|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
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.