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Strings Studio: Browsing Music

A guide for strings studio library research.

Browse the Shelves - example Double Bass

Because printed music, books, and CDs are classified - that is, grouped with similar items on the shelf - browsing can be an effective method for finding what you want.

If you're looking for double bass music in a particular medium, these classifications can guide you in the stacks (this is not a complete list):

By Library of Congress Call Number:


Printed Music

M55-M58 Solo double bass music

Music for double bass and piano

M286-M287 String duos (any combination)

String trios (any combination


One or more double basses with orchestra



Literature (books) on Music

ML128.S7 Bibliographies of string music
ML128.C4 Bibliographies of chamber music
ML128.D6 Bibliographies of double bass music
ML750-ML760    String Instruments: history
ML920 Double bass: history
ML1100 Chamber music: history


Music instruction and study

MT140 Analytical guides
MT259 String method books

Double bass instruction and study (method books)


Library of Congress Call number system

Most materials in Bierce Library, including all music items, are classified under the Library of Congress call number system.  Point to remember are:

Overall organization is:

  • M = scores,
  • ML = Literature about music (books),
  • MT = music instruction and technology (could be book about conducting or score for methods)

M's are generally:

  •  M2, M3 - Historical sets, Collected works
  • M 6- 175 - Solo music
  • M180 - 299  - Duets
  • M300's - Trios
  • M400's - Quartets
  • M500's - Quintets
  • Up through 900's
  • M1001 - Symphonies
  • M1500 - Operas/musicals - full score
  • M1503 - Operas/musicals - vocal scores
  • M1497-1998 - Secular Vocal Music
  • M199-2199 - Sacred Vocal Music

For a detailed chart see:  Library of Congress Classification - M Outline



Subject Librarian

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Many thanks to Diane Steinhaus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for the permission to adapt her content for this tab.