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

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Call Numbers

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 Beethoven Piano Sonatas?  Use the following table to identify the call number under which you would find all piano sonatas (M23) or other compositions such as etudes or concertos.  Scores & parts are organized first by instrumentation and then by genre. 

Piano/Harpsichord Organ
Collections M 20-22 M 6-7
Sonatas M 23 M 8
Suites M 24 M 9
Other M 25-28 M 9-11
Pieces for Young/intermediate pianists M 30 n/a
Arrangements & transcriptions M 32.8-39 M 12-13
Four hands M 200-212 M 180-181*
Concertos M 1010-1011 M 1005-1006
Instruction & Study M 220-225 MT 180-192
History ML 650-747 ML 550-649

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

To locate printed music for a specific instrumentation, you may use the subject search in the library catalog.   Each resource has been tagged with specific subject headings that describe its content.  For comprehensive repertoire lists for ensembles, see the Bibliographies & Repertoire Lists tab above. 

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:

  • Piano and harp music
  • Harpsichord and hurdy gurdy music

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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