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Resources for the academic areas of Music and Dance, both online and print. Includes databases, links to scholarly, trade, and popular websites, and information on searching for print materials using the Library of Congress system.


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Research Databases

Music General Reference Works

Library of Congress Classification for Music and Dance

Print items in the Langston Hughes Memorial Library are organized using the Library of Congress classification system.  In this system, the following letter codes are used to identify print items in Dance and Music:

GV: Dance is LoC-classified as part of Geography, Anthropology, and Recreation.  Call numbers range between GV1580-1799.4. Music scores for dance are found in the appropriate place in Class M (Music). Music used to accompany dance instruction (ballet, folk dance, gymnastics) may be found under call numbers beginning with MT 950.

M: Music includes any and all music scores, individual and collected, including music for solo performance, chamber music, works for large ensemble, musical theater, ballet, and opera. Items in M may include recordings of accompaniment tracks. Call numbers range between M1-5000. Items in M may be reference works and as such not available for circulation.

ML: Literature on Music includes Music history, criticism, philosophy, reference works, and music librarianship. Call numbers range between ML1-3230. Items in ML may include recordings. Some of these titles are reference works and may be not available for circulation.

MT: Instruction and Study includes books on Music pedagogy, Music theory and history textbooks, instrumental and vocal Music method books, etude books, and play-alongs. In some cases, items in MT include recordings. Call numbers range between MT1-960.

Circulating titles for Music and Dance are located in the 4th floor stacks; titles for younger readers may be found in the Curriculum Collection on the 2nd floor; reference titles for Music and Dance are located in the 2nd floor reference area.