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Ethnomusicology Resources

Online Indexes to Ethnomusicology Literature  |  Encyclopedias & Dictionaries  |  Related Library Resources  |  Selected Internet Resources  |  Periodicals, Journals & Online Publications  |  Professional Organizations  |  Funding Sources

Sites by Geographic Region : Africa  |  Asia  |  Europe  |  Latin America, South America & the Caribbean  |  Middle East & Northern Africa  |  Native American  |  Oceania  |  Russia & Eastern Europe  |  Other Online Ethnomusicology Resources

Online Indexes to Ethnomusicology Literature

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Academic Search Complete
Provides full text for more than 4,000 scholarly publications covering academic areas of study including social sciences, humanities, education, computer sciences, engineering, language and linguistics, arts & literature, medical sciences, and ethnic studies. This database is updated daily.
List of journals included.

Anthropology Plus
Anthropology Plus combines the Anthropological Literature (from Harvard University) with the Anthropological Index (from the Royal Anthropological Institute). Gives extensive worldwide indexing of journal articles, reports, commentaries, edited works, and obituaries in the fields of social, cultural, physical, biological, and linguistic anthropology, ethnology, archaeology, folklore, material culture, and interdisciplinary studies. Coverage is from the late 19th century to the present.

Music Index Online (1979 - Current)
Index to writings on classical and popular music, including scholarly and journalistic publications and reviews of books, recordings, and performances. Covers publications from 1979 to the present. Updated quarterly. See print edition for coverage of writings from 1949 to present.

RILM Abstracts of Music Literature (1969 - Current)
Includes references (most with abstracts) to scholarly writings, including books, articles, and dissertations from 1969 to the present in English and most European languages. Updated monthly.

SocINDEX features more than 1,986,000 records with subject headings from a 19,600+ term sociological thesaurus sociology-specific thesaurus. Abstracts are included for more than 1,130 "core" coverage journals dating back to 1895. In addition, there is coverage for more than 430 "priority" coverage journals as well as over 2,800 "selective" coverage journals. Indexing for books, monographs, conference papers, and other sources is included, and cited references are also provided. All subdisciplines of sociology are covered.

Encyclopedias & Dictionaries

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Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online
Comprehensive music research of all the world's peoples. Contains the full text of the 10 volume print encyclopedia. Each volume covers a geographic region, a survey of its musical heritage, and a description of specific musical genres, practices, and performances. Articles include photographs of musicians, musical instruments, and the cultural context of dances, rituals, and ceremonies. Also includes drawings, maps, and musical examples.

Related Library Resources

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Dissertation Abstracts (ProQuest Dissertations & Theses) (1861 - Current)
Includes citations for dissertations dating from the first U.S. dissertation issued in 1861. Contains abstracts for dissertations from 1980 to the present and for master's theses from 1988 forward. The work of authors from over 1,000 North American graduate schools and European universities are also included. Titles published since 1997 are available in PDF digital format and have 24 page previews available.

Database of citations for completed dissertations and new dissertation topics in musicology, music theory, ethnomusicology, and related disciplines.

Naxos Music Library
"Naxos Music Library is the most comprehensive collection of classical music available online. It includes the complete Naxos, Marco Polo and Da Capo catalogues of over 560,000 tracks, including Classical music, Historical recordings, Jazz, World, Folk and Chinese music. While listening via Adobe Flash Player, users can read notes on the works being played as well as biographical information on composers or artists in Naxos's extensive database. If Adobe Flash Player 10 is not installed on your computer, please take a moment and install:"--FAQ page

Oxford Reference Online
Contains entries from over 100 major discipline-related dictionaries and other publications from Oxford University Press. Coverage includes the sciences, foreign languages, art and architecture, politics, business, literature and more.

PapersFirst (1993 - Current)
Provides access to individual papers presented at conferences worldwide, covering every congress, symposium, exposition, workshop and meeting added to the The British Library Document Supply Centre's collection. Updated monthly.

