Applying the principles of critical editing to a variety of American idioms, including jazz, psalmody, popular song, twentieth-century chamber music, art song, Native American ceremony, and the Broadway show, MUSA (Music of the United States of America) is devoted to expanding the legacy of American music available for study and performance. Pronounced "mew-zah," MUSA is publishing a 40-volume series of scholarly editions of American music. In addition to musical notation, each volume includes a substantial essay and a critical editorial apparatus. By bringing notated music and scholarly interpretation together in the same volume, each MUSA volume seeks to place the sounds of music making in the United States within the context of the nation's cultural life.
Founded in 1988, MUSA is a collaborative venture administered by the American Musicological Society through its Committee on the Publication of American Music (COPAM) and is published by A-R Editions, Inc. of Madison, Wisconsin. The Society for American Music contributes to the development of the series through its representative to COPAM. MUSA is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and hosted by the University of Michigan at its American Music Institute.The MUSA web site is continually updated and changing, and we value your suggestions and comments. Scholars interested in publishing volumes through the project should read the Proposal Guidelines included on this site and contact MUSA's executive editor.