90 boxes of papers, photographs and recordings relating to the interests and work of the late John Mansfield Thomson. He was New Zealand's foremost musicologist and the archive includes his studies for the "Biographical dictionary of New Zealand composers" and the "Oxford history of New Zealand music". Also his work on the journal "Early Music", caricature and music in 18th century Britain, and print design.


Digital Theatre+ is the world’s leading educational platform for English and the Performing Arts, providing access to 600+ theatre productions and educational resources.DT+ collaborate with renowned theatre companies, actors and creatives to capture live performances in stunning quality and bring you insights from behind the scenes; curates the very best productions from over 50 of the world’s leading arts organisations; and commission educational resources from leading practitioners and academics. New content is added regularly.
Coverage: Index
Contains abstracts of selected New Zealand serials, including newspapers, about New Zealand and the South Pacific. Subjects covered include general interest material, social research, current affairs, the arts and humanities.
Online since 2003, IPA Source is the web's largest library of International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) transcriptions and literal translations of opera arias and art song texts.
Coverage: Coverage varies (Full text)
Access to archival issues of journals with coverage usually ending three to five years before present. Back issues of over 1500 journals in the arts, humanities, science, and social sciences with links to current issues available in Project Muse.
Click on 'Browse by Subject' and choose Music to see a list of 75 music journals in JSTOR.
Naxos Music Library [NML] is the world´s largest online classical music library. Currently, it offers streaming access to more than 100,000 CDs with more than 1.4 million tracks of both standard and rare repertoire. Over 800 new CDs are added to the library every month. Along with classical music, jazz, world, and pop/rock are also represented. Limited to 10 concurrent users.
Coverage: Full text
Access The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, and The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz. The database includes over 3,000 links to related sites, including sound archives, and is updated annually. Previously known as Grove Music Online.
Coverage: Coverage varies (Full text)
Includes over 300 journals from over 70 scholarly publishers covering the fields of literature and criticism, history, visual and performing arts, cultural studies, education, political science, gender studies, economics, and many others.
Coverage: 1967 to present (Index)
Includes items on music and various other fields as they relate to music, from journals, books, bibliographies, catalogues, conference proceedings, discographies, dissertations, ethnographic recordings, Festschriften, films, iconographies, and videos.
Coverage: Index
Te Puna Search (WorldCat Discovery) provides a view of New Zealand libraries’ holdings and the holdings of other libraries around the world for both library staff and patrons. Discovery searches over OCLC WorldCat plus other databases.


Covers all periods and styles of music.
This dictionary brings together biographical information about composers, performers, music theorists, and instrument makes. It emphasises classical music, but also gives ample attention to jazz and blues, rock and pop, and hymns and showtunes across the ages.
Includes entries on all the styles and forms in Western music; comprehensive articles on the music of Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Near East; descriptions of instruments enriched by historical background; and articles that reflect today's music, including popular music, jazz, and rock.
A succinct and comprehensive guide to the history, forms, and personalities of classical music.
A-to-Z reference work for students interested in learning more about how musical works were originally performed and subsequently changed over the centuries. It offers entries on composers, musicians/performers, technical terms, performance centers, musical instruments, and genres, all aimed at elucidating issues in performance practice.


Covers the major players in the vast history of popular music in the twentieth century. Print version available.
A collection of synopses and descriptions of over 250 operas. Each entry includes a full synopsis of the plot, a cast list, a note on the singers in the original production, and information on the origins of the work and its literary and social background. Contributions conclude with a brief comment on the particular work's place in operatic history.
This reference work includes articles that range from clear, concise definitions of musical ideas and terms to extended surveys of musical forms and styles, with specialist coverage of virtually every musical subject.


