Music and Multimedia Collection

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Music and Multimedia

The Music collection features classical, jazz and popular music which reflects the current areas of research and teaching in the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music. Of particular note are the ethnomusicology collections, performance repertoire and the music composed by Australian composers.

Printed Music

Printed music comprises study scores and parts, treatises and methods books, facsimile editions and and the collected works of major composers.

Sound recordings

The collection includes CDs, vinyl, 78rpm and audio cassettes with strengths in ethnomusicology, jazz, classical and popular music. Not all donated recordings are catalogued and it is advisable to ask library staff about the content of donations from Robert Hughes, Jocelyn Terry and Tony Gould.

Electronic Resources

The Library provides access to a great number of online scores, streamed sound recordings and video through subscriptions to electronic databases. These resources include:

John Cargher Collection

The John Cargher Collection was donated to Monash University Library by his widow through the Cultural Gifts Program in 2008. It contains recordings, libretti and concert programs that ABC broadcaster and critic, John Cargher AM, used for his weekly radio programs from 1959-2008. One program, Singers of Renown was broadcast for 42 years.

The earliest recordings, 78 rpms which Cargher brought with him from London to Melbourne in 1951, recordings include voices of Australian singers Browning Mummery, John Brownlee, and Harold Williams, as well as European singers who were popular on radio worldwide during the mid twentieth century. Their repertoire includes  recordings which have not been released on CD or in a digital format.  The vinyl and CD formats also contain unique and rare recordings.

Note: some of these materials will need to be viewed in Special Collections.

The Victorian Flute Guild Collection

The Victorian Flute Guild Collection was donated by the Victorian Flute Guild and contains over 1500 scores. Over 300 of these scores have so far been catalogued, including solos, duets, trios, quartets and quintets. Some of the scores have been digitised and are available in Monash Collections Online.

The earliest works in the collection belonged originally to Leslie Barklamb (1905-1993) who, in 1969, founded the Victorian Flute Guild in order "to promote and encourage the learning of the flute, flute playing in all idioms, and to support all forms of music education".

Note: some of these materials will need to be viewed in Special Collections.

Ethnomusicology Collections

Ethnomusicology Collections of over 3000 vinyl recordings, 78 rpm recordings, cassettes and CDs are available for listening in the Music and Multimedia Collection.

The collections include recordings of music from most countries throughout the world, with an emphasis on South-east Asia, India, Slavic and Eastern European, and Indigenous Australia. It also includes jazz and some popular music.

These sound recordings can be found using Search, by location, ethnic group, performer, composer, sound component, subject, title and tracks. Users can listen to the recordings in the library.

Online recordings are also available from the following databases:

Japanese Music Archive

The Japanese Music Archive contains sound recordings, music scores, books and videos relating to the classical (traditional), popular and contemporary music of Japan.

The archive is currently being catalogued. Check Search under "Japanese Music Archive".  Items in Search are available for loan.  Other items are listed in the printed catalogue Japanese Music Archive: Catalogue (edited by Alison Tokita). These can be viewed in the Library. Ask at the Information point.
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The Multimedia Collection features film, television, history, Asian studies, Australian studies, archaeology, education, theatre and performance, and Australian and overseas newspapers in a variety of media types including:

  • DVDs and Videos
    Including feature films, foreign language films, television programs, documentaries, music master classes, music concerts and theatre productions
  • Microforms
    Including journals, newspapers, Monash University PhD theses and research resources
  • CD-ROMs
    Including English literature and poetry, history, and Asian language
  • Kits
    Including language tutorials, IELTS, education and instructional type content.

Streamed video

Theatre productions, masterclasses and interviews from renowned practitioners and specialist actor trainers from around the world are available on the following databases:


The Music and Multimedia Collection is located at the Matheson Library, Clayton, on Level 1.


Use Search to discover material in the collection. Most items are available for loan to Monash University staff and students, CAVAL, ULA borrowers and fee-paying members. Some collections of rare material can only be viewed in the Special Collections Reading Room. Search will indicate whether the item you want is on closed access. Contact Dylan Young (see above) to access such material.
Items in high-demand may be placed on restricted loan. Loans may be overnight or for only three hours.

Loans for class screenings must be arranged in advance with the Music and Multimedia Coordinator.