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International Guitar Month Playlist!

The Music Library is celebrating International Guitar Month!

Our playlist is made up of twenty two tracks that run from rock to flamenco to classical.

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Celebrate Women's History Month with works by Contemporary Women Composers

The Music Library invites you to mark the closing weekend of Women's History Month by enjoying our playlist dedicated to performances of select works authored by contemporary women composers.
The playlist is available on Spotify and YouTube.
Think we missed anyone when we assembled the list? Send your feedback to

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Black History Month: Black Women In Jazz

For Black History Month the Music Library is focusing on Black Women in Jazz.

There are two playlists one on Spotify and one on YouTube. They are virtually identical.

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Race Day In Las Vegas Playlist

Get ready for the roar of car racing on the Las Vegas strip!
The UNLV Music Library has curated a set of songs to set the mood while watching all the action here in Las Vegas.
Watch on YouTube or listen on Spotify, the links are below.

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Native American Heritage Month Playlists!

Please enjoy the UNLV Music Library Native American Heritage Month Playlists available on YouTube and Spotify.

Note there are differences between the playlists due to availability of material on each platform.

The YouTube playlist has been updated to feature a performance of Voiceless Mass by Raven Chacon. The work earned Mr. Chacon the 2022 Pulitzer Prize for Music.

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UNLV Music Library Halloween Playlist

Looking for some eerie sounds to get you into the Halloween Spirit? Look no further!

The Music Library presents: "Halloween at the Music Library!"

With selections from soundtracks like A Nightmare on Elm Street, to songs like, "I Put a Spell on You," this list contains all of our favorites to set the mood at your Halloween gatherings.

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New Libraries Database: A-R Music Anthology

The University Libraries has obtained access to A-R Music Anthology, a database containing music and articles compiled for use in music history and theory courses.

This database contains an extensive collection of music and articles designed expressly as the textbook and anthology for music history and theory courses, with more than 600 pieces of music (over 7000 pages). Most works are presented in their entirety rather than in excerpt.

Periods surveyed include Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and 20th-century music.

For a complete list of databases available through the University Libraries, visit our A-Z Database guide.

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Fourth of July Playlist

On YouTube we've created a Fourth of July playlist! The music chosen is meant to inspire patriotism and explore a small portion of the nation’s history. Much of the music is written by American composers, such as Samuel A. Ward, George M. Cohan, Irving Berlin, and John Philip Sousa. John Philip Sousa is known as “The March King” for setting the standard march form with his 136 march compositions. Sousa served as the director of the United States Marine Band from 1880 to 1892, helping the Marine Band rise to prominence where he also became well known. After leaving the military, Sousa’s music was so popular in the United States, and around the world, that he toured with his Sousa Band for nearly 40 years. 

Other music included are patriotic and folk songs known to many who grew up in the United States. The songs “America the Beautiful,” "America (My Country, 'Tis of Thee)," and “The Star…

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Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Playlist

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage month and the UNLV Music Library is celebrating with a new playlist!
The list is available on both Youtube and Spotify.

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Women's History Month Rock Music Playlist

March is Women's History Month and the UNLV Music Library is marking the event with a playlist featuring the contributions of prominent and pioneering women in rock n roll.

Our list covers artists from the 1960s to current, from Aretha to the Linda Lindas. Playlist is available on both Spotify and YouTube.

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