Lisa Hooper


Head of Media Services

Librarian Phone Number

(504) 314-7822

Librarian Email

Dept Chair

Dan Sharp

Dept Web Site


Program Description

The Department of Music has forty-nine faculty members. Nine are full-time tenure track, six are non-tenured full-time, thirty-two are part-time, and two are visiting professors. Each year the department teaches well over 2000 students, including music majors, music minors, double majors, and a large number of non-majors. The department awards the B.A in music history and theory, the B.F.A. in music composition, performance, and musical theater, the M.A. in musicology, music theory, and composition, and the M.F.A. in performance. Instruction in performance is taught on all levels, and in addition to music ensembles, courses are offered in music history and literature, music theory, harmony, counterpoint, orchestration, music analysis, composition, and various special topics such as opera, Broadway musicals, popular music analysis, the business of music, ethnomusicology, and history of jazz.

Subject Resource Guide


The library collections support the teaching, learning, and research needs of the Newcomb Department of Music, the Musical Cultures of the Gulf South coordinate degree program, and related interdisciplinary fields. As such, collecting focus extends to music history and literature, music theory and analysis, performance, popular music, the music industry, as well as music libraries and librarianship. Existing collection strengths include American popular music with particular emphasis on jazz, blues, ragtime, and hip hop, musical theater, opera, and music from the baroque to early modern period. Current areas of growth include sound studies, computer music, and late 20th-21st century music. There is extensive coverage of standard repertoire and individual works of significant composers. For the most important composers and works, multiple editions are appropriate, with special attention given to new critical editions.


The music library collects books, periodicals, scores, sound recordings, video recordings, and other electronic formats that support the teaching, learning, and research needs of our users. Books and scores collected include single titles, anthologies, and monographic series (e.g., SOAS Musical Series, The Kurt Weill Edition, etc.) and reference works (e.g., dictionaries, encyclopedias, research guides, etc.). Juvenile literature, textbooks, and scores with choral, orchestral, or band parts are excluded.


Books Monographs, periodicals, librettos, indexes and abstracts, bibliographies and other standard reference sources and secondary literature of music are primarily purchased in print form but consideration is given when digital texts are available.  Score editions included critical, performance, and study and may be full, miniature, or vocal scores. The preferred sound recording format is compact disc and/or streaming; the preferred video recording format is DVD and/or streaming. Records, cassette tapes, VHS are not preferred formats and are selected on a case-by-case basis.


English is preferred for monographs, reference and research books, and periodicals. A limited number of German, French, Italian, and Spanish titles are collected, and texts in other languages are collected as appropriate. Scores and sound recordings are purchased regardless of the origin of publication or the language in which introductory material is written. When possible, scores of vocal music are collected in editions with texts in the original language.

Chronological Period

Although there are no chronological restrictions on the collection of music materials, emphasis is placed on music of the Medieval Period through the present.

Imprint Date

Monographs of the last three years are emphasized, with retrospective collecting (especially through donations) considered on a case-by-case basis. Variant score editions and desired sound recording performances are emphasized regardless of the issue date. Compact discs have made desirable the purchase of numerous highly regarded and remastered old recordings and historic performances. Out-of-print desired materials are sought to replace lost materials.

Geographical Considerations

Emphasis is on the classical music tradition of Europe and America, but broad coverage of world music (Latin American, African, Asian, Jewish, etc.) is maintained, with a focus on the Caribbean and Americans. Regional music–both New Orleans and Louisiana–are emphasized.

Related Collections

Cooperative Resources

The Howard-Tilton Memorial Library is one of 14 members of a cooperative consortium of southern research libraries called KUDZU, which includes a shared online catalog. Loan requests through this system receive priority processing and expedited two-day delivery. The library is also a member of the cooperative Center for Research Libraries (CRL) in Chicago, through which we may borrow a wide range of rare materials for our users. Undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty may borrow materials directly from the main library nearby at Loyola University of New Orleans through a reciprocal agreement called TU/LU. Graduate students and faculty may borrow materials at other New Orleans area academic libraries, and at other academic libraries throughout the state, through the LALINC consortium. For more information about cooperative borrowing privileges inquire at the library's Check-Out Desk.

Supply Sources

An approval plan with YBP sends monographs according to a profile established by the bibliographer for music; there also exist a number of standing orders for monographic series. Most scores are acquired from a variety of score vendors. Numerous score standing orders for critical editions of composers' complete works are maintained with Harrassowitz, and several music score standing orders are with Theodore Front Musical Literature, Inc. Compact discs and video recordings are purchased from a number of vendors. Evaluations of donations to the music library in all formats are based on the condition of the material, the uniqueness of the item to the collection, and the appropriateness of the donated material to the scope of the collection.

Endowed Funds

The Bryan Bell Fund and the Thomas A. Greene Memorial Fund are used for books and scores.

Selection Tools

Faculty input is actively solicited. As far as possible, titles and recordings are acquired to meet the needs of all faculty and students. Books: YBP provides slips for books that are covered in the music library's profile but are not sent for approval. Reviewed regularly are publisher catalogs and reviews and new publication listings in scholarly music journals (Notes, Journal of the American Musicological Society, Music & Letters, Neue Zeitschrift fur Musik, Opera Quarterly, American Music, Popular Music, etc.). Music scores: Vendor selection forms are provided by Theodore Front Musical Literature, Inc. and by European American Retail Music. Music in Print; OCLC; A Basic Music Library: Essential Scores and Sound Recordings; and subject bibliographies relating to specific repertoires or mediums of performance are basic tools. Ongoing collection analysis also leads to numerous orders of books, scores, and sound recordings. Sound recordings and video recordings: Reading reviews plays a large role in the selection of sound and video recordings. Reviews are found in numerous journals, with special attention given to Gramophone, Fanfare, and American Record Guide. Regarding the availability of recordings, Schwann Opus for classical music and Schwann Spectrum for popular music, jazz, etc. are essential catalogs.