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Music: Call numbers

Selected resources for students of music

Browsing at Monash

The Monash libraries use the Dewey decimal classification scheme to organise books and journals. The call number is the address for the book on the shelf:
For example: 780.72 S192M 2013
‚ÄčLocate the first three digits, then any digits following the decimal point. Look for the letter S, then the next set of numbers/letter
The final four digits denote the year of the book

The most efficient way to locate material in the library is to search the library catalogue, however the following may be useful as a guide when browsing the shelves.

Call numbers - sound recordings

Sound recordings are available in a number of formats, indicated by the following prefixes:

Format Prefix
Compact disc CD
Vinyl record AS, AM or ZS

EM, ES or EZ

Cassette tape CO


The prefix is then followed by a number (eg CD235) and together they form the call number for the recording

Call numbers - subject areas

780.3 Music - Dictionaries & Encyclopedias
780.4 Musicology
780.82 Women & Music
780.9* Music History
780.92 Life & Works of Particular Composers A - Z  
781.64 Popular music
781.65 Jazz
786.7 Music & Technology
016.78* Music - Bibliography
306.484 Sociology of Music
615.85154 Music Therapy
780.89 Ethnomusicology - General
781.7 Ethnomusicology - Principles, Composition, Techniques
780.951 Chinese Music
780.952 Japanese Music
780.954 Indian Music
780.959* Southeast Asian Music
780.96 African Music
780.994 Australian Music
781.62 Folk Music
781.64 Western Popular Music
784.4 Folk Songs, History of
784.71* National Songs
787.9 Dulcimer, Koto, Qin etc.
781.11-.15 Music Cognition & Psychology
781.17 Music Aesthetics
781.2* Elements of Music
781.3 Composition
781.34 Computer Composition
781.374 Orchestration
781.45 Conducting
781.54* Film Music - Analysis & Criticism
781.65 Jazz
789.9 Electronic, Electroacoustic Music
782.1 Opera
782.14 Musicals
782.23 Oratorios
782.4 Secular Forms: Songs, Madrigals, Lieder etc.
783.007 Singing Instruction & Study
783.026* Church Music
783.5* Chants, e.g. Gregorian
784.2 Orchestral Music, History of
784.8 Wind Band
784.9* Brass Band
785.066-.062 Histories of  Orchestras
785.11 Symphonies, Analysis A - Z
785.3 Programme Music
785.42 Jazz, History & Syles of
785.6 Concerto, History & Literature of
785.7 Chamber Music, Analysis

Keyboard, Harpsicord



786.5-.6* Organ
787*  Stringed Instruments
787.1-.3 Violins, Violas
787.3-.4* Cello
787.61* Guitar
788* Wind Instruments
788.3 Flutes
788.36* Recorders
788.62 Clarinet
788.7* Mostly Saxophone
788.9* Brass Instruments
789 Percussion Instruments - Mechanical & Electronic
789.1 Drums


781.54 Film music - analysis and criticism

Call numbers - scores

The music scores are divided into four main categories according to size. The prefix and the call number indicate where the music score is located in the collection.

Prefix Meaning
MM Miniature scores
P Performance scores (scores with parts)
PEF Large performance scores
S/SF Scores (collected editions and full scores)
SEF Large scores or elephant folio scores
XSEF Extra large scores or extra large elephant scores


A typical call number for a music score looks like:



26 / P