Music: Books & Dissertations

Music, Theatre and Dance


Finding CDs, books, scores

Call Numbers for CDs, scores, and books beginning with the letter M are on the 3rd floor of the Mary Idema Pew (Allendale) Library. 

  • M    Scores (Mini- then full-size)
  • ML  Books about music
  • MT  Books about teaching music or more technical information about music

Place requests for items to avoid having to enter the stacks and handle materials!

To Find Books:

  • From the Library homepage, enter your search in the "Find articles, books, & more" box, then refine your results.
  • Use separate boxes for your composer, piece title, type of piece, or other keywords.
  • When searching for a type of piece, use the plural, e.g., "sonatas" or "concertos" (not concerti). You may use keywords like "piano sonatas op. 23" if you change the drop-down menu at the end of the search box to "all of these" instead of "as a phrase."

Searching for Specific Items:

  • Search by COMPOSER, PERFORMER or by TITLE:>
  • Choose BASIC SEARCH. Click on Author (for performer) or on Title.
  • Type composer's or performer's name (e.g., stravinsky igor OR ellington duke). Click on Search.

WorldCat search example

Advanced search for keywords Strauss and Richard, Zarathustra or Superman, and thesis or dissertation in WorldCat FirstSearch


Google the dissertation author's last name and the title in quotes, then look for a .edu site for the pdf.

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Subjects: Music
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