Information Literacy in the Disciplines: Music

Last updated May 2018

The ACRL IS Information Literacy in the Disciplines Committee has gathered links and citations to information literacy standards and curricula developed by accrediting agencies, professional associations, and institutions of higher education in Music.

1. Accrediting Agencies & Professional Associations

Music Library Association, Bibliographic Instruction Subcommittee

National Association of Schools of Music

2. Related Research

*Denotes journals

Abromeit, Kathleen, and Vaughan, Victoria. 2004. “Info Lit and the Diva: Integrating Information Literacy into the Oberlin Conservatory of Music Opera Theater Department.” Notes 60, no. 3: 632-652.

Cary, Paul, and Sampsel, Laurie. 2006. “Information Literacy Instructional Objectives for Undergraduate Music Students.” Notes 62, no. 3: 663-679.

Conor, Erin. 2016. “Engaging Students in Disciplinary Practices: Music Information Literacy and the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education.” Notes 73, no. 1: 9-21.

Conor, Erin. 2017. “Reframing the Framework: Situated Information Literacy in the Music Classroom.” Fontes Artis Musicae 64, no. 4: 346-354.

Dougan, Kirstin. 2016. “Music Information Seeking Opportunities and Behavior Then and Now.” In Trends in Music Information Seeking, Behavior, and Retrieval for Creativity, edited by Petros Kostagiolas et al., 42-57. Hershey: IGI Global.

*Fontes Artis Musicae. [Berkeley]: International Association of Music Libraries.

Geary, Gregg S., Laura M. Snyder, Kathleen A. Abromeit, and Deborah Campana, eds. 2004. Music Library Instruction. Lanham: Scarecrow Press.

Harney, Kristin. 2017. “The Value of Collaborative Research Before Independent Research in Undergraduate Music Education.” Journal of Music Teacher Education 26, no. 3: 65-76.

Hatschek, Keith, and Veronica A. Wells. 2014. “Developing Information Literacy Skills for Tomorrow’s Music Industry Leaders.” MEIEA Journal 14, no.1: 157-181.

Mayer, Jennifer. 2015. “Serving the Needs of Performing Arts Students: A Case Study.” portal: Libraries and the Academy 15, no. 3: 409-431.

*Music Reference Services Quarterly. [Philadelphia]: Routledge/Taylor & Francis.

*Notes – A Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association. [Philadelphia]: Music Library Association.

Pierce, Deborah L. 2009. “Influencing the Now and Future Faculty: Retooling Information Literacy.Notes 66, no. 2 (2009): 233-48.

Zanin-Yost, Alessia and Christina L. Reitz. 2014. “Information Literacy in Music History: Fostering Success in Teaching and Learning.” Journal of Library Administration 54, no.7: 562-572.

3. Adaptable Instructional Materials

Bellman, Jonathan. 2007. A Short Guide to Writing about Music. 2nd ed. Upper Saddle River: Pearson, 2007. [research and writing guidance may be adapted for instruction]

Hansen, Kelli. 2014. “Our School Song: Using Sound Recordings and Sheet Music to Explore Historical Music.” In Using Primary Sources: Hands-on Instructional Exercises, edited by Anne Bahde et al., 13-17. Santa Barbara: Libraries Unlimited.

Sampsel, Laurie J. 2013. “Music.” In Information Literacy Instruction That Works : A Guide to Teaching by Discipline and Student Population, edited by Patrick Ragains, 155-168. 2nd ed. Chicago: ALA Neal-Schuman. [several lesson ideas]

One Response to Information Literacy in the Disciplines: Music

  1. Really nice article. I recollect this quote “Write for a scientist in another field. Don’t underestimate your readers’ intelligence, but don’t overestimate their knowledge of a particular field. When writing about science, don’t simplify the science; simplify the writing.”

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