Music of the United States of America
Music of the United States of America (MUSA) is a series of scholarly editions of music that aims to represent the depth and diversity of our nation’s heritage by publishing musical works of exemplary artistic quality and historical significance, targeting scholars, performers, students, and the general public.
MUSA is devoted to showcasing the legacy of American music available for performance and study by publishing a forty-volume series of scholarly editions of music that addresses the wide variety of American musical styles, including jazz, psalmody, popular song, opera, twentieth-century chamber music, art song, Native American ceremony, experimental music, and the Broadway show. MUSA seeks to expand the art of critical editing beyond classical concert music to include new genres and styles previously unaddressed by the discipline, including music created by women and minorities, and other composers historically excluded from academic research. Each MUSA volume includes a substantial peer-reviewed explanatory essay, elegant musical notation, and a detailed editorial apparatus. By bringing musical notation and scholarly interpretation together in each volume, MUSA endeavors to place the sounds of American music in the context of the nation's cultural life.
Since 1993, MUSA has published thirty-two editions (five are multi-volume sets) and twenty-one sets of associated performance parts, making its editions available internationally for both study and performance. MUSA is the only publication series of American music that fuses extensive scholarly writing with complete musical notation.
MUSA is a project of the American Musicological Society (AMS), the premier organization in the United States devoted to musical scholarship, and is guided by its Committee on the Publication of American Music (COPAM), which serves as MUSA’s editorial board. Each MUSA edition is exhaustively researched by expert Volume Editors and typically is newly engraved by the award-winning music publisher A-R Editions. The Society for American Music contributes to MUSA and provides a representative on its behalf to COPAM. MUSA is grateful to be supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and hosted by the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance.