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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.
Start Your Research!
Find Books, Music, Recordings, and Plays
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.
Don't Know Where to Start? Try a Reference Resource!
Find Articles (Music, Dance, and Theatre)
Looking for articles from any journal?
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, dissertations, and more.
JSTOR—Full-text articles from almost 100 scholarly music, dance, and theatre journals, plus other subjects. Excludes recent years.
Academic Search Premier—Article citations from all disciplines, including music, dance, and theatre.
Streaming Audio Databases
Naxos Music Library—Our largest classical music audio database.
Berlin Philharmonic Digital Concert Hall—Live-streamed and archived concerts. Access expires May 3, 2020.
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.
More Music Databases
Transcriptions and translations of aria/song texts. (Off-campus access spotty.)Go to IPA Source
Explore 60 years of music and artist rankings from 5,000+ charts in 70+ countries.Go to Music ID
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.
Dictionary of Literary Biography—Essays on playwrights and other literary figures.
Oxford English Dictionary—Definitions and pronunciations, useful for Shakespeare plays.
Digital Theatre+—Full-length videos of plays and more. Access expires April 20, 2020.
Drama Online (Bloomsbury)—Playscripts and videos from all time periods and genres. Access expires May 31, 2020.
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
Allen and The Hartt School work closely to support performing arts education.
Hartt Performance Library—Scores and parts for Hartt’s large performing ensembles.