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An introduction to the Brandon University Music Library.



Hello there from your favourite Music Library staff members, Laura and Donna!

The Brandon University Music Library contains one of Western Canada's most comprehensive music collections. A vast array of resources such as books, journals, scores, CDs, DVDs, and vinyl recordings are available for use by students and members of the public. The Music Library has beautiful study spaces alongside its south-facing, greenery-filled, full-length windows with the best views on campus. 

 We like to host events such as workshops, screenings of music performances and documentaries, our BU Homecoming Alumni Social, student concerts, and more!




Music Librarian

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Laura Jacyna
Email me to make an appointment at your convenience in person, or using Teams or Zoom!
Subjects: Faculty - Music

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Music E-Books Gallery

The Music Technology Cookbook

Featuring 56 lessons by 49 music technology experts from around the world, The Music Technology Cookbook is an all-in-one guide to the world of music technology, covering topics like: composition (with digital audio workstations such as Ableton, Soundtrap, GarageBand); production skills such as recording, editing, and equalization; creating multimedia (ringtones, soundscapes, audio books, sonic brands, jingles); beatmaking; DJing; programming (Minecraft, Scratch, Sonic Pi, P5.js); and, designing instruments (MaKey MaKey). Each lesson tailored for easy use and provides a short description of the activity, keywords, materials needed, teaching context of the contributing author, time required, detailed instructions, modifications for learners, learning outcomes, assessment considerations, and recommendations for further reading. Music educators will appreciate the book's organization into five sections--Beatmaking and Performance; Composition; Multimedia and Interdisciplinary; Production; Programming--which are further organized by levels beginner, intermediate, and advanced. Written for all educational contexts from community organizations and online platforms to universities and colleges, The Music Technology Cookbook offers a recipe for success at any level.

Making Money, Making Music

Making Money, Making Music offers tools to encourage creative and adaptive entrepreneurship in the music business. Written for the classroom and the workplace, it introduces readers to core principles and processes and shows how to apply them adaptively to new contexts, facilitating a deeper understanding of how and why things work in the music business. By applying essential concepts to a variety of real-life situations, readers improve their capacity to critically analyze and solve problems and to predict where music and money will converge in a rapidly evolving culture and marketplace.

Teaching Electronic Music: Cultural, Creative, and Analytical Perspectives

Teaching Electronic Music: Cultural, Creative, and Analytical Perspectives offers innovative and practical techniques for teaching electronic music in a wide range of classroom settings. Across a dozen essays, an array of contributors--including practitioners in musicology, art history, ethnomusicology, music theory, performance, and composition--reflect on the challenges of teaching electronic music, highlighting pedagogical strategies while addressing questions such as: What can instructors do to expand and diversify musical knowledge? Can the study of electronic music foster critical reflection on technology? What are the implications of a digital culture that allows so many to be producers of music? How can instructors engage students in creative experimentation with sound? Electronic music presents unique possibilities and challenges to instructors of music history courses, calling for careful attention to creative curricula, historiographies, repertoires, and practices. Teaching Electronic Music features practical models of instruction as well as paths for further inquiry, identifying untapped methodological directions with broad interest and wide applicability.

Music Learning Today: Digital Pedagogy for Creating, Performing, and Responding to Music

Music Learning Today: Digital Pedagogy for Creating, Performing, and Responding to Music presents an approach to conceptualizing and utilizing technology as a tool for music learning. Designed for use by pre- and in-service music teachers, it provides the essential understandings required tobecome an adaptive expert with music technology, creating and implementing lessons, units, and curriculum that take advantage of technological affordances to assist students in developing their musicianship.Author William I. Bauer makes connections among music knowledge and skill outcomes, the research on human cognition and music learning, best practices in music pedagogy, and technology. His essential premise is that music educators and students benefit through use of technology as a tool to supportlearning in the three musical processes - creating, performing, and responding to music. The philosophical and theoretical rationales, along with the practical information discussed in the book, are applicable to all experience levels. However, the technological applications described are focused ata beginning to intermediate level, relevant to both pre-service and in-service music educators and their students.