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Music biography

Music biography: print resources at the CSUMB Library

The companion to 20th-century music. Lebrecht, Norman, 1992.

Call Number: ML100 .L46 1992b

Baker's biographical dictionary of twentieth-century classical musicians. Slonimsky, Nicolas, 1997.

Location:Reference - Library Use Only

Call Number: ML105 .S612 1997

Contemporary composers. Eds, Brian Morton, Pamela Collins, 1992.

Call number: ML105 .C75 1992


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Music Biography Online Resources

Grove Music Online - Includes The new Grove Dictionary of Music, The Grove Dictionary of American Music, The Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments, The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, The Oxford Companion to Music, and the Oxford Dictionary of Music

Literature Resource Center - Includes biographies, bibliographies and critical analysis of writers, including some composers and other musicians

Project Muse- Provides full-text of journals from numerous scholarly publishers, primarily in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

GMN Classical Plus Composers - Brief composer biographies from The Grove Concise Dictionary of Music

The Living Composers Project - The LCP contains data on over 3000 composers, from Aa–Zyman, representing 97 countries and altogether more than 125,000 works.

Women Composers - Women composers of classical music, whose works have been released on compact disc or as commercially produced mp3, have been included in this database.

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Music careers

Resources in the CSUMB Library

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Career Opportunities in the Music Industry, Field, 2010

Music -- Vocational guidance.

Music -- Economic aspects

Online Resources

CareerOneStop - CareerOneStop is the career, training, and job search website for the U.S. Department of Labor. The website serves job seekers, businesses, students, and career advisors with a variety of free online tools, information and resources.

Careers in - offers extensive music career information, provided by experts in their respective fields

Careers in Music ( - offers information on many types of music careers and career planning including music education

Careers in Music (Berklee School of Music) - includes basic information on many different types of music careers, including many interviews with Berklee alumni

Music Careers - "focuses on the working side of a life in music...aimed at helping you start or build a career in the music industry...original articles and content will help you discover the keys to working on the road or in the studio; learn about writing songs, getting them published, and much more" (from the website)

Occupational Outlook Handbook - From the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, this guide has career information about hundreds of occupations. Try searching on musicians and singers, broadcast and sound engineering technicians, producers and directors, etc.

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