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Subject Headings: Music

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Music Subject Headings

Music – M, ML and MT

By Location:

  • Music – China
  • Music – France
  • And so forth...

By Time Period:

  • Music - 16th century
  • Music - 17th century
  • And so forth…

By Location and Time Period:

  • Music – China - To 500
  • Music – France - 500-1400
  • And so forth…

Can narrow further:

  • Music – History and criticism
  • Music – China – History and criticism
  • Music – China – 500-1400 – History and criticism

 Music by type:

            Choral music, Christmas music, Instrumental music, Jazz, Opera, Vocal music, etc.

Composers –

  • ML390 (Biography: Collective)
  • ML410 (Biography: Individual)
  • Or by name

Conductors (Music) –

  • ML401 (Biography: Collective)
  • ML422 (Biography: Individual)
  • Or by name

Instruments – SEE Musical Instruments, or individual instruments - Flute, Violine, Piano, Guitar, etc.

Instrumentalists – ML395 (Collective biography)

See also individual instruments – Guitarists, Harpists, Stringed instrument players, Wind instrument players, etc.


Commonly Used Subject Headings

Music – African American influences

Music – African influences

Music – Bibliography – ML112.8-ML158.8

Music – Chronology – ML161

Music – Competitions – ML75.5 – ML76

Music – Dictionaries – ML199-ML109

Music - Discography – ML156

Music – Fake books

Music – Handbooks, manuals, etc.

Music – History and Criticism – ML159-ML3799

Music – Instruction and study – MT

Music – Interpretation (Phrasing, dynamics, etc.)

Music – Memorization – MT82

Music – Origin – ML3800

Music – Performance – ML457

Music - Philosophy and aesthetics – ML3800-ML3923

Music – Physiological effects – ML3820-ML3822

Music – Psychological effects – ML3830-ML3838

Music – Religious aspects

Music – Religious aspects - Baptists

Music - Religious aspects – Christianity

Music - Terminology – ML108

Music and language – ML3849

Music and literature - ML3849

Music and technology

Music and youth

Music appreciation

Music by women composers

Music festivals – ML35-ML38

Music in Christian education

Music in churches – ML3001

Music in the Bible – ML166

Music in universities and colleges – ML63

            MT18 (Instruction)

Music rehearsals

Music teachers

Music theater – NOTE: theater, NOT theatre

Music theory

Music therapy – ML3919-ML3920

Musical accompaniment

            MT68 (Instruction)

            MT190 (Organ)

            MT239 (Piano)

Musical analysis – MT90-MT146

Musical criticism –

 ML3785 (Journalism)

            ML3880-ML39167 (Criticism)

Musical form -

ML448 (History)

            MT58-MT64 (Compositions)

Musical instruments –

ML459-ML1093 (History)

ML462 (Collections, descriptive catalogs, exhibitions)

MT170-MT895 (Instruction)

Also use:

            Names of instruments – Piano, Violin, etc.

            Categories of instruments – Keyboard, Percussion instruments, Stringed instruments, etc.

            Instruments by country – Musical instruments – China

            Instruments by Time Period and Geography

Musical instruments, Ancient

Musical instruments, Ancient – Greece

Musical instruments, Prehistoric

Musical intervals and scales –

            ML3809 (Intervals: Acoustics and physics)

            ML3812 (Scales: Acoustics and physics)

            MT45 (Instruction)

Musical meter and rhythm

            ML437 (History)

            ML3813 (Acoustics)

            ML3832 (Psychology)

            ML3850 (Aesthetics)

            ML42 (Instruction)

Musical notation

            ML431 (History)

            ML432 (Reform)

            MT35 (Instruction)

Musical pitch 0 ML3807-ML3809)

Musical theater

Musical theater – Production and direction – MT955

Musicals – M1500-M1508

Musicals – History and criticism – ML2054

Musicals – Production and direction – MT955

Musicals – Stage guides - MT955

Musicals – Stories, plots, etc.

Musicians – ML385-ML429

Also use:

Types of musicians – Blues musicians, Church musicians, Composers, Gospel musicians, Jazz musicians, Women musicians. Etc.

Musicians by country

            Musicians – United States, Musicians - Cuba, Musicians - China

Musicians by ethnicity, such as Musicians, Black and Musicians, Celtic

Musicology – ML

Pianists –

ML397 (Collective biography)

            ML417 (individual biography)


Piano – Fingering – MT232

Piano – History - ML649.8-ML747

Piano – Instruction and study– MT220-MT255

Piano – Methods – MT222

Piano - Pedaling – MT227

Piano – Performance – ML7900-ML742

Piano – Studies and exercises – MT225-MT240

Piano music – M20-M39

Piano music – History and interpretation – ML700-ML749

Piano music (Blues) – M20-M32)

Piano music (Boogie woogie) - M20-M32

Piano music (Jazz)- M20-M32

Piano music (Ragtime) – M20-M32

Score-reading and playing

Sight reading (Music)

Singers –

            ML400 (Biography: Collective)

            ML420 (biography: Individual)

May narrow by type of singer: Baritones, Basses, Contraltos, Folk singers, Jazz singers, Male singers, Mezzo-sopranos, Sopranos, Tenors, Women singers, etc.

Singing –

            ML1460  (History)

            MT820-MT915 (Instruction)

SEE ALSO types of singing – (Bel canto, Coral singing, Ensemble singing, etc.)

Singing - Auditions

Singing – Breathing exercises

Singing – Diction – MT883

Singing – Instruction and study – MT820-MT893

Singing – Interpretation (Phrasing, dynamics, etc.) - MT892

Singing – Methods – MT825-MT850

Singing – Religious aspects

Singers Opera

            ML1700-ML2110 (History and criticism)

            ML3858 (Aesthetics)

Operas – History and criticism

Opera – Biography

Songbooks – M1977.C5

Songs – Used for Arias, Art songs, and Lieder

Types of songs –

            Ballads, Children’s songs, Folk songs, Jazz Vocals, Love songs, Lullabies, National songs, Sacred songs, Sola cantatas, Sonatas, Vocalizes, etc.)

Songs – Accompaniments

Songs – History and criticism -

            ML2500-ML2862 (History)

            L3875 (Aesthetics)

Songs – United States

Songs, Arabic

Songs, English

Songs, French

Songs (Low voice)

Songs (High voice)

Songs (Medium voice)