Music Theory and Composition

Supports Music courses 20A/B, 104B, 106B, 120A/B, 123A/B, 140, C176, M201, 203, C226, 252, 254, 256, and 260A/B; it also supports Ethnomusicology courses 125B, 127B, 129B and C136B.

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Use the suggestions below to help guide you in your UCLA Library searches and in looking through the stacks. 

Library Call Numbers for Browsing Music Theory & Composition 

Call Number Subject Headings
MT 40 - 67 Composition, Elements & Techniques of Music
MT 70 - 74 Instrumentation & Orchestration
MT 90 - 146 Analysis & Appreciation of Musical Works 
MT 737 Motion Picture Accompanying

Library Subject Headings for Browsing Music Theory & Composition

The following is a non-exhaustive list of UCLA Library subject headings* that you can use to guide your research in Music Thoery and Composition. 

Subject Headings
Composition (music)
Composition (music)--History
Composition (music)--Instruction and study 
Musical analysis


*What's a subject heading: A subject heading is a term or phrase used to classify like materials in the UCLA Library catalog. 

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Yo Yo Ma & Andre Previn at the Hollywood Bowl

Yo Yo Ma & Andre Previn at the Hollywood Bowl, 1988

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Music Inquiry & Research Librarian

Matthew Vest
Subjects:Music & Dance

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