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The Music Department offers an undergraduate program leading to a Bachelor of Arts in music with concentrations in ethnomusicology, history, theory, and general music; a Bachelor of Music with concentrations in composition and performance (orchestral instruments, piano, voice, and guitar); and a Bachelor of Education (elementary level, with a music minor, general music, and instrumental concentrations; secondary level, with general, instrumental, and vocal concentrations).

The graduate program offers the Master of Arts in music with concentrations in ethnomusicology, music education, musicology, and theory; the Master of Music, with concentrations in composition and performance (orchestral instruments, piano, and voice), and the Doctor of Philosophy, with concentrations in ethnomusicology, music education, musicology, and theory/composition. A world-view of music is emphasized, and all students have ethnomusicology as either their primary or secondary area of concentration.

The objectives of the Music Department are to provide undergraduate and graduate instruction and co-curricular events which are components within a broad liberal background, a preparation for teaching music in elementary and secondary schools, a preparation for professional performing, composing, private teaching, or teaching music at the college and university level; and, to provide opportunities for research and service which are consonant with the instructional program.


The music selector is responsible for the selection and collection development of print, non-print, and online music resources. Sound recordings and moving images are located in the Wong AV Center. Materials collected for the Hawaiian, Pacific, and Asia Collections, and materials in Russian are selected by the respective area selectors, with recommendations from the music selector.

The interdisciplinary nature of the performing arts requires ongoing coordinated collecting efforts by the selectors for music, dance, theater and drama.


Language: For writings on music, English is generally preferred. Publications in other languages that contribute significantly to a field, subject, or geographic area or where there is no English language equivalent will be acquired as needed. Primary sources are collected in the original language; reliable translations into English are collected as available. Vocal music is collected in editions with texts in the original language, preferably accompanied by translations into English. For sound recordings, no limitations. For moving images of music, no limitations. Where there is a choice between two versions (languages) of a production, the English version is preferred (if all other elements remain unchanged).

Chronological: No limitations.

Geographic: No limitations. For ethnomusicology, all geographic areas are pertinent, with emphasis on Asia and the Pacific.

Date of Publication: No limitations.

Types and Formats of Materials Collected

Books and serials: Hard copy is preferred; backfiles of selected periodicals may be acquired on microfilm or through gifts. Textbooks are selectively acquired for both pedagogical value and content. Many textbooks are "standards" for history, theory, composition, research methods, and provide insights into the intellectual organization of a subject or field.

Scores: Full scores or study scores are preferred, but when unavailable or a different edition is desired, performance scores may be acquired. Both full scores and reduced versions (piano-vocal scores) are acquired for operas and concertos for solo instruments. Sheet music is generally not acquired, except for Hawaii-related music. Published transcriptions of (for example, popular and rock music) recordings are acquired as needed to support instruction and research.

The library provides scores for the purpose of study and it is generally understood that performers will purchase their own copies for rehearsal and performance. There are, however, standard works in the repertoire for the various western instruments and voice that the music library community recognizes as essential to creating a basic music library. Such items are outlined in A Basic Music Library (American Library Association, 1997) and may be considered for inclusion in the UH Music Collection.

Preference in collecting the music of contemporary composers will generally be given to those whose works are available in both score and sound recording.

Microform: Back issues of selected periodicals and facsimiles of primary source materials may be collected on microform.

Sound recordings: compact discs are preferred, 33 1/3 rpm, 45 rpm, and 78 rpm discs and audio tapes (cassette and open reel) are also collected if they are the only formats available.

Moving images: Videotapes (VHS is preferred) and Digital Video Discs (DVDS) are preferred. Film and other formats are also collected if they are the only format available.

Machine-readable data files: Acquired as needed.

Electronic Format: The Music Collection and its users benefit from the timeliness, remote access, and efficiency of music-specific online resources. The purchase of these resources are carefully considered in collaboration with the Collection Development and Management Committee. Where these electronic resources duplicate print materials care must be taken to examine carefully the need for multiple formats and, wherever possible, eliminate duplication.

Treatment: Primary source materials (facsimile or microform); printed music in the form of full scores, study scores, piano-vocal scores, critical editions, anthologies, collections, song books and fake books; trade or text editions of biographies, instrument collections/ catalogs, historical/analytical works, methodology/historiography, iconography, and festschriften; periodicals; dissertations; congress reports; conference proceedings; reference materials such as encyclopedias and dictionaries, bibliographies, discographies and filmographies, directories, indexes, and catalogs; ephemera; government agency publications; and machine-readable data files.


The University of Hawaii at Manoa is recognized as having one of the pioneer programs in American ethnomusicology.

The Music Department has a full inventory of classical western instruments as well as a sizable collection of Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque instruments. The ethnomusicology program has a large collection of musical instruments from around the world, with primary strength in instruments from Asia and the Pacific. The program has one of the finest Javanese gamelans in the United States.

As a research collection the Music Collection will have a representative collection of popular American music which supports scholarly research and study. Material intended for recreational listening is limited and usually purchased through grant funds.


More than one edition of a score of a given musical composition may be acquired since different editors make individual contributions to the understanding of the composer's intentions. More than one performance on a sound recording of a given "composition" may be acquired since performers interpret the music differently. All sound recordings and moving images of Hawaii-related music are acquired in duplicate -- one preservation copy, one use copy.

Public Performing Rights:

Special note on video material in the collection:

Many of the videos and DVDs in the library collection do not include public performance rights. These rights are needed if:

Public performance rights are not needed for classroom-related screenings or private screenings. Please inquire at the circulation counter in the Wong Audio/Visual Center at Sinclair Library, for further information.

Films or videos for which the Library has non-theatrical public performance rights, may be advertised and promoted only on campus. None of this promotion may say that the public is invited. In general, all off-campus promotion is prohibited, including posters and flyers, unless for those specific titles for which the Library has obtained full public performance rights.

Compiled by: Gregg S. Geary

Date: February 2007

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