Located on the third floor of the Mary Couts Burnett Library, the Music/Media Library houses several thousand scores, print books, CDs and music discipline-related videos. The Music/Media Library and Hamilton Audiovisual Center provide a creative space for musicians to listen to music, watch performances, study scores, write research papers and attend specialized classes.
The Music/Media Library is led by TCU’s music and media Jedi Master Cari Alexander. She has written a comprehensive guide on what we have, how to find it, and how to use it. Begin your search with this guide and chances are your search will end with this guide.
Students may bring their own laptop or check out one from the Library Information Commons to obtain internet/computing access for their studies. Computers for the Library Catalog and the numerous music-related reference and streaming databases are available for research. *
Noteworthy print databases include Grove Music Online, RILM Abstracts of Music Literature, Music Periodicals Database and The International Inventory of Musical Sources (RISM). Streaming audio/visual databases include the full gamut of Alexander Street Press products such as Classical Music Online, Opera in Video, and Jazz Music Online, as well as standalone Naxos Music Online, and Met Opera on Demand. Click here to see the full list of subscription-only music databases TCU offers to students free of charge. Of particular interest to singers will be access to IPA Source, Met Opera-on-Demand, Music Online: Opera in Video, Naxos Music Library (audio), and Music Online: Classical Scores Library.
TCU students are also eligible for a TexShare card from the TCU Library. A TexShare card allows you to check out books while visiting other TexShare participating libraries. This allows TCU students to take advantage of the other great music libraries in the Metroplex, such as those at UNT and SMU.
Print books and music scores are in open stacks for browsing. * Audiovisual materials, while in a closed stacks environment, are easily accessible via catalog search and a library call number provided to staff.
The Music/Media Library also houses the archives for the TCU School of Music, beginning in 1949, and the Archives of the Van Cliburn Piano Competition Foundation. Both the Music/Media librarian and the Cliburn archivist/liaison for the School of Dance have offices in the Music/Media Library.
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The Library—all its functions, all its services, and all its materials—require special handling during this time of pandemic. Check the library guide on Covid-19: Library for the latest details on what’s required to access and use resources. This information is fluid, so be sure to check back regularly to make sure you are completely up to date.
Classical Vocal Repertoire
The country’s foremost expert in vocal sheet music, Glendower Jones, owns this store. There is nothing you can come up with that he cannot locate for you. Start your search here, and 99% of the time, it will end here. He offers both print and digital music.
Beethoven & Co
A fine print sheet music house, independently owned and well run.
Sheet Music Plus
Print and digital sheet music.
Good for basic repertoire if you don’t need it quickly.
The largest music publisher in the world for both print and digital music, with a large digital learning component for rehearsal tracks and language work. Publishes the Musical Theater Anthologies.
Excellent source for musical theater repertoire in single songs. Digital music is printable, able to be saved as PDFs, and viewable/playable on tablets using their branded app.
IMSLP, also known as the International Music Score Library Project or Petrucci Music Library, was started in 2006. The logo on the main page is a capital letter A. It was taken from the beginning of the very first printed book of music, the Harmonice Musices Odhecaton. It was published in Venice in 1501 by Ottaviano Petrucci, the library’s namesake. The ultimate goal of the IMSLP is to gather all public domain music scores, in addition to the music scores of all contemporary composers (or their estates) who wish to release them to the public free of charge.
Art Song Central
Art Song Central is principally an archive and directory of free, printable sheet music for singers and voice teachers. An emphasis is placed on standard classical and traditional repertoire.
Classical piano accompaniments, collections and repertoire mastery tools for singers. 5000 tracks to choose from with instant downloads, allowing you to rehearse immediately. All tracks are performed by a singer-sensitive accompanist, and MP3s are DRM-free: use on any device.
Lyribox Music Store
Lyribox Music Store tools are divided in three different categories:
- Recordings (high quality accompaniment, vocal line, text recited by a vocal coach)
- Manuscript (literal and literary translation, biographies (composer, poet, etc.) and digital sheet music available in any key)
- Videos (accompaniment with scrolling score, vocal line with scrolling sheet music, and audio text with scrolling translation).
- Tools may be purchased, used with a subscription, or accessed through their branded apps on both Apple and Android products.
Appcompanist gives you full control (tempo, key, direction, rubato, fermata, and melody blend) over thousands of piano accompaniments: Opera, Art Song, Musical Theater, and over 450 Vocal Exercises (Vaccai, Concone, Marchesi, Garcia, etc.). Available for Apple products only.
Opera Practice Perfect
OPP accompaniments are the played piano part of the piano/vocal score of a complete opera or choral work. The tempi of the accompaniments are matched to a well-known recording of each opera thus providing the nuances of renowned singers following the baton of a world-class conductor. They carry many standard works and can be purchased by the role or complete works. Available as MP3s or CDs.
Diction and Texts
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. Now with over 12568 titles. TCU students have free access to this service through the Music/Media Library at Mary Couts Burnett Library.
