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Guide To Call Numbers

How to read a call number
Read call numbers line by line, from left to right, and from top to bottom.

MP1630 . W7 2001 = MP

The first line of a call number begins with one or two letters. These letters are read alphabetically:

The second line is made of a number that may have one or more digits. This line is read numerically, as a whole number:

The third line is the trickiest part of the call number! The letter is shelved alphabetically, and the number following the letter is treated as if it were preceded by a decimal:

The final lines of the call number may include dates and other annotations. These annotations are read after the call number.

Call numbers can be quite long, e.g. ML1630.28 .N5 1995 v.3. Be sure to write down the COMPLETE call number!

Call Numbers at the Career Development Center
CDV Career Development Books
COMM Berklee Commencement Cassettes
CRV Career Resource Videos
MB Music Business Books
PD Personal Development Books
PERF Performance Related Audio Cassettes
PW Professional Writing Books
REF Reference Materials

M : Classical Music Scores
M 20--M 39.6 Solo keyboard instruments
M 40--M 59.5 Solo stringed instruments
M 60--M 111 Solo wind instruments
M 115--M 142 Solo plucked instruments
M 145--M175.5 Solo percussion instruments
M 1001 Symphonies
M 1004.5--M 1041 Solo instruments with orchestra
M 1495--M 2199 Vocal music

ML : Literature on Music
ML 100--ML 109 Music dictionaries and encyclopedias
ML 159--ML 161 Music history by time period
ML 198--ML 360.6 Music history by country
ML 200 United States music history
ML 385--ML 429 Music biographies
ML 459--ML 1380 History of instruments & instrumental music
ML 3470--ML 3505 History of popular music
ML 3505.8--ML 3509 History of jazz
ML 3533.8--ML 3534.6History of rock music
ML 3790--ML 3792 Music trade & Music business
ML 3800--ML 3923 Philosophy & physics of music
ML 3830--ML 3840 Psychology of music
ML 3920 Music therapy

MP : Popular Music and Jazz Scores
MP 20--MP 39.6 Piano collections, arrangements, and transcriptions
MP 40--MP 44 Violin
MP 55--MP 58 Double bass
MP 105--MP 109 Saxophone
MP 125--MP 129 Guitar collections, arrangements, and transcriptions
MP 135--MP 139 Bass guitar
MP 146 Percussion, including drum set
MP 1355 Big band charts
MP 1366 Jazz ensembles
MP 1500--MP 1508 Broadway musicals
MP 1526--MP 1527.8 Movies and television
MP 1615 Transcribed scores
MP 1630--MP 1632 Piano/Vocal/Guitar popular music, fake books/real books/lead sheets
MP 1668.4 Latin music
MP 1670 Spirituals
MP 1680--MP 1853 International music
MP 1985--MP 1998 Songs for children
MP 2198 Contemporary Christian and gospel

MT : Musical Instruction and Study
MT 1 History of music education
MT 5.5--MT 7 Music theory
MT 35--MT 39 Ear training and music notation
MT 40--MT 67 Composition
MT 50 Harmony
MT 55 Counterpoint
MT 67 Songwriting
MT 68 Improvisation
MT 68.A33 Aebersold play-alongs
MT 70--MT 74 Orchestration and arranging
MT 85 Conducting
MT 90--MT 146 Analysis and appreciation
MT 220--MT 255 Piano methods
MT 259--MT 338 String methods
MT 339.5--MT 415Woodwind methods
MT 418--MT 510 Brass methods
MT 500--MT 508 Saxophone methods
MT 580-- MT 599 Guitar methods
MT 599.B4 Bass guitar methods
MT 655 Percussion methods
MT 719 Xylophone, marimba & vibraphone methods
MT 723--MT 724.5Electronic instruments methods
MT 733--MT 733.7Band methods
MT 740--MT 810 Instrumental technique for children
MT 820--MT 915 Singing and vocal technique
MT 918--MT 949 School music instruction & study
MT 955--MT 956 Musical theater technique

Remember that call numbers are designed to put similar things on the shelf next to each
other—there may be multiple useful items in the same area.
Also note that classical and popular/jazz score call numbers are very similar. Often the
only difference is whether it begins with MP or just M. For example, if searching for all
solo violin music, both M 40 (classical) and MP 40 (popular and jazz) would contain
pertinent items.
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