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To access these resources from off campus, simply log in using your CMU Global ID and password.

For more information on downloading apps, creating playlists, or permalinks, see the Streaming Audio Guide.

Open Access Streaming Audio

Searching: Streaming and physical recordings

To locate streaming audio in Smart Search, after searching, limit Material Type to "Audio" and Availability to "Available online" to the left of your search results.

If you prefer a physical copy of a recording rather than streaming audio, after performing your search simply limit Material Type to "Audio" and  Availability to "Available on Shelf"  to the left of your search results. Physical recordings are held on the 4th floor of the University Library, where listening equipment is also available.

Tips for successful searching

  • For a specific work, search a combination of composer + work title in the keyword search box.
  • Include work numbers for works that have a generic title (e.g. symphony, concerto, sonata, etc.).
  • Musical works are generally listed in the original language of the composer. For example, Mozart’s Magic Flute is listed under Die Zauberflöte and Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, or Le Sacre du Printemps, is listed under the transliterated Russian title Vesna sviashchennaia.
  • Examine the full library record of a recording, including the contents.
  • Call numbers for sound recordings at CMU are in order of acquisition; therefore, browsing by call number in the online catalog will not produce useful results.

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