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Notes: The Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association

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This paper reports music scholars' experiences with and perspectives on commercial textbooks and Open Educational Resources and situates these within the context of music instruction in higher education. Interviews with twenty-one music scholars in various subdisciplines explored the course materials they assign and their motivations or obstacles with respect to integrating open or affordable resources in their courses. Participants articulated a variety of concerns about both commercial and open course materials and spoke to institutional support for creating or adopting open and affordable course materials. Analysis of the interviews reveals tension around audience and gatekeeping, the value of music scholars' labor, and institutional support.

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This project was funded by a University Research Grant from Illinois State University.


This article was originally published in Notes 79, no. 3 (March 2023): 303-334. 10.1353/not.2023.0000.



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