New Database for American Music

The Library has just acquired a new database for music: The Database of Recorded American Music (DRAM). As part of New World’s mandate to serve the educational community, DRAM utilizes JSTOR as a model, and facilitates American music research by scholars and students by offering on-demand, streaming access of complete works.

Currently, there are over 1,200 CDs (7,500 compositions) on DRAM. The basis for the collection is the diverse catalogue of American music recordings by New World Records. From folk to opera, Native American to jazz, 19th century classical to early rock, musical theater, contemporary, electronic and beyond, New World has served composers, artists, students and the general public since its inception in 1975 with a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation.

Alongside the high quality music streams, complete liner notes, scholarly essays, bibliographies and discographies are available for viewing on the Database. Playlists can be created by faculty to more specifically address curriculum needs.

For additional information about the database and its technical requirements, please visit the web site or contact Music Librarian, Carole Vidali .

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