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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.

Think we missed an essential artist or song? Let us know at

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Black History Month Blues Playlist

Blues, a genre born in the United States, started in the south and progressed from there. Blues music has been influential in much of the popular music of the 20th and 21st centuries. American and international artists in rock, jazz, hip hop and beyond have been influenced by classic and modern blues music.

Please enjoy this playlist of blues standards curated by the UNLV Music Library.
The playlist is available on Spotify and YouTube.

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Return of the Valentine's Day Playlists!

Valentine's Day is fast approaching! The Music Library staff brings you two unique playlists for your listening pleasure. Whether you're feeling a little heartbroken, or absolutely smitten, you can find our "Heartbreak" and "Love" playlists on Spotify and YouTube. The Music Library hopes you have a lovely Valentine's Day!

"Heartbreak" Playlist

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Naxos Music Trial Access: Jazz, World, and Spoken Word

The UNLV Libraries are offering a two week trial of the following databases:

Naxos Jazz

Naxos World Music

Naxos Spoken Word

You will need to log in with your UNLV Ace Account for off campus access.

If you find this resource valuable, please let us know via this quick webform - thanks! 

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UNLV Music Library Holiday Playlists

We have assembled multiple holiday playlists with the music database NAXOS and Spotify, and we are excited to share them with you! To access the playlist, use the QR code or follow the link below, then login with your ACE (for the Naxos playlist) account. Grab some cocoa, sit back, and enjoy!

Naxos Playlist

And our Pop Music Spotify Play:

This year’s Pop Holiday Playlist (on Spotify) consists of many artists from various genres like Dolly Parton, Aretha Franklin, Johnny Mathis plus a wide variety of the holiday music essentials. The Music Library staff hopes you have a safe and enjoyable holiday season. Happy listening!

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A Celebration of Native American History Month

Please enjoy the UNLV Music Library Native American History Month YouTube playlist.

Feel free to send any feedback to

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Available Computers In Music Library

Searching for an available computer in the UNLV Music Library? There is a tool to help you!

Point your browser to the UNLV Library Computer Locations and Availability page and select the Music Library.

Click the location tab along the top of the libraries map and set the location to Music Library to view a map of the Music Library and view available PC stations.

Click the List tab, which is located next to the Floorplan tab, and you will see a list of PCs in the Music Library that includes laptops you can check out for the day.

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