Selected Internet Resources World Music

Alan Lomax Collection (Library of Congress - American Folklife Center)

Alan Lomax Collection (Rounder Records)

All-Music Guide: Explore Music by Country

Archives of African American Music and Culture (Indiana University)

Black Grooves (Archives of African American Music & Culture, Indiana University)

Center for World Music and Related Arts

Mathers Museum of World Cultures (Indiana University)

Mid-East Ethnic Instruments

National Geographic: World Music

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

World Music Central: Your Gateway to the World of Music

Periodicals, Journals & Online Publications

Asian Music - Journal of the Society for Asian Music [ JSTOR / EJC ]

British Journal of Ethnomusicology

Chicago Studies in Ethnomusicology (University of Chicago Press)

Descarga Journal - Where Latin Music Lives

Discourses in Music (University of Toronto)

ePapyrus (Australia Asia Foundation)

Ethnomusicology - Journal of the Society for Ethnomusicology  [ JSTOR ]

Ethnomusicology OnLine (hosted by the University of Maryland, Baltimore County)

European Meetings in Ethnomusicology

Music & Anthropology - Journal of Musical Anthropology of the Mediterranean

The Music Magazine - India

Musical Traditions - "The magazine for traditional music throughout the world"

Ntama - Journal of African Music and Popular Culture

Pacific Review of Ethnomusicology (Department of Ethnomusicology at the University of California, Los Angeles)

Review of Popular Music (The International Association for the Study of Popular Music)

RootsWorld - Listening to the Planet

Transcultural Music Review (Sociedad de Ethnomusicologia)

Professional Organizations

Association for Cultural Equity

British Forum for Ethnomusicology

European Seminar in Ethnomusicology

Finnish Society for Ethnomusicology

International Council for Traditional Music

New York Folklore Society

Sociedad de Ethnomusicologia

Societe francaise d'ethnomusicologie

Society for Asian Music

Society for Ethnomusicology

Svenskt visarkiv (Centre for Swedish Folk Music and Jazz Research)

Funding Sources

American Academy of Arts & Sciences

American Council of Learned Societies

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Fulbright Scholar Program

Internships at the American Folklife Center

National Endowment for the Arts

National Endowment for the Humanities

more ...


Sites by Geographic Region


African Presences I : Music in Africa Course Blog (Eric Charry, Wesleyan University)
Contains links to websites about music in Africa as well as specific pages on Mende Music and African Hip Hop.

African Presences II : Music in the Americas Course Blog (Eric Charry, Wesleyan University)
Contains links to websites on music in Brazil, Cuba, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and the USA.

African Music Archive

The African Music Encyclopedia

African Music Home Page (by T. Endo)

African Music on the Internet (Stanford University)

Afromix (Afro-Caribbean Music)

Afropop Worldwide

Cora Connection (West African Manding music)

Ghana Music

Global Music Archive (Vanderbilt University)

A Guide to Jembe (Djembe) (by Eric Charry, Wesleyan University)

James Koetting Ghana Field Recording Collection (Brown University)

Mbira (Mbira, Marimba and Chimurenga styles of music from the indigenous cultures of Zimbabwe)

RootsWorld's African Music Resources

Sabar Drumming (Senegal)

Traditional Music & Cultures of Kenya (by Jens Finke)

Village Pulse Outpost

West African Djembe and Dun Dun Drumming



Australia Asia Foundation

Australian Institute of Eastern Music

Beat of India - the Folk Music of India

Guqin Silk String Zither (John Thompson)

Indian Classical and Allied Performing Arts

Music of Tuva

Robert Garfias, University of California, Irvine

Asian Free Reed

The Bamboo Origins of Far Eastern Bridged Zithers

Gagaku Roots

Okinawan Music


Traditional World Music Recordings (T. M. McComb)

East Asian Music

Indian Classical Music


The Croats and the question of their Mediterranean musical identity (by Svanibor Pettan, Assistant Professor at the Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Research in Zagreb & Music Academy of the University in Ljubljana)

Digital archive of Finnish Folk Tunes (University of Jyvaskyla, Department of Music)

Flamenco Guitar (by Robert Lorenz, Flamenco Guitarist)

