Music Collection Development Policy


    The music collection provides the information resources needed to support the programs of instruction and research offered by the Department of Music. The department offers courses of study through the doctoral level in composition, ethnomusicology, musicology, performance, and theory. The performance curriculum, providing preparation for the professional performer and artist/teacher, includes an undergraduate major in guitar, emphases in all orchestral wind instruments to the master's level, and emphases in conducting, keyboard, strings, and voice to the doctoral level. The department also offers a variety of courses for the nonmajor in such areas as music fundamentals, Western art music, American popular music, and the music of diverse world cultures.

    Although the primary mission of the music collection is to support the programs of the Department of Music, the collection also supports instruction and research relating to music, as well as interdisciplinary studies centering on music, in the College of Creative Studies and in other departments and units throughout the university in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. In addition, the collection is used by performers, teachers, researchers, and music lovers from the surrounding communities who are not officially affiliated with the university.



    1. Subject areas. The major areas of emphasis are: (1) music of the Western art tradition, and (2) music of diverse world cultures, especially the vernacular and art music traditions of the United States, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, India, and China. These geographical emphases are dynamic and can be expected to change in parallel with programmatic shifts over time within the Music Department.

      The collection strongly emphasizes musicological literature pertinent to all historical periods and geographical areas of the Western art tradition, as well as music and music literature pertinent to the performance areas in which the department offers doctoral programs. These areas, as well as the areas of world music named above, are currently developed to a strength sufficient to support doctoral and faculty performance and research. Also strongly emphasized is music of significant contemporary composers as well as literature on music theory, aesthetics, and contemporary compositional techniques, including computer music.

      The following areas are collected more selectively. Here the goal is to provide materials needed for basic and advanced study on the undergraduate and occasionally the master's level: popular music of the United States; jazz; film music; music psychology and cognition; and vernacular and art music traditions of world cultures other than those named above. Performance areas collected to this level are orchestral wind instruments, guitar, and percussion. Current collecting of organ music is minimal, limited largely to important edtions of core works of the Western art tradition or important works by the most significant contemporary composers; the same applies to saxophone music and harp music. Outside the scope of current collecting are music education and music therapy.

    2. Geographical coverage. See section A above.


    3. Languages. Materials within the scope of the major emphases of the collection as outlined above are collected in all languages, but English and Western European languages, especially French, German, Italian, and Spanish, are emphasized; also emphasized is Czech. Materials in other European languages, as well as Asian languages and Arabic, are collected more selectively. Likewise, there is no language restriction for the texts of vocal works (both scores and recordings) as well as for text that accompanies scores and recordings (critical commentary, liner notes, etc.), but here as well the emphasis is on English and Western European languages.


    4. Chronological periods. All historical periods of Western art music, from antiquity to the present, are substantially represented in the collection. Likewise represented are all historical periods of the cultures named above as major collection emphases.


    1. Text-based materials. Publication types collected include the following: monographs, serials, series (including publications of various academic centers and research institutes), and collections (proceedings, Festschrifts, etc.). Miscellaneous brochures, flyers, etc. are selectively collected as pamphlet-file material, in addition to publishers' and dealers' catalogs. The following are generally not collected: collections of reprinted articles, textbooks, workbooks, and subsequent editions containing only minor revisions.


    2. Sound recordings. CDs are currently collected. LP gifts are accepted very selectively. For each score acquired, a recording of the same musical work is generally purchased if one is available and if the work is not already represented in the recording collection. Standard works of Western art music are collected in multiple recordings chosen very selectively as significant performances and/or representations of major current or historical artists or ensembles. Recordings that consist of selections from larger works, such as highlights from operas, are generally out of scope. CD reissues of LPs already in the collection are collected selectively.


    3. Scores. Composers' collected editions and monumental sets and series, usually prepared according to current standards of critical, scholarly editing, form the foundation of an academic music library collection supporting musicological research as well as performance. Such editions, mostly in the M2 and M3 classes, are therefore a collecting priority. Performance editions extracted from composers' collected editions are selectively collected as part of the circulating collection. For performance editions in general, preference is given to those produced according to current standards of critical editing. Music facsimiles for both research (i.e., composers' holographs and sketches, reproductions of significant pre-1800 manuscripts, etc.) and performance are of central importance to the collection as primary-source materials.

      A score and complete set of parts are collected for chamber-music works whenever possible. Two copies of two-piano works, including M1011s, are collected. Sets of parts for orchestral music are out of scope since the Music Department maintains a separate ensemble library, but study scores of orchestral music are collected. For large choral works and operas, study scores as well as piano-vocal scores are collected. Sets of choral octavos are out of scope, but individual octavos are collected selectively. For concertos and other works for one or more solo instruments with orchestra, piano-reduction scores are collected, and, more selectively, full scores. Miniature scores are collected but are not duplicated in full-size scores (except in the M2s and M3s). Easy-level instructional/children's music is not collected, with the exception of works that are significant contributions to the Western art-music tradition, such as Bartok's Mikrokosmos, Schumann's Kinderscenen, etc.

    4. Microforms. Materials collected in this format include dissertations, collections of primary sources (both music and music literature, such as historic periodicals), and catalogs of large music research collections.


    5. Videorecordings. Collected selectively. Areas emphasized in this format are opera and music of world cultures.

    Selection decisions for the music collections reflect collaboration with other collection guidelines within the Davidson Library, particularly art, black studies, dance, dramatic arts, and film studies; also important to music are other disciplines within the humanities, and the various ethnic and area studies. The music acquisition programs of the other UC campuses are also a significant factor in local decisions regarding purchases and donations. Collaboration with other UC campuses on both electronic and print resources is is of primary importance to the UCSB music collection development program.

    The field of popular music studies has grown enormously in recent years, with a large number of monographs published each year. Because these tend to be strongly interdisciplinary, and because popular music is a secondary emphasis for the music collections, selection decisions in this area are made in collaboration with the general humanities area.


Author: schroeder [at] library [dot] ucsb [dot] edu (Eunice Schroeder)
Policy Last Updated: October 2004