Books & Monographs

sullivan todd rightMission of Books and Monographs

One mission of CMS is to provide books and monographs that address relevant issues and interests of professional musicians, especially those working in the field of music and higher education. Books and Monographs support four core elements of the mission of The College Music Society:

  • research and dialogue,
  • diversity and interdisciplinary interaction,
  • music teaching and learning, and
  • musical creativity and expression.

Existing Series

The scholarly pursuits of the Society's members have been well served by three existing book series:

Cultural Expressions in Music – book-length studies reflecting the diversity of perspectives, cultures, experiences, philosophies 

Monographs and Bibliographies in American Music – books and bibliographic resources on music in and of the Americas

Sourcebooks in American Music – books addressing landmark or representative compositions and performances that reflect the compelling spectrum of musical expression in the United States

New Series

The College Music Society will inaugurate two new series:

Pedagogies & Innovation in Music - short books/manuals from a variety of music disciplines engaged in pedagogical discovery and innovative approaches to learning, creativity, performance, and scholarship.

Emerging Fields in Music - short books/manuals capturing current research or perspectives on community engagement, outreach, music industry, advocacy, academic citizenship, music entrepreneurship, or other pressing issues for musicians in higher education.

Each series will require the appointment of its own Series Editor and Editorial Board.

Future Publication Formats

CMS seeks to develop publications in innovative and flexible formats that make best use of current technologies and changing needs. In the future, CMS hopes to capitalize on the potential of digital publication as a complement to traditional print, a shift in publication format responsive to consumer demand and library acquisition and collection building. The CMS website is available for dynamic audio, video, and other multi-media documents to accompany the monographs.


CMS  will cultivate appropriate Internet and social media presence in support of its series and the work of their authors.  Information concerning Books and Monographs is available on the website of The College Music Society. Supporting materials released as components of individual books will be available through the website CMS will issue information via social media channels when new books are released.

Inquires and Questions?

We invite all members of the Society to submit their best work for consideration by for the CMS series. Proposals to the series editors are always welcome. By clicking on the links to the left you may for each series explore what it entails, enjoy a message from the Editor, review the Call for Proposal, and submit your proposal for consideration.

By sharing our best work, we we can serve music teaching and learning throughout the world.

Todd Sullivan, General Editor
Books and Monographs
Texas State University
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Board of Editors of Books and Monographs

Todd Sullivan, Chair 
Northern Arizona University

Robert J. Frank
Southern Methodist University

Natalie Sarrazin
The College of Brockport