The Music division supports the curriculum of the Music Department, which offers undergraduate degrees, including a BA and Bachelor of Music Education (BME). The department is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). The NASM 1997-1998 Handbook requires that an accredited department be part of an institution with "library holdings and/or electronic access to holdings in music of sufficient size and scope to complement the nature and levels of the total instructional program in music, to provide incentive for individual learning, and to support research appropriate for its faculty. ... Whenever possible, cooperative arrangements should be established with information sources outside the institution to augment holdings for student and faculty use. (The books, scores, and audio and video recordings held by the libraries of municipalities, radio stations, historical societies, and other schools, and access to various electronic databases, can often provide a breadth of coverage far beyond that of the institution.) (p. 64)" The Flint Public Library's collection of music books and recordings supplements the Thompson Library's collections.
Sound Recordings. An integral part of any academic library's music collection is recorded music. The Learning Resources Center (LRC) holds approximately 2030 sound recordings.
Acquisitions. The 1997/1998 monographs allocation for the Music Department is $4466. Taking a proportional share of librarians' budgets, plus the reference allocation, yields a weighted total of $5413. The total domestic book publishing output for music is 1065 books, with an average price of $34.62 apiece. As of 1996, the average price for compact discs was $16.43 apiece. Assuming that the LRC added about 100 compact discs of music annually, this would leave approximately $3770 for books. This is sufficient to buy approximately 109 books at a discounted average price of $34.62 apiece. This amounts to about 10% of the total domestic book publishing output for music, for an AC rating of 2b/3a.
Periodicals. The Library subscribes to the Music Index in print, and has access via FirstSearch to RILM Abstracts of Music Literature. There are 26 Wilson-indexed music periodical titles, of which the Library has paper subscriptions to 6 (23%=2a) and web access to 4 more (38% total=2b).
Sources consulted: AMGU, BML2, LFTW, MAAG.
Prepared by Paul G. Streby and Elizabeth Sholl Lyst, in consultation with Prof. Lois Alexander.
Ratings for Music
CL=Current collection level; AC=Acquisitions commitment; GL=Goal level
|LC class||Line no.||Category||CL||AC||GL||Comments|
|M 1 - 4||MUS 000.5||General Music||3a||3b||102 titles|
|M 5 - 1490||MUS 005.5||Instrumental Music||3a/ 3b||3b||264 titles|
|M 1495 - 5000||MUS 025.5||Vocal Music||3a/ 3b||3b||379 titles|
|ML||MUS 057.5||Literature of Music||3a||3b||2262 titles|
|MT||MUS 123.5||Music Instruction & Study||3b||3b||613 titles; supports BME program|
|MUS 139.5||Sound Recordings||2a||3b||2030 items; housed in LRC; strongest in classical music (3a level)|
|DIVISION AS A WHOLE||3a||3a||3b|
0 -- Out of scope
1 -- Minimal level
1a ---- Minimal level, uneven coverage
1b ---- Minimal level, even coverage
2 -- Basic information level
2a ---- Basic information level, Introductory
2b ---- Basic information level, Advanced (Appropriate for community college students)
3 -- Study or instructional support level
3a ---- Basic study or instructional support level (Adequate to support lower division undergraduate courses)
3b ---- Intermediate study or instructional support level (Adequate to support upper division undergraduate courses; not adequate for master's degree programs)
3c ---- Advanced study or instructional support level (Adequate to support master's degree programs)
4 -- Research level (Adequate to support doctoral research)
5 -- Comprehensive level