We have amazing resources available to support your study of traditional music at CBU!
Our Digitization Lab offers a state-of-the art space in which a wide array of multi-media projects can be created, analyzed, and digitized. We have, for example, used the Lab to make professional sound recordings, film documentaries, websites, digital exhibits, and radio programs. It is outfitted with a substantial collection of AV equipment that can be used for research projects, such as the documentation of tradition-bearers talking about or performing traditional music.
People come from all over the world to research at the Beaton Institute, a rich archive of documents, recordings, videos, maps, photographs and other materials related to Cape Breton’s social, cultural, economic, and political history. The Beaton Institute supports student and faculty research, and it also hires students. We even offer an archival internship for interested music, folklore, and history students!
The CBU Library offers more than just an excellent array of books, music scores and journals related to traditional music and Celtic culture. It also has unique special collections not found at any other library, including the Scottish and Jacobite Collection, the Pocius Collection (folklore), the Khattar Collection (Cape Breton), and the CD collection.
Two new facilities relating to traditional music and culture were recently created. The Centre for Sound Communities is a world-class digital arts and humanities research lab that fosters interdisciplinary collaboration and community engagement on sound, movement, and performance. There’s always lots going on at the COMM Lab, including workshops, internships, performances, and projects.
The Media Interpretation and Reception Lab (MIRLab) allows researchers to study how people interact with media, capable of facilitating both qualitative and quantitative research. It provides what folklorists and ethnologists refer to as an induced natural context for viewing media.