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The world and its history are filled with diverse musical practices and accomplishments. Consequently, the study of music and its related topics is a wide-ranging field of research. It can involve the study of music itself, whether printed on the page or captured on sound and video recordings. It can also involve reading music literature, which is usually in the form of books or periodicals about music.
The University of Pittsburgh offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in music, as well as many elective courses for non-majors. With a dedicated Music Library staffed by subject specialists and filled with carefully-selected print, recorded, and electronic resources, Pitt is well-equipped to support any kind of academic inquiry into the field of music.
This guide is intended to provide a basic overview of the available resources that together comprise a foundation for music research.
The Theodore M. Finney Music Library contains a general music research collection as well as several collections of important musical materials. Collections include: Early American hymnals and tunebooks, volumes of sheet music with regional significance, seventeenth and eighteenth century prints of English sacred and secular works, and music belonging to the late William Steinberg and Fidelis Zitterbart. The library's holdings include approximately 65,000 music scores and books, 25,000 sound recordings, 1,500 microforms, and 150 journals..
In addition to the Music Library, music-related materials can be found in other Pitt libraries. There are some music materials in Hillman Library, and students at regional campuses (Greensburg, Johnstown, Bradford, and Titusville) can find music and music information at their own campus libraries. Any Pitt student is free to ask questions of the music librarians, and each Pitt library is staffed with professional librarians who are happy to address the information needs of the university community.