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Library Resources and Services for A&HM 5199 - Vocal Pedagogy II


Library Resources and Services for Vocal Pedagogy II

This research guide is intended as an overview of library resources and services of particular relevance for students in Dr. Jeanne Goffi-Fynn's Fall 2019 course A&HM 5199, Vocal Pedagogy II.  The resources, primarily electronic and accessible on and off campus. have been selected as ones supporting the objectives of the course, i.e., "to further our knowledge in vocal singing contexts with a focus on newer areas of study and research."  The guide also includes a section describing research consultation and assistance services and options for document retrieval and delivery available to all members of the Teachers College community.

Online Catalogs


EDUCAT - The most definitive record of the holdings of the Gottesman Libraries at Teachers College, including books, e-books, journals, e-journals, dissertations, media, and other specialized collections of all kinds.

CLIO Catalog

CLIO Catalog - A union catalog of Columbia University Libraries (exclusive of the libraries of Teachers College, the Columbia Law School, and Jewish Theological Seminary), providing the most definitive record of individual libraries' holdings of books, e-books, journals, e-journals, dissertations, media, and other specialized collections of all kinds.


WorldCat - The union catalog of the contents of over 10,000 libraries worldwide, providing the means to do exhaustive searching by author, title, subject, and numerous other criteria and to find locations for specific items in libraries nearby and elsewhere. Also freely accessible at

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) are the official subject terms prescribed by the Library of Congress for the cataloging of books and are in use in essentially all academic libraries. To find works pertaining to vocal pedagogy and related topics, it may be useful to use some of the subject terms, or combinations of terms, listed below when searching the online catalogs of libraries at Teachers College, Columbia University, and other institutions.

  • Singers [ML400 (Biography : Collective)] [ML420 (Biography : Individual)]
  • Singing [ML1460 (History)] [MT820-MT915 (Instruction)]
  • Singing -- Breath control [MT878]
  • Singing -- Diction [MT883]
  • Singing -- Instruction and study [MT820-MT915]
  • Singing --  Interpretation (Phrasing, dynamics, etc.) [MT892]
  • Singing -- Physiological aspects
  • Speech [BF455-BF463 (Psychology)], [LB1139.L3 (Speech development of children)], [QP306 (Physiology)]
  • Speech -- Research
  • Vocal music [M1495-M2199]
  • Vocal music – Instruction and study
  • Voice [QP306 (Physiology)]
  • Voice -- Care and hygiene [MT821]
  • Voice -- Physiological aspects

Periodical Indexes

Music- and Performing Arts-Related Databases

Music Index  (CU) - A comprehensive guide to music periodicals and literature, featuring digitized content from 1970 to present, this database contains cover-to-cover indexing and abstracts of articles about music, musicians, and the music industry for more than 475 periodicals, as well as book reviews, obituaries, news, and selective coverage for more than 230 periodicals.

Music Periodicals Database (formerly International Index to Music Periodicals) (CU) - "Provides indexing and abstracts for several hundred international music periodicals from over 20 countries, plus full text for more than 140 of the indexed journals . . . Covers the full spectrum of subjects and all aspects of music, including music education, performance, ethnomusicology, musical theatre, theory, popular music forms and composition."

Performing Arts Periodicals Database (formerly International Index to Performing Arts) (CU) - Draws its content from more than 210 international periodicals and also indexes articles and obituaries appearing in the New York Times and the Washington Post.

RILM Abstracts of Music Literature with Full Text (CU) - A comprehensive music bibliography featuring citations, abstracts, and indexes. There are currently over 540,000 records in RILM on traditional music, popular music, and classical music, representing disciplines that include musicology, ethnomusicology, pedagogy, psychology, anthropology, sociology, and others.

RIPM (Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals) (CU) - an international annotated database with detailed content analysis of writings on musical history and culture between 1800 and 1950 provided by internationally-recognized scholars and editors.  RIPM currently indexes the contents of 120 music periodicals including articles, reviews, illustrations, music examples, advertisements, press reviews, and more.

Education Databases

ERIC - Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education to provide extensive access to educational-related periodical literature, ERIC (which stands for Educational Resources Information Center) provides coverage of conferences, meetings, government documents, theses, dissertations, reports, audiovisual media, bibliographies, directories, books, and monographs.  In addition to this version, made available via the ProQuest platform, ERIC is also accessible via the U.S. government ERIC site and through Ebsco ERIC.