Folk music in Norway (Music Information Centre Norway)

Oud - Greece (by Nikos Dimitriadis)

On Jewish and Muslim musicians of the Mediterranean (by Amnon Shiloah, Professor of Musicology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

Kavals and Dzamares : End-blown Flutes of Greece and Macedonia (by Anthony Tammer)

The Launeddas : the ancient musical instrument of Sardinia (Sonus de Canna Cultural Association)

Music, Myth, and History in the Mediterranean: Diaspora and the Return to Modernity (by Philp Bohlman, Ethnomusicologist, University of Chicago)

Musique traditionnelle de France (by Sylvain Piron)

Nordic Music (Rootsworld)

Norwegian Folk Music (Norway)

Norwegian Folk Music : A brief introduction to Norwegian folk music and instruments (Øystre Slidre Kulturskule)

Pontic Music (by Leigh Cline, guitarist)

Repertories and identities of a musician from Crete (by Tullia Magrini, Associate Professor of Anthropology of Music at the University of Bologna, Italy)

Swedish bagpipe music (by Olle Gallmo, piper)

What is a Nyckelharpa? (American Nyckelharpa Association : Dedicated to the Swedish National Instrument)

Latin America, South America & the Caribbean

Afromix - The portal of African & Caribbean Cultures


Cuban Music & Dance

Cuban Rumba Music

Cyber-Tango - Links

Ernesto's Tango Page

LANIC Music - Latin American Network Information Center (University of Texas at Austin)

Music in Dominica

Musica Popular Brasileira

Salsa & Merengue (Salsal & Merengue Society)


World Samba Homepage

Middle East & Northern Africa

Arab Music (Dr. Ali Jihad Racy, San Diego State University)

Discography of Arab and Turkish Classical Music

Egyptian Music - Seven Millennia of Performance

Iranian/Persian Music (audio files)

Kurdish Music (Kendal Nezan, Kurdish Institute of Paris)

Middle East Music, Song and Dance (Al Mashriq)

Middle East Studies Association

Middle East Studies Association Bulletin

Music in the Afgan North, 1967-1972 (Mark Slobin, Wesleyan University)

Persian Classical Music (Duke University)

Playing a Middle Eastern Percussion Instrument (Jeff Senn)

Setar - Iranian Classical Music

Traditional World Music Recordings (T. M. McComb)

Iranian Classical Music

Other Near-Eastern Music

Turkish Music & Voice Library

Native American

Gathering of Nations

Inuit Throat-Singing

Native American Indian Lakota Ceremonial Sacred Pipe Songs

Native American Sites (American Indian Library Association)

Omaha Indian Music (Library of Congress - American Folklife Center: American Memory Project)


Archive of Maori and Pacific Music (University of Auckland)

Archive of New Zealand Music (National Library of New Zealand)

Australian Bush Music Articles (Wongawilli Colonial Dance Club)

Simply Australia : Online resource form Australian folk music

iDIDJ : Australia-Australian didgeridoo cultural hub

Kwayas, Kandas, Kiosks Tanzanian Popular Choir Music (by Gregory Barz, Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology, Vanderbilt University) : Traditional Aboriginal Arnhem Land Music

Mundo Etnico/Pacific Web (The Mundo Etnico Foundation)

Traditional Maori Music

(by Jane Resture)

Traditional Music of the Ethnic Minorities on the Philippine Islands (by Hans Brandeis, Ethnomusicologist, International Institute for Traditional Music)

Russia & Eastern Europe

Albamuzika (Albania)

German and Klavdia Khatylaev : The art of magnificent duet (The Khatylaevs, Republic of Sakha)

Lost Trails Music
Includes recordings of traditional music from Greece, Romania & Turkey.

The Romanian Doina (by Robert Garficas, University of California, Irvine)

Romica Puceanu : Romanian Gypsy Singer (by Robert Garficas, University of California, Irvine)

They Call Themselves Roma (Gypsy Music)

Resource Pages on Ethnomusicology from other University Libraries

Global Popular Music Research Guide (Harvard College Libraries)

Indiana University

University of Washington