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MUS 121: Music Appreciation I (Online): Books & eBooks

This online guide will provide you with useful resources for your Music Appreciation course. If you have questions or comments, please contact

Books: Get to Know Your Topic

Books and eBooks are a great choice when you're new to a subject, since they can provide topic overviews and background information. They don't need to be read cover-to-cover to be useful - just check the table of contents or the index to find sections that are relevant to your interests.  In eBooks, you can do a search for your topic within the book.

For some short, music-relevant reads, check out the Very Short Introductions database below:


Sample Searches

beethoven AND biography

Use AND between two or more terms to find materials withall the terms. 

rock music OR punk music

Use OR between similar terms. Searching for rock music OR punk music will find books that refer to either term.  You must capitalize OR.

"music theory"

Use quotation marks ( " " ) around specific phrases such as "music theory" to find the words in that specific order.


Use an asterisk ( * ) to find multiple endings of one word. Using sing* as a search term will include results that refer to music, musical, musicals, musician, musicians, and musicology.


eBook/eReader icon

Here are a few places you can find eBooks; from off campus you will log in with your myNOVA username and password (the same ones you use to access Blackboard, student email, etc.).  More information on downloading eBooks.