Education Full Text - Provides comprehensive coverage of an international range of English-language periodicals, monographs, and yearbooks. Indexing coverage begins June 1983; abstracts are included beginning spring 1994; full text of some journals is available beginning in January 1996.

Education Index Retrospective - Provides cover-to-cover indexing for an international range of English-language periodicals and yearbooks; coverage from 1929 through mid-1983.

Education Research Complete - Provides indexing and abstracts for more than 2,100 journals, as well as full text for more than 1,200 journals, and includes full text for nearly 500 books and monographs.

Professional Development Collection - Designed for professional educators, this database provides a highly specialized collection of nearly 520 high-quality education journals, including more than 350 peer-reviewed titles. The database also contains more than 200 educational reports.

Humanities Databases

Humanities and Social Sciences Index Retrospective (CU) - Provides coverage of journal articles in the humanities and social sciences from 1907 through 1984.

Humanities Full Text (CU) - Abstracts, bibliographic indexing, and full text from scholarly sources and specialized magazines in the humanities. Indexing begins in 1984, full-text coverage in 1995.

Humanities Index (formerly BHI:  British Humanities Index) (CU) - indexes over 320 international humanities journals and weekly magazines published in the UK and other English speaking countries, as well as quality newspapers published in the UK. Topics include architecture, archaeology, art, antiques, education, economics, foreign affairs, environment, cinema, current affairs, gender studies, history, language, law, linguistics, literature, music, painting, philosophy, poetry, political science, religion, and theatre.

Multidisciplinary Databases

Academic Search Premier - A multidisciplinary database providing full text for more than 4,600 journals, including nearly 3,900 peer-reviewed titles.  PDF backfiles to 1975 or further are available for well over one hundred journals.  See also Academic Search Complete (CU), a scholarly, multidisciplinary full-text database, with more than 8,500 full-text periodicals, including more than 7,300 peer-reviewed journals.  The database features PDF content going back as far as 1887.

JSTOR (CU) - An online archive of over 1,200 leading scholarly journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, as well as select monographs and other materials valuable for academic work.  Journals are always included from volume 1, issue 1 and include previous and related titles.  Tthe most recently published issues (the past 3-5 years) are generally not available through JSTOR, though they usually are through other e-sources.

ProQuest (CU) - Provides broad multidisciplinary coverage of scholarly  journals, newspapers, dissertations, and other types of publications; for international coverage and access to full texts of dissertations only, search ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global, a subset of ProQuest.

Federated Search Engines

Super Search

Super Search (via Gottesman Libraries) - To search some or all of our periodical indexes, plus EDUCAT and CLIO, simultaneously for books, journal articles, reports, dissertations, etc.


Quicksearch (via Columbia University Libraries) - To search the catalog, multiple periodical indexes, and other web resources simultaneously within a variety of subjects and disciplinary subcategories.

Google Scholar

Google Scholar - Provides the means to search for scholarly research across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities, and other web sites.

Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

Print Resources

Dictionary of Music Education:  A Handbook of Terminology (2005)


Dictionary of Music Education - Irma Collins’s Dictionary of Music Education, published in 2013, is "a journey through time and the story of the evolution of music education, including entries on notable individuals, crucial terms, important events, and key organizations—a broad survey of the field. Collins includes information about a variety of English-speaking countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia, emphasizing the impact music education researchers and organizations have had on one another across the globe. Biographical entries profile musicians and music educators who were among the founders or first implementers of significant pedagogical tools and methods."

Encyclopedia of Education (2nd Edition) - The 2003 version of the classic resource in education and related fields.

Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online (CU) - Comprehensive online resource devoted to music research of all the world's peoples; includes entries by more than 700 expert contributors from all over the world comprising  1,210 essays and images from 10 sources and hundreds of audio examples.

Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance (CU) - provides information about theater and performance from ancient Greece to current developments around the globe. Areas covered include performances in playhouses, dance, opera, radio, film, television, and popular performances.

Oxford Music Online (formerly Grove Music Online) (CU)   - Provides access to multiple  Oxford music reference resources, including the Encyclopedia of Popular Music, Grove Music Online, The Oxford Companion to Music, and The Oxford Dictionary of Music.

E-Collections (Sound, Images, Text)

Entirely Online Materials

African American Music Reference (CU) - Offers comprehensive coverage of blues, jazz, spirituals, civil rights songs, slave songs, minstrelsy, rhythm and blues, gospel, and other forms of black American musical expression, comprising 4,426 essays and images from 128 sources.

Alexander Street Press Databases (CU) - Themed collections of print documents, video, and recorded sound across disciplines; notable databases include Alexander Street Literature (cross-searchable collections covering the literatures of place, race, and gender), Film Scripts Online (a searchable full-text database of screenplays and shooting scripts), Dance in Video (streaming video files of dance productions and documentaries by influential performers and companies of the 20th century),  North American Immigrant Letters, Diaries, and Oral Histories (personal views of what it meant to immigrate to the United States and Canada between 1880 and 1950), Opera in Video (streaming video database containing important opera performances), Theatre in Video (containing performances of the world's leading plays and film documentaries in streaming video), and many others.

American Memory - a gateway to the Library of Congress's collections of digitized American historical materials.  The site's mission is to provide " free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience."

American Song (CU) - A history database comprising songs by and about American Indians, miners, immigrants, slaves, children, pioneers, and cowboys; included are the songs of Civil Rights, political campaigns, Prohibition, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, anti-war protests, and more.

Classical Music Library (CU) - Includes recordings from major labels, independent labels, and self-published recordings from major musical groups; also includes program notes, composer biographies, and images cross-referenced to the recordings.

Classical Scores Library (CU) - Collection of digitized scores of important classical music, manuscripts, and unpublished material.

Database of Recorded American Music (CU) - A scholarly resource of streaming online music, primarily American, including CD-quality audio, liner notes, and essays from New World, Composers Recordings, and other important labels.

Music Online : Classical Music Reference Library (CU) - Brings together reference materials, spanning the entire history of Western classical music. Provides coverage of all classical genres, from the Medieval period to the 21st century.

Naxos Music Library (CU) - Collection of audio music containing the Naxos, Marco Polo, and Da Capo catalogues;  includes classical music, historical recordings, jazz, world and folk music, along with textual notes on the works being played and biographical information on composers or artists.

Naxos Music Library:  Jazz (CU) - Includes thousands of titles from the Fantasy catalogue and Naxos Jazz. Works may be searched by featured artist(s), disc/song title and catalogue number.

Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries (CU) - Produced in partnership with Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, a virtual encyclopedia of the world's musical and aural traditions, providing educators, students, and interested listeners with an unprecedented variety of online resources that support the creation, continuity, and preservation of diverse musical forms.

Handbooks of Research

Print Resources

Handbook of Research on Music Teaching and Learning (1992)

MENC Handbook of Research Methodologies (2006) (see also e-version below)

MENC Handbook of Research on Music Learning (2011) (see also e-version below)

New Handbook of Research on Music Teaching and Learning (2002) (see also e-version below)

Oxford Handbook of Music Education (2012) (see also e-version below)

Oxford Handbook of Qualitative Research in American Music Education ((2014) (see also e-version below)


MENC Handbook of Musical Cognition and Development - Drawn from The New Handbook of Research on Music Teaching and Learning (Oxford, 2002), this 2006 publication covers the latest theoretical and practical techniques that explain meaning and understanding in music.

MENC Handbook of Research Methodologies - Combining key selections from the Handbook of Research on Music Teaching and Learning (1992) and the New Handbook of Research on Music Teaching and Learning (2002), this resource presents comprehensive coverage of the most important issues in music education research.

MENC Handbook of Research on Music Learning, Volume 1 and Volume 2 (CU) - Volume 1, "Strategies," comprising seven chapters by scholars in the field, "takes a broad theoretical perspective on current, critical areas of research, including music development, music listening and reading, motivation and self-regulated learning in music, music perception, and movement", Volume 2, "Applications," also comprising seven chapters by scholars in the field, "addresses a range of best practices for approaching current and important areas in the field, including cognition and perception, music listening, vocal/choral learning, and the needs of special learners."

New Handbook of Research on Music Teaching and Learning - "Featuring chapters by the world's foremost scholars in music education and cognition, this handbook is a convenient collection of current research on music teaching and learning. This comprehensive work includes sections on arts advocacy, music and medicine, teacher education, and studio instruction, among other subjects . . . In addition to surveying the literature, each chapter considers the significance of the research and provides suggestions for future study."

Oxford Handbook of Music Education, Volume 1 and Volume 2 - This resource " offers an overview of the many facets of musical experience, behavior, and development in relation to this diverse variety of contexts."  In the first volume, "articles discuss a range of key issues and concepts associated with music learning and teaching. The volume then focuses on these processes as they take place during childhood, from infancy through adolescence and primarily in the school-age years . . .  The second volume of the set brings the exploration beyond the classroom and into later life."

Oxford Handbook of Qualitative Research in American Music Education (CU) - This collection of research overviews by scholars in the field comprises 32 chapters divided into five sections:  Part I, "Defining Qualitative Research in American Music Education"; Part II, "Variety in Qualitative Approaches in Music Education"; Part III, "Qualitative Data Collection and Analysis in Music Education"; Part IV, "Qualitative Research Within Selected Areas of Music Education"; and Part V, "Ethics, Publishing and the Future of Qualitative Research in Music Education."

Oxford Handbook of Singing (CU) - This research compendium, "currently in development, with individual articles publishing online in advance of print publication . . . has been designed to be a comprehensive resource for anyone who wishes to know more about the pluralistic nature of singing. In part, the narrative adopts a lifespan approach, pre-cradle to senescence, to illustrate that singing is a commonplace behavior which is an essential characteristic of our humanity . . . The chapter contents have been clustered into eight main sections, embracing fifty-three chapters by seventy-two authors drawn from across the world. Each chapter seeks to illustrate and illuminate a particular aspect of singing."

Oxford Handbook of Social Justice in Music Education (CU) - Made up 42 chapters, this 2015 research handbook is divided into five parts:  Section I, "Understanding Social Justice in Music Education Conceptually, Historically, and Politically"; Section II, "Reclaiming Difference in Music Education"; Section III, "Epistemological Shifts and Just Practices"; Section IV, "Toward Social Justice Pedagogy:  Problems and Opportunities"; and Section V, "Social Justice in Practice:  Examples of Educational Projects from Beyond the Schools and Around the World."

Reviews of Research

Current Reviews of the Literature

Review of Educational Research - A publication of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the RER publishes quarterly critical, integrative reviews of research literature bearing on education, including conceptualizations, interpretations, and syntheses of scholarly work.

Review of Research in Education - A publication of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the RRE provides an annual overview and descriptive analysis of selected topics of relevant research literature through critical and synthesizing essays.

Citation Indexes

Databases for Tracing the Influence of Authors and Writings

Scopus (CU) - Abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and quality web sources with smart tools to track, analyze, and visualize research.

Web of Science (CU)  Comprising the Arts & Humanities Citation Index, the Social Sciences Citation Index, and the Science Citation Index Expanded, this database supports searching by topic, author, or publication name, and is also a major means for doing cited reference searching, to find articles that cite a person's work.

Google Scholar - Provides the means to search by author or publication title, and indicates and provides links to works that have cited the documents retrieved.

Digital Archives

Online Digitized Collections

Academic Commons - Columbia University's online repository, where current faculty, students, and staff can deposit the results of their scholarly work and research.

Internet Archive - A non-profit digital library offering free universal access to books, movies, and music, as well as 150 billion archived web pages.

PocketKnowledge - The social archive of Teachers College, including unpublished manuscripts and archives from the library's collections, documents from other departments and administrative offices College-wide, and the work of TC students, faculty, and researchers.

Bibliography Management Programs

Citation Management Software

Citation Management Software - An extensive description of and guide to the use of ZoteroMendeley, and EndNote, courtesy of Columbia University Libraries.

Library Services

Ask a Librarian

Ask a Librarian - To explore a variety of kinds of research support:  submit an email reference query to librarians onsite; request a research consultation with a Gottesman librarian; review frequently asked questions via the library's Knowledge Database.

Course Reserves

E-Reserves - Provides online access to digital course readings, including e-journal articles and book chapters, as well as call numbers for physical course reserves materials (books, DVDs, videos, etc.).

Document Delivery

Document Delivery - The means to recommend items for purchase and/or to request from other libraries materials  (dissertations, book chapters, journal articles, etc.) not available through the Gottesman or Columbia University Libraries.

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