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Music Theatre

Music Theatre

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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

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)

Virtual Browse

Discover other similar books or scores by scrolling to the bottom of the item record to discover what is shelved nearby.

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