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GSFA 199.01 Life & Music (R. Board): Home

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

Search Pepperdine's eBook Collections

Getting Started

Locate Journal Articles in Online Databases

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

Music Scores Online

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.

Additional Resources

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

Course Description

Designed especially for music aficionados, this course provides a patchwork of content designed to help students get the most out of their time at Pepperdine while simultaneously delving into a variety of musical topics especially for those who love to perform and who have some basic experience with reading and performing music. Central to the content is a focus on Western Classical music with opportunities for students to present on and/or perform their favorite musical styles including modern popular music, such as Broadway, Jazz, Rock, R&B, EDM, Rap, and Hip Hop. Music will be the lens through which students explore a number of practical topics such as research, writing, presentation skills, finance, nutrition, mental health, social justice, healthcare, and more.

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



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