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Music History 12W: Writing About Music

This guide supports class assignments, writing, and research for Music History 12W.

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Matthew Vest
Subjects: Music & Dance

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Purpose of This Guide

This guide is meant to assist you in finding sources (e.g., books, articles, recordings) for papers and assignments in MUS HST 12W: Writing About Music. 

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Subject Headings for Writing About Music

Subject Headings denote the library catalog's groupings for similarly related materials. Knowing how to use subject headings will tailor and ultimately maximize your research results.

The following is a non-exhaustive list of subject headings used to recall materials on writing about music.

Subject Headings

Report writing
Musical criticism--Authorship--Handbooks, manuals, etc. 
Music--Historiography--Handbooks, manuals, etc. 

Shout-Out to Special Collections

In addition to the physical archival materials--located at YRL--you can access digital archival collections via the UCLA Digital Library, Calisphere and the Online Archive of California (OAC). Examples of music collections available via UCLA Special Collections (digital), include The Hathaway Manuscripts (antiquarian), The Mark Weber Jazz Photograph Collection and The Strachwitz Frontera Collection. 

Hathaway Manuscript

The Hathaway Manuscript