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Music Theatre: Books

A Library Research Guide for Music Theatre students. This guide is designed to help you navigate the wide variety of Music Theatre resources available through the Jones Music Library.

Searching the Library Catalog by Subject

To locate books about a specific person or topic, use the Subject Search in the OPAL Library Catalog. Each book has been tagged with specific subject headings that describe its content.

There are a variety of subject headings that pertain to music theatre.

To find books about a composer's songs, use the composer's name followed by "songs."

Music Reference

Important Call Numbers

Sources such as encyclopedias and select bibliographies/guides will be located in the reference collection.

Call Number

Genre
ML 48-50 Translations of opera texts & librettos
ML 54.6 Translations of vocal texts
ML 102.M88 Dictionaries/Encyclopedias
ML 128 M78 Bibliographies/Literature guides
ML 820-950 Singing and vocal techniques
ML 1711, ML 2054 General history of the musical
MT 95 Plots
MT 955 Production

Call Numbers

Books and printed music are arranged according to the Library of Congress' Classification System. The library has circulating and non-circulating (reference) collections. Each collection is divided in to three sections.

  • M = Printed music/scores (organized by instrument/genre)
  • ML = Books about music and musicians
  • MT = Books on music theory, pedagogy, and technique

The Jones Music Library has distinct collections for music education and music therapy resources.  A complete description of the library's collections may be found here.