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A guide to music resources at the UNLV Libraries.

Finding Books about Music

You can search the Library Catalog for books and other materials about music by using the keyword, title, author, or subject tabs.




The print collection of books about music is located on the 4th floor of Lied Library. (Please note the location of items in the catalog. Some reference books about music are located in the Music Library and other can be found in LASR.)

  • ML1-3930 Literature on music
    • ML1-5 Periodicals. Serials
    • ML12-21 Directories. Almanacs
    • ML25-28 Societies and other organizations
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
  • ​MT1-960 Instruction and study
    • MT1 General works
    • 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
    • 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
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