The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online is an online resource devoted to music research of all the world’s peoples. It includes thousands of pages of material, combined with entries by more than 700 expert contributors from all over the world. The Encyclopedia includes essays, images, and hundreds of audio examples.
The ten volumes include the study of music of Africa; South America, Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean; the United States and Canada; Southeast Asia; South Asia: The Indian Subcontinent; the Middle East; East Asia: China, Japan and Korea; Europe; Australia and the Pacific Islands, and World Music in General.
Besides appealing to ethnomusicologists, the content is relevant to the study of history, music, sociology, diversity, cultural anthropology, and other disciplines.
The articles, combined with the musically authoritative controlled vocabularies, enable users to easily research musical themes that might otherwise remain buried or unreachable. Users have the full-text content at their fingertips, along with resources and tools, including:
- The full-text of the ten-volume print encyclopedia searchable together
- Associated audio examples
- Musical illustrations, photographs, and drawings
- Song texts and score examples
- Charts and maps of world regions