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Remote Resources for Music: Home

A listing of subscription-based resources provided by Walker Library as well as free resources that will be useful to faculty and students while courses are being delivered remotely in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Walker Library is here to serve you as MTSU classes are being conducted online. The information below has been compiled to assist you during this time. This is by no means an exhaustive list and is not intended to function as such. If you need additional assistance, do not hesitate to contact me directly:

Addition assistance includes:

  • Rush requests to purchase books, scores, recordings
  • Assistance locating digital resources
  • Virtual research coaching sessions

Additional information and resources may be found on the library’s Remote Services Page:   Walker Library Remote Services: Home

Textbooks Scores Streaming Audio and Video Articles and Reference Sources Music Teaching Copyright and Fair Use Additional Resources


If faculty or students need access to an electronic edition of a textbook or supplementary text, Walker Library will do its best to obtain a copy. If you are having difficulty finding online/digital versions of textbooks, contact me directly:

In response to COVID-19, many publishers in our nation and throughout the world are providing temporary access to their collections. VitalSource and Redshelf are the primary platforms being used for access.

VitalSource: Content Type: Textbooks and eBooks

  • Free access to VitalSource ended May 25, 2020.
  • Students will be able to access the expansive catalog of ebooks from participating publishers through the VitalSource Bookshelf app effective immediately.
  • Create an account to access the VitalSource Bookshelf app by using their MTSU email address. Find and view course materials from participating publishers via VitalSource’s Explore capabilities within Bookshelf

Press Release

One example of a textbook that is available via VitalSource’s Bookshelf app is
Norton’s A History of Western Music, 9th ed.


RedShelf: Content Type: Textbooks
RedShelf is an EdTech company that distributes affordable digital textbooks. This service is available until May 25, 2020.

Press Release


National Emergency Library: Content Type: Textbooks and Books
The National Emergency Library is a collection of books that supports emergency remote teaching, research activities, independent scholarship, and intellectual stimulation while universities, schools, training centers, and libraries are closed.

  • Waitlists have been suspended through June 16, 2020.
  • Users will need to create an account and then login to borrow books
  • Search by title or author
  • Loan period is 14 days
  • During this time of emergency, users can check out up to 10 books at a time
  • While waitlists are suspended users will be able to check the book out again

Press Release



An expanded list of sources for digital scores may be found on Walker Library’s Research Guide for Music.

MTSU Resources
Classical Scores Library (Vols I and II)
Online Music Anthology

Free Resources

Boosey & Hawkes
Many publishers, such as Boosey & Hawkes, allow individuals to “peruse” scores in digital format. Typically, music publishers require you to register and create an account.

Free access to BabelScores’ digital library is no longer available.

Public Domain Song Anthology
348 popular songs with lead sheets, modern and traditional harmonization



Streaming Audio and Video
MTSU Resources
Walker Library subscribes to several services providing streaming audio and video. Complete lists of those resources are available on the following pages of Walker Library’s Research Guide for Music:

Music: Streaming Music

Music: Streaming Video


Free Resources
In response to COVID-19, many providers are offering temporary access to their services. A few noteworthy examples include:

Berliner Philharmonicker Digital Concert Hall
“The Digital Concert Hall now free for everyone. The Philharmonie is closed – so we will come to you!”

The Metropolitan Opera “Nightly Met Opera Streams”
“A free series of encore presentations streamed on the company website during the coronavirus closure”

Montreux Jazz Festival: Free access to 50 concerts to stream
“We have made over 50 Festival concerts available to stream for free, including performances by Ray Charles, Wu-Tang Clan, Johnny Cash, Nina Simone, Marvin Gaye, Deep Purple, Carlos Santana, and more.”

NPR: A List Of Live Virtual Concerts To Watch During The Coronavirus Shutdown
“NPR Music is compiling a list of live audio and video streams from around the world, categorized by date and genre, with links out to streaming platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.”



Articles and Reference Sources
MTSU Resources
Walker Library subscribes to several services providing access to journal articles and reference sources. Complete lists of those resources are available on the following pages of Walker Library’s Research Guide for Music:

Music: Find Articles

Music: Reference Sources

Of note are:

NEW! From now through the end of June, Flipster's entire catalog of 1,800 magazines are available for viewing via web browser or app.

  • Download the appropriate app for your device (Apple, Android, or Kindle)
  • Tap Get Started
  • Tap Deny then search for Middle Tennessee State University
  • Tap the LOG IN button next to Middle Tennessee State University
  • Enter your Pipeline credentials. Be sure to include (students) or (faculty/staff) with your username


Music Index with Full Text
NEW! Includes full-text of articles as of March 1.

RILM Abstracts of Music Literature
Includes temporary access to full-text through May 31.

Oxford Music Online
Includes access to Grove Music Online



Music Teaching
MTSU Resources
A-R Online Music History Textbook (part of the Online Music Anthology)
Includes articles on music history and music theory.


Free Resources
Artusi (free access through the end of June)
“Artusi is a set of automatically grading, online interactive workbooks for music theory and aural skills.”

Auralia (free through June 30)
Ear training software

MERLOT (search for “music” or other topics)

Free music notation software

Music Theory Examples by Women

Music Theory Pedagogy Online

Musition (free through June 30)
Music theory software

Smart Music (free through June 30)
Music practice software

“So You Need To Teach online: Music History and Music Theory Edition”
Article by Emily H. Green and Megan Lavengood

Teaching Music in the Age of COVID-19: A Collaborative Effort by CMS
“In an effort to respond to the challenges of the moment, the College Music Society has created a repository of open-access resources that aims to gather best practices and innovative solutions for some of the most perplexing problems”



Copyright and Fair Use
Artists, educators, and librarians are and should always be proponents of copyright. U.S. copyright law supports teaching, research, and learning through Fair Use.
Fair Use
Public statement written by Copyright Librarians acknowledging the strength of Fair Use for Emergency Remote Teaching and Research

Mobile Scanning App Reviews



Additional Resources
The following resources include listings of many additional resources that are permanently or temporarily free.
CMA Country Connection
Playlists assembled by the Country Music Association to enjoy “while working from home, completing schoolwork remotely and more while keeping yourself and loved ones safe.”

Music Resources for Remote Access & Teaching
A Word document created by Anna Kijas, Music Librarian at Lilly Music Library, Tufts University

Remote Teaching Resources for Business Continuity
A Google Docs spreadsheet managed by Daniel Stanford, DePaul University

Remote Teaching Resources for Music
A shared Google Docs spreadsheet begun by Erin Conor, Head, Music, Art, and Drama Libraries, University of Washington

VideoLib's Cheat Sheet on Special Streaming Offers During Covid19
A Google Docs spreadsheet prepared by VideoLib

Where to binge Broadway online: A theatre lover’s guide to streaming
A list prepared by the Tennessee Performing Arts Center Where to binge Broadway online: A theatre lover’s guide to streaming