List of Open-Access Music Journals

Freely accessible scholarship (and occasionally journalism) on music. Please contact me if you have any suggestions or corrections, or to let me know if the links are not working.

Note that all journals are in English unless otherwise noted in square brackets [ ]. If a journal is multiple languages, English is always listed last.

Contemporary Music (4 titles)

Ex tempore (articles from back issues only)

International Journal of Contemporary Composition

Journal of Experimental Music Studies

Search: Journal for New Music and Culture

Ethnomusicology, Local, and Popular Musics (19 titles)

American Music Review

American Rhythm Music Magazine

Analytical Approaches to World Music

Canadian Folk Music Bulletin/ Bulletin de musique folklorique [French, English]

Canadian Journal for Traditional Music

Dancecult: Journal of Electronic Music Dance Culture

Diagonal: An Ibero-American Music Review

Ethnomusicology Online

Ethnomusicology Review (prev. Pacific Review of Ethnomusicology)

Ethnomusicology Translations


Inbhear: Journal of Irish Music and Dance

Journal of the Vernacular Music Center

Music & Anthropology: Journal of Musical Anthropology of the Mediterranean

Musica oral del Sur [Spanish]

Popular Musicology Online

Revista Musical Chilena [Spanish]

Samples [German]

Sound Matters [blog]

Translingual Discourse in Ethnomusicology [“English translations of … papers that originally appeared in other languages”]

Interdisciplinary approaches to music (20 titles)

Act: Zeitschrift für musik & performance [German, English]

Analitica: rivista online di studi musicali [Italian, English]


Journal of Interdisciplinary Music Studies

Journal of Music Research Online

M/C Journal: A Journal of Media and Culture

Медиамузыка / Mediamusic [Russian, English]

Musical Offerings 

Music and Arts in Action

Проблемы музыкальной науки/ Problemy Muzykal’noj Nauki/ Music Scholarship [Russian, English]

El Oído Pensante [Spanish]

Opus [Portuguese, Spanish, English]

Per Musi [Portuguese, English]

Resonance: Interdisciplinary Music Journal

Revista Vortex [Portuguese, English]

Revue musicale OICRM [French, English]

Spazi della Musica, Gli [Italian, some English]

Sound Effects: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Sound and Sound Experience

Trans: Revista Transcultural de Música [Spanish, Portuguese]

Yale Journal of Music & Religion

Jazz (3 titles)

Current Research in Jazz


Journal of Jazz Studies

Music Education and Pedagogy (11 titles)

Action, Criticism & Theory for Music Education

Beiträge empirischer Musikpädagogik / Bulletin of Empirical Music Education Research [German]

Engaging Students: Essays in Music Pedagogy

GEMS: Gender, Education, Music and Society

Hellenic Journal of Music, Education, and Culture [Greek, English]

Journal of Music History Pedagogy

Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy

Lista Electrónica Europea de Musica en la Educación (Electronic Journal of Music in Education) [Spanish and some English]

Musica Docta: Rivista Digitale di Pedagogia e Didattica della Musica [Italian]

Research & Issues in Music Education

Revista Electrónica Complutense de Investigación en Educación Musical [Spanish]

Music Librarianship (1 title)

CAML Review / Revue de l’ACBM [French, English]

Musicology (35 titles)

African Musicology Online

Anuario Musical [Spanish]

Arti musices : hrvatski muzikološki zbornik / Croatian Musicological Review [Croatian/ English]

Bollettino di Studi Belliniani [Italian]

British Postgraduate Musicology

Cuadernos de Música Iberoamericana [Spanish] 

Cultural Musicology

Current Musicology

Discourses in Music


Electroacoustic Music Studies

Electronic Musicological Review / Revista electronica de musicologia [Portuguese, English]

Elliot Carter Studies Online

Empirical Musicology Review

Frankfurter Zeitschrift für Musikwissenschaft [German]

Journal of Music and Meaning

Journal of Music Criticism

Journal of Seventeenth-Century Music

Journal of the Society for Musicology in Ireland

Kapralova: A Journal of Women in Music

Kurt Weill Newsletter

Min-Ad: Israel Studies in Musicology Online

Mousikos Logos [apparently in English only although it is a Greek publication]

Music & Politics

Musicologica Austriaca [English only, even though this is an Austrian journal]

Musicologica Olomucensia [Czech, Slovak, German, English]

Muzikologija / Musicology [Serbian]

Musicology Today [English only, although this journal is published in Poland]

Nota Bene

Philomusica On-Line

Polish Music Journal

Radical Musicology

Revista Portuguesa de Musicologia [Portuguese, English]

STM Online [Swedish]

Understanding Bach

Verdi Forum 


Music Therapy (3 titles)

Approaches: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Music Therapy

Musikterapi i psykiatrien online [Danish]

Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy

Music Technology (4 titles)

The Absolute Sound

Computing in Musicology

EURASIP Journal on Audio, Speech, and Music Processing

Musica/Tecnologia [Italian]

Music Theory (5 titles)


Gamut: Online Journal of the Music Theory Society of the Mid-Atlantic

Music Theory Online

SMT-V: Videocast Journal of the Society for Music Theory

Zeitschrift der Gesellschaft für Musiktheorie [German, English]

Performance Studies (6 titles)

American Choral Review

The Choral Scholar

Critical Studies in Improvisation / Études critiques en improvisation [French, English]

Music Performance Research

Online Journal of Bass Research

Performance Practice Review

Uncategorized (4 titles)

College Music Symposium

Culture Kiosque

Journal of Creative Music Systems

Journal of Sonic Studies