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A guide to help those looking for information related to the study of Music
Last Updated: Oct 30, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Library of Congress Classification

Page Library uses the Library of Congress (LC) classification system to organize books by specific subjects.  The LC system uses an alphanumeric system that looks like this: "A 253 .B52 1997". To find books related to your topic, first search Arthur, the Page Library catalog. By doing a Subject or Keyword search you will find a variety of titles that relate to your topic, but a Keyword search may not give you sources directly related to your chosen search terms. If you know the title of the source you are looking for, you could opt for the "Exact Title" search to save yourself some time. 

Many sources related to Music will be located downstairs (in the general collection) in these sections: "M", "ML", and "MT".  You could also find a number of good resources in the reference collection and print journals (located on the main floor and upstairs). 

For more information about finding books, journal articles, etc. please click around this LibGuide!



Click on the blue tabs above to  find information on how to find articles and books related to Music.  There is also a citation tab to assist with creating citations.  Remember, if you need any assistance, please let us know.  We are all here to aid the learning process!

Professional Organizations

Listed below are important professional organizations within the field of Music.  Important information, current trends, and news can be found at each of the organization's websites

  • American Musicological Society (AMS)
    The American Musicological Society was founded in 1934 to advance research in the various fields of music as a branch of learning and scholarship. 3,600 individuals and 1,100 institutional subscribers from over forty nations participate in the Society.
  • International Council for Traditional Music
    Its aims are to further the study, practice, documentation, preservation and dissemination of traditional music and dance of all countries. To these ends the Council organises World Conferences, Symposia and Colloquia.
  • Society for American Music
    The mission of the Society for American Music is to stimulate the appreciation, performance, creation and study of American musics of all eras and in all their diversity, including the full range of activities and institutions associated with these musics throughout the world.
  • Society for Music Theory
    The Society for Music Theory (SMT) promotes music theory as both a scholarly and a pedagogical discipline. Today our Society has a membership of over 1200 music theorists worldwide, whose interests embrace a varied and growing range of subject matter.
  • The American Composers Alliance
    ACA is a non-profit, alternative American concert music publisher in New York City (BMI affiliated).
  • American Composers Forum
    The American Composers Forum enriches lives by nurturing the creative spirit of composers and communities. We provide new opportunities for composers and their music to flourish, and engage communities in the creation, performance and enjoyment of new music.
  • International Society for Music Education
    The International Society for Music Education (ISME) believes that lived experiences of music, in all their many aspects, are a vital part of the life of all people.
  • National Association for Music Education
    NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers. The Association orchestrates success for millions of students nationwide and has supported music educators at all teaching levels for more than a century.
  • Music Teachers National Association (MTNA)
    Today, MTNA has cemented its role as an organization essential not only to the professional and individual well-being of music-teaching professionals, but also a vital partner in their growth and development. It provides both a collective voice for teachers worldwide and a powerful alliance with a highly prestigious and influential group.
  • Association for Technology in Music Instruction
    The mission of the Association for Technology in Music Instruction (ATMI) is to improve music teaching and learning through the integration of current and emerging technologies into the music learning environment. It does this by providing a forum for the scholarly presentation of pedagogical and technical information for music teachers in higher education. ATMI seeks to engage both specialists and non-specialists in music technology, in an atmosphere that effectively disseminates information, encourages participation, cultivates collegial relationships, and engages practice.
  • The Society for Music Perception and Cognition
    The Society for Music Perception and Cognition is a not-for-profit organization for researchers and others interested in music perception and cognition.
  • The Galpin Society
    The Galpin Society has an international membership of people from allwalks of life with an interest in musical instruments, and is named afterCanon Francis Galpin.
  • National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors
    The National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors is a forum for communication within the profession of applied music on the college campus. The Association is composed of university, college, and conservatory teachers and is dedicated to:
    1) Encouraging and developing more effective teaching of wind and percussion instruments on the college level.
    2) Providing the efficient interchange of information, ideas, and materials among the members.
    3) Encouraging the publication, recording, composition, and distribution of good music for wind and percussion instruments.
    4) Fostering the development and manufacture of the best in wind and percussion instruments.
    5) Coordinating the activities of the membership with other groups having common interests.
    6) Encouraging the performance of solo and chamber music in which wind or percussion instruments have significant roles.


Links to the answers for many frequently asked questions!

  • 2011-2013 Undergraduate Bulletin
    Looking for classes, class information, university information, etc.? Check here!
  • Music Faculty & Staff
    Link to the contact information for the Music Department's faculty and staff.
  • Music Scholarships and Awards
    find out about some Music scholarships available to LU students.
  • Band
    Link to the band's page. Learn about upcoming events, joining, scholarships, etc.
  • Choir
    Link to the choir's page. Learn about upcoming events, joining, scholarships, etc.
  • Inman E. Page Library
    Page Library's webpage. If you're stuck, please feel free to contact us.
  • LU Academic Calender
    LU's Academic Calender. This will provide dates for registration, Add/Drop, holidays, etc.

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