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Music Guide


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Mount St. Joseph University
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Find Music Books

When looking for books or videos/DVDs related to music, try these methods:


When searching library catalogs, you might begin with a subject search.
Examples of subject search terms:

Music–18th Century
Music–England–History and Criticism
Music–Instruction and Study
Music–Philosophy and Aesthetics
Music theory
Music therapy
Composition (Music)
Beethoven, Ludwig van, 1770-1827
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus, 1756-1791. Symphonies.

If you are not sure of what subject to search, try using a keyword search. Keyword searching lets you to search words in the title, author, publisher, and subject headings fields. There are many ways to search library catalogs, so if you need assistance, don't hesitate to ask a librarian.

For some people, browsing the Music section of the Library's book stacks can be helpful. To do this use a call # range.

Call # Range Subject
780, 3rd Floor Music in general
781, 3rd Floor Principles and Musical Forms
782, 3rd Floor Operas
783, 3rd Floor Music for voice
784, 3rd Floor Instruments and instrumental ensembles
785, 3rd Floor Symphonies, Chamber music
786, 3rd Floor Keyboard music
787, 3rd Floor Stringed instruments
788, 3rd Floor Wind instruments
789, 3rd Floor Percussion