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Music Education: Getting Started

Resources for the study of the teaching of music


Maag Library houses various formats of musical materials, including:

  • Reference books, including dictionaries, encyclopedias, indices, and bio-bibliographies - located in the Reference Collection on the main floor and in the Curriculum Resource Center. Some also in the MMC Reference on the 3rd floor.
  • Music Course Reserves (scores & recordings) - located in the Multimedia Center. Must be requested by course name and/or number, professor's name, title of material.
  • Music Course Reserves (books) - located at the Circulation Desk on the main floor. Must be requested by course name and/or number, professor's name, title of material.
  • Books - located primarily on the 5th floor.
  • Scores - located on the 3rd floor outside the Multimedia Center.  Oversized and miniature (study) scores are shelved separately.
  • Sound Recordings - CDs (compact discs) are located in display cabinets on the right side of the Multimedia Center. LPs (vinyl recordings) are on shelves located in the back room of the MMC.
  • Projected Media - DVDs are located in display cabinets on the left side of the Multimedia Center. VHS recordings are located in the MMC offices.

The Library also provides the following facilities and services relating to music:

  • Computer Workstations (Macintosh) - located in the Multimedia Center (others available in the Reference Dept.)
  • Copiers  - located in the alcove near the elevators on the main floor and also on the 6th floor
  • Microfilm Reader-Printers - located in the Microforms area on the 3rd floor
  • Listening/Viewing Facilities - located in the Multimedia Center
  • Personal Audio Headsets - can be obtained at the MMC Desk. 
  • Speicalized Reference & Research Assistance - available from the Multimedia Librarian (Multimedia Center, 3rd floor of Maag Library)

    LC Classifications

    Maag Library uses the Library of Congress Classification Scheme (LC) to determine the location of its materials.  The LC system is an alpha-numeric system.  This means that the call numbers contain letters and numbers.  The letters tell the user the general subject matter of the material; the numbers provide more specific information about the material.

    M = Music or Scores

    ML = Music Literature and/or Music History

    MT = Music Theory and Pedagogy

    Below are some important range designations for MUSIC in the LIBRARY of CONGRESS system:

    M 1.A1-5000   MUSIC SCORES

    M 2-2.3   Collections of Musical Sources, including Monuments

    M 3-3.1   Collected works of individual composers


    M 6-175         Solo instruments

    M 177-990      Music for two or more solo instruments

    M 180-298.5      Duets

    M 300-386         Trios

    M 400-486         Quartets

    M 500-586         Quintets

    M 600-686         Sextets

    M 700-786         Septets

    M 800-886         Octets

    M 900-986         Nonets and larger combinations of purely chamber music

    M 990               Chamber music for instruments of the 18th century and earlier

    M 1000-1075            Orchestra

      M 1001                     Symphonies

      M 1004                     Overtures

      M 1010-1011        Piano concertos

    M 1100-1160            String orchestra

    M 1200-1269            Band

    M 1366                     Jazz ensembles

    M 1376-1420            Instrumental music for children

    M 1473                     Electronic music

    M 1497-5000   VOCAL MUSIC

    M 1497-1998         Secular vocal music

    M 1500-1527.8         Dramatic music (including operas and musicals)

      M 1500                     Full scores

      M 1503                     Vocal scores with piano accompaniment

    M 1611-1624.8         Songs for one (1) voice

    M 1627-1853            National music

    M 1990-1998            Secular music for children (useful for music education)

    M 1999-2199      Sacred vocal music

    M 2000-2007         Oratorios

    M 2010-2017.6       Masses

    M 2020-2036          Cantatas, choruses, etc.

    M 2101-2114.8      Songs for one (1) voice

    M 2115-2146         Hymnals

    ML 35-3930      LITERATURE ON MUSIC

    ML 48-54.8         Librettos

    ML 100-109         Dictionaries & encyclopedias

    ML 111-158         Bibliography

    ML 113               Guides to historical sets, series, complete works, etd.

    ML 134               Composers catalogs, thematic catalogs, A-Z (guides to research)

    ML 159-3797      History & criticism

    ML 162-197          By Time period

      ML 193                 General Baroque

      ML 194                 1600-1700

      ML 195                 1700-1800

      ML 196                 1800-1900

      ML 197                 1900-

    ML 385-429       Biography

      ML 410                 Composers, A-Z

    ML 430-455        Composition

    ML 460-1354     Instruments & instrumental music

    ML 1100-1165         Chamber music

    ML 1200-1270         Orchestral music

    ML 1300-1354         Band music

    ML 1400-3275     Vocal music

    ML 1500-1554         Choral music

    ML 1600-2881         Secular vocal music

    ML 2900-3275         Sacred vocal music


    MT 3                     History of Music Education

    MT 6-7                  Music Theory

    MT 40-67              Composition

    MT 70-71              Orchestra & orchestration

    MT 73                   Band & instrumentation for band

    MT 90-145             Analytical guides

    MT 170-810         Instrumental techniques

    MT 728                  Chamber music instruction & study

    MT 730                  Orchestral music instruction & study

    MT 733-733.6         Band instruction & study

    MT 740-810         Instruction & study for children

    MT 820-949      Singing & voice culture

    Multimedia Librarian

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    Christine Adams
    Christine Adams, MLS
    Co-Director & Head of Research and Academic Support
    William F. Maag Jr. Library
    Information Services
    Phone: 330.941.3681