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Music Education: Masters Student Guide

This guide is designed to assist students seeking a master's degree in music education.with finding resources for their research projects, including theses.

What are LC Class Numbers and Subjects?

Items in the catalog are assigned Subject Headings in the catalog.  Subject Headings are meant to capture the most essential themes and content of the material (books, recordings, eResources, etc.).  When you search by subjects, you are able to find a smaller collection of items that share the same essential subject matter.  In catalog records, subjects are hyperlinked so that you can click on related subjects to browse related groups of items. You can also combine subjects in searches to get narrower results.


At Butler University, all of the libraries use the Library of Congress (LC) Classification System.  For those accustomed to the Dewey Decimal System, the LC System may look strange because it combines letters and numbers. Every LC call number begins with a letter or letters which designate the general subject of the material and knowing helpful classification numbers will help you browse the catalog and the stacks for related material.


A chart with a sample library of congress call number and explanations of how to interpret each part if you are browsing books in the stacks. Call numbers in the Library of Congress system are organized from general classification to more specific identifying information in each part. The sample call number is "PS3527 .E917 G7 1925 V.3." The first part, "PS3527," is the classification number. You read the letters in alphabetical order, so A comes before B, and P comes before PA, comes before PB.  PS would come between PR and PT.  The number is read in ascending numerical order.  One comes before two, which comes before three.  In this example, PS3527 would come between PS3526 and PS3528. The second part of the call number is the Cutter number.  These have a decimal point at the beginning, followed by an initial letter then a number.  Sometimes a call number can have two Cutter numbers, as our example does, ".E917" and "G7."  In both cases you would interpret the number as decimal numbers, so ".E917" would come between ".E91" and ".E92" and "G7" would come between "G69" and "G71." The third part of the call number is the publication date.  This is the year the book was published.  Editions of the same book, published in different years, are arranged in chronological order.  In our example, the book was published in 1925.  The last part of the call number is the enumeration. If a book has multiple volumes, parts, or copies, those are arranged in numerical order.  In our example, this is volume three, "V.3" which would be shelved between volumes 2 and 4.


Accreditation (Education)

Accreditation -- Law and legislation

Arts -- Study and teaching -- Standards -- United States

Classroom management

Education -- Philosophy

Education -- Standards

Education, Primary

Education, Secondary -- United States

Educational surveys

Effective teaching

Formal discipline

Instruction and study

Middle school teaching

Middle schools

Multiple intelligences

Private schools

Public schools

Student teachers -- Supervision of

Student teaching

Teacher licensure & evaluation (RISE, TAP, EdTPA)

Technology and public schools

Conversational Sofege (Feierabend)

Dalcroze eurythmics

First Steps in Music



Music Together  (Lili M. Levinowitz and Kenneth K. Guilmartin)



Suzuki, Shin╩╝ichi, 1898-1998.

Cognition disorders in children

Cognition in adolescence

Cognition in children

Cognitive learning

Cognitive styles

Attention-deficit disordered children -- Education -- United States

Children with disabilities -- Education

Cognitive disorders in children



Hyperactive children -- Education

Learning disabled children

Learning disabled teenagers

Learning disabilities

Mainstreaming in education

Music for the developmentally disabled

Special education

Block scheduling (Education)

Charter schools

Magnet schools -- United States

Private schools

Public schools

Schedules, School

School year -- United States

Year-round schools (used for "balanced calendar" schools)

Active learning

Experiential learning

Inclusive education

Mainstreaming in education

Movement, Psychology of

Arts -- Study and teaching -- Standards -- United States

Block scheduling and music

Children's songs

Methods (Music)

Multiple intelligences and Music

Music and technology

Music in education -- History

Music appreciation

Music education

Music -- Instruction and study -- Juvenile

Music -- Instruction and study -- Standards -- United States

Music -- Instruction and study -- United States -- History

Music -- Philosophy and aesthetics

Music teachers -- Rating of -- United States

School music -- Instruction and study

School music -- public relations

Singing schools

students and inclusion and music (string of search terms, not a true subject heading)

Mason, Lowell, 1792-1872

Music, Greek and Roman -- History and criticism

Music in education -- History

Music -- Instruction and study -- United States -- History

Music -- United States -- History and criticism

Singing schools

Tanglewood Symposium (1967: Berkshire Music Center)

Feierabend, John Martin

Gordon, Edwin, 1927-2015

Jacques-Dalcroze, Emile, 1865-1950

Kolday, Zoltan, 1882-1967

Laban, Rudolf von, 1879-1958

Lautzenheiser, Tim.

Mason, Lowell, 1792-1872

Orff, Carl, 1895-1982

Useful LC Call Numbers for browsing the stacks

Folk songs / National music:  M1627-M1853
Secular voical music for children:  M1990-M1998

School music:  M1992+

            Bibliography:  ML128.S25

                        Discography:  ML156.4.S4



                                    Instruction and study:  MT1918+

´╗┐                                    Song books:  M1994+

                                    Songs:  M1994.5+

Musical Instruction and Study:

Theory of musical instruction and study (Pedagogies):  MT1

History and criticism:

            General:  MT2

            Music study by Americans in Europe:  MT2.5

            By region or country, A-Z:  MT3

Teachers' - supervisors' manuals, etc.:  MT10

Music in special education:  MT17

Music therapy:  ML3920

Special methods:

            Galin-Paris-Chevé:  MT20

            Jaques-Dalcroze:  MT22

Band instruction and study:

            General:  MT733

            Marching bands and maneuvers:  MT733.4

            Drum majoring:  MT733.5

            Baton twirling:  MT733.6

Instrumental techniques:

            Instruction and study for children:

                        Orchestral music, chamber music, etc.:  MT810

Singing and voice culture:

            Techniques for children:

                        General:  MT898

                        Systems and methods:  MT900

                        Special techniques:  MT905

                        Choir training:  MT915

                        School (General)  MT918


                                    General:  MT920

                                    Methods and exercises:  MT925

                                    Elementary schools.  Junior high schools.  High schools.

                                    General:  MT930

                                    Methods (Vocal):  MT935

                                    Outlines of courses, etc.:  MT936

                                    Methods and exercises (Instrumental):  MT937

                                    Studies and exercises: 

                                                General:  MT945

                                                Action and drill music games:  MT949

                                                Other:  MT949

Harm Mitigation in the Catalog

Items in the catalog are assigned Subject Headings in the catalog.  Subject Headings are meant to capture the most essential themes and content of the material (books, recordings, eResources, etc.).  The subject headings we use at Butler University are overseen by the Library of Congress, which is often slow to change, making some of the terms out of date.  

In an effort to make the Butler Libraries' catalog more inclusive we are working on a creating local subject headings to replace existing outdated and potentially harmful subject headings.  If you find a troubling subject term(s) in our catalog, please submit it through the below form with a suggestion(s) of an alternative term(s).  

Butler Libraries Subject Heading Request Form

When reading a catalog record, you can find Library of Congress Subject Headings after the ISBN:


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