The job market is excellent for well-prepared music librarians. The best prepared individuals have two master's degrees: one in Music with a concentration in Music History or Music Theory and the other in Library and Information Studies. Thorough preparation also demands first-hand experience of both practical and theoretical matters in the real-world setting of a functioning music library.
About the Program
Founded in 1979, the program at the University at Buffalo provides such preparation. It is rigorous and requires a minimum of four semesters and three summer sessions for its completion; there are no academic shortcuts in the program. There is some flexibility, however, for students to enhance their qualifications through individually designed projects and studies.
The Department of Music and Department of Library and Information Studies provide students:
- A wide variety of library and information science courses;
- An outstanding music history program taught by a distinguished faculty;
- A music complex that includes a 202,000-volume Music Library, with rich collections treating music bibliography, printing, history, and research methodology, and a special archive, "Collection of Source Materials Documenting the History of Music Librarianship in the U.S.";
- A curriculum designed to provide experience in that academic Music Library, experience that includes both theoretical and practical work with acquisitions, cataloguing, classification, archives, physical processing, circulation and reference, budget preparation, personnel, library planning and historical research;
- A lively cultural and academic community where intellectual curiosity, research, and hard work are expected, encouraged, and supported.
Admissions and Requirements
- A student who is not a Graduate Assistant in the Music Library may be required to fulfill an internship in the Music Library.
- Students will have joint advisement from the Music Department, the Department of Library and Information Studies, and the Program Coordinator.
- Subject to advisement, students may be required to exceed the minimal standards to assure academic preparation. Normally such extended requirements will be taken from the recommended group below.
- Financial assistance is available in the form of graduate assistantships offered by the Department of Music, the Department of Library and Information Studies, and the University Libraries. Interviews are required for graduate assistantships in the Music Library.
MA in Music History
(32 credit hours required)
- MUS 515, 517: Studies in Music History, 2 or 3 semesters
- MUS 525-530: Music History Survey, 1 or 2 semesters
- MUS 618: Music Bibliography (Required in the first semester of residence)
- MUS 625 or 626: Notation
- Music Theory Elective
- Thesis/Bibliographic Project
- Language requirement of the Music Department: reading proficiency in German.
Total: minimum of 28 credit hours plus Thesis/Bibliographic Project
Master of Library Science (MLS)
(36 credit hours required)
- LIS 505: Introduction to Library and Information Studies
- LIS 506: Introduction fo Information Technology
- LIS 518: Reference Sources and Services
- LIS 571: Organization and Control of Recorded Information
- LIS 581: Management of Libraries and Information Agencies
- LIS 588: Music Librarianship I
- LIS 589: Music Librarianship II
- LIS 526: Practicum to satisfy internship requirements of Music Librarianship Program
Recommended elective courses to complete program:
- LIS 517: Information Sources and Services in the Humanities
- LIS 563: Digital Libraries
- LIS 566: Digital Information Retrieval
- LIS 570: History of Libraries and Media
- LIS 575: Introduction to Research Methods
- LIS 583: Public Libraries or
- LIS 584: Academic and Research Libraries
Total: 36 credit hours
For catalogs and application for the MA in Music History, please contact:
Director of Student Programs
University at Buffalo
226 Baird Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260-4700
Tel: (716) 645-2758 x1249
Fax: (716) 645-6196
For the admission/application packet for the MLS program, please contact:
Office of Graduate Admissions & Student Services
Graduate School of Education
University at Buffalo
366 Baldy Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260
Tel: (716) 645-2110
Fax: (716) 645-7937
For general information about the program or Music Librarianship as a career, please contact:
Director, Music & Special Collections
University at Buffalo
112 Baird Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260-4750