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Black Music Research (MUSI 202): Methods and Resources


1) "Grove" originated as a print dictionary (encyclopedia really) that has been in continuous publication since 1878 in many updates and editions. Accessible in two versions:

The New Grove dictionary of music and musicians.  29 volumes. In print.

Grove Music Online comprises the full text of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, and others Updated periodically.

"Grove" in either print or online form is "the first stop for music research."

In English. Extensive bibliographies and composer "works lists".  Biographies and subjects; arranged alphabetically.  Contains extensive articles on the music of geographical locations. Search by location or by specific musical instrument.

Online version includes the New Grove dictionary of American music.


Popular music: Beyoncé   Fela Kuti      Miriam Makeba     Kanye West   

Jazz: Mary Lou Williams    Sidney Bechet     Duke (Edward) Ellington

Classical: Jessye Norman      James DePreist       Marian Anderson

Techniques:      Tongue-clicking         Stride (piano) 

Geographical locations:   St. Louis  Zimbabwe

Movements, genres, and styles: Harlem Renaissance   jazz   Bop

Black music and musicians in the New  Grove dictionary of American music and the New Harvard dictionary of music / Dominique-René de Lerma and Marsha J. Reisser: Center for Black Music Research, Columbia College, 1989.