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Exhibition: Early Music Treatises from the Library’s Collections


The Music & Arts Library is currently presenting Early Music Treatises, an exhibition of 16 volumes from the Library’s Cased collection.  It features Italian, German, and English treatises published from 1573 to 1843.   Among its offerings, it includes the earliest published book in the Library’s collection, Gioseffo Zarlino’s  Le institvtioni harmoniche, published in Venice in 1573 (pictured first, below).   The exhibition was curated by Elizabeth Davis and will be on view through the end of the spring 2019 semester.


FRIDAY, NOV 16, 6-8pm:


Please join us for a closing reception, for the exhibition of Medieval Music Facsimiles, which has been on display in the Music & Arts Library for Summer/Fall 2018. Ars Nota will sing from the original notation. Light refreshments will also be served. Hope to see you in the library!

Further details:

4th annual Sound Art in the Library event! Friday, 10/19, 6-8pm, Music & Arts Library


MFA Sound Art in the Library
Friday, Oct. 19th, 6-8pm
Music & Arts Library,
701 Dodge

The students of the MFA Sound Art program, and the Music & Arts Library present a night of engaging site-specific installations, performances and more, situated in the spaces of the Library.

Drop in to check out the work!

Light refreshments will be served. The event is open to Columbia and Barnard students, staff and faculty.

Questions? Contact

Music Technology Workshop Series – Fall 2018

The Music & Arts Library is offering another series of Music Technology Workshops for Fall 2018, led by Lee Gilboa, a graduate student in the MFA Sound Art program.

The series will cover topics such as recording, mixing, audio editing, sampling, digital signal processing, and more, and will include sessions on music software such as Ableton Live and Max/MSP.

Please see this link to see a full schedule and session descriptions, and to register:—summer-2018.html

Hope to see you in the library for one or more of these sessions!





Reminder – Music Technology Workshops run through July!

A reminder that our series of workshops on music technology will continue through July, in the Music & Arts Library, 701 Dodge. Browse the workshop schedule, and register, at:—summer-2018.html

Hope to see you in the library!




Music Technology Workshops for Summer 2018


The Music & Arts Library is presenting a series of music technology workshops, led by MFA Sound Arts program graduate student Lee Gilboa, throughout June and July 2018. Topics include Logic Pro, Mixing, Audacity, Ableton Live, Max/MSP, and more.

The workshops will be held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, from 12:30-1:30. These workshops are open to all full-time Columbia students.

Registration is required. For full details, a list of topics and dates, and the registration form, please go to:—summer-2018.html

Questions? Please contact

Hope to see you in the library!


Sound Art in the Library! Fri 10/27, 6-8pm

You are invited to attend the 3rd annual MFA Sound Arts event in the Music & Arts Library, on Friday, 10/27, from 6-8pm. Light refreshments will be served.

Six current students from the MFA Sound Arts program will present installations and performances of their work, exploring different possibilities of the Music & Arts Library space. As in previous years, we expect to see a wide variety of stimulating and entertaining work.

This event is free and open to Columbia students, faculty, and staff. Contact with any questions.

Hope to see you there!

Exhibition & Opening: FAB-Musiconis Project, Friday, April 14, 6-8pm

The Music & Arts Library is please to host an exhibition of work by participants in the FAB-Musiconis project (French-American Bridge for Medieval Musical Iconography), led by Prof. Susan Boynton of the Music Dept. faculty, and Frédéric Billiet (Paris-Sorbonne), and involving the exchange of students from Columbia and the Sorbonne.

An opening reception for the exhibition will be held on Friday, April 14, from 6-8pm, in the Music & Arts Library, 701 Dodge. The evening will include performances of medieval music by project participants. All full-time Columbia students, faculty, and staff are welcome. Light refreshments will be served.

The exhibition will remain on view in the Music & Arts Library through early June 2017.

From the project description (for the full site, see this link):

The three-year project in collaboration with Paris-Sorbonne University centers on training graduate students in digital humanities approaches to the analysis and description of medieval images related to music, with a focus on the Musiconis database. Beginning in 2016, five graduate student medievalists from each of the two partner universities will be selected each fall to participate in a program of activities including two-week intensive exchanges in Paris and New York.

Please direct any questions about the exhibition or event to

Recently Added Resources: RILM Music Encyclopedias; Music Magazine Archive

Two new electronic resources have been recently added to the Libraries’ collection:

RILM Music Encyclopedias

A full-text compilation of 45 seminal titles published from 1775 to the present and comprising nearly 80,000 pages, the majority of which are not available anywhere else online. It provides comprehensive encyclopedic coverage of the most important disciplines, fields, and subject areas, among them popular music, opera, instruments, blues, gospel, recorded sound, and women composers. Its content spans multiple countries and languages–English, German, French, Italian, Dutch, and Greek.

Music Magazine Archive

Music Magazine Archive is a series of digital collections focused on a number of popular music genres.  CUL currently subscribes to the Rock music group of magazines. These publications uniquely capture the social and historical context of the repertory, as well as scholarly research areas such as race, class, gender, American studies, youth culture.  Researchers will find all material represented in the original publications, preserved in its original context, fully searchable and in high-resolution full color.

Please send any comments or questions on these resources to