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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.


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.