videorecordings: Acquired selectively and upon request; VHS format collected
  • Theses and dissertations: Acquired selectively and upon request
  • Microform reproductions: Acquired upon request
  • Monographic series: Scholarly reference editions of scores (a.k.a. "monuments," M2s and M3s) are acquired through standing orders



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Interdisciplinary Relates

In addition to the faculty and students of the School of Music, resources in the music collection are used to support a variety of other KSU programs, including Theatre, Dance, History, and Liberal Studies. Patrons affiliated with the School of Music regularly consult materials in subject areas such as History, Anthropology, and Education.

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