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Music Resources

Overview of library resources to support the curriculum of the Department of Music


Finding Music Resources

Printed music and books on music have call numbers that start with M, and are located on the third floor of Beeghly.

Call numbers can be found on the book's spine labels: 


Each item in the library gets a call number:

  • Sheet music and items that *are* music have call numbers that begin with just M.
  • Histories, biographies, and any works *about* music have call numbers that begin with ML.
  • Instructional guides and books on *how* to teach music have call numbers that begin with MT.

These are broken down into more specific selections below.

When you find something in our catalog, use its call number to find it on the shelf. If you need any help finding an item please ask a library staff member to help!

Music Reference

Music reference books have call numbers ML100-158.8, and include dictionaries, encyclopedias, indexes, and discographies. Reference works offer great starting points for research, with introductory info on people or topics that can direct you to other more in-depth resources.

Music Histories and Biographies

Music history, criticism, and biography fall within the call numbers ML159-3785, with biographies living in the ML385-429 range.

Music Industry and Careers

ML3790-3795 contain titles on the sound recording industry, including recording label and studio histories and vocational guidance.

Music Instruction

Books on music instruction and teaching have call numbers MT1-960, and include how-to manuals for individual learning as well as pedagogical aids for school classes.

Recording and Audio Technology

Books on sound recording and audio technology are located in both Beeghly and Hobson Science Library: 

  • Call numbers that begin with M are in Beeghly
    • ​ML1055 History of recorded music and playback technology
    • MT723  How to create computer/electronic-based music
  • Call numbers that begin with T are in Hobson Science Library
    • ​TK7881.4  Sound systems, sound recording and reproduction