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Black, Indigenous, People of Colour (BIPOC) composers, music, and musicians

Use this guide to explore the diversity of composers, music, and musicians in the resources from Memorial University Libraries and beyond.

Getting Started

OneSearch is your way to find out what is available from Memorial University Libraries.  Materials maybe available in the Queen Elizabeth II Library, largely for books on this topic, the Music Resource Centre, for scores and recordings, but some books may also be available from the Ferriss Hodgett Library on the Grenfell campus.  If you need something from the Ferriss Hodgett Library and you are on the St. John's campus, you can request it to have it sent to St. John's.

Tips for Searching OneSearch

Search by name of the individual

Type the name of the composer or musician into a OneSearch search box without changing any drop-down options and click search to complete a general keyword search for the individual.  Results will be by or or about the individual searched.


Advanced Searching

Selecting the option for "Advanced Search" gives you options to target your search.  Replacing "Any field" with "Subject" in the drop-down menu means you can search for resources that are about a specific topic by searching subject headings which are consistent.  Look at the Details section for any item to see more examples.

Below are some examples

North American Indigenous Music

African American Composers

African Americans -- Music

Music -- Latin America

Music -- South America

Music -- Africa

Music -- Asia

Music -- Middle East