The Domain includes books, websites, recordings, software, fonts and other materials and tools that are of use to singers learning to perform in various languages. The emphasis is on materials and resources of benefit to singers and teachers of vocal diction. A few representative (but in no way exhaustive) resources from related fields of spoken diction and linguistics are also included, in the hope they may provide further leads for vocal diction research.
SingersBabel offers tools to help you learn the meaning and pronunciation of texts found in art songs, oratorios, and secular and sacred choral music. Hear a native speaker reciting the text while seeing the original text, word-for-word English translation, and International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). They offer an app for Apple products, with promises of an Android app soon.
This site has a huge offering of Russian art songs and arias: IPA transcriptions, word for word translations, song lyrics read by a native speaker, multimedia online diction manuals, vintage common domain sound recordings, and biographical information.
Hal Leonard Diction Coach Series
All anthologies in the Hal Leonard Diction Coach Series include recorded diction lessons, IPA, and word for word translations. Each piece is recorded twice. In the first version the coach recites the text as an actor would speak it, showing flow of the language and the mood. The second version is a slow, deliberate lesson, allowing time for the student to repeat each line. These language coaches from the Metropolitan Opera and the Juilliard School adapt the “R” in German and French in the slow versions, and are very sensitive to liaisons between word sounds in the musical settings. All Diction Coach Series anthologies include accompaniment tracks.
The Lied, Art Song, and Choral Texts Page
This website houses an extensive, growing archive of texts to 139,718 settings of Lieder and other art songs (Kunstlieder, mélodies, canzoni, романсы, canciones, liederen, canções, sånger, laulua, písně, piosenki, etc.) and other vocal pieces such as choral works, madrigals, and part-songs, in 125 languages, with 27,606 translations to Catalan, English, French, Greek, Italian, Dutch, German, Spanish, Portuguese, and many other languages.
A diverse collection of information on over 1000 operatic arias, includes translations and aria texts.
Art Song Central
Art Song Central provides IPA transcriptions of the free sheet music they offer.
Memorization and Performance Psychology
The Four Stages of Memorization. A top-ranked article by Gerald Klickstein.
Memorization: Psychological Data and Some Practical Tips, by Scott M. Smith.
Read the Preface to Guide to Memorizing Music, by Alfred J. Goodrich (1906).
The Musician’s Way, by Gerald Klickstein (Oxford, 2009; 15th printing, 2019).
Comprehensive guidelines to learn, memorize, and perform.
The Bulletproof Musician, by Dr. Noa Kageyama
What does mental training actually look like? How exactly is practicing for skill and practicing for performance different? How the heck does one manage nerves, or “practice” confidence or focus? Answering such questions is what this blog is about. Taking what researchers have learned, and what great musicians have been saying for decades, and figuring out how to put all of it into action. Both in the practice room, and on stage.
Deliberate Practice, a blog by Jason Haaheim, Principal MET Tympanist
He writes, “’What I’ve learned’ has been unique given my unorthodox path to the MET Orchestra. I was appointed principal timpanist in 2013; prior to that, I worked for 10 years as a senior scientist at a nanotechnology company in Chicago. I double-majored in physics and music as an undergraduate, and earned a master’s degree in electrical engineering. I did not attend a conservatory, nor do I hold a graduate degree in music. But for me, that’s actually been an asset — I feel that I’ve gained unique insight into the mutually-reinforcing realms of science and music, particularly in terms of how to engineer an audition process and what it really means to practice.”
The National Opera Association promotes excellence in opera education and pedagogy through its support of a diverse community of opera educators and professionals.
NOA holds an annual conference, along with a growing series of regional events, featuring performances, panels, workshops, and other continuing-education opportunities for opera educators, performers, scholars, composers, students, and everyone interested in our craft. Major activities of NOA include the encouragement of young artists and composers through competitions and performance opportunities, sharing resources for collegiate and regional productions, and publication of scholarly articles. Special projects of NOA include The Legacy Project, Sacred in Opera, the Young People’s Opera Project, and the Lifetime Achievement Award.
The owner of YAPTracker writes:
The YAP Tracker website is the brainchild of a technically savvy opera singer and her artistically sensitive computer programmer husband. I, the opera singer and Excel instructor (my “day job”), managed my applications in the past with a standard Excel spreadsheet, but I still found it difficult to stay current with all opportunities.
Having won several competition prizes in the last few years, I decided to expand my already unmanageable list of applications and investigate other competitions to which I could apply. I was surprised by how many were out there; my current system would no longer suffice to keep track.
And thus, YAP Tracker was born. We collaborated with singers of every professional level, from graduate school students to managed professionals, and we came up with what we consider to be a product that will benefit artists at any stage of their career. Our technical team has also paid special attention to those that are less technically able; we believe YAP Tracker to be a very user friendly product with a tremendous depth of features and functions that will continue to grow as we assimilate recommendations from our newest users.
We hope to see you around the YAP Tracker community!
As a member you will enjoy the following benefits:
- Access to over 3000 audition opportunities published each year. See last year’s breakdown for more details
- E-mail alerts and reminders for upcoming deadlines
- Tracking tools including personalized calendar, expense tracking and auditors
- Notifications when auditions and contracts have been offered to other singers
- Mobile friendly version