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New Catalog Available!

Cover of NLS Music Appreciation Catalog

Cover of NLS Music Appreciation Catalog

Maybe that’s not the most exciting news you’ll hear today, but we’re excited! The Music Appreciation Catalog is making its debut and ready for all patrons interested in learning about music.

Previously, we had music instruction and music appreciation joined together in one large print catalog, and while they were happy sharing the space, it was becoming crowded with all the new titles from both genres arriving.  Now, we’ve made the break and the Music Appreciation catalog contains titles covering composer biographies, educators, different periods of music history, and information about standard symphonic and wind instruments is available.


Gadski as Brunnhilde



And don’t worry opera fans; plenty of opera talks on plots, lectures and commentaries.




Yehudi Menuhin

It covers the information about the structure of classical music pieces in the Forms and Analysis section. Maybe you want to hear how the pros do it?  New titles available in the Master Classes section include artists such as Emanuel Ax, Dame Evelyn Glennie, Stephen Hough and Maxim Vengerov.

And it’s not all classical titles.  One of the pleasures of working for our patrons is learning about new artists and gaining an insight into a genre we’re not familiar with.  There is a section of Folk Music, along with jazz, ragtime, Blues and Broadway. Who doesn’t like to boogie and get down now and then?

Rock 'n' Roll dancing in a respectable London Dance Hall. Young woman holding young man by hand, as he leans backwards with his head close to the floor.

Rock ‘n’ Roll dancing in a respectable London Dance Hall. Young woman holding young man by hand, as he leans backwards with his head close to the floor.


Get the word out and let everyone know, we can help you learn to appreciate any sort of music!  And stay tuned for more catalogs; the revised instructional catalog will be coming soon. You can learn about a music genre, then learn how to play it.  How cool would that be?

Le Jazz Hot!

It’s always interesting to check the date for famous birthdays or events and see where reflections will lead.  Today, January 26, is the birthday of Stèphane Grappelli, French jazz violinist. That’s right, violinists can be jazz musicians, and once you hear a sample, you’ll start appreciating, and I hope, admiring the style.  In fact, stringed […]

BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download)

Recently, I’ve been dismayed to hear some patrons say, “I know you don’t have such and such in your collection because I already checked on BARD.” After receiving a few of these comments, I realized that some of our patrons mistakenly believe that our entire collection is available on BARD.  I would like to use […]

What A Great Service!

I heard these words a lot this past weekend. That’s because the NLS Music Section made its way to the NAfME (National Association for Music Education) conference in Grapevine, TX. While there, I was able to promote our service to music teachers from all over the country—and some future music teachers too! The refrain I kept […]

Don’t Give Up!

While reviewing our file archive, I came upon a letter sent to us in 1989 and experienced a sharp reminder of how our services have advanced in filling requests. At times, I have flashbacks to the pre-internet era and usually shudder.  Speedy communication is one of the positives of the medium, it seems to me.  […]

Never Too Late!

Forty-three years ago patron Dianne Phelps earned her Music Education degree at Eastern New Mexico University. She faced difficult challenges with her partial vision at the time and struggled with some of the faculty, reluctant to award her a degree. Thankfully, she prevailed. Afterwards, she had a keyboard and was frustrated as she was not […]

NLS Music Section at the 2016 Library of Congress National Book Festival

NLS music section was at the 16th Library of Congress National Book Festival at the Washington Convention Center on Saturday, September 24, 2016, to greet visitors and explain about our services. This event provided a wonderful opportunity for outreach, and we were able to talk to a wide variety of people who were not aware […]

Our Newest Books on (and off) BARD

Since it’s back-to-school time, many folks find themselves looking for new projects, new topics of interest, and new hobbies. I sincerely hope that many of you reading this are hoping to learn how to play music or your favorite song, improving your already extant musical skill, or maybe teaching yourself about some topic in music […]