Music for the Terrified: your fears dispelled

This course -- probably our most frequently-requested one -- is designed for staff working with printed and recorded music who feel they lack basic music knowledge. Guidance on understanding and dealing with classical music is combined with practical exercises in various kinds of music enquiry work.

At the end of the day participants will:

  • be able to identify common terminology used in music enquiries
  • be able to identify the type of material required by different types of user
  • have some knowledge of sources of information for music enquiries
  • have a better understanding of what is expected of staff working in a music library

Programme modules include:

  • Terminology — What's a symphony? What is chamber music? What does SATB mean? What's the difference between F major and B flat minor? We will tell you and let you hear examples.
  • What's the score? — When musicians talk about a score, they probably have something specific in mind, but they may not tell you! Here we show you different types of scores and instrumental parts.
  • Music in library catalogues — understanding the entries
  • Copyright — how it applies to music
  • CDs — caring for and promoting your collection
  • Music enquiries — Do you quaver, or get crotchety? We remind you of general enquiry techniques and how they apply to music, and suggest information sources, both printed and electronic.
  • Find the answers — a practical enquiry session

There is some flexibility in the choice of modules, particularly with 'CDs — caring for and promoting your collection' and 'Music in library catalogues', where one may be dropped in favour of developing the other. In the 'Music enquiries' and 'Finding the answers' sessions, greater or lesser emphasis can be placed on printed or electronic sources depending on the technology available.

Schedule of current fees.

Details of course organization.