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Resource Guide:
Music

Sample Call Numbers

Topic Call Number
Music M
Secular Vocal Music M 1497-1998
Sacred Vocal Music M 1999-2199
Literature on Music ML
Librettos, Texts, Scenarios ML 47-54.8
Musical Biography ML 385-429
Social and Political Aspects of Music ML 3916-3918
Music Instruction and Study MT
Music Theory MT 5.5-7
Notation MT 35-39
Composition, Elements and Techniques of Music MT 40-67
Instrumental Techniques MT 170-810

Sample Subject Headings

Start by searching the catalog by keyword. Use whatever terms you think best describe your topic. When you find a record that matches what you are looking for, view the record and see what subject headings were used. Then search again using that term as a subject search.

  • Arrangement (Music)
  • Composition (Music)
  • Ear Training
  • Harmony
  • Keyboard Harmony
  • Music
  • Music – Periodicals
  • Music History and Criticism
  • Music in Education
  • Music Instruction and Study
  • Music Interpretation
  • Music Intervals and Scales
  • Music Meter and Rhythm
  • Music Notation
  • Music Performance
  • Music Therapy
  • Musical Form
  • Musical Instruments
  • Musicians
  • Oboe
  • Piano
  • Saxophone
  • School Music
  • Song Improvisation
  • Tonality
  • Viola
  • Violin
  • Voice
  • Woodwind Instruments

Sample Materials at Von Canon Library

Title Call Number
The new Grove dictionary of music and musicians REF ML 100 .N48 2001
Harvard Dictionary of Music REF ML 100 .A64
Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music REF ML 100 .S367
Composers since 1900; a Biographical and Critical Guide REF ML 390 .E833
Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of Musicians REF ML 105 .B16
The illustrated encyclopedia of classical music REF ML 105 .I4
Cultural codes : makings of a Black music philosophy ML 3479 .B364 2010
Stephen Foster & Co. : lyrics of America’s first great popular songs ML 546 .F69 S84 2010
Music in words : a guide to researching and writing about music ML 3793 .H537 2009
Singing in musical theatre : the training of singers and actors MT 956 .M45 2007
Late thoughts: reflections on artists and composers at work NX 160 .L38 2006
Hearing Bach’s Passions MT 115 .B2 M43 2005
Wicked: Vocal Selections: Music and Lyrics M 1570 .S25 2005
America’s musical life: a history ML 200 .C856 2000

Research Databases

Relevant Journals and Magazines

  • JMM: The Journal of Music and Meaning
  • Journal of Music Theory
  • Journal of Seventeenth-Century Music
  • Journal of the American Musicological Society
  • Journal of the Royal Musical Association
  • Music and Letters
  • Music Theory Spectrum
  • Notes
  • Opera Quarterly
  • Women and Music

These are just examples. To find more, or to look for a specific journal or periodical, search our Journals.

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