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III. Policies: Music

  • Subject name: Music
  • Subject abbreviations: EMUS, MUSC
  • Bibliographer: Laurie J. Sampsel
  • Other subject responsibilities: American Music Research Center.
  • Address: 184 UCB
  • Phone: 303-492-3929
  • Email: Laurie.Sampsel@colorado.edu

I. Purpose:
To support the curricular needs of the College of Music which offers eight degree plans and over twenty-three areas of study.

A. Curricular Emphasis:
Courses cover nearly all areas of musical study, including music performance, music education, pedagogy, composition, theory, musicology, ethnomusicology, jazz, music technology, and music entrepreneurship.


B. Research Emphasis:
Research emphasis is on the academic study of music including musicology, ethnomusicology, music education, music theory, etc. Within musicology there is an emphasis on American music studies in conjunction with the American Music Research Center.


C. Level of Degrees Granted:
The College of Music offers the following undergraduate degrees: Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Music Education, Bachelor of Arts in Music, Master of Music, Master of Music Education, Dual Master’s Degree in Music, Doctor of Musical Arts, and Doctor of Philosophy in Music.


D. Special Studies Program:
Undergraduate Certificate Program in Jazz Studies, Undergraduate Certificate in Music Technology, Post-Masters Professional Certificate in Opera and Solo Voice Performance, and Post-Masters Professional Certificate in String Quartet Performance.


E. Other Subjects that Overlap and Utilize Materials:
Theatre and Dance, Humanities, Film Studies.


F. Institutes or Labs That Overlap and Utilize Materials:
American Music Research Center, Center for the Humanities and the Arts, and Center of the American West.


G. Special Populations Outside University That Utilize Materials:
The collection is heavily used by remote users via inter-library loan, alumni, the local musical population, and K-12 teachers.


H. Other Considerations:
The collection is held in the Howard B. Waltz Music Library in the Imig Music Building. The American Music Research Center Collection is held in the Waltz Library and in Macky Auditorium.

II. General Collection Guidelines:

A. Method of Acquiring Materials:
Approval plans; special requests from faculty; bibliographer choice from reviews, catalogs, and other sources. Gifts in kind are accepted according to the needs of the collection.


B. Languages:
Music, both in print and in sound, is collected according to the needs and interests of the Library’s patrons, regardless of the language of its texts or notes. Works on music, however, are collected primarily in western European languages, and, in particular, in English, German, French, Italian, and Spanish. Other languages are considered according to the needs of the Library’s patrons. General reference materials are collected in all languages, primarily in the Latin alphabet.


C. Chronological Guidelines:
There are no chronological restrictions in the collecting of music. Curricular and research needs will determine the strengths of various periods.


D. Geographical Guidelines:
Music, both in print and in sound, and works on music are acquired on a world-wide basis, with emphasis on Europe and the Americas.


E. Treatment of Subject:
Emphasis is on art music, world music, jazz, etc. rather than on popular music. Popular music materials are selected to support the curriculum of the College of Music, but this is not an area of strength in the College’s programs.


F. Types of Materials:
Books, catalogs, clippings, facsimiles, manuscripts and first editions (selectively), microforms, musical scores and parts, pamphlets, periodicals, program notes, sound recordings in all modern formats, theses & dissertations (selectively), video, tape and laser disc recordings of musical items that support the curricula, visual materials, CD-ROM discs, visually annotated recordings and portable databases, access to online research databases, Festschriften, biographies, serials and other materials as deemed appropriate.


G. Date of Publication:
Publication date is not a primary consideration.


H. Other General Considerations:
Special and archival materials related to American music are held in the American Music Research Center collection.Older materials may be in off-site storage (PASCAL).

III. Observations and Qualifications by Subject and LC Class:
Library of Congress Class M Music and Books on Music

M 2 Historical, geographical and other collections of music
M 3 Collected works of individual composers
  Instrumental Music
M 6-19 Organ music
M 20-39 Piano music

     M 22

General collections (inc. J.S. Bach’s The Well-

Tempered Clavier)

     M 23


     M 32-34

Arrangements and transcriptions
M 40-175 Solo instruments without accompaniment

     M 40-59

String instruments

     M 60-111

Wind instruments

     M 115-142

Plucked string instruments

     M 145-175

Percussion instruments
The Library of Congress classification for chamber music includes numbers M 180 – M 999, generally numbers in the 200’s being duets, 300’s trios, 400’s quartets, and so on.
M 200-298.5 Duets

