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Welcome to the Music Subject Guide
Comments or suggestions on this Guide? Feel free to send email to Scott Landvatter.
About the Collection
The Music Collection, comprising over 120,000 books, 80,000 scores and 54,000 audio and video recordings, supports Music Department programs in music history, music theory, ethnomusicology, and composition. Its traditional strength has been in books about music history and scholarly editions of music. In recent years, greater emphasis has been placed on collecting materials for the study of non-western music and music theory, as well as scores of contemporary music. The 1976 founding of the Chicago Jazz Archive, now part of the Special Collections Research Center, has prompted the development of a strong collection of recordings and books on jazz and blues, as well as popular music. Along with the numerous Finding Aids for the various collections within the Chicago Jazz Archive, a Research Guide is also made available to begin your studies in Chicago-style jazz.
Most of the music collection, including the Recordings Collection, as well as the library's public listening and viewing equipment in Room JRL307, can be found on the Third floor of Regenstein Library, but many rare items are located in the Special Collections Research Center . If you need help finding music in the library, music staff are available weekdays 9am-5pm in the third-floor office cluster.
New Books, Scores, CDs, DVDs, Etc.
The "New Library Acquisitions Webpage" (see link below) includes links to new acquisitions in all subjects areas from June of 2004 to about 6 -8 weeks prior to the current month. To find new acquisitions that are specific to Music, click on any month. When the next window opens, notice that the left column categorizes library materials according to Subject, based on the Library of Congress classification table. Click on "Music" to see M - Music works (i.e. scores); ML - Literature on Music (i.e. books about music); and MT - Musical instruction and study (includes theory, analysis and vocal and instrumental methods).
Also notice in the right column that materials are categorized according to Format and Location. Under Format, one can click on "Music - Recordings" to find new CDs and on "Films, videos, DVDs, slides, etc." to find videos. New CDs can also be found by Location under Regenstein.
Bibliographer for Music and Dance
Room 362 Regenstein Library
Music Call Number Classification
Class M, ML, and MT from the Library of Congress
M = music scores
ML = material about music
MT = music instruction, theory, analysis
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