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Music: Music, culture and place

Selected resources for students of music

Music, culture and place (work in progress)

This page has a selection of resources related to music cultures across the world. Included are audiovisual resources, journals, edited books and books from series such as the Global Music Series, Cambridge companions and the Bloomsbury 33 1/3 series. To find further examples in Search enter the keywords related to your topic.

Edited Books

Selected edited books with chapters on the music of many different cultures and countries.

Global Music Series

The Matheson Library holds 40 titles in the Global Music Series. 

Musical Instruments

The Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments is a good starting place for studying the evolution of musical instruments from different countries of the world with comprehensive articles such as those for Lute, Lyre, Trumpet and Drum offering lists of academic sources. Since organology includes the study of musical instruments and their classifications, as well as their development through history and cultures, it is a good key word to use when searching databases. Musical Instruments from Oxford Bibliographies has a section "Instruments by Global Region".


A selection of scholarly journals which will include peer reviewed journal articles related to music across place. For more key music journals go to

33 1/3 Series from Bloomsbury Music and Sound

33 1/3 Series from Bloomsbury Music and Sound
A series of short books about popular music, focusing on individual albums and their cultural impact. The initial volumes in the series focused on Japanese and Brazilian music and now titles include volumes on the popular music of Australia/Oceania, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and more.

Selected archives

Many musical styles have a connection with particular places. The Library of Congress has a "Songs of America" site which celebrates the songs of the people of the United States of America. 

This blog describes two original copyright deposits which represent the early foundations of Hip-Hop.

Streamed video

Streamed video related to music, culture and place can be found on databases such at Ethnographic Video Online, Kanopy and BBC Video Collection.

Music and Culture databases with audiovisual content

Streamed world music on CD

MAMU Music Archive of Monash University

Image Credits: Photographer, Hidris Kartomi,Margaret Kartomi Collection, Music Archive of Monash University, Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music.

The Music Archive of Monash University is located in the South wing of the 4th floor, Menzies Building. You can also search the Online Collection.

The Monash University Library has access to The Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments.