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Music Research Guide: Home

Welcome to the Music Research Guide

This guide contains information to help you discover and locate music related books, periodicals, articles, scores, videos, audio streams, and web sites through the CalArts Library.

 Arrangement of music materials in the library

The following call number short guide can assist you when browsing for books and scores in our library's stacks: Music (M) 
  •  Solo instruments: M6 - M175 
  • Chamber music: M200 - M990 
  • Large ensemble music: M1000 - M1356 
  • Secular vocal music: M1497 - M1998 
  • Sacred vocal music: M1999 - M2199 
Literature on Music (ML)
  • Libretti: ML49 - ML50
  • Encyclopedias/Dictionaries: ML100 - ML109 
  • Bibliographies: ML112 - ML158 
  • Music History and Criticism: ML159 - ML 360 
  • Composer/Musician Biographies: ML385 - ML429 
  • Composition and performance: ML430 – ML455 
  • Instruments and instrumental music: ML459 – ML1380 
  • Vocal music: ML1400 – 3275 
  • Program music, dance music, music industry, aesthetics: ML3300-3930 
 Instruction and Study (MT) 
  • Theory and history of music education: MT1 - 5 
  • Notation, composition, forms and genres: MT35 – 67
  • Instrumental techniques: MT170 - MT810 
  • Singing: MT820 - MT949


Listen and Watch

The library has a music listening area which includes cassette, LP, and CD players. Headphones are available at the Circulation Desk. Films/videos may be watched in our Film Library.

Subject Guide

Kathy Carbone

Library requests

To request an item be purchased for the library's collection, please submit your request here.

Herb Alpert School of Music performance recordings

Since 1972, most music performances on campus by faculty and students have been recorded. These cassette and CD recordings reside in the library and can be searched for in our catalog. You can also watch real-time music performances on the ROD Webcast.