Covers digital sound technology and all musical applications of computers. Includes cutting-edge research and developments in technology, methods, and aesthetics of computer music; reports on products of interest, such as new audio and MIDI software and hardware; and interviews with leading composers of computer music.
This peer-reviewed journal is concerned with the critical study of music today in all its aspects—its techniques of performance and composition, texts and contexts, aesthetics, technologies, and relationships with other disciplines and currents of thought. Includes documentary materials, interviews, and other items of interest to contemporary music scholars.
A major peer-reviewed journal at the intersection of the creative arts, design and digital technologies. Articles cover practical and theoretical aspects of making or using digital media in creative disciplines. Topics include visual arts, interaction design, physical computing and making, computational materials, textile and fashion design, filmmaking and animation, game design, music, dance, drama, architecture and urban design.
A highly regarded monthly magazine (UK) offering classical music reviews, news, playlists, features and blogs. For information on the contents of each magazine, visit Gramophone and search by composer, work, artist, or conductor. Use the volume and issue number to locate the items in the library.
The leading international peer-reviewed journal on the use of contemporary science and technology in the arts and music and, increasingly, the application and influence of the arts and humanities on science and technology.  See the annual companion Leonardo Music Journal.
A peer reviewed journal devoted to aesthetic and technical issues in contemporary music and the sonic arts. Recent issues have covered improvisation, musical communities, live performance in the digital age, and the politics of sound art. Includes audio samples. Companion to Leonardo
An international peer-reviewed journal which focuses on methods and issues arising from the use of technology in music today. Covers multimedia, performance art, sound sculpture and music ranging from popular idioms to experimental electroacoustic composition.
An international multi-disciplinary journal covering all aspects of the subject - from the formation of social group identities through popular music, to the workings of the global music industry, to how particular pieces of music are put together.  Includes substantial, authoritative and influential articles, shorter topical pieces, and book reviews.


Affetto are an early music ensemble exploring the lesser known chamber music of the Baroque and Renaissance.  All early music specialists, leaders in their respective fields, Kiwis, overseas trained, all playing authentic instruments and all hopelessly passionate about early music.   Affetto is Rachael Griffiths-Hughes, Philip Griffin, Peter Reid, Polly Sussex, Jayne Tankersley.
Contains the collections of the Beethoven-Haus including music manuscripts, first editions, letters and pictures and many recordings.
CHARM promotes the musicological study of both live performance and recordings, drawing on a wide range of approaches ranging from computational analysis to business history. Click here for further details.  Through this website you can discover more about these activities, access an online discography and library of ex-copyright recordings, see details about publications, or find information about early recording history and methods for analysing recordings.
Also known as the Choral Wiki, the CPDL holds more than 24,000 free choral and vocal scores, texts and translations. There are many excellent editions, including nearly complete vocal works by William Byrd and Tomás Luis de Victoria.
Links to digital scores of Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Handel, Liszt, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Nielsen, Schubert, and Schumann, courtesy of the University of Michigan Library.
A platform for collaboration and discovery which aims to promote ethnically and culturally inspired music of all genres and all regions of the world. You must sign up for an account to listen.
A community-built library of public domain sheet music. Extensive collection of original scores scanned to PDF. Over 300,000 scores and 35,000 recordings for over 93,000 works by over 12,000 composers have been uploaded.
The audio archives of the CNRS – Musée de l’Homme gather commercial and unpublished recordings of music and oral traditions from around the world, from 1900 to the present. These archives are among the most important in Europe in terms of quality, quantity and diversity. Click the "access to free public sound items" at the top-right corner of the page to listen to the items.
The NMA is the complete edition of all of Mozart’s works posted in digital form by Internationale Stiftung Mozarteum. View
The NMA is the complete edition of all of Mozart’s works posted in digital form by Internationale Stiftung Mozarteum.
A searchable web site for historical and contemporary Australian music, sheet music and full scores and information on people and organisations.
Enables in-depth searching of both free and for-fee music content curated by an international community of music scholars, students, teachers and librarians. Contains peer reviewed journal articles, books, scores, audio and video performances in one free index.
A large index of surviving music sources which details where they are held. These primary sources are manuscripts or printed music, writings on music theory, and libretti. They are housed in libraries, archives, monasteries, schools and private collections. Search results can be viewed in English, French or German.
90,000 selected works of music, spoken word and human and natural environments available online for non-commercial research, study and private enjoyment.
The Chopin collection at the University of Chicago Library includes over 400 first and early printed editions of musical compositions by Frédéric Chopin.
The UCLA Library Research Guide to Music Scores and Sheet Music lists a number of sites with freely available sheet music.