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This guide covers the different types of music resources available at Milner Library.

Music Scores

Most scores can be found on the 6th floor of Milner Library. Search the library catalog to find out what scores are in the collection.

Scores in Milner Library are cataloged using the Library of Congress classification system. You can browse the following sections of call numbers on the shelf to find scores with particular instrumentation.

Call Number Range Subject
M 452 String quartets
M 857.4 Horn octets
M 1001 Symphonies
M 1033

Trombone concertos (piano reduction)

M 1503 Operas (piano/vocal)

Interested in how long you can check out scores? View the list of loan periods Milner resources.

Look at our Understanding Call Numbers guide for more information.

Finding Music Scores

To find music scores, start with the Milner Library catalog advanced search. 

  1. Change Everything to Library Catalog under Search for.
  2. Enter the composer's name in one box and select Author/Creator from the Keyword dropdown next to that box. 
  3. Enter the type of music or specific name of a piece of music in the next box and leave the dropdown next to it set to Keyword.
  4. Change Material Type to Scores.
  5. Choose Search.

Screenshot illustrating the five steps to search for music scores

Finding Songs in Anthologies

To find individual songs, start with the Milner Library catalog advanced search. 

  1. Change Everything to Library Catalog under Search for.
  2. Enter the name of the song in the search box, leave the first dropdown on Keyword, and change the second dropdown to contains exact phrase.
  3. Select Scores from the Material Type dropdown.
  4. Choose Search.
    Screenshot illustrating the first 4 steps for finding a song in an anthology
  5. In your search results list, you will usually find anthologies or collections of songs.  To make sure that the song you need is in an anthology, select the title of the anthology and choose Details on the left or scroll down to view the Details section, and look for the song title next to Contents.

Screenshot showing the song in the table of contents on the catalog page for a music anthology


Online Scores

Subject Headings

To find a score with a particular instrumentation, search the library's catalog by subject (not just keyword). This strategy will help you find more relevant scores more quickly!

Some subject headings to search for in music are:

Piano music (4 hands) - Scores

Choruses, Secular (Mixed voices) with orchestra - Scores

Trumpet and piano music - Scores

Woodwind octets (Flutes (8))

Operas - Scores

Searching Tips

1. Put quotation marks around multiple words to search them as a phrase. Example: "musical palindromes"

2. Replace the end of a word with an asterisk * to find multiple versions of the word in one search. Example: symph* will show results for symphonies, symphony, symphonic

3. If you see the "Find It" button, click on it. It will show you if we have the full text to an article, or let you request it through interlibrary loan if Milner doesn't have it.