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Music: Composition and Creative Music Technology

Selected resources for students of music


Using this guide

This guide provides selected resources for students of Composition & creative music technology and Orchestration and Arranging. The Music and Multimedia Collection contains information in a range of formats: music scores, DVDs, vinyl record, 78rpm, cassette tape, DVDs, video tapes, CD-ROMs, microfilms, microfiche and kits. DVDs, CD's, Most books are located on level 4 and scores and audio-visual materials are located on Level 1 of the Matheson Library, and can be most easily found by using Monash Library Search to find a Call Number. You can use the subject headings on the books below to take you to books on the same topic. The Matheson Library has a listening room where vinyl recordings can be played.


The following areas have excellent print resources 781.374 on level 4 and S781.3 on level 1.

The following books are available as ebooks.


Logic Pro

Pro Tools

Also see the songwriting books on the Music Performance subject guide:

The Matheson Library holds many works by women composers. This list is just a selection of the many works by women composers across the world on level 1: Amy Beach (USA), Lili Boulanger France), Unsuk Chin (Korea), Mary Finsterer (Australia), Sofia Gubaidulina (Russia), Cat Hope (Australia), Elena Kats-Chernin (Australia), Catherine Likhuta (Ukraine/Australia), Fanny Mendelssohn (Germany), Florence Price (USA), Kaija Saariaho (Finland), Clara Schumann (Germany), Livia Teodorescu-Ciocănea (Romania)

We have a large number of Australian women composers. Many of them are published by the Australian Music Centre and Wirripang.

The Monash University Library also has Australian composer archives with extensive collections of manuscripts by Phyllis Batchelor, Wendy Morrissey, Linda Phillips, Esther Rofe and Margaret Sutherland. Only a few of these manuscripts have been published can be found by searching Library Search.

The Boulanger Initiative Database offers over 8,000 freely available online scores composed by more than 1,200 women and gender-marginalised composers.

Selected Audio links:
Woven Song - Pukumani by Deborah Cheetham AO



Classical Scores Llibrary and HathiTrust offer access to many compositions online. Explore the selections below. 

Study scores are full scores in miniature and contain every part, in one score, for each instrument --- very useful for reading the music while you are listening to it. For example:
Music for 18 Musicians by Steve Reich
There is also a print copy which can be found in the score section at S780 R347 20/M

Australian Scores
You can access e-scores on Classical Scores Library which has a filter for Publishers. Search under Australian Music Centre and Wirripang.

Online score databases

For contemporary scores:


Sound recordings (streamed audio)

Freely available Sound Archives (selection) :

Selected streamed video