Welcome back music students and faculty!


We here at the Music Library would like to welcome you all back for the Fall Semester. We’ve been working hard all summer and there are a few new things we’d like you to know about as you start the school year.

You may have already noticed that we have a new website, which can be found at http://library.sc.edu/p/Music. We hope you enjoy this updated version of our web presence. In addition to continuing to provide access to library materials and electronic resources, our new home page is the place to find out about new projects, services, and events here in the Music Library. You can also come here to discover our social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and WordPress.

hawaiian nightingaleAdditionally, we have recently launched a new digital collection–The Tin Pan Alley Collection. This collection focuses on popular sheet music produced in New York from 1890-1922. The themes covered by these songs include love and relationships, World War I, exotic locales, and much, much more. Those who have an interest in commercial illustration won’t be disappointed as the illustrators represented here include Starmer, Barbelle, Rosenbaum Studios, André De Takacs, and Norman Rockwell amongst others. You can view this collection here or you can read a story about the genesis of the collection here.

mailboxFinally, late last spring we installed student mailboxes. If you’re a music student and you need to leave books, articles, music, etc. for another student this is a helpful delivery system for you to use. You’ll find the student mailboxes located at near the circulation desk, under the sign with a mailbox on it.

Again, welcome back music students and faculty–we look forward to helping you with your research needs in the coming school year!

Music Library welcomes Spark Collection

The Music Library is proud to announce the creation of its newest collection. Housed on new shelving against a brightly painted wall, the Spark Collection offers career advice to music majors.

“The Spark Collection is a carefully selected collection of books focusing on career development, wellness and innovation,” said Ana Dubjakovic, head of the Music Library, which is located on the second floor of the School of Music. “Its creation was a collaborative effort between School of Music Spark laboratory and the Music Library. Described as the Carolina’s Music Leadership Laboratory, Spark, whose work the collection supports, aims to ‘prepare music leaders for the 21st century’.”

The collection includes titles such as Making Music Your Business, The Savvy Musician, The Art of Music Publishing, Profiting from Your Music and Sound Projects, Music and Tourism, The Music Business Contract Library, Unbeatable Resumes, and Acing the Interview.

The collection is arranged in browsing order on the first floor of the Music Library.

“Some of the subjects, such as music education and cognition, practice tips and music industry, have traditionally been a part of most well-rounded music collections, but the addition of books with the focus on finance, career guides, marketing, business entrepreneurship, wellness and creative process is new,” she said. “The focus on personal finance and wellness is reflective of the Spark mission to engage music students on multiple levels. In addition to browsing, Spark Collection books can be found by searching the Library catalog.”

More information about the Spark Laboratory can be found at http://www.sc.edu/study/colleges_schools/music/spark_laboratory/.

Updated Music Subject Guide

One of our other summer projects here at the Music Library was updating our Music Subject Guide:


Besides using this link, you can get to the Subject Guide from our “About the Music Library” page, or from the general list of LibGuides on the Thomas Cooper Library home page. We hope that you like what we’ve done.

The Music Subject Guide provides lots of helpful information about how to find anything and  everything in the Music Library, whether you are looking for books, scores, sheet music, journal articles, or audiovisual materials. Additionally, there is helpful information about copyright and proper citation techniques. We have also included a few links to some interesting music Web sites that you might want to check out. Of course, you are always welcome to contact us or visit us if you need help finding what you need.

About the Muselar Virginal

If you have been upstairs in the Music Library recently, you might have noticed a new addition to our flock of early keyboard instruments. The Music Library is the current home of the School of Music’s muselar virginal.

Our muselar virginal was built in 1995 by Berkeley harpsichord maker John Phillips (http://www.jph.us/). The decorations on the soundboard, outside marbling, and lid lettering were hand painted by Janine Elizabeth Johnson, who also made the keyboard out of bone, black oak, and parchment. Phillips has made instruments for Indiana University, Stanford University, University of California at Berkeley, University of North Texas, and the San Francisco Symphony, and they have been featured on many early music recordings. Although he primarily makes harpsichords, he has made a few muselar virginals like ours, all based on one instrument built in 1650.

I contacted Mr. Phillips, who remembered our instrument:

“Your muselar virginal is indeed based on the 1650 Ioannes Couchet, preserved in the Vleeshuis in Antwerp. I have added two split accidentals in the bass to allow for both the original C/E short octave and the F# and G# occasionally necessary for Elizabethan music. This is the last surviving virginal of any sort built by a member of the Ruckers family. The muselar design was mostly solidified by Couchet’s uncle, Ioannes Ruckers, by the 1620’s, so this is an extremely conservative instrument for 1650.”

Here is the digital catalog of early instruments at the Vleeshuis; the 1650 Ioannes Couchet muselar virginal can be found on digital page 152 (print page 149): http://en.calameo.com/read/000308048134513b73531. The Dutch catalog description mentions the various decorations and inscriptions on the instrument, noting that the interior of the lid is decorated with views of the city of Antwerp.

Our muselar lid has the phrase: Musica disparium dulcis concordia vocum (I, music, the sweet harmony of different voices). This motto was originally on a 1568 virginal currently at the Victoria and Albert museum in London: http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O368610/virginal/.

If you are interested in music for a muselar virginal like ours, check out the following titles in the Music Library’s catalog:


Nederlandse klaviermuziek uit de 16e en 17e eeuw. Dutch keyboard music of the 16th and 17th centuries.


My Ladye Nevells booke of virginal music / Edited, with historical and analytical notes, by Hilda Andrews ; preface by Sir Richard Terry, with a new introduction by Blanche Winogron.


Early keyboard music : a collection of pieces written for the virginal, spinet, harpsichord, and clavichord / [edited by Louis] Oesterle.

Also, if you are on campus or logged in to our proxy server, you can click this link to hear some great William Byrd virginal music on Naxos (tracks 4, 8, 11, and 14): http://unisc.naxosmusiclibrary.com/catalogue/item.asp?cid=CHAN0578

Browse our DVD collection

Another change to the Music Library: now you can browse our DVD collection! Located upstairs near the computer workstations, our DVDs feature X to Y to Z, and are arranged by XX, then YY. Undergraduate students can check out up to three DVDs for a period of three days. Graduate students, USC faculty, and USC staff can check out up to five for a period of four weeks.

New Books and Scores

We have moved the new books and scores downstairs, conveniently located to the left of the circulation desk. So, next time you are in the Music Library, be sure to check out what’s new. You can also see all of our new materials by clicking here.