Allen Library

The Allen Library houses music and dance materials and supports The Hartt School programs. For assistance, ask a librarian or call us at 860.768.4491.

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Find Books, Music, Recordings, and Plays

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Google Books—Discover keywords inside a book's full text, then search the catalog to find the entire book in the library.

Library Catalog—Find music, dance, and theatre materials in our Libraries.

WorldCat—Request books, music, and recordings from other libraries.


Online Scores—Public domain scores, mostly older editions and manuscripts.

ProQuest Dissertations and Theses—Documents in all disciplines.

RILM—Citations for music and dance books, dissertations, articles, and more.

LibGuides—Suggested resources for a variety of performing arts topics.

Find Music, Dance, and Theatre Articles

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Search eJournal Locator for the journal title.

Journal not listed in the eJournal Locator?

Try the library catalog for print-only journals.

If we don't own a copy, request your article through Interlibrary Loan.

Search for Articles:

Music Index—Article citations from over 700 music journals.

Music Periodicals Database—Article citations from over 400 music journals.

RILM—Citations for music and dance books, scholarly articles, and more.

JSTOR—Full-text articles from almost 100 music, dance, and theatre journals; more in other disciplines. Excludes recent years.

Academic Search Premier—Article citations from all disciplines, including music, dance, and theatre.

Learn about more music databases

Tools and Tips

Citation Guides

Learn to write about and cite music and other resources.

See citation guide
Interlibrary Loan

Request materials from other libraries.

Learn about ILL
Music Copyright

Find information about copyright, fair use, licensing, and more.

See music copyright

Streaming Audio Databases

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Naxos Music Library—Our largest classical music audio database.

DRAM—Mainly classical 20th- and 21st-century American music.

Jazz Music Library—Over 60,000 jazz albums in all styles.

Smithsonian Global Sound—Folk and popular music from around the world.

See more on streaming audio

More Music Databases

IPA Source

Transcriptions and translations of aria/song texts. (Off-campus access spotty.)

Go to IPA Source
Music ID

Explore 60 years of music and artist rankings from 5,000+ charts in 70+ countries.

Go to Music ID
Musical America

Find jobs, festivals, and artist managers; read music industry news; and more.

Go to Musical America

Top Dance Databases

Top Theatre Databases

Jacob's Pillow Dance Interactive—Jacob's Pillow dance festival videos, from the 1930s to today.

Dance in Video—Hundreds of dance videos covering ballet, jazz, contemporary, and more.

Browse all dance databases

Dictionary of Literary Biography—Essays on playwrights and other literary figures.

 Oxford English Dictionary—Definitions and pronunciations, useful for Shakespeare plays.

Browse all theatre databases

Featured Resource

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Jacob's Pillow Dance Interactive

Streaming dance videos from the oldest summer dance festival in the U.S. Includes historic and recent performances in a wide range of styles, interviews with artists, multimedia essays, and more.

Connect with The Hartt School

The Hartt School
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These are just a few of the many connections between Hartt and Allen!

Allen and The Hartt School work closely to support performing arts education.

Hartt Community DivisionAll students, faculty, and staff have library privileges to use physical and online resources.

Hartt Performance LibraryScores and parts for Hartt’s large performing ensembles.

Hartt Recording StudioHartt performance recordings, many held in Allen and Archives.