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Music Theatre

Music Theatre

Liaison Librarian

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Cory Laverty


This selective guide to research resources for music theatre and opera.  

Use the discovery tool Omni to search most of Queen's resources simultaneouslyTry the quick search guide or advanced Omni Search Tips for details. Omni enables direct borrowing using Get It from Ontario partner libraries and interlibrary loans is freely available for unlisted items.

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Dan School Music Theatre Program


The Drowsy Chaperone, Dan School of Drama and Music, Queen's University, Fall 2019. Photo courtesy of Tim Fort.

Navigate the Music Collection

Floorplan: Stauffer 2nd floor

Items are arranged according to the LIBRARY OF CONGRESS CLASSIFICATION scheme: Class M for Music and Books on music.

Generally, items are shelved alphabetically in author order within each subject class number. Class M (MUSIC) consists of 3 main sections:

  • M - Scores. Scores are shelved in 3 sections, by size: miniature (study scores), regular stacks and oversize.
  • ML - Books on music literature, history and criticism. The BIOGRAPHY/CRITICISM number for composers is ML410. Books are grouped in alphabetical order by the biographee/subject. e.g Bruckner ML410 .B88
  • MT - Books on Music Theory, Teaching/pedagogy or Technique for instrumental/vocal study

Music Room & Equipment

Music study room 236 is on the 2nd floor of Stauffer Library. It includes a new Roland HP704 Digital Piano purchased by the library in November 2022. The digital piano includes Bluetooth connectivity, 3D ambience headphone functionality, and on-board tutorials. Music students take precedence with reserving the room, but it is open to anyone when not reserved.

Music students can also borrow AV equipment. The music cart includes a laptop with Windows 10, record turntable, Mini Amp headphone adapter, and 4 sets of headphones. The cart is available on 3-hour loan at the Information Services desk in Stauffer Library. Priority will be given to music students.

Browse by Call numbers

Browsing call numbers on shelves or online is another serendipitous strategy for locating more books on a topic or scores. Scroll to the bottom of the Omni record to do a Virtual Browse of other materials on the same shelf. Call numbers for topics in music theatre:

   M1500-M1508 (Musicals/operas, full/vocal scores, excerpts)
   M1527 (Musical film scores)
   ML102.M88 (encyclopedias)
   ML128.M78 (bibliographies)
   ML48-50 (librettos)
   ML410 (Composer - life and works)
   ML420 (Performer - biography)
   ML1700 (Opera)
   ML1711 (History of American music theatre)
   ML1731.5 (General and History - Great Britain)
   ML2054 (Musicals--History and Criticism)
   MT95 (Plots) 
   MT955 (Production)
   MT956 (Auditioning, Acting, singing in musical theatre)
   PN1995.9 M86 (Film musicals)