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Music Research Guide

Music Research help from the UMSL Libraries.

Music Research Guide. Text over sheet music photograph.



This guide offers an introduction to music research at UMSL Libraries. Use this guide for help with:

  • Discover@UMSL, the library's main search tool for books, articles, and more
  • Music and multidisciplinary databases
  • Scores & sheet music at the library
  • Streaming audio & video
  • Citations



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Sex and Gender in Pop/Rock Music

Discusses the gendered performances and biographical experiences of individual musicians, including Patti Smith, Rufus Wainwright, Etta James, and Frank Ocean, and how their invented personae contribute to musical representations of sexuality. It evaluates lyric structure and symbolic language of these artists, and overall emphasizes how pop music, while a commodity art form, reflects the diversity of human sex and gender.


Dederer explores the audience's relationship with artists from Michael Jackson to Virginia Woolf, asking: How do we balance our undeniable sense of moral outrage with our equally undeniable love of the work?

Gender, Sex, and Sexuality in Musical Theatre

Established and emerging musical theater scholars wrestle with the complexities of the gendered and sexualized musical theater form.

Dancing with the Revolution

Drawing on written and visual archives, including intriguing exchanges between dancers and bureaucrats, Schwall argues that Cuban dancers used their bodies and ephemeral, nonverbal choreography to support and critique political regimes and cultural biases.

Love Is Love Is Love

Looks to the Broadway musicals of the past decade for help understanding the current state of LGBTQ politics in the United States. Through analyses of Promises, Promises, Newsies, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, The Color Purple, and Frozen, this book attempts to move past the question of representational politics and asks us instead to think in more complex ways about LGBTQ identity, what LGBTQ politics are, and the politics of Broadway musicals themselves.