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GSFA 199.01 A Life in Music (R. Board): Home

This course helps foster both broad and deep thinking about a life dedicated to the pursuit of professional music making

Getting Started

Locate Journal Articles in Online Databases

Music Scores Online

Guide to the Stacks

Books and printed music are arranged according to the Library of Congress' Classification System:

  • M = Printed music/scores (organized by instrument/genre)
  • ML = Books about music and musicians
  • MT = Books on music theory, pedagogy, and technique

Call numbers of non-circulating reference books begin with "REF", while call numbers for oversized books begin with "Oversize" and are located in a special section in the stacks.

The best search tool for all books, articles, and media (sound recordings and DVDs) is the Pepperdine Library Catalog. Enter a keyword, title, author, performer, or composer and then narrow your search results (to article, musical score, DVD, etc.) using the "Narrow by Format" box to the left on the search results page.

Most journal articles and periodicals are now online, although a few are among the bound periodicals and microfilm in Payson Library, with back years stored in the Calabasas facility. You can search the catalog by subject, ex., SU:music periodicals or su:Music Instruction and study Periodicals

Listen to Music

Text and Diction Guide

Citation Help

"Bibliographic Citations" - help from the Cook Music Library at the Indiana University School of Music

Music Career Resources

ARTstor Images for Music History


The database, ARTstor, features content related to music throughout the ages, including images of musical scores, composers, performers, instruments, and venues such as concert halls and opera houses, as well as musical iconography. Click here for search tips and examples.


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Additional Resources

For listings of additional music resources, consult the Music InfoGuide.


Course Description

This course engages students in a multifaceted approach to exploring a life in professional classical music and looks at what it means to be an artist.  Students will be challenged to think critically and look deeply into the professional world of music performance, composition, and education through various readings and interactions with guest speakers and lecturers.   Included is a representative overview of important styles, time periods, composers and musical genres, as well as the opportunity to develop critical research and scholarly writing skills related to music.