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Library Resources for Music Research

Locating Resources

Here is where you will find music resources at the John Vaughan Library:

  • First floor: Music CDs, DVDs, and class reserve materials are located at the north service desk.
  • First floor: Reference contains music encyclopedias, dictionaries, and other print resources.
  • Second floor: The Curriculum Materials Collection has music education textbooks and teacher resources. There are also bound periodicals and government documents.
  • Third floor: Books, music scores, biographies, criticisms and music education methods books.

For questions on accessing or using these library resources, inquire at the first floor's north service desk or contact Maria Souliotis, who is the Resource Coordinator for Music.  

Library of Congress Classification

The John Vaughan Library uses the Library of Congress Classification system. In this system, works of knowledge are sorted into broad subject areas known as classes. Each class is assigned its own letter of the alphabet and is further subdivided into its own subclasses. The Library of Congress Classification system contains 21 classes.

Class "M" represents Music and contains the following subclasses:

M: Printed Music & Scores

ML: Literature on Music

MT: Music Instruction and Study

Music Publishers

Many publishers specialize in distributing printed music and scores. Below are some of the most notable music publishers whose materials are found in libraries worldwide.

Department of Music

Contact the Subject Librarian for Music - Maria Souliotis (

Online Reference

Useful Books & Reference Works