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Film Music

This guide supports research and study of film music, including courses Music 7, Music History 7 and Music History 177.

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Goals of the Guide

This guide is intended to be a starting point for research on film music. These resources are not all-inclusive, and are not the only available in the UCLA Library. 

This guide is in progress. We are working to edit, update and add new sections.

This guide was revised by Michelle Sheehy in Winter 2022.

Subject Headings for Browsing Film Music

The following is a non-exhaustive list of subject headings* available in the UCLA library catalog that you can use to guide your research on film (motion picture) music. 

Subject Headings

Motion pictures
Motion picture music
Motion picture music — Analysis, appreciation
Motion picture music — Catalogs
Motion picture music — Economic Aspects
Motion picture music — Lead sheets
Motion picture music — History and criticism
Silent film music


*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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