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Resources for music research and for finding materials in Parsons Music Library

Quick Tips

If you're looking for books on a particular topic, select "Subject Heading Browse" in the "within" box on the catalog's BASIC SEARCH screen.  If you don't get satisfactory results, you can also try an ADVANCED SEARCH, changing the "within" box to SUBJECT.

If you still have trouble, ask for the book Music Subject Headings, which is behind the circulation desk in the Music Library.  It will show you the correct subject phrases to enter for specific musical topics.

Finding Books in Parsons Music Library

Quick Call Number Guide for Music Books (all begin with ML or MT)

ML 1-3930 Literature of Music
48-54.8 Texts for Music
110-158 Bibliography
155-158 Sound Recordings
159-3799 History and Critcism
410 Composer Biographies
459-1380 Instruments and Instrumental Music
1100-1380 Chamber and Orchestral Music, Band (Military Music), Electronic Music
1400-3275 Vocal Music
1500-1554 Choral Music (Sacred and Secular)
1600-2881 Secular Vocal Music
2900-3275 Sacred Vocal Music
3400-3465 Dance Music
3469-3541 Popular Music
3544-3776 National Music
3800-3923 Philosophy and Physics of Music
3928-3930 Juvenile Literature


MT 1-960 Musical Instruction and Study
40-67 Composition
68 Improvisation
70-86 Orchestra and Orchestration
90-146 Analytical Guides, etc.
170-810 Instrumental Techniques
820-949 Singing and Voice Culture
955-960 Production of Operas, Music in Theaters

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Linda Fairtile
Parsons Music Library
Modlin Center for the Arts
University of Richmond, VA 23173
804 287-6849