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Music Education

This guide is intended to provide a selective list of reference tools for research into music education. It should be used in conjunction with the UM Libraries Basic Music Reference Guide [].

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Additional Resources


The Special Collections in Performing Arts (SCPA) has an excellent representation of music education resources. In addition to the small sample listed below, SCPA houses the Organization of American Kodaly Educators Archives (OAKE), American String Teachers Association (ASTA), College Band Directors National Association, the International Society for Music Education Archives, and papers of Daniel Bonade, Asher Zlotnik, and manuscripts and workbooks of John Curwen, among many others. For a more comprehensive coverage of the special collections resources, please visit their Music education collections page, review their Campus Guide, or search ArchivesUM. You may also contact the curator for further information.

National Association for Music Education Historical Center
SCPA is the repository for the National Association for Music Education (NAfME; previously the Music Educators National Conference [MENC]). The NAfME Historical Center collection includes administrative records, NAfME publications, and papers of past presidents and other eminent music educators. The Contemporary Music Project Archives, including documents, scores, and recorded performances, are also hosted by the NAfME Historical Center.

American Bandmasters Association Research Center
The American Bandmasters Association Research Center includes the ABA archives, papers from important members, band scores, photographs and recordings.

Charles B. Fowler
SCPA is the repository for the professional and personal papers of Charles B. Fowler (1931-1995), a leader in arts education. The collection includes published and unpublished articles, reports, book chapters, correspondence, speeches, presentations, and photographs.

Lowell Mason
Lowell Mason (1792-1872) is known as the founder of American school music education, co-founder of the Boston Academy of Music, as well as a composer. The SCPA Lowell Mason collection includes compositions, correspondence, books, articles, musical programs, and memorabilia. There are also materials related to members of his family, including his son Henry Lowell Mason.