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What do you call the musical notation on paper that we musicians use when we perform? "sheet music" (because it's printed on sheets of paper); "printed music" (because it's not an audio or video recording); "scores" (and if you do, you probably are a musician). When you need music to read/learn when you perform or for study in music history or theory courses, I recommend using the Advanced Search feature. To do that click on the link for Advanced Search immediately below the search box in the middle of the page.
1. Enter keywords like, Beethoven in the first line and Symphony in the second. Then, click in the Material Type and scroll down to Scores, then click SEARCH.
2. The list you get includes printed scores as well as online scores. In the column on the left you can click on "Full Text Online" to see only items that are online only. Click on "Held in Library" to see physical items.
The printed music in the CSU East Bay Library collection uses the Library of Congress call number system all beginning with the letter M. The printed music is generally arranged by the performance ensemble. That means that you can browse for all of the Brass Trios by looking at the music with call numbers beginning M 357. Of course M 357 is the call number for ALL instrumental trios, but still, it's a way to start looking for what you want.
Here's a general guide to instrumental ensemble music call numbers:
There are other ways to locate specific ensemble and solo music and I hope you'll consult with me anytime you have a question about that. My contact information is in the box at the right of this page. I look forward to your questions! -Tom
The printed music in the CSU East Bay Library collection uses the Library of Congress call number system all beginning with the letter M. The printed music is generally arranged by the performance ensemble. That means that you can browse Bach cantatas by looking at the music with call numbers beginning M 2020 .B….
Here's a general guide to vocal solo and ensemble music call numbers:
Here's a more detailed list:
I'll be honest with you, this is tricky! You can do a word search on Jazz in the CSU East Bay Library Catalog and then "Modify the Search" to limit the results to "Music-Printed." That gets some method books as well as charts. If you are looking for a particular jazz chart, please contact me, Tom Bickley, using the information on the right of this page. Alternatively, it's always good to check with Prof. Dann Zinn, in Jazz Studies in the CSU East Bay Music Department. You can email him at email@example.com
Even with that confession, you may find our Fake Books very helpful (What's a "Fake Book"? A collection of lead sheets for pop songs that you can use to "fake" a good performance of the music.)
Best of the Beatles: for keyboards, melody instruments, guitar, vocal Book Stacks M1741.18 .B323
Columbia's Collosal Fake Book: more than 1000 songs Book Stacks M1630.18 .C66
First Time Ever: 650 outstanding songs available for the first time in a fake book collection Book Stacks M 1630.18 .F6
The Performer's Complete Fake Book Book Stacks M 1630.48 .P28
This Is the Ultimate Fake Book Book Stacks M 1630.T45 volumes 1 and 2