Dance 231: Choreography: Getting Started

A guide to resources.

Music and Dance Research -- Getting Started

Use this guide to get the most out of your libraries!  Let the tabs running across the top lead you to specific areas.  Please don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions.

Halvorson Music Library is located on the first floor of Christiansen Hall of Music. 

Rolvaag Memorial Library is connected to Buntrock Commons.  The reference room (RR) and videos are located on the main (3rd) floor; GVs are located on level 5.



What's Where

Halvorson Music Library houses materials in the St. Olaf library system that concern music.  These include 25,000 scores, 17,000 recordings (both video and audio), 18,000 books about music, music periodicals, and reference resources.  Computers and listening/viewing stations are available for use, and a group study room contains video, audio, and computer capabilities.  We also subscribe to more than one million tracks of streamed audio!

St. Olaf uses the Library of Congress classification system, in which most music materials begin with the call letter "M" (see below).

Rolvaag Memorial Library houses most other library materials (except science).  Dance resources are typically shelved in the "GV" section.

Please use the above tabs for help in finding specific resources.

Browsing the Shelves

Use guides posted at the end of shelves for more specific help in browsing.  The collection is generally organized in the following manner:

  • M = the music itself (i.e. scores, printed music, recordings)

  • ML = books about music history and literature

  • MT = books about music theory, music education, and instruction and study (including many method books)

Dance materials at Rolvaag Library are in the GV section.

Music Librarian

Beth Christensen
Christiansen Hall of Music 147

St. Olaf College

Northfield, MN 55057
Subjects:Dance, Music