This guide is designed to help you find information relating to women musicians and composers. Use this as a starting point, or browsing tool. As always, consult the catalog for complete holdings information, and when uncertain, ask at the Reference Desk!
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Below are general call number ranges for books. Cataloging of printed music ignores the composer’s sex. For specific call numbers, consult the Library of Congress Classification Schedule in the yellow book at the Reference Desk, and/or the catalog.
ML82 Women as musicians, women in the performing arts
ML128.W7 Women in music bibliography
ML156.4.W6 Women composers and musicians discography
Suggested Subject Headings
Below are examples of some useful subject headings for use in the catalog.
Music by Women composers
Women in Music: Works on the portrayal of women in music
Women in Music Bibliography
Women in Music Congresses
Women in Music Italy
Women in opera: Work on the portrayal of women in opera
Women in opera congresses
Women musicians (and its various subcategories of nations e.g. Women musicians Austria, etc)
African-American women musicians
Women rock musicians
Women blues musicians
Women jazz musicians
Women jazz singers