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World Music Guide: Pacific

Pacific Map

Pacific Map MicronesiaSolomon IslandsSamoaFrench Polynesia (and Tahiti)Hawaii (U.S.)Papua New GuineaNew ZealandAustralia

The ASU Music Library has a small selection of materials about the music of the Pacific Ocean or Oceania. Listed countries have at least one recording or text. In addition to the individual countries listed below, try the general headings "music polynesia" and "music oceania."

General Sources:

The best general reference book on music from the Pacific is Australia and the Pacific Islands, volume nine from the Garland Encyclopedia of World Music (Music Reference ML 100 .G16 1998 v.9). A CD is included with the volume.


French Polynesia



New Zealand

Papua New Guinea

Samoa (and American Somoa)

Solomon Islands

Subject Guide

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Gary Boye
Erneston Music Library

Appalachian State University
Subjects: Music