Annotated Bibliographies by Topic (ML 120-128 and VARIOUS)

Music Education

American Music Teacher. “Supporting Materials.”

Brenan, Jeffrey S. Music Education Launch Site.

Kantorski, Vincent J. A Bibliography of Source Readings in Music Education.

American Music Teacher. “Supporting Materials.” June/July 1996, 22-5. ML 1 .A5 Vol. 45 1995-96

Use: Provides references especially helpful in teaching music to physically or mentally handicapped.

Coverage: Covers material published between 1975-1996. Not comprehensive. Includes books, videos, dissertations, and articles from journals.

Organization: Six categories: Articles, Books, Recordings, Videos, Other Resources, and Organizations. Each entry includes bibliographic information, a few are annotated.

Pros: Fulfills a very specific need, fairly extensive listing.


Brenan, Jeffrey S. Music Education Launch Site. Accessed 29 September 1999.

Use: Geared to public school music teachers, but the Allegro search is very useful for private teachers in finding other useful sites.

Coverage: Lesson Plans, Mr. Note, Web Interactive Games, Links to sites dealing with many different aspects of music. Begun around 1994.         

Organization: Home page has three categories: About Us, Resources, and Services. The home page and each branch-off page has a search box for Allegro.               

Pros: Offers access to a wide variety of different music sites.

Cons: No explanations about how Allegro, the search engine of other related music sites, is organized or used except that you need to type a word.


Kantorski, Vincent J. A Bibliography of Source Readings in Music Education. Detroit Studies in Music Bibliography, ed. J. Bunker and Marilyn S. Clark, No. 78. Warren, Mich.: Harmonie Park Press, 1997.  Mus Ref ML 128 .I64 K36 1997

Uses: A single volume of selected source material for music education and related fields. Useful for student as well as professional research.

Coverage: Includes topics on music education as well as psychology of music, philosophical foundations, research practices, as well as curriculum and instruction. Contains titles of books, journals, and standardized tests in music; reviews of journals and chapters of edited books. Does not contain dissertations titles, theses or journal article titles.

Organization: Eight categories: arts; bibliographic resources; curriculum and instruction; foundations, philosophy, and aesthetics; journals; psychology; research; reports, symposia, and conferences. Each reference is followed by abbreviations that list the different categories to which the item relates. Includes an Author Index and a Title Index.

Pros: Author tries to discriminate in selection of entries to include the most pertinent references for graduate students. Items appear under more than one category so they can be easily located under any heading to which they apply.

Cons: Not annotated – only gives the bibliographic information for each entry.