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This guide describes how to locate solo and ensemble printed music, books, journals, career resources and repertoire for percussion instruments.
Last Updated: Jan 12, 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 can I find studies for the snare drum?  Using the following table. etudes for solo percussion instruments will be found at M146-175.   

Note: Ensemble music includes pieces for one or more percussion instrument(s)

Genre Call Number
Orchestral excerpts M 146.5
Solos and etudes M 146-175
Solo with piano M 284-285
Duos M 298
Trios with piano M 340-344
Trios without piano* M 385
Quartets with piano M 445-449
Quartets without piano* M 485
Quintets with piano M 545-549
Quintets without piano* M 585
Sextets with piano M 645-649
Sextets without piano M 685
Concertos/full orchestra M 1038-1039
Concertos/string orchestra M 1138-1139
* Includes one or more percussion players

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.   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 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:

  • percussion music
  • marimba and electronic music

Ensembles of more than two percussion instruments, will typically be under the subect Percussion followed by the genre term (quintets, quartets).

  • Marimbas 2 with String Orchestra
  • Percussion Trios

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