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This guide describes how to locate solo and ensemble printed music, books, journals, career resources and repertoire related to the guitar.
Last Updated: Jan 6, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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How is the library organized?

Books and printed music are arranged according to the Library of Congress' Classification System. The library has circulating (stacks) and non-circulating (reference) collections. Each collection is divided in to three sections.

  • M = Printed music/scores (organized by instrument/genre)
  • ML = Books about music and musicians
  • MT = Books on music theory, pedagogy, and technique

The best finding aid is the CIM/Case library catalog.


What is the call number for...?

Where are the Guitar sonatas?  Use the following table to identify the call number under which you would find all work for guitar and piano (M 276-277) or other compositions such as etudes or sonatas.  Scores & parts are organized first by instrumentation and then by genre. 

Solos M 126 - 129
Etudes M 125 (includes method books that contain more music than text)
Solo with piano M 276 - 277
Concertos/full orchestra M 1037.4.G949 (full scores & piano reductions are interfiled)
Concertos/string orchestra M 1137.4.G949 (full scores and piano reductions are interfiled)
Vivaldi concerto transcriptions for guitar M 474.V836
Guitar Method Books MT 580- 589 ; M 125 (for those that are more music than text)


For ensemble music, see Guitar Ensemble Music at the Robinson Music Library (Allain). Ref. ML 128.G949 AL11c 2005.


How do I search for music for a specific instrumentation/ensemble?

To locate printed music for a specific instrumentation, you may use the subject search in the library catalog.   For comprehensive repertoire lists for ensembles, see the Bibliographies & Repertoire Lists tab in this guide.

Subject headings for printed music typically use the name of the instrument(s) followed by the word music (e.g. piano music, flute music)  To find duets for two distinct instruments, use the the following form:

  • guitar music
  • guitar and harp music






 When searching for ensemble music, begin with the plural form of the genre (Trios, Quartets, Septets).  However in some cases the catalog uses the term "Plucked stringed instruments" when referring to ensembles of solo guitars. 

  • Trios Guitars (2) violin
  • Plucked instrument trios (Guitars (3))
  • Plucked instrument trios (Guitars (4))

Sr. Research Services Librarian

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Denise Smith Green
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Where do you work in the Library?
I'm usually in the Reference Desk area or Media Center
What are your musical interests/activities?
Singing and coordinating musicians. Currently I sing and help coordinate the Worship Team at my church.
What are your hobbies?
When not doing the above, I enjoy getting out and spending time with family and friends. I also especially enjoy singing and reading new children's books to my daughter, and listening to audio books.

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