Graduation Year


Document Type

Open Access Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



Reader 1

Joti Rockwell

Reader 2

Alfred Cramer

Reader 3

Eric Lindholm

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In this paper I take up the topic of open-access digital music libraries, specifically the ways performance and pedagogical traditions interact with and are impacted by open-access or public domain sheet music libraries on the internet. I first consider how traditions of performance and pedagogy have become misaligned in the case of viola repertoire and its historical context. I then turn to questions of copyright on the internet and copyleft practices as they relate to internet open-access libraries such as IMSLP, finding that they often are simply a new medium through which to uphold existing patterns, despite their apparent potential to revolutionize music. In conclusion, I analyze the specific case of the Kronos Performing Arts Association’s 50 for the Future project, which has a specific focus and consists of a narrow repertoire. I argue that such a targeted approach has the power to help rectify the disconnect between what is taught to students and what is demanded of professionals.