     M 200-212

Piano, four hands

     M 217-239

One string instrument with piano

     M 240-271

One wind instrument with piano

     M 272-283

One plucked string instrument with piano

     M 284-298.5

Other combinations
M 300-386 Trios

     M 310-314

Piano trios

     M 349-353

String trios
M 400-486 Quartets

     M 450-454

String quartets
M 500-586 Quintets

     M 510-514

Piano and four string instruments

     M 550-554

String quintets

     M 555-559

Wind quintets
M 600-686 Sextets
M 700-786 Septets
M 800-886 Octets
M 900-986 Nonets and larger combinations of chamber music
M 1000-1075 Orchestra

     M 1001


     M 1003


     M 1004


     M 1010-1011

Piano concertos

     M 1012-1019

String concertos

     M 1020-1035

Wind concertos

     M 1036-1037.4

Plucked string concertos

     M 1045-1075

Orchestral pieces

     M 1100-1160

String orchestra (including concertos, suites, and overtures for string orchestra)
M 1375-1420 Instrumental music for children

     M 1378-1380

Piano music for children
Vocal Music
M 1500-1518 Operas and musicals

     M 1500

Full scores

     M 1503

Vocal scores with piano accompaniment

     M 1505-1508.2

M 1530-1610 Secular choruses

     M 1530-1546.5

Choruses with orchestra or other ensemble

     M 1547-1600

Choruses, part-songs, etc., with keyboard or unaccompanied
M 1611-1624.8 Secular songs for one voice

     M 1619

General collections

     M 1620

Art songs (collections of one composer)

     M 1621

Art songs (single songs)

     M 1621.4

Song cycles
M 1627-1853 National Music

     M 1627-1630

Folk songs

     M 1630.18

Popular songs
M 1990-1998 Children’s songs
M 1999-2199 Sacred vocal music

     M 2000-2007


     M 2010-2017.6


     M 2020-2036

Cantatas, choruses, etc.

     M 2102-2114.8

Sacred songs for one voice

     M 2115-2146

  Literature on Music
ML 1 Periodicals (United States)
ML 4-5 Periodicals (Foreign)
ML 12-21 Directories
ML 47-54.8 Librettos

ML 50

Operas (inc. operettas, musicals, sacred operas, etc.)
ML 62-89 Special aspects of music as a whole
     ML 82 Women and music

     ML 89

Pictorial works
ML 100-109 Dictionaries and encyclopedias

     ML 100.N48

The New Grove Dictionary

     ML 102

Special Topics, A-Z

     ML 102.C5

Church Music

     ML 102.J3


     ML 102.O6


     ML 102.P66

Popular music

     ML 102.T5

Themes and motives

     ML 105-107

ML 113-158 Bibliography

     ML 113

Guides to historical sets, series, complete works, etc.

     ML 114-118

By time period

     ML 128

By topic, A-Z

     ML 128.C4

Chamber music

     ML 128.P3

Piano music

     ML 128.S3


     ML 128.V7

Vocal music

     ML 128.W7

Women in music

     ML 134

Composers catalogs, thematic catalogs, A-Z

     ML 136

Library catalogs

     ML 156


     ML 156.4

By topic, A-Z

     ML 156.5

By composer, A-Z

     ML 156.7

By performer
ML 159-3797 History and criticism

     ML 160

General music history

     ML 162-197

By time period

     ML 198-360.5

By region or country

           ML 198-239

Music from the Americas

           ML 240-325

European music

           ML 350-350.5

African music

     ML 385-429


           ML 385-400

Collected biography

           ML 410

Composers, A-Z

           ML 416-421


     ML 549-1092


     ML 1100-1165

Chamber music

     ML 1200-1270

Orchestral music

     ML 1400-3275

Vocal music

           ML 1600-2881

Secular vocal music

           ML 2900-3275

Sacred vocal music

     ML 3469-3543

Popular music

           ML 3505.8-3509

  Musical Instruction and Study (scores or books)
MT 3 History of music education
MT 5.5-7 Music theory

     MT 6.5

Collections of music for analysis
MT 17 Music in special education
MT 35 Notation, dictation, ear training, etc.
MT 40-67 Composition

     MT 40


     MT 58-64

MT 67 Popular songs
MT 90-146 Analytical guides

     MT 92


     MT 95-100

Opera, ballet

     MT 110-115


     MT 125-130

Orchestral music

     MT 140-145

Chamber and solo music
MT 170-810 Instrumental techniques

     MT 180-208


     MT 220-255


     MT 259-338

String instruments

     MT 339-538

Wind instruments

     MT 539-654

Plucked instruments
           MT 540-557 Harp
           MT 580-599 Guitar
MT 820-949 Voice instruction

     MT 825-850

Systems and methods
           MT 825 American methods

     MT 855-883

Special techniques
           MT 870 Sight-singing methods

     MT 898-949

Techniques for children