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A guide to searching Staley Library for music education resources.


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Music Education @ Staley Library


Staley Library has books, scores, DVDs, & CDs related to music education.  These are in different locations/areas of the library.

Book Stacks: are the books on the movable/compact shelving units on the 2nd floor 

Video Stacks: are the DVDs on the 4th floor. Their call numbers start with A-V.

Juvenile Collection: are the children's books on the 4th floor. Their call numbers start with JUV.

Music Stacks: are the music scores and CDs on the 4th floor. Score call numbers start with MUSIC. CD call numbers start with CDISC.



One way to find materials on music education topics is to browse the shelves for Library of Congress call numbers that match this subject. 

Try these numbers in the book stacks, video stacks, juvenile collection, CDs, and scores. The location prefix (first line of the call number) may be different (e.g. A-V, Music, Juv.) but the basic numbers are the same because in the Library of Congress system, the letter/number combinations code for different topics:

  • GV 1743 = National dances. Folk dances and dancing
  • M 1375-1420 = Instrumental music for children
  • M 1990-1998 = Secular vocal music for children
  • M 2190-2196 = Sacred vocal music for children
  • ML 198-360.6 = Music history by region/country
  • ML 3544-3776 = Folk, national, ethnic music
  • MT1-960=  Music Instruction and Study
    • MT 1 = General Works
    • MT 3-5 = History [of Music Instruction & Study]
    • MT 5.5-7 = Music Theory
    • MT 10 = Teacher’s and supervisor’s manuals, etc.
    • MT 17 = Music for special education
    • MT 18 = Music in colleges and universities
    • MT 20-34 = Systems and methods
    • MT 35-39 = Notation
    • MT 40-67 = Composition. Elements and techniques of music
    • MT 68 = Improvisation. Accompaniment. Transposition
    • MT 70-74= Instrumentation and orchestration
    • MT 75 = Interpretation
    • MT 80 = Embellishment
    • MT 82 = Memorization
    • MT 85 = Conducting. Score reading and playing
    • MT 87 = Community music
    • MT 88 = Administration and instruction of vocal groups
    • MT 90-146 = Analysis and appreciation of musical works
    • MT 155 = Music theory for children
    • MT 165 = Tuning
    • MT 170-810 = Instrumental techniques
      • MT 740-810 = Instrumental techniques for children
    • MT 820-915 = Singing and vocal techniques
      • MT 898-915 = Vocal techniques for children
    • MT 918-948 = School music
      • MT 920-925 = Kindergarten
      • MT 930-948 = Elementary schools, Junior High schools, High schools.
    • MT 950 = Music to accompany instruction in dancing (ballet, folk, etc.)
    • MT 955-956 = Musical theater
    • MT 960 = Music in the theater
  • Juv. ML 3930 = Children's books about music/musicians
  • Juv. PN 6110 .C4 = Collections of poetry for and about children
  • Juv. PZ 8.3 = Verses for children. Stories in rhyme



You can also search the online catalog for specific Library of Congress subjects that tend to be assigned to music education materials:

  • Activity programs in education& Music, Influence of
  • Children's songs
  • Dance- Folk and national dances
  • Dance for children
  • Early childhood education
  • Elementary school teaching
  • Education, Elementary
  • Education, Preschool
  • Eurythmics
  • Finger play
  • Folk dancing
  • Folk Songs
  • Games with music
  • Movement education
  • Music and dance
  • Music appreciation
  • Music in education
  • Music- Instruction and Study- Juvenile
  • Music- Instruction and Study- Curricula
  • Music, Influence of
  • Musical meter and rhythm
  • Musico-callisthenics
  • Nursery rhymes
  • Operas- Juvenile
  • Preschool music
  • Recorder music
  • Rhyming games
  • School music
  • School music- Instruction and study
  • Singing games
  • Singing- Instruction and study- Juvenile
  • Teaching- Aids and devices

In the online catalog, try clicking on the “Advanced” button.  Then try a search for a combination of terms like:

            “music” [fist box] AND “preschool” [second box] AND “curriculum” [third box]

            “recorders” [first box]  AND “children” [second box] AND “music” [third box]

            “children” [first box] AND “music appreciation” [second box]       

You can also try searching the names of key music education theorists.  Hint: you may want to put quotes around their names when you do you your search.  Or, you may want to try searching just the last name to find books that refer to things like the “Kodaly method” as well as "Kodaly, Zoltan."

  • Carl Orff                                  
  • Madeleine Carabo-Cone
  • Zoltan Kodaly                          
  • John M. Feierabend
  • Emile Jacques Dalcroze            
  • Edwin Gordon

New Music Education Items @ Staley Library