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A Guide to Finding Music Scores  

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Find music using Cline Library's Catalog

  • Library Catalog
    You can find music, not just books, by clicking on the Find Books tab from the Library homepage.

Find music materials by keyword (keyword search)

Example: mozart violin concertos scores

Word searches find the occurrence(s) of the keywords in various fields of records: title, author, contents, etc. A word search can be useful when exact titles and/or authors/composers are not known. The above search locates only those records that have the words "mozart," "violin," "concertos" and "scores". Adding the word "scores" to the search helps to narrow it to just written scores.


    Limit catalog searches by material type 'Music Scores'

    The Advanced Catalog Search page allows you to limit to "Music Scores" as a material type before performing the search. For example, an advanced author search for composer schuman, william can be limited by material type Music Scores.


    You can also limit your catalog search results to a particular material type after the search is done.



      Find a musical piece using title search option

      Find a piece by generic title (title search):

      Example: Symphonies, K. 551, C major

      If the title is generic (i.e., based on a type of composition, concerto, sonata, quartet, etc.) the uniform title will begin with the form name in plural, followed by instrumentation, thematic catalog or serial number and key in that order. The title search is best used when you are sure of the exact title or at least the first few words of the title. For more information on using uniform titles in catalog searches, see the Indiana University School of Music's guide to Using Uniform Titles.

      Find a musical piece by popular title (title search):

      Example: Jupiter Symphony


        Find music materials by subject (subject search)

        Example: string quartets

        Subject searches are based on Library of Congress (LC) Subject Headings.  Even if you don't know the exact LC Subject Heading, typing in your best guess may show you the proper form of the subject heading: try piano and violin music.


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          Music Websites and Resources for Teachers

          • Elementary Music Resources
            Created by Assistant Professor Vicky V. Johnson of Tarleton University, this comprehensive guide provides many useful links and resources
          • 15 Resources for the Elementary Music Teacher
            from The Digital Music Educator website
          • K-12 Resources for Music Educators
            Valuable resources for music educators and students of all areas and educational levels. Carefully researched and commercial free.
          • Learn Instruments
            Clips of instrument sounds. Mainly instruments found in an orchestra.
          • Music Educators National Conference
            MENC is the world's largest arts education organization and the only association that addresses all aspects of music education.
          • Naxos Music Library
            The contents can be searched by composer, work, genre and label; by keyword search and by a sophisticated advanced search engine with up to 11 combined search criteria. In addition to allowing subscribers to listen to recordings, NML provides liner notes for most recordings. Listeners can create personalized playlists or use predefined Naxos Music Library playlists. For student around the world the library also offers playlists for graded music exams in various categories
          • New York Philharmonic Kidzone!
            this site incudes separate tabs for a Game Room, Musicians' Lounge, Composers' Gallery, Instrument Storage Room, Instrument Laboratory, Conductor/Soloist Dressing Rooms, Newsstand, and Composition Workshop
          • Partners in Rhyme
            Royalty free music and sound effects.
          • Project Muse
            Find the MUSIC tab in the alphabetical list on the right, and click there for PM resources
          • Sing Along Songs
            One of the NIEHS Kids' Pages, produced by the Office of Management, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, as an informational and educational resource for all ages.
          • Virtual Instrument Library
            From Wesleyan University, a great virtual museum site about instruments around the world.

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