Music and Politics

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In the PHC Library catalog, you can search a variety of resources by title, author, keyword, or phrase, linking you to ebooks, print books in the on-campus collection, and journal articles from both general and subject specific databases. The more specific your search terms, the more specific the results will be.  For our Distance Learning (DL) students, excerpts from print items held in the on campus library can be provided on request.

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Professor Guidelines


This course requires a 10 minute oral presentation on the usage in a particular country, particular time in history, or particular campaign, focusing on kusic as propaganda for political purposes. Plan to articular whether the usage was moral and what he or she advocates as an alternative moral usage. 

Research paper:

A research paper of 7-8 pages (recommended, although of no maximum length) is assigned. The "suggested topic" is the political songs of, or leading up to, the Civil War OR World War I using a minimum of 6 scholarly sources. Resources are available in the library and online where you may use digital repositories of songs now available online. With permission of the instructor, you may elect to choose a specific work and composer and focus on the political aspects. 

Databases: online audio access and journal articles

  • Naxos Music Library is a great place to start to locate a piece of music that you love for that research paper or to just listen to while you study. Naxos offers an extensive online classical music collection over 46,000 CD's with over 653,000 tracks for your listening pleasure. 
  • ProQuest,JSTOR and Academic Search Premier access journal articles on a wide range of topics. Use the "advanced search" functions and check the box on the search page to limit your results to scholarly and/or peer-reviewed journal articles.

Internet Resources

  • There are no internet sites recommended at this time. 


The PHC on campus collection includes quite a few resources that can be accessed through the online catalog. You may choose a key word search or title search. The following books are required or recommended for this course:

The twisted muse : musicians and their music in the Third Reich, Michael Kater (on reserve)

Shostakovich : a life remembered, Elizabeth Wilson (on reserve)

Music in the Western World, Pero Wiess and Richard Taruskin, eds. (on reserve)


Sources for your presentation or paper? Recommended print and online sources for your presentation or paper can be accessed through keyword searches in the catalog. To help you along, you may want to check out the following books:


Music of the Civil War era, Steven Cornelius

Battle hymns : the power and popularity of music in the Civil War, Christian McWhirter

Music in the Civil War, Stephen Currie

Bugle resounding : music and musicians of the Civil War era, National Conference on Music of the Civil War Era

Lincoln and the music of the Civil War, Kenneth A Bernard

All the years of American popular music, David Ewan

Singing, soldiering, and sheet music in America during the First World War, Christina Bindslev Gier

Over here, over there : transatlantic conversations on the music of World War I, William Brooks

Soldiers of song : the Dumbells and other Canadian concert parties of the First World War, Jason Wilson


Research Tips

  • Citation help needed? Try OWL (Online Writing Lab) for Chicago/TurabianMLA, and APA styling formats. 
  • Search by subject: Once you have located one item in the catalog, you can click on the search term within the record to find other items on the same or similar subjects. Once you have located a helpful source, additional potential sources may be found in the item's bibliography.
  • Can't find what you need in the PHC collection? If you are unable to locate an item in the PHC collection, you may request resources through Interlibrary loan. ILL requests may be made directly in the library catalog.
  • Research assistance is available in the library or by email at askalibrarian@phc.edu

Created : Tanner/Thornhill, 2022. Updated: Thornhill, 2023. 

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