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Music At The Eva B. Dykes Library

Music At The Eva B. Dykes Library

After visiting The Eva B. Dykes Library, I’ve found out that there are many musical resources available. Books, magazines, and computers are the typical means for information, however, not only does the library offer these assets but it also provides a Media Resource Center. The research center provides students with cassette tapes and cassette players, television’s, VCR’s and video’s.

In addition, many activities are available for students while working in the library. Students might surf the internet, watch video’s, listen to tape cassette’s, read a wide range of books and magazine’s, study, or in most cases do research.

When searching for a book, or magazine, a call number is displayed, each call number contains a specific meaning. The following call numbers meanings are as follows: ML (Literature of Music) MT (Musical Instruction and Study) M (Instrumental Music). A bibliographic citation for each of the following would go accordingly:

The Broadway Song Companion, DeVenney, David P. ML128. M78 D48, © 1998

Study & Listening Guide for a History, Burkholder, J. Peter MT6.5 .B92 © 1996

The Comprehension Study of Music, Brandt, William E. M2 .C67 V. © 1996

After researching a “Slit Drum” in both, The Harvard Dictionary of Music and The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, the musical term’s meanings differ. According to The Harvard Dictionary, a slit-drum is “A length of wood or bamboo hollowed out through a slit on one side and beaten with a stick. In America, the slit is often cut in the form of an “H” to make two tongues of different pitch.” The New Grove, definition of a slit-drum is “A percussion tube used for musical or signaling purposes. Made by cutting, burning or gouging a slit in the wall of a hollowed-out tube. On most slit-drums the wall of the two sides of the slit are carved to different thickness so that at least two different pitches can be produced. When used for conveying messages the slit-drum may be beaten to produce melodic and rhythmic outlines of speech. Slit-drums are sometimes called slit-gongs.” The Harvard Dictionary went into detail about how a slit-drum was made and the materials used, while The New Grove Dictionary focused more on the use of a slit-drum and its various pitches.

The Eva B. Dukes Library offers a wide range of information and activities for students to work with. Ranging from books to video databases, the possibilities for one to retrieve information are endless. The electronic card catalogue supplies students with a range of specific topics, using call numbers to specify searches. Special reference books like The Harvard Dictionary of Music are also available for students to research specific musical terms. The Library also contains a Media Resource center where one can use audio and audio visual material for research. This center has various audio cassettes and video’s available for students viewing. Video’s such as: “Marsalis on Music, Music Appreciation Rhythm & Melody, and Singing in General Music.” Within the entire library, a wide variety of mediums for research is available at the students disperse. Therefore, it’s up to the student to take advantage of his/her resources.


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