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"How Can I Get My Textbooks?"

This is one of the most frequent question we are asked. This guide will walk you through how to find what textbooks you will need for classes, access any textbooks included in tuition through the Musicians Institute Bookstore, how and where to purchase books, and free or inexpensive ways to access textbooks for those who struggle financially.


Q: Are all textbooks included in tuition?

A: Musicians Institute is unique in that we include some textbooks produced and published by MI in tuition, which most institutions do not do. These books include the early performance, reading, and technique courses as well as Harmony & Theory, Ear Training, and select Audio Engineering courses, which we make available through the bookstore app and is included in tuition (only after registering for the corresponding course). For a full list, see the tab on the left labeled "Musicians Institute Bookstore." Note that this does not include all textbooks and some may need to be purchased separately. Please see the "Other Textbooks" tab for more information. 

Q: I just registered but can't log into the bookstore or see my books.

A: Since the process of adding books is a manual one, it takes 48-72 hours for books to be loaded into your account. You will receive an email from the librarian with your login information and instructions for accessing the books when they are ready.

Q: I don't know what books I need for my classes. Where do I find it?

A: I've included embedded spreadsheets of books and what classes they correspond to on the tabs to the left of this page. Books can change, so the lists may not be fully updated. The most accurate way to know what books you need would be to contact your instructor and ask them. You can also check your syllabus, which will have all required materials listed, including books and necessary technology, as well as the list of topics covered and homework assignments. The syllabi for all classes are on the LMS.

Q: I can't afford my textbooks... what should I do?

A: Textbooks are expensive, we totally get it! Luckily, many of our books are accessible through either MI's Library or in one of the thousands of public libraries around the country. For more information, go to the "Other Textbooks" page on the left.