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Music Research Guide

Welcome to the research guide for music!






Use this guide to navigate through music resources available at the FIU Libraries and beyond. Browse the stacks more effectively with the Library of Congress classification outline for music provided below:


Subclass M

M1-5000       Music

M1-1.A15             Music printed or copied in manuscript in the United States or the colonies before 1860

M1.A5-3.3            Collections

M1.A5-Z                        Miscellaneous

M2-2.3                          Musical sources

M3-3.3                          Collected works of individual composers

M5-1480              Instrumental music

M5                                 Collections

M6-175.5                      One solo instrument

M176                             Motion picture music

M176.5                          Radio and television music

M177-990                     Two or more solo instruments

M1000-1075                 Orchestra

M1100-1160                 String orchestra

M1200-1270                 Band

M1350-1366                 Other ensembles

M1375-1420                 Instrumental music for children

M1470-1480                 Aleatory music. Electronic music. Mixed media

M1490                 Music printed or copied in manuscript before 1700

M1495-2199       Vocal music

M1495                          Collections

M1497-1998                Secular vocal music

M1497                                    Collections

M1500-1527.8                       Dramatic music

M1528-1529.5                       Two or more solo voices

M1530-1609                          Choruses

M1611-1624.8                       One solo voice

M1625-1626                          Recitations with music

M1627-1853                          Folk, national and ethnic music

M1900-1985                           Songs of specific groups or on specific topics

M1990-1998                           Secular vocal music for children

M1999-2199                 Sacred vocal music

M1999                                      Collections

M2000-2007                            Dramatic music

M2010-2017.6                        Choral services, etc.

M2018-2019.5                        Two or more solo voices

M2020-2101.5                        Choruses

M2102-2114.8                        One solo voice

M2115-2146                            Hymnals. Hymn collections

M2147-2188                            Liturgy and ritual

M2190-2196                            Sacred vocal music for children

M2198-2199                            Popular religious and devotional music

M5000                  Unidentified compositions


Subclass ML

ML1-3930      Literature on music

ML1-5                   Periodicals. Serials

ML12-21              Directories. Almanacs

ML25-28              Societies and other organizations

ML29-31              Special collections

ML32-33              Institutions

ML35-38              Festivals. Congresses

ML40-44              Programs

ML45                    Circulars and advertisements

ML46                    Scrapbooks

ML47-54.8           Librettos. Texts. Scenarios

ML55-89              Aspects of the field of music as a whole

ML93-96.5           Manuscript studies and manuscripts

ML100-109          Dictionaries. Encyclopedias

ML110-111.5       Music librarianship

ML112-112.5       Music printing and publishing

ML112.8-158.8    Bibliography

ML159-3785        History and criticism

ML159-161                  General works

ML162-197                  By period

ML198-360.6               By region or country

ML385-429                  Biography

ML430-458                  Composition and performance

ML459-1380                Instruments and instrumental music

ML1400-3275              Vocal music

ML3300-3351              Program music

ML3400-3465              Dance music

ML3469-3541              Popular music

ML3544-3776              Folk, national, and ethnic music

ML3780                        Music on particular topics

ML3785                        Musical journalism

ML3790-3792      Music trade

ML3795                Music as a profession. Vocational guidance

ML3797-3799.5   Musical research

ML3800-3923      Philosophical and societal aspects of music. Physics and acoustics of music. Physiological aspects of music

ML3800                        General works

ML3805-3817              Physics and acoustics

ML3820                        Physiological aspects of music

ML3830-3840              Psychology

ML3845-3877              Aesthetics

ML3880-3915              Criticism

ML3916-3918              Social and political aspects of music

ML3919-3920              Moral influence of music. Therapeutic use of music

ML3921-3921.8           Religious aspects of music

ML3922                         Music in the workplace

ML3928-3930      Literature for children


Subclass MT

MT1-960        Instruction and study

MT1                       General works

M2.5                      Music study abroad

MT3-5                    History

MT5.5-7                Music theory

MT9-15                 Printed pedagogical aids

MT9                               Examinations, exercises, etc.

MT10                             Teachers’ and supervisors’ manuals, etc.

MT15                             Charts, diagrams, etc.

MT17                    Music in special education

MT18                    Music in colleges and universities

MT20-34              Systems and methods

MT35-39              Notation

MT40-67              Composition. Elements and techniques of music

MT68                    Improvisation. Accompaniment. Transposition

MT70-74              Instrumentation and orchestration

MT75                    Interpretation

MT80                    Embellishment

MT82                    Memorizing

MT85                    Conducting. Score reading and playing

MT87                    Community music

MT88                    Administration and instruction of vocal groups

MT90-146            Analysis and appreciation of musical works

MT150                  Audio-visual aids

MT155                  Music theory for children

MT165                  Tuning

MT170-810           Instrumental techniques

MT179-258                  Keyboard instruments

MT259-338                  Stringed instruments. Bowed stringed instruments

MT339-533                  Wind instruments

MT539-654                  Plucked instruments

MT655-725                  Percussion and other instruments

MT728-735                  Ensembles

MT737                          Motion picture accompanying

MT740-810                  Instrumental techniques for children

MT820-915          Singing and vocal technique

MT898-915                   Vocal techniques for children

MT918-948          School music

MT920-925                  Kindergarten

MT930-948                  Elementary schools. Junior high schools. High schools

MT949.5              Whistling

MT950                  Music to accompany instruction in ballet, folk dancing, gymnastics, etc.

MT955-956          Musical theater

MT960                  Music in the theater