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Research Guides

Guide to BIPOC musicians and related literature

This guide supports research on the musical traditions and scholarship of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) individuals and groups.


We are currently in the process of updating and restructuring this guide! Most of the material will still be available to you during this time, and you might catch a sneak peak of what is to come. We apologize for any inconvenience you may experience and thank you for your continued patience as we work to make this guide as relevant as possible! 


Statement in Support of Anti-Racism

In support of anti-racism at the University of Toronto and in the larger Toronto community, the University of Toronto Music Library is committed to expanding its collection of literature and music by BIPOC musicians and scholars, and making its existing collections of BIPOC materials more visible to its patrons. 

This guide is a living document that we continually update and expand. If you would like to offer suggestions of more items or resources, please contact Tim Neufeldt at If you know of a resource that the music library does not own, you can also suggest a purchase.

Land Acknowledgement

We wish to acknowledge this land on which the University of Toronto operates. For thousands of years it has been the traditional land of the Huron-Wendat, the Seneca, and the Mississaugas of the Credit. Today, this meeting place is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work on this land.

We hope that this research guide furthers education and research in Indigenous musical traditions and contributes to increasing Indigenous presence in academic music studies.