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Women Composers, Part 1 | Music Matters, September 1, 2016

Isabella Leonarda and 
Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel

Take a look at your classical music section. Chances are you’ll find familiar names such as Beethoven, Bach, and Mozart. But where are the women? Here we’ll focus on female composers from the Medieval through early Romantic periods, ending in the 19th century.

The Year in Music (So Far) | Music Matters, July 1, 2016


Though we’ve lost far too many musical icons this year already, 2016 has also been an amazing year for new music.

Musical Arrangements | Music Matters, June 1, 2016

CD collection, collection, CD's, shelves, collecting

Pam Swaidner, manager of cataloging and metadata at the Indianapolis Public Library, and Lhisa Reish, senior cataloging specialist at Timberland Regional Library, WA, talk about the choices their libraries have made regarding music cataloging and why.

Introducing Syrian Music | Music Matters, May 1, 2016


With the ongoing, tragic events in Syria and the plight of its displaced refugees, I opted to dedicate one of my Listen to This programs to learning about Syrian culture through music (my slides and speaking notes are available at

Notes from the MLA Conference | Music Matters, April 1, 2016


“At the beginning of March, I had the immense pleasure of attending the Music Library Association’s (MLA) 85th annual meeting, on my home turf, ­Cincinnati.”

Other Worlds of R&B | Music Matters, March 1, 2016


Though these represent just the tip of the alt-R&B iceberg, they’re a good place to get your feet wet. These are all major releases, mostly from the past five years, and everything should be available in CD format from your favorite vendor.

Collecting Classical | Music Matters, February 1, 2016


There is an audience out there for classical music, but the excessive number of choices can make buying for the collection daunting. Ultimately, have some fun with your choices. Take some risks. It’s music that’s meant to be explored, discovered, and enjoyed.

Best Media 2015: Music


The cast recording of the Broadway musical Hamilton is easily the album of the year, selected (and rhapsodically described) by both LJ music contributors Robin Bradford and Steve Kemple as an essential library purchase. Their other selections include pop, rock, classical, jazz, and more.     Robin Bradford Halestorm. Into the Wild Life. Atlantic. I just […]

1-800-HOTLINE-BLING | Music Matters, December 1, 2015


When recommending music to patrons, don’t be afraid to pull from your own subjective experiences. “Hotline Bling” reminds me of the album Reminisce by the Canadian dream pop duo Etiquette, released earlier this year.

Archivist of the Underground | Music Matters, November 1, 2015


V. Vale talks with LJ about his nearly two score years of independent publishing experience