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Music Orientation Tutorial

Asynchronous orientation lesson for music students


Welcome to the Orientation to the UWM Libraries for Music Students. 

For your library tutorial and orientation this week, please go through the lesson materials on this guide, including the text, videos, and activities for all the tabs. Links to additional information will be provided throughout, but those are optional. Don't hesitate to contact me at with any questions!


The UWM Libraries offer access to scores, including parts for chamber ensembles, physical and streaming recordings, and research databases that are valuable resources for personal listening and performance, as well as scholarly research. If you're looking for new repertory or something to listen to and don't already have a title in mind, the library can help.

Here's an example: Although 2020 is "Beethoven Year," many scholars and musicians are taking the opportunity to listen to and perform music that is not so well-known. "Musicology Duck," an anonymous music scholar on social media, posted a list of prompts at the end of last year, urging us to "Listen Wider" by working through "challenges" to listen to music you might not otherwise hear. But how do you find and listen to new music that meets particular criteria, either for a "challenge," for a particular performance context, or for an assignment?  

To orient you to some of the music resources and services, this tutorial will lead you through a few of the Listen Wider challenges, using library resources. For each challenge, you'll see a tab on this guide with a brief explanation of resources, a couple of short demonstration videos, and an activity to try out the tools. Please make sure to go through each of the tabs, and work through those materials for each challenge. At the bottom of each page, I'll also give a link to a playlist, bibliography, and additional similar resources for you to explore if you're interested.

Access during partial closure

Before we get into specific tools-- a quick word about access the materials you identify.

At the start of the fall 2020 semester, only the Learning Commons section of the library will be open. You'll be able to request materials online or at the circulation desk, and they will be collected and brought to the desk for you. You can also continue to request articles, chapters, or sections of scores to be scanned and delivered to you electronically, by using the Interlibrary Loan form. If you have trouble figuring out how to access material you need, please use Ask a Librarian or email the Music & Performing Arts Librarian

The video below goes over your options for accessing library materials.

More Information


The UWM Music Librarian is working through all 30 Listen Wider challenges, with playlists, bibliographies, and search tips. Follow along with the Guide below, or via the music collection social media accounts.