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Good Vibrations | Music Matters, September 1, 2015


The theremin is a futuristic instrument literally played by waving your arms in the air. Sound like fun? You can now borrow one from the University of Denver’s (UD) Music Library.

A View from Outside the Box | Music Matters, July 2015


Denver Public Library’s Volume and Madison Public Library’s Yahara are great pathways to discoverability for local artists and are creating more visibility for musicians who may not get noticed in a physical collection.

Jazz up Your Collection | Music Matters, June 1, 2015


Jazz is one of the only quintessentially American art forms, and it’s important. Every music collection in American libraries should contain a solid representation of the genre.

Considering the Collection | Music Matters, May 1, 2015


Keeping current on new genres and subgenres can be a big job; it’s important to track industry awards and make sure the winners are available. Here Amy Dalton answers a few questions specifically relating to collection development in recorded music.

Conference Chronicles | Music Matters, April 1, 2015


For three days there were dozens of erudite and entertaining sessions at the Music Library Association’s (MLA) 84th annual conference in Denver.

Pop Alternatives | Music Matters, March 1, 2015


For popular artists, titles, and genres, I like to keep mental lists of alternatives that are more likely to be on the shelf, such as these suggestions for ten of today’s most popular artists.

Best Media 2014: Best Music


The 2014 mainstream and under-the-radar music chosen by Steve Kemple and Matthew Moyer

Q&A: Daniel Bennett | Music Matters


The Daniel Bennett Group has performed at 20 major public libraries in cities throughout the United States in the last three years. Public libraries are amazing cultural institutions that bring together people from all walks of life.

Modern Composition | Music Matters, December 2014


Jennifer Higdon is among the most important and prolific composers working today—and one who’s frequently inspired by books and libraries.

Music in the Library Is Classic! | Music Matters


Ed Lein of Florida’s Jacksonville Public Library system has been putting on classical concerts in the branches since the late 1980s, with his Music @ Main series really taking off over the last decade.