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Last Updated: Apr 4, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Kathy Carbone, Performing Arts Librarian and Institute Archivist
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Listening to music in the library

The library's music listening area includes cassette, LP, and CD players. Headphones are available at the Circulation Desk.


Welcome to the Music Research Guide

This guide is intended to assist all CalArts students, staff, and faculty interested in music. Here you will find information to help you discover and locate music related books, periodicals, articles, videos, audio streams, and Web sites. If you have any suggestions for what you would like to see included, please email me.

The library takes purchase requests. Please submit your request here.

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Music call number guide

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

Library of Congress Classification for Music (full guide)

Herb Alpert School of Music performance recordings

Since 1972, most School of Music performances on campus by faculty and students have been recorded. These cassette and CD recordings are in the Library's collection and can be searched for in the library's catalog.

You can also watch real-time music performances on the ROD Webcast.



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