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Music dissertations

Stanford Music doctoral dissertations, D.M.A final projects, and other student-authored work can be found in SearchWorks under author/composer name. Many are shelved in the stacks, though an increasing number are stored off-site.

ML29       D.M.A. projects
ML29.1    D.M.A.final projects
ML29.2    M.A. projects and theses
ML29.3    Senior Honors projects
ML29.4    Doctoral dissertations

Music master's theses and projects and DMA term projects are strictly for in-house use only. Due to the uniqueness of these unpublished items, we cannot provide them for loan.  In addition, the Library does not hold the copyright for these items and therefore cannot provide photocopies or digital reproductions. Researchers interested in obtaining copies are directed to contact the author or their estate for assistance.

Search the Dissertations & Theses @ Stanford database (restricted to Stanford users)

Doctoral Dissertations in Musicology Online lists completed dissertations and new dissertation topics.

Search “doctoral dissertations in music” in SearchWorks for a list of print indexes to aid in discovery of music dissertations; please note that some are included in DDM Online.

The ProQuest Dissertations & Theses database allows advanced searching for works produced by most US academic institutions (restricted to Stanford users). 


WorldCat is an excellent tool for locating dissertations for most colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and a great many from around the world. Some may be available for borrowing via InterLibrary Services.

Dissertations produced in foreign countries are often listed in their respective national, regional, or cooperative library catalogs.
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