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Music Research Guide

This online guide is designed to help patrons who are investigating music related topics and provides an overview of resources available to help them in their research.

Reference Books for Music Theory

Helpful Databases for Research

Call Numbers & Subject Headings

If you are looking for books on Music Theory at any of our Marshall Libraries, here is a brief overview of the call number sections that may be helpful in your search. The Drinko, Morrow, and Charleston Library Stacks are organized through the Library of Congress cataloguing system which assigns Music subject books under the designation "M." For Music Theory a good place to start is under the "MT" designation.


Call Numbers:

Theoretical Analysis:

  • MT5.5-7 -- Music Theory
  • MT6 -- History of Theory
  • MT35-39 -- Notation
  • MT91 -- Collections of music for analysis and appreciation
  • MT92 -- Analysis and appreciation of music by individual composers
  • MT115 -- Analysis of choral music 
  • MT121 -- Analyses of solo vocal works
  • MT130 -- Analyses of orchestral music
  • MT145 -- Analyses of chamber and solo instrumental works 
  • MT146 -- Analyses of popular music

Books about the history of music theory and theoreticians:

  • ML112.8-158.8 -- Bibliography
  • ML410 -- Biographies of individual composers
  • ML423 -- Biographies of theoreticians, historians, and critics
  • ML3797-3799.5 -- Musical Research

Subject Headings are great ways to search for a particular type of topic that you are looking for in your research. Subject Headings are standardized under the Library of Congress classification, so locating a particular subject heading can be searched in not only our Marshall Libraries but in libraries across the U.S. Use one of the following Subject Headings to help you narrow down your search.

Subject Headings: