Like a Scholar: Gaining Hands-On Experience with Specialized Music Tools and Resources

Misti Shaw


Shaw relays her experience of designing a hands-on library instruction activity for students in music history topics courses at DePauw University—an endeavor that was spurred by a request from music history professor Matthew Balensuela. The activity enables them to learn how to use—and when to use—specialized music tools and resources, including thematic catalogs and composer works lists. Searching for sound recording reviews and scholarly digital archives helps them to hone their evaluative skills in a relaxed environment with a librarian’s guidance.  A detailed description of the activity is included.


music libraries; music librarianship; in-class activities, hands-on learning

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