This research guide helps you search and browse for books and scores for your main instrument (listed on list on the left)
Each page for your individual instrument starts with the Library of Congress classification system for books and scores relevant to each instrument, allowing you to browse the shelves of the library.
The classification system uses call numbers to place items on a physical shelf, and items are also given multiple subject headings, a controlled language that describes the contents of items. For printed music, each call number describes a musical genre or performing ensemble, which is then organized alphabetically by the composer's last name. Subject headings are used for searching in catalogs and databases, while call numbers are useful for finding materials and browsing physical shelves.
The Performing Arts Collection can be found on the Second Floor of Campbell Library. Here, you will find all of the scores, CDs, and most of the reference books (encyclopedias, special music dictionaries, catalogs, and introductory research books), and some of the books on music education and performance. The Performing Arts Collections houses all of the items with call numbers starting with just the letter M, all of the scores and most of the books starting with MT, and some books starting with ML.
The Fourth Floor of Campbell Library contains the majority of our books on music history, music performance, music education, the music industry, and music therapy. These include almost all of the books starting with ML and some books starting with MT. Check with a librarian or a library worker to see where your resources might be located.
Sub-pages under each tab also offer selected primary and secondary source bibliographies.
If you need more help, please ask the Performing Arts Librarian.
Percussion Works for one performer:
|M146||Drum(s), including timpani, drum set, side drum, etc., and works for one percussionist playing two or more different percussion instruments.|
|M147||Bells, glockenspiel, etc.|
|M175.X6||Xylophone, marimba, vibraharp, vibraphone|
Collections of percussion works for one performer with piano accompaniment
(collections containing works by more than one composer or a variety of different works by the same composer):
|M284.P4||Percussion (one percussionist playing two or more different percussion instruments)|
|M284.X9||Xylophone, marimba, vibraphone|
Separate percussion works for one performer with piano accompaniment
(one work by one composer):
|M285.X9||Xylophone, marimba, vibraphone|
Works for all percussionists or percussion and a combination of other instruments:
|M340–344||Trios with piano|
|M385||Trios without piano|
|M445–449||Quartets with piano|
|M485||Quartets without piano|
|M545–549||Quintets with piano|
|M585||Quintets without piano|
|M645–649||Sextets with piano|
|M685||Sextets without piano|
|M745–749||Septets with piano|
|M785||Septets without piano|
|M845–849||Octets with piano|
|M885||Octets without piano|
|M945–949||Nonets with piano|
|M985||Nonets without piano|
Percussion solo with orchestral accompaniment:
|M1038||Percussion with orchestra (full scores)|
|M1039||Percussion with orchestra (piano reductions)|
|M1039.4.X9||Xylophone with orchestra (piano reductions)|
|M1138||Percussion with string orchestra (full scores)|
|M1139||Percussion with string orchestra (piano reductions)|
Percussion instruction and method books; studies; orchestral excerpts and parts:
|MT662||Drum, bass, drum, snare, drum, etc., including drum set and instruction for the entire batterie|
|MT663||Bongo, conga drums|
|MT719||Xylophone, marimba, vibraphone|
|MT722||Implements put to musical use (e.g., kitchen utensils)|
|Solo percussion music:||
suites (marimba); sonatas (timpani); variations (xylophone); rondos (percussion)
snare drum music; vibraphone music, percussion music, etc.
marimba music (4 hands), sonatas (marimba, 4 hands), etc.
|Two or more percussionists, each playing one or more instruments:||
suites (percussion ensemble), sonatas (percussion ensemble), etc.
|Percussion and Orchestra:||concertos (percussion), concertos (marimba), concertos (vibraphone)
percussion with orchestra
concertos (marimba with string orchestra)
rondos (marimba with orchestra), etc.
Classification Numbers for Books on Percussion
|ML102.P4||Percussion dictionaries and encyclopedias|
Books on percussion history and criticism:
|ML1035||Drums including drum set|
|ML1038||Other percussion instruments alphabetically: arará, atabaque, batá, bodhrán, bonkó, bronze drum, ceṇḍa, dhimay, kotsuzumi, mridanga, nāykhim, pung, rebana, santūr, steel drum, tabla, tupan|
|ML1039||Bells, carillons, gongs, chimes, including change ringing, peals, etc.|
|ML1048||Xylophone, marimba, vibraphone, etc.|
|ML1049||All other percussion instruments not mentioned in ML1038|
Bajzek, Dieter. Percussion: an Annotated Bibliography with Special Emphasis on Contemporary Notation and Performance. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1988. PAC Ref. ML 128.P23 B34 1988
Beck, John H., ed. Encyclopedia of Percussion. New York: Routledge, 1995. PAC Ref. ML 102 P429E5 1995
Combs, F. Michael. Solo and Ensemble Literature for Percussion. Terre Haute, Ind: Percussive Arts Society, 1972. PAC Ref. ML 128.P23 C6 1972
Girsberger, Russ., and Anthony J. Cirone. A Practical Guide to Percussion Terminology. Ft. Lauderdale, FL: Meredith Music, 1998. PAC Ref. ML 102.P4 G57 1998
Hartenberger, Russell, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Percussion. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016.