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Instrument and Voice Guides

This guide is designed to help you find scores and resources in the Performing Arts Collection, Campbell Library, and online for and about your instrument or voice

How to Use this Guide

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 assistant to see where your resources might be located.


(Sub-pages under each tab also offer selected primary and secondary source bibliographies.)

Call Numbers for Tuba Music

Use these call numbers to browse for music for your instrument!

M95–M99  Tuba alone:
     M95      Collections (more than one composer)
     M96      Original works: Collections (one composer)
     M97      Original works: Separate
     M98      Arrangements: Collections (one composer)
     M99      Arrangements: Separate works
 M264–M265  Tuba with piano accompaniment:
     M264      Collections
     M265      Separate works
 M288–M289  Duets for two wind instruments (of all kinds):
     M288      Collections
     M289      Separate works
 M290–M291  Duets—one stringed and one wind instrument
 M296–M297  Duets—one wind and one plucked instrument
 M315–M319  Piano and two wind instruments
 M320–M324  Piano, one stringed, and one wind instrument
 M335–M339  Piano, one wind, and one plucked instrument
 M355–M359  Three wind instruments
 M360–M364  Three stringed and wind instruments
 M375–M379  Three wind and plucked instruments


Quartets, quintets, sextets, septets, octets, and nonets follow similar patterns (in the M400s, 500s, 600s, 700s, 800s, and 900s, respectively).For more details, see the full classification schedule.


Concertos and similar pieces:

 M1034.T8  Tuba with orchestra, full scores
 M1034.5.T8  Cadenzas for such works
 M1035.T8  Tuba with orchestra, piano reductions
 M1134.T8  Tuba with string orchestra, full scores
 M1134.5.T8  Cadenzas for such works
 M1135.T8  Tuba with string orchestra, piano reductions


Studies and methods:

 MT480  General works
 MT482  Systems and methods
 MT483  Teaching pieces
 MT484  Instructive editions
 MT485  Studies and exercises
 MT486  Orchestral studies
 MT487  Two tubas
 MT488  Self-instructors

Subject Headings for Tuba Music

These subject headings help you search our collections by precise genres and instrument combinations. Use these in advanced searches using subject headings in Library Search to see our holdings or WorldCat to see what is available through other libraries.

Solo tuba music: sonatas (tuba)suites (tubavariations (tuba); etc.; tuba music
Tuba and piano music: rondos (tuba and piano)sonatas (tuba and piano)suites (tuba and piano)variations (tuba and piano); etc.; tuba and piano music

tuba music (tubas (2))

horn and tuba musictrumpet and tuba musictrombone and tuba music; etc.


brass trios [combinations of brass instruments] e.g.,

brass trios (horn, trombone, tuba), brass trios (tubas (3))

trios [various combinations of instruments], e.g., trios

(piano, horn, tuba), trios (piano, tuba, violin)


brass quartets [various combinations];

also suites [various combinations of brass instruments]; variations [various combinations of brass instruments]; etc.

wind quartets [mixed brass and woodwind, various combinations];

also suitesvariations, etc.

Similar for quintets, sextets, septets, octets, and nonets.

Tuba and Orchestra: concertos (tuba)

concertos (tuba) — solo with piano

tuba with orchestra

rondos (tuba with orchestra), etc.

Search Music Scores

Selected Bibliography

Bell, William, and R. Winston Morris. Encyclopedia of Literature for the Tuba. New York:Charles Colin, 1967. PAC Ref. ML 128.T 8 B4 1967

Gray, Harold Ross. “Music for Solo Tuba with Orchestra: A Discussion of Important Works and Annotated Bibliography.”D.M.A. thesis, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1994.

Morris, R. Winston, and Perantoni, Daniel. Guide to the Tuba Repertoire: The New Tuba Source Book. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2006. PAC Ref. ML 128.T8 T8 2006

Classification Numbers for Books about the Tuba

Ref. ML128 .T8  Tuba bibliographies
 ML970  General works
 ML971  Construction
 ML973  Music and playing