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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.

Reference Works

In this section of the guide, you can find a variety of reference works to supplement your knowledge of BIPOC music. 

Jump to General Works, Bibliographies, Encyclopedias and Dictionaries, or Handbooks and Guides.


A few general and pedagogical resources that can be used to ground and contextualize. This is a small collection of useful sources reflecting the last five years of research. Listed in alphabetical order.


Bibliographies are resource guides that contain lists of published materials on particular topics. This list features resources from the last ten years on a variety of topics related to BIPOC music. Organized alphabetically by title.

Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

The Music Library has many encyclopedias and dictionaries that can get you started on your research. Contains entries from the last 10 years. Organized alphabetically by title.

Handbooks and Guides

Handbooks are concise guides to learning about a particular topic, in order to aid your knowledge of it. Below is a list of handbooks and guides from the library related to BIPOC music and musicians from the last 10 years. Organized alphabetically by title.