Online listening through the Variations system is available on the computers on the first and third floors of the Cook Music Library and on computers in Jacobs School of Music Classrooms.

Jacobs School of Music Faculty may access Variations2 from offices, studios and off campus locations at anytime. Student access to Variations from computers outside of the Music Library is determined according to the courses in which students are enrolled. If students are enrolled in courses that have Variations recordings or scores on reserve, or if an instructor makes a request of Phil Ponella (Director of the Cook Music Library) for the class to have access, then students will be able to listen to or view items in Variations from computers outside of the Music Library.

If students are not enrolled in any classes for which reserve items exist or for which the instructor has requested Variations access, then for copyright reasons, the student will not be able to listen to recordings or view scores in Variations from computers outside of the Music Library.

The Variations2 software may be downloaded from IUWare online.

How do I find recordings?

Recordings in the Cook Music Library's collection may be found by searching IUCAT, the online catalog of the Indiana University Libraries. Bibliographic records for sound recordings which are available online contain links to the online copy for listening in Variations.

Sound recordings on reserve for classes may also be accessed from the Course Reserves page on the Music Library web site.

In IUCAT, how do I limit my search to recordings that are available online?

Add "http" to your keywords anywhere search to limit the results to those items that have URLs in the bibliographic record:

How do I know if the recording I find is available online?

If you find a Uniform Resource Locator (URL) in the bibliographic record, the sound recording is available for listening online.


Once you have found the recording you want to listen to in IUCAT, click on the URL field to go to the track listing for that recording.

Click on the track you wish to hear, and the Variations2 application will open. You will be prompted to login. The player will open and the music will begin to play.

For more detailed information please see the Variations2 user guide. To send a comment, report a problem, or ask a question regarding the Variations2 Digital Music Library system, fill out